Zeno's Pub

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Zeno's PubZeno's Pub
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

100 W College Ave
State College, Pennsylvania, 16801-3838
United States

(814) 237-2857 | map
zenospub.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
98
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
78
Avg:
4.46
pDev:
9.42%
 
 
Taps:
33
Bottles/Cans:
155
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 78
Reviews by Slatetank:
Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I had the pleasure of visiting Zeno's for the first time with octopus87 and Phatz on the way to the Brew Expo '07 at State College.

The atmosphere was very pleasant since we were enjoying a late lunch and the place was not crowded at all. It felt like a real charming pub. I got the same feeling when I spent time in Germany in local pubs.

The quality was very good and I appreciated the time the staff took to introduce themselves and make us feel welcome. I get the feeling they really take a lot of pride in what they do.

The service was top notch and the attention to detail was greatly appreciated. I liked getting opinions on Belgians and other ales.

The selection was very impressive and kind of made my head spin. I appreciated the fact they had 3 cask ales and a myriad of draft and bottle choices. They have so much variety it's difficult to know where to start.

The food is very tasty and fits the pub atmosphere with basic choices that certainly don't dissapoint. The Pork barbecue sandwich and Mushroom and swiss burger were both very good.

I found the place to be more than reasonable for our lunch and ales. I would absolutely visit Zeno's the next time I am in town.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DrBier
3.79/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of RyanHouseknecht
4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Hands down the best beer availability in Central PA. Constantly putting on aged kegs(not old kegs), seeking out beers from outside their distributors footprint, and rotating their taps frequently. Few windows, fairly dark, basement style dive bar. Food can be had but is definitely not a focus.

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Photo of Budlum
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of EMV
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Zeno's is an awesome dive bar right on College Ave. in State College that just happens to serve some of the best beer in town. They're located underground below the Allen Street Grill and have a small selection of pretty excellent taps. They always have Zeno's Rye (brewed for them in town by Otto's) and otherwise have a rotating selection of great craft brews as well as a stellar bottle selection. The ambiance is dive bar all the way... it's cramped and usually crowded, but it's not your typical college-age crowd. The later it gets the louder the music which kills the ambiance for me to be honest... to the point that I can't have a conversation with the person next to me. Otherwise I'd visit more often (that and the inconvenience of driving/parking downtown). Pool tables in the back for those interested... and not sure if they serve food (I've never noticed any but I haven't looked either). The reason to come is the beer.

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Photo of TheRealColby
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Haven't been to Zenos in 20 years despite living in State College since '79. Went recently for the Founders Day celebration: Kegs of CBS, KBS, Blushing Monk, Backwoods, Curmudgeon, Big Luscious and more. Big crowd of course but service was outstanding. Full menu from Corner Room available. Huge selection of Craft beers on tap and in bottles. Good job Desmond.

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Photo of orangesol
4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.89/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of MikeKent
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of brewtechnik
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

In from NH and first spot I hit was Zeno's...
Cool basement entrance and doorman waiting to card, though not carded...must be the grays. Small to medium main room, with small game room off to the side. Trivia night was in full swing. Very small bar with all stools occupied...few open tables but being solo really wanted a bar spot. Tap list was fantastic, bottle list even better!! Lots of hard to come by beers...Bourbon County Barleywine & Stout, Plethora of Duck Rabbit, Nugget Nectar, Hair of the Dog: Otto, Michael, Adam annnd Fred! Really great stuff!

Bartender Dave was super busy but still made time to chat beer, pluss let me sample a few unlisted items that were real treats! Thanks again!

Band started at 10pm on this Monday night...really great but just wish I could remember the name :)

Had chicken tenders and fry basket...large portions and standard quality. Service was pretty quick.

Prob going back this eve for more...highly recommended

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.28/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of pcsnyder
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

It's a dark, stony basement bar with an excellent selection and a good rotation. I can usually find hard to get beers there. It's a must-stop place on St. Patty's and during Arts Fest. We usually meet up with some friends there, shoot some pool, play some pinball, and enjoy a lot of beer.

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Photo of Ixian
3.1/5  rDev -30.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Have been happy with Zeno's in the past, with my usual being to get 2 pitchers of beer followed by 2-3 shots of Southern Comfort, but tonight I was just told basically to piss off by the employee behind the counter after only two beers and can say that after the way I was dealt with they will never get my money again. It really is a shame because they are the only place in town that carries some of my favorite beers, but after tonight I'm just going to deal with the Wine and Spirit shops and probably stop drinking beer entirely since nowhere else in town gets the things I like to drink. Sucks for them too since I generally spend about $70-$100 per night out not counting tips.
Also I would like to note that the first employee I dealt with was helpful and introduced me to a new beer I enjoyed a lot, but thanks to the second guy Zeno's has lost a customer forever.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place is by far one of the best out there. It is a classic bar focused on really great beer. Dimly lit, great music and all about the beer. They have 30 + beers on tap, most of which rotate with a high level of frequency. You can try a wide variety of beers from week to week without breaking the bank, as their prices are always reasonable -hey they want to give people access to great beer, and one way to do that is offer great beers at a great price; which they definitely do.
On tap they have plenty of locals, but plenty of international and nationals as well. Most all the bartenders know quite a bit about the beers they serve and are all fantastic to look for advice as to what to drink for the mood you are in as well as just sit back and chat with. The bottle selection is amazing for this rather little place; with a bottle list that puts most bottle shops to shame. While they don't cook food at the bar itself and I haven't actually had any food there, you can order food from the restaurant above the bar and they will bring it to you. From I have heard from fellow bar goers it is very good.
If you are in the State College area and looking for a relaxing and great place to have a beer you must come here. It is great!!!!

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Photo of jifigz
4.28/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Okay, so this is a pretty cool place. It is a dungeon like setting in downtown State College. They have a wonderful selection of beers to choose from. They might not have everything you are searching for, but if they don't have what you are looking for I am sure they have a reasonable substitute. They do have brews that I have never seen anywhere else and that is a cool thing. The bartenders and employees can be okay for conversation, but it can seem as if you are unaccepted if you are not part of their clique. Well, maybe not unaccepted, but they are just not overly nice, they do their job and that is that. I am there for the beer anyways and on that mark they always deliver. They have great local brews like Victory and Troeg's, but also wonderful Trappist ales and everything in between. I would highly recommend this place.

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Zeno's Pub in State College, PA
98 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.
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