Zeno's Pub

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Zeno's PubZeno's Pub

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(814) 237-2857 | map

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Reviews by ffejherb:
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4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

There's probably not much else I can add to the many gleaming reviews this place has garnered over the years. If nothing else, this review basically just proves that I have been there.

I have visited Zeno's on a few occasions, but this review is based on my most recent visit on 11/27/08, on the eve of my first "beer-cation" to Michigan with fellow BAs brewslut, Deuane and SierraGS.

I am a PSU alumni and I can pretty much sum this place up with the following sentiment:

I wish I drank beer when I attended college. Unfortunately, I did not partake in the joys of drinking beer during my early twenties. I was a late bloomer. Had I known then what I know now, I would have been at Zeno's multiple times a week (and certainly on days when I sold books back to the bookstores)!

At any rate, this place is a true gem and absolute beer destination as far as beer bars go. I will never visit State College again without setting foot in this place for at least a few pints. The atmosphere, service and selection are all top-notch. I enjoyed a few pints of Zeno's Rye Ale, which is brewed by the neighboring Otto's brewpub. the crowd was pretty minimal compared to other past visits, due to the fact that it was Thanksgiving night. But kudos to them for even being open on Turkey Day.

As far as I'm concerned, this place is always worth a visit when you are in the area. They have plenty of taps, a few beer engines and tons of bottles to satisfy even the most jaded of beer geeks. Now, if only I could go back and re-live my college days. Of course, I bet I would have ended up with a lower GPA for sure!

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.78/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of daliandragon
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Visited with a couple of buddies for the Iowa/PSU game a few weeks back. It seemed crowded everywhere else, but down the stairs in this sketchy basement we got a table right by the bar. I was surprised to see such a strong and varied selection. I tried the Neshiminy Creek IPA, which I had never heard of but was super loaded with hops and extremely tasty. My one buddy wasn't feeling the vibe and isn't really into beer that much so we left after a couple of pints, but I would totally go back and hang out there. Awesome place.

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Photo of DrBier
3.79/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of RyanHouseknecht
4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
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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4.44/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of EMV
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
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 -0.2%
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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4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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3.89/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of brewtechnik
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of pcsnyder
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
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 -30.2%
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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Zeno's Pub in State College, PA
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