The Rathskeller

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15 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

108 S Pugh St
State College, Pennsylvania, 16801-4732
United States

(814) 237-3858 | map

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Added by BenH1068 on 02-03-2007

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by NeroFiddled:
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3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

For me, it's a toss up between Zeno's and the Rathskeller when close to campus (Otto's is not included in the equation because of its distance). Zeno's has a better beer selection, but it's smaller. And they both have charming 'decor', but the Rathskeller has way more - except that the greater "frat house" vibe brings it down. The service is about equal... it's better at Zeno's, but the bar is smaller so it takes longer... the Rathskeller is not as good, but it's much easier to get a beer. Food, well that's a toss-up to, and I don't think either one wins out. So, in the end I think I'd go to whichever one was the least crowded. Or both. ;)

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4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

While not a beer bar, The All American Rathskeller is definitely a great place to hang out. Once you walk in, you feel like you are in a cave. The low ceiling and the concrete floor with the heavy support beams complete the appearance.

The bartenders and servers are all really friendly and helpful. On crowded nights, the service does go down, but not to the point where you feel neglected or that it's unexpected. The bartenders know how to pour a beer or make nearly any drink you could want.

The food is brought down from Spats upstairs which is owned by the same owners as the Rathskeller.

Being the oldest bar in State College, it was opened three days after Prohibition ended, it is a definite visit. Just be prepared to leave smelling like smoke.

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Photo of mattcomstock213
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3

The Skeller is a historic joint that operates as the standard college bar. Not to say I don't like it. They have the standard BMC stuff, but always some good taps on a pretty good rotation. It is also cheap. For a long time they had $4 Yuengling pitchers and even at $5 today it is still excellent.
They were famous as the Rolling Rock for a long time. Their whole thing was selling cases of Rock ponies that they would place on your table. They used to do case races and would hold events where they would see how many cases they could sell in a day. Great marketing if there ever was one. This practice ended before I to school in 2004. I thought it had to do with Rock being sold to Bud and the Latrobe plant closed. I've been told they started selling Rock again, but I'm not sure.
They say the food is great, but I never ate it.
The staff could be a little surly, too, but never too bad.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

This bar seems to be involved in every trip I have taken to State College.

The floor of the bar is probally 4 or five feet below street level. Features a long oak bar and numerous booths along outside wall. This bar is by no means a beer bar, but some decent chices are available. Most "craft" beers are PA based Yuengling and Stoudt's. Also have the english brews Bass, Newcastle, Guiness. Other than that it is all BMC.

Croud is usually younger (duh) and i always smeel like a cigarette when leaving.

the bar staff is freindly and can usually serve quick and efficently.

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Photo of jsbrendle
3.43/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

The Skeller is an institution, the oldest bar in town & it feels like it's been around forever. Solid wood bar, heavy booths, stone. Not a beer bar, but some decent choices are available (worth watching the bottle case for odd balls too). Service can be quite good when things are quiet. Can be too busy to be much fun elsewise w/ the usual drop in level of service that entails. Food is from Spats upstairs. I like eating downstairs better... tasty cajun food (ask for the hot sauce caddy), with efficient service with less crowds and the ability to smoke if I like. Downside, it is often a bit too dive-y, too smokey, too much broken glass on the floors and all that. Outside patio is a nice option during the summer.

In the past they did beer dinners w/ matches to the interesting (non-menu) courses. It isn't that they don't know beer, they just need to go back to those roots and grow things back again. It used to be one of the better beer spots nearly a decade back. Things have changed, more places are now doing more interesting beers ... the skeller fell behind but it can come back with work.

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Photo of akorsak
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This is one of State College's oldest bars, famous for its case races back in the day. I'm surprised that no one else has reviewed it yet. It's no beer mecca, but it gets the job done.

Atmosphere: A small patio area greets you before entrance. On entering, it feels like you are in a cave. Low ceilings in a carved-out root cellar greet you. A long wooden bar and seating that extends around the corner (the seating, not the bar) set the stage.

Quality: This place turns beer over quickly, but it is not a 5-star restaurant. Expect to smell like an ashtray when you leave.

Service: Barstaff was friendly, if not incredibly busy. I did not notice any waitstaff serving the tables.

Selection: Selection features prominent PA beers, including Stoudt's and Yuengling, alond with the standard BMC triumvirate and college bar staples Guinness and Bass. All are served in tumblers.

Food: I ate before going out, so I don't even recall if there was a kitchen attached.

Prices are reasonable, $4-$5 for a pint. Don't go on a football weekend!

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The Rathskeller in State College, PA
Place rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 15 ratings
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