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Sharkies Bar & Thrifty Bottle Shop

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Type: Bar, Beer-to-go

110 Sowers St
State College, Pennsylvania, 16801-5613
United States

(814) 238-3566 | map

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by TheSevenDuffs:
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.41/5  rDev -34.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2

Stopped by on a recent trip to State College. The staff was very friendly and helpful but that is about all I have to say that is positive about Sharkies.

The atmosphere is nothing special - kind of run down and the bar attached to the bottle shop is a bit of a hole. I could not find a single interesting bottle to buy. Very vanilla type selection that reminds me of a place that has just started to get in to the craft beer scene. There is no point in even visiting this place, especially given that the Hopshop is a block away.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of pep
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of ski271
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

OK this place has really improved over the last 10 years. The smoking only allowed in the basement section has helped immensely. Selection of micros and imports is good, and I find it to be a friendly place to hang out for 1 or 2. However, I still only get bottled beer there. Not too many taps, and the cleanliness of the tap system is suspect.
from 2-28-2006
The only real reason I go to Sharkie’s is for the six-pack shop. It has a good selection and the prices are very reasonable, especially for this college town and especially compared to the Hooters bottle shop. They do offer some singles, which is something I do like, especially when trying a new, more expensive beer. This place and Hooters are the only place in town I’ve found that sell singles… well, of standard 12 ox bottles, a lot of places sell the 23oz singles of SNPA or Yuengling. Biggest drawback to this place is the atmosphere. Appearance-wise, it doesn’t quite fit the stereotypical dive bar, but it has the smell. Thick, stale, bowling-alley-like grease and smoke that makes you stink for hours after you stop in for a quick six-pack. The tables and billiards tables are in sad shape, and the décor is sickeningly redneck. And their taps aren’t really anything much more than typical macro stuff. No place worth hanging out at.

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Photo of ridgeline23
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Gostate11
4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Absolutely love Sharkies.

Besides Otto's there is nothing special on tap but there is an extensive selection of bottles and 750ml bottles.

Staff has always been very friendly to me and respectful, much more so than other bars in town where you are often treated as a nuisance for being a paying customer. just don't set your beer on a pool table.

No cover ever, hardly ever a wait. Cheap beer is cheap, good beer is very reasonably priced.

only draw back is the cash only bar.

this isn't a wild crazy college bar place it is a pool hall and good place to hang out with friends and grab a few beers.

So long as you are respectful and have some courtesy you will be treated better than most anywhere else in town

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Photo of gciccarelli
2.74/5  rDev -25.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4

Sharkie's actually has a very good selection of craft brews compared to the other bottle shops in State College. You can get six packs of Victory, Troegs, Anchor, etc. They also have a small selection of 750ml bottles, but they are all in the cold case.

The problem with Sharkies is the service. The bouncers have treated me terribly every time I have been in there. It's maybe understandable at night when they've been dealing with drunk people all day (the bar itself is kinda trashy), but even stopping in mid-afternoon to grab a 750ml you are handled like you are a stumbling drunk with general nastiness and attitude.

Zeno's small bottleshop on College Ave is a more pleasant experience, but Sharkie's does have a wider selection of stuff.

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Photo of ajr24
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

When I went to visit friends at Penn State this was the most convenient place- across the street, therefore we went there for some better beer to drink. One gets sick of BMC.

Their selection of 6 packs was decent, I remember being surprised by them having Clipper City and a wide array of Victory, although it IS PA, but still. Also I appreciated seeing Lancaster Brewing Co., Dogfish Head and Long Trail. Their specialty beers are overshadowed, though by the mainstream stuff.

Overall this place gets the job done for a bottle shop.

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Photo of jsbrendle
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Not a bad dive bar for a town full of such. Bottle shop has a good selection of things for carry-out, most of which you can also get over the bar. Not a bad joint, but I'll be honest ... not a place I find myself going to all that often. Decent staff, overall, although sometimes the bottle shop & door staff are a little bit lacking (but then who deals with them longer than needed on the way to an order from the bartender? =-) ) Atmosphere? Think smoke-filled pool hall w/ a jukebox playing, more or less. Decent food next door. I prefer the downstairs, it gets less people and I can just relax there better. Prices tend to be a hair less than some places.

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Photo of akorsak
3.14/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Sharkies, on Sowers Street, used to be right across the street from the greatest restaurant in State College history, La Bamba, whose burritos were at least as big as your head. Alas, La Bamba is long gone but Sharkies remains.

Atmosphere: The bottle shop is a bottle shop, there is no atmosphere to speak of beyond the flourescent lights and cases of bottles.

Quality: The line-up has slipped of late, losing the focus on locals and micros that used to exist.

Service: Service is average, manned by college students or townies, neither of whom are thrilled to be there.

Selection: The selection has tended to trend downward, losing the focus on micros in favor of more BMC. A nice array of PA breweries is available, as are larged crafts, DFH, Anchor, SN. A nice import selection includes Lindeman's and Chimay (from time to time, so don't get your hopes up). I used to regularly purchase Pretzel City's Steam Horse Lager here, a great steam beer that has long since left us. Ah, the memories.

Food: Never been to the bar, so I can't comment.

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Photo of clickpush
4/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This place seems to be the local dive for discriminating drinkers. Very nice selection of bottles to be had at the bar, even more so I think than at the take-away section up front. Victory stands out in my mind as being very well represented, can't recall what else. The bartenders are very friendly and have been around for years. Again, the place is very smoky, but the atmosphere is one of outgoing people, drunkenness, and good fun. Sometimes the pool players seem to be a bit too serious for the good of the bar, but other than that there's a great vibe.

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Photo of BenH1068
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This bottle shop has a pretty good selection of micros compared to some of the other shops in town, they also carry all the standard college beer. Freshness has never been an issue for me at this shop, they seem to have a healthy business. The prices seem to be on par or slightly cheaper than some of the other places.

I have never ventured into the bar section of this establishment, but it looks like it has a small dimly lit bar and a handful of pool tables.

It is roughly equal distance between Sharkies and the Hooters shop and this one is my choice every time.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Okay, I agree with the other review, except that I personally don't think the bar itself is that shabby. It's pretty small, most of the space being set aside for the pool tables. It's not the most sociable place, but for those who prefer to drink alone on occasion (myself included), the service doesn't give reason to complain, and it's easy enough to put back a few pints and watch the game or shoot some pool. The selection of beers on tap is puny, but the adjoining six-pack shop is one of the better carry-out places in Central PA; definitely above average for the area. There's roughly an equal amount of shelf space given to macros vs. regional/micro/craft brews. As far as the latter is concerned, there's a handful of Belgian/German craft bottles, plus West Coast micros and English ales; but the emphasis is definitely on PA/NY/DE micros, Victory and Dogfish Head being among those best represented. Okay, forget everything I've already written and just know that this is where I stumbled upon the only two bottles of Hop Wallop I've ever seen, just sitting there all by their lonesome. Reason enough to give them the thumbs-up in my book.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

OK the bar part is shittty- so it has pool tables, some darts, and various video games, but that part isn' important - I am reviewing the bottle shop. It is an unassuming little place, right off the main drag on college ave. Find it, embrace it. I got a lot of first tries from this place. alot of good memories

OK from 40s to Frambois
Saranac to Sam Smith
Abita to, well, yes, Anhieser
They have alot of bottles. More the hooter, and that is saying some. Corsendork, Rare Vos, yeah they got alot. Go, get some, enjoy it.

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Sharkies Bar & Thrifty Bottle Shop in State College, PA
Place rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 16 ratings
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