The Students Are Gone - Let's Go Downtown!
What does downtown State College look like with 46,000 undergrads gone? Fun! Enjoy easy parking and low wait times at some of your favorite downtown eateries. So where should you go? Here are some ideas!
Have you tried Liberty Craft House yet? It's definitely a one-of-a-kind experience – from the 47 beverages on tap (you can check how much is available of each drink in real time on your smart phone) and their nitro coffee (one of the first in the country!) to their fromage and charcuterie – you'll leave happy and intrigued. “Liberty Craft House's collection of world-class artisanal beer, wine and cuisine from around the world and locally to make Liberty Craft House a fine and much needed addition to State College's culinary and craft scene. Stop on down and enjoy!” reads one online review. We think you'll agree!
Stopping at the Corner Room before it's filled with back to school traffic just makes sense. There are reasons to go almost every day: Mondays are all-you-can-eat pasta, breadsticks and salad for $5.95, Thursdays are half-price burgers, and Sundays feature brunch with their famous Bloody Marys. Stroll downtown and finish up your evening at the Corner Room in your favorite booth.
Zola Kitchen and Wine Bar is new and updated this year, and the results have been “delightful” according to a Facebook reviewer. Their seasonal menu is ingredient-driven, new American cuisine. Whether you are in the mood for seafood (ceviche with baby octopus), beef (beef carpaccio with capers, moldon truffle oil, and micro greens) or pasta (edamame ravioli with braised rabbit), Zola Kitchen and Wine Bar is a great choice. Check out their fantastic bourbon selection, their full wine bar, and the renovated dining room featuring art from local artists.
Head on over to Garner Street to Bar Bleu, where you can watch every game, every day. They have sports on 22 screens, so you can get your fix before the Nittany Lions suit up. Ask for their 'fishbowl' cocktail, which is concocted in its own 43-ounce tank.
One favorite place to hit when students are gone is Cozy Thai Bistro. It's still great when it's crowded, of course, but when it's quiet, the dining room with its ambient light and zen branches is pretty perfect. Order a Thai tea and go for their popular-for-a-reason pad thai or something more adventurous like Mee Ka Ti with red curry. Extra points: many of their dishes are naturally gluten free and/or vegetarian!