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Bill Pickle's Tap Room

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub
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106 S Allen St, State College, PA 16801-4736
+1 814-272-1172
11:00 - 02:00
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74 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's was the worst of times..... poor food quality, service...... trivia was great. Other than that will not be back.

Thank oscare389
JoeShu1, Owner at Bill Pickle's Tap Room, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to provide us feedback on your recent visit to Bill Pickle's. We are sorry you had such a poor experience and assure you that's not the normal way we operate. If we did we certainly wouldn't still be in business. We will share this review with our staff so we can make them aware... More 

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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 February 2017

We randomly selected Bill Pickle's Tap Room as we wanted to eat and have a drink. We were greeted with a smile and big welcome. A server came over to take our order immediately, with recommendation of the fried pickles and a burger. Turns out Grace was right! The fried pickle spears were delicious not greasy. The burger was juicy... More 

Thank Cathy K
JoeShu1, Owner at Bill Pickle's Tap Room, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting us at Bill Pickle's Tap Room and we appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback. We pride ourselves on our food and beverage quality, customer service and atmosphere. We will share your experience with our staff so they can also feel good about their efforts. Be well and enjoy your weekend! More 

Malvern, Pennsylvania
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45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

If you are looking for the classic college bar scene, this is it. Good sports bar feel, lots of TV's, and plenty of room. Good first stop for a bite and beer before heading out for the night.

Thank David K
JoeShu1, Owner at Bill Pickle's Tap Room, responded to this review

Sorry for the lag in response but thank you so much for your review of Bill Pickle's. We take each customer review seriously and we'll be certain to share your feedback with our crew. Please come back to visit us and have a great day! More 

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261 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017

This is THE bar in State College. Can't say you've visited State College without a trip to Bill Pickle's. Also a good place to drop off a husband if you want to browse the shops at your leisure! Be sure to read the history of the establishment on the placard at the back near the restrooms.

Thank Woodsylady
JoeShu1, Owner at Bill Pickle's Tap Room, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping at Bill Pickle's when you visited State College. We know there are plenty of places to choose from and we are happy you rated and chose us. Please don't hesitate to visit us again and let us know if you ever need anything when you're here. Be well and have a great weekend! More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 December 2016

Pickles use to be my favorite bar to go to downtown. I love the food and the drinks usually aren't too pricey. However, the past two times that I went were horrible experiences. I went with my friend Saturday night who was from Canada. She showed her ID and the bouncer at the door told her she wasn't allowed in... More 

2 Thank Brenda W
JoeShu1, Manager at Bill Pickle's Tap Room, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback relative to your recent trip to Pickle's and I am very sorry you had a bad experience at one of our properties. I will certainly share your response with our management and staff so they can improve their service levels. We certainly take pride in providing quality food and beverages at a reasonable price, along... More 

State College, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

I guess if you're a local Bill Pickles doesn't care. Went out with neighborhood guys for wings and beer and Monday Night Football, only to find out the kitchen closes at 9 pm. Yeah, I understand it's "fall break" but give me a break! The locals don't matter? Was looking forward to the wings and burgers. Guess that won't happen.... More 

Thank Thad W
JoeShu1, Owner at Bill Pickle's Tap Room, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments relative to your recent visit to Bill Pickle's Tap Room and I am sorry your experience was not satisfactory. I assure you each of our customer's are important to us and we constantly strive to provide excellence in service and food quality, all at a reasonable price. As you probably know it is very challenging... More 

State College, Pennsylvania, Usa
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 10 November 2016

This is catered mostly to students and people working in town. There are TVs located where you can view from any seating I love the frosted mugs of beer!

Thank Emma T
JoeShu1, Owner at Bill Pickle's Tap Room, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments relative to your recent trip to Bill Pickles. We're glad you had a good experience. I will make sure I pass on your comments to our staff and management team. We hope you come back and if you do feel free to let us know if you need anything. Be well and have a happy... More 

silver spring, md
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565 reviews
421 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016

Went to this place twice with my wife and we enjoyed ourselves both times.This bar/restaurant has a nice pub feel to it - lots of dark wood and a large circular bar. The service was very friendly but made us wait at times. My wife had a veggie wrap and I had a chicken Caesar wrap; both were very good.... More 

Thank IAP65
JoeShu1, Owner at Bill Pickle's Tap Room, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing Bill Pickles again as your stop for food and drink. We take all of our customer feedback seriously and we'll make sure to pass on your feedback to the staff and management team. It's our customer responses both good and bad that help us get better. Please consider visiting us again and let us know if... More 

Matamoras, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
Reviewed 22 October 2016

Great place for wanting the outdoor air, the front wall//doors open up and let in the night air and ambiance of people walking by. Great place to catch a game and beer.

Thank mbsayles
JoeShu1, Owner at Bill Pickle's Tap Room, responded to this review

Thank you for the excellent rating from your last visit to Bill Pickles. We really appreciate you taking time to write a review and let others know of your positive experience. We hope to see you again soon and please don't hesitate to reach out to one of our managers, should you need anything. Happy holidays to you and your... More 

Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 19 October 2016

We had lunch on a Sunday afternoon during football season. There was a decent crowd and they had all the games on. There is a nice beer selection and there were some unique food options. The wing sauces in particular were really good (the hot peanut butter was well received but the "bee's knees" - honey sriracha - was my... More 

Thank ScapegoatForLife
JoeShu1, Owner at Bill Pickle's Tap Room, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback from your recent trip to Bill Pickles. We appreciate the detailed response. I am in total agreement with your analysis of our wing sauces. Our kitchen manager takes great pride in the quality of the food the kitchen puts out. I will pass on your comments to our entire team so they know of your... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$15
American, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 106 S Allen St, State College, PA 16801-4736
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  State College
  • Phone Number: +1 814-272-1172
Not for Saints, Not for Sinners Boisterous energy flows out as you open the door to Bill Pickle's Tap Room - people laughing and cheering, clinking glasses, and the sound of pop country music echoing throughout the bar. Since its start Pickle's has always been a lively place where a good time is just around the corner. The restaurant sports bar is named after the infamous bootlegger Bill Pickle, a notorious figure who distributed party supplies to the campus in the wee hours of the night during prohibition. Although prohibition is over, Bill Pickle's rebellion is still celebrated daily at this hot spot on Allen St. By day Pickle's is a restaurant sports bar where locals and students alike come for some good food and refreshing drinks. It's the perfect spot for a casual business lunch or a family outing - especially in the warm weather when Pickle's opens its windows allowing the breeze in. By night, the restaurant turns into an energetic bar offering a great happy hour and an even better time. Pickle's has lively entertainment every night of the week, but is most known for its Country Music Night every Tuesday, and Team Trivia and Sons of Resonance performing on Wednesdays. Located in the heart of Downtown, where it shares the corner (and a kitchen) with The Corner Room, Pickle's is a stone's throw from both the center of Penn State's campus and the hustle and bustle of Downtown State College. It's famous for its savory peanut butter wings, a recipe you can't find anywhere else in town. Additionally, Pickle's offers a wide variety of delicious food from starters, soups and salads to baskets, grinders, specialty sandwiches and burgers. Enjoy the MOS burger topped with sautéed mushrooms, onions and melted Swiss cheese! At a lively restaurant sports bar you need to have a lively staff, and Pickle's doesn't disappoint. The staff helps you celebrate the good times with constant jokes and great service, even when the bar is crowded. Mo the GM has been there since the beginning and loves to catch up with the locals, students and anyone else who stops by. Whether you're looking for a rocking night out or a breezy lunch overlooking Allen Street, Pickle's has it all.

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