Log in or Sign up
Extreme Beer Fest
returns to Boston on March 21 & 22, 2014.
Tickets are on sale now
BeerAdvocate mobile beta: Testers Wanted
. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
Android or Google Chrome user? Get a
14 day free trial to BeerAdvocate magazine on Google Play Newsstand
today! (AU, CA, UK, US only).
Extreme Beer Fest
Google Play Newsstand
Sharkies Bar & Thrifty Bottle Shop
No picture uploaded.
Upload it now
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Store ]
110 Sowers St
phone: (814) 238-3566
(Place added by: PSUDREW)
Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev
| Reviews: 11 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by TheSevenDuffs:
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | $$
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.
10-03-2011 22:53:51 |
More by TheSevenDuffs
More User Reviews:
11-10-2013 16:23:35 |
More by ridgeline23
10-09-2013 20:04:11 |
More by ejimhof
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
03-16-2011 05:33:15 |
More by Gostate11
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.
10-05-2008 07:06:55 |
More by gciccarelli
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
When I went to visit friends at Penn State this was the most convenient place- across the street, therefore we went there for some better beer to drink. One gets sick of BMC.
Their selection of 6 packs was decent, I remember being surprised by them having Clipper City and a wide array of Victory, although it IS PA, but still. Also I appreciated seeing Lancaster Brewing Co., Dogfish Head and Long Trail. Their specialty beers are overshadowed, though by the mainstream stuff.
Overall this place gets the job done for a bottle shop.
06-26-2008 02:50:41 |
More by ajr24
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
01-01-2008 00:11:57 |
More by jsbrendle
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Sharkies, on Sowers Street, used to be right across the street from the greatest restaurant in State College history, La Bamba, whose burritos were at least as big as your head. Alas, La Bamba is long gone but Sharkies remains.
Atmosphere: The bottle shop is a bottle shop, there is no atmosphere to speak of beyond the flourescent lights and cases of bottles.
Quality: The line-up has slipped of late, losing the focus on locals and micros that used to exist.
Service: Service is average, manned by college students or townies, neither of whom are thrilled to be there.
Selection: The selection has tended to trend downward, losing the focus on micros in favor of more BMC. A nice array of PA breweries is available, as are larged crafts, DFH, Anchor, SN. A nice import selection includes Lindeman's and Chimay (from time to time, so don't get your hopes up). I used to regularly purchase Pretzel City's Steam Horse Lager here, a great steam beer that has long since left us. Ah, the memories.
Food: Never been to the bar, so I can't comment.
12-10-2007 03:15:59 |
More by akorsak
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
07-25-2007 19:29:36 |
More by clickpush
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.
12-30-2006 01:50:10 |
More by BenH1068
« first ‹ prev
Sharkies Bar & Thrifty Bottle Shop in State College, PA
Your name or email address:
Do you already have an account?
No, create an account now.
Yes, my password is:
Forgot your password?
Stay logged in
Top 250 Beers
Change of Address