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The Darkhorse Tavern

Bar, Pub
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128 E College Ave, State College, PA 16801-4708
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Dark horse is wonderful, it's smaller and quieter than most of the typical State College bars, and for that, I love it. Their drinks are cheaper and the staff fantastic.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
Ashley H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 via mobile

Dark horse is wonderful, it's smaller and quieter than most of the typical State College bars, and for that, I love it. Their drinks are cheaper and the staff fantastic.

Thank Ashley H
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

The Darkhorse is, first and foremost, a bar. They have a solid drink selection, great house cocktails (Tonto's Demise is deadly...), and good happy hour specials. I've ordered food here a few times, and have been genuinely surprised at the quality. They only serve bar food, but they make a tasty burger, excellent wings, and good french fries. I definitely... More 

Thank robbinz410
State College
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015 via mobile

I've never had a bad experience at the Darkhorse. Great food, great pours, friendly staff, good entertainment, fun signature drinks.

Thank Michael S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

Little Penn State cellar bar, great weekly food and beer specials. Usually have to enter from alley out back Calder but College ave. Does have a door sometimes available. Wings are a good reason to go here. Used to be the Surf Club many years ago with great wings but fortunately Darkhorse kept the wing recipe, delicious. Mon and Thur... More 

Thank Eric Michael H
Landisville, Pa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The Darkhorse is a good place to relax and enjoy a sandwich and beer after a football game. The prices are very reasonable

Thank Crusinlions
Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

Wings n burgers were great. Even got a medium rare burger. Prices were low and taste was fantastic. Would eat again. Went in early so didn't try the bar!

Thank Gene S
Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Tried to find a later dinner here on night during Art Fest. Although the welcome was chilly we decided to sit and check out a menu. There was only one waitress for a large section so things were a bit slow, but she did a great job and we appreciated her effort. The food was really good - we had... More 

Thank diva3713
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

Some nights the bands are good, but not so on other nights. They have some good staff and others that are not very good.

Thank Ytravel5
Lawrenceville, New Jersey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

The Darkhorse was my absolute favorite bar in State College for almost three years, and so I wanted to bring my out-of-town friends here to hang out on a Saturday night. I don't know what happened to it since the last time I was here, but the band was WAY too loud and we could barely hear each other even... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2008

WIng Night on Thursdays! Great Wings.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 128 E College Ave, State College, PA 16801-4708
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  State College
  • Phone Number: 814-237-0490

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
  • Cuisine: Bar, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

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