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merc7186 (146) North Tonawanda, New York | November 17, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
I came to The Deli after a bartender at Zenos had stated that this bar may have landed VooDoo Brewings Headless Horseman previously. The atmosphere of the place seems to cater for more of the upscale people that visit the area. I am not knocking Zenos but it is a dark basement bar where The Deli was much nicer to drink in. The service was above average as the bartenders were attentive. The selection of beers was great as they featured over 40 taps and another 50+ bottles to purchase, which were spread out throughout the US and had great variety of type of beers. The food IMO was weak, i ordered two different appetizers to munch on while watching MNF and one tasted like it was frozen and the other was still frozen in the middle...for 7 and 9 dollars, please pretend like they were fresh. The value of the place seemed a bit higher than its local haunts as the beers were either higher in price or same price but small drink glass portions. Overall, a decent place to watch TV and drink good beer.
jmm635 (87) Havertown, Pennsylvania | July 18, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Boy, this place has really changed for the better since my days in State College! The Z Bar has 50+ quality taps with lots of locals and a really nice bottle list. Judging by the signs around the bar they have a decent number of beer themed dinners. They have a large food menu but the quality is so so. Itís a college town though so you canít expect much in the food department. Surprisingly good option, though!
Brigadier (250) Clevelandish, Ohio | October 8, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 14/20
After stopping at the Hop Stop for a couple of singles I swung by upstairs. The selection was pretty robust - five Troegís Scratch beers (#71 through #76), six Elysian pumpkin seasonals, another half dozen or more locals, and very few filler taps.
I didnít really interact with the staff so I donít know how knowledgeable they are about what is on. However the prices did feel a bit on the steep side so I only had two pints before calling it a night. Other places may not have the same selection but can beat this place on price. Also the atmosphere was a bit sterile though it could have been the time of day.
All that said I might return here if I ever find myself back in State College just to see what is new. Assuming you donít mind slightly high prices the selection is tough to beat.
DiarmaidBHK (720) Pennsylvania | June 26, 2012| Updated August 5, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Wow this placed has sure changed since the last time I was here. Theyíve really embraced craft beer! The 57 taps are prominently located on the bar. The vibe was always awesome. Lots of dark wood, red benches, and an open space that leads to the patio. They have mostly local and regional taps button this day they were also doing 7 rogue taps and a Nebraska hop god. Iím glad there are now more places here besides the legendary Zenoís.
bobbypaulson (37) Fergus Falls, Minnesota | March 25, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
I worked in the kitchen here for my college career. Every week we would have a meet the brewers, where different breweries would come and showcase there beer. I was incharge of making the food pairings and it was great because I was able to drink the beer while on the clock to make sure I could pair them accordingly. The beer slection is great, although unfortunitly the wait staff knows less about the beers then they do about the food we serve (which is slim to none). I think the beer selection was great bt a little over priced , so go during happy hours.
auerbrau (300) Peace Dale, Rhode Island | February 8, 2011
54 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 2/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 12/20
When I went to the ZBar a few times during graduate school, I was generally appalled. The waitstaff knows next to nothing, the service is incredibly slow, the prices are high, the food is terrible and the atmosphere is douchey at best. Considering Zenoís is down the street, I donít see much reason to go here.
russwbeck (1) Tyrone, Pennsylvania | February 5, 2011
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
The Z Bar at the Deli is really where you want to go. They have 57 taps I believe and have a nice stock of bottles as well. When I was there last week they had 3 Dogfish Heads, 3 or 4 Ommegangs, 3 Rogue, Weyerbacher Fireside, a Nugget Nectar firkin along with some other Troegs on tap, bottles of 2009 Mad Elf, Duvel Green, and a lot else. Theyíve had Bitches Brew recently, and Hoptimum on the way.
The servers arenít knowledgeable of the beers, but the guy who runs the place is. Really an up and coming part of the State College craft beer scene.
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