America's Best College Bars
The All-American Rathskeller, Penn State, State College, PA
When the Rathskeller opened as a beer garden in 1933, students were issued college meal tickets for food and beer; fast-forward about 80 years, and it’s the oldest continuously operating bar in the state. Black-and-white photos of boxing matches, football championships, and the campus, as it’s grown year-to-year, adorn the walls. When writer Timothy Leary visited, he took a liking to the tables, some of which are covered in patrons’ scrawled signatures, and wanted to buy one. The bar gave him a tabletop gratis, and Leary framed and hung it in his house.