Located just east of its namesake building, Capitol Lounge welcomes residents, visitors, and sports fans to its three politically minded barrooms and offers a menu of casual pub fare and a list of more than 75 beers. Upon entering the basement, the warm browns and leather textures of the Losers Lounge invite visitors into its chic and windowless expanses amid exposed brick and leather booths. The clink of balls on pool tables entertains players between sports plays on TV or before bites of classic wings tossed in house hot sauce.
Upon entering the Nixon Room, patrons are immediately ensconced in vintage decor, including bar-style dining seating, framed magazine covers of the former president, and an antique cigarette machine. For a bar experience with the feel of a neighborhood gathering place, guests step inside the Kennedy Room, with its wood-paneled ceiling that arcs atop crowds as flat-screen TVs pipe in sports and bartenders mix up cocktails and pour glasses of wine. Two covered outdoor patios also welcome visitors in the spring and summer.
Exposed beams, ecto-cooler-hued walls, and colorful seating give the bar a cool, futuristic, Ghostbusters'-day-off feel. Filling the industrial-looking interior are three full bars, eliminating waiting times. While sipping on bottled beers ($4–$6) or a glass of wine ($5–$7), take on a friend at one of six shuffleboard tables, seven pool tables, or six dartboards. Rocket Bar also boasts 14 draft selections ($4–$6), rail drinks ($5), and call liquors ($6.50), which provide enough throat lubrication to sing along with one of the two jukeboxes. Apply the value during happy hour (4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) to take advantage of reduced rates and specials, including $4 glasses of wine, draft of the month, rail drinks, and champagne. Challenge your neighborhood to dart games, host a Bastille Day party, or watch the game on one of 17 HDTVs.
The menu at Continental Modern Pool Lounge is contemporary and fresh, putting some English on dishes. Grab a sampling of appetizers like the wings (jerk, spicy, or honey-barbecue, $8.95), fried calamari with jalapenos ($9.95), and bubble bread (French-garlic-bread loaf with gorgonzola and mozzarella, $8.50). For a one-on-one dinner or tournament-stomach play, Continental offers sandwiches, salads, and baskets, so rack up a doggie basket (two beer-soaked, all-beef, grilled hot dogs with your choice of condiments, $7.95) or a crabby crabcake sandwich (with lettuce, tomato, and onion on a Kaiser roll, $9.95) and incinerate cuisine cravings.
Watching a game at Carpool is kind of like watching a game in your garage—if your garage is loaded with vintage automobile paraphernalia and an arsenal of 30 televisions. Penn State fans often park at tables inside the expansive space, which also features a game room with billiards, skeeball, and shuffleboard.
Fast Eddie's Sports and Billiards is the quintessential place to enjoy the game, offering plenty of TVs to watch, beers to drink, and foods to nosh. The selection of starters is diverse?as it includes kung pao shrimp, nachos, and Tex-mex spring rolls?as are the three varieties of sliders. Heartier fare varies from wild-caught salmon with sauteed veggies to a 12-ounce ribeye paired with mashed potatoes to the 1520 Club sandwich stacked with ham, turkey, and applewood bacon. The bar's namesake dish is the Big Eddie, two 100% Angus beef patty that can be topped with anything from chili and jalapenos to bacon and barbecue sauce, otherwise known as "juice" in the South.
Robbies Billiards has specialized in game-room layout and furniture for more than 50 years, carrying brands such as Brunswick, Olhausen, and Legacy. Robbies supplies straight shooters with sturdy pool-room playthings, including pool tables with durable slate surfaces, which are less likely to warp or stretch with age than tables made out of cardboard. Swedish Fish stashes can be concealed in the hidden bucket pockets of Destroyer 7-foot pool tables ($1,499), which encase gummy guppies in sleek, modern PVC laminate. Billiard boppers can also sink eight balls into leather shield pockets in Radley 8-foot pool tables ($1,699), which are available in four finishes and feature solid-hardwood feet decorated with ram's-head carvings that stay stubbornly still even in the face of barking sheepdogs.