**Review Disclaimer - I am the lead singer of the band "Walk of Shame" and the band recently played a show at Cafe 210**
When I first thought about playing at State College, Cafe 210 was one of the three bars that I circled on my list to really work on to get Walk of Shame in there. The bar has an amazing reputation as one of, if not the premier live music venue in State College.
Let me ramble on here a bit: Barsmart is based out of Pittsburgh, PA, which has a VASTLY different attitude on live entertainment. State College has ALWAYS embraced live bands, and quite frankly does it better than any other college town that I've played in. Walk of Shame has played at just about every college within 150 miles of Pittsburgh.
The venue has one of the nicest patios in State College, and when the weather is nice, it's usually filled with PSU's "beautiful people". The drink prices are standard college-bar - Cheap beer (Miller and Coors) pitchers around $5.50 each, Jagerbombs were only 4 bucks, Bacardi pitchers were $6 bucks.
Just about every bar at PSU charges a cover, so it's never an issue. We've played at schools where patrons seriously complain about paying a 3 dollar cover. As such, bar owners then get uneasy about charging one. I'd say for insane drink specials and consistently good entertainment - both of which Cafe 210 provides, it's a no brainer.
Bathrooms weren't great, but it's a college bar at the heart of it all, so the expectations weren't high. Great ambiance with all of the "bar tour" graffiti on the walls make you realize the history that Cafe 210 has. Great pictures of other great bands that have played at Cafe 210 are on the walls. The food was pretty good - I had a Philly Cheesesteak (which they actually offered the right way, "wit" and all) which was solid.
We had a pretty good show there. The fine folks from Barsmart.com were in the house, and had some awesome beer koozie's to pass out to the crowd. They went through 200 of them in about 30 minutes. The energy never really left during the night - the crowd was easy to work, very receptive and interactive with the music, and partied right.
Like I said - you've got three bars up there that as someone who has live entertainment at the top of my agenda have to be checked out: Cafe 210, The Saloon, and The Skeller. The Skeller is a dungeon, and Cafe 210 offers a great stage, amazing in-house sound, and a great environment to party.