“State College: A Drinking Town with a Football Problem.” That’s the slogan posted on many T-shirts in the downtown shops. The fall semester is dominated by activities surrounding football Saturdays. Visitors come in from across the country and double the population of State College. During the spring, as more people turn 21 through out the year, the bars become the place to be seen. Indigo and Cellblock are the premier dance clubs in town. Most students enjoy the feeling of drinking outside at Café 210 and the Gingerbread Man. Smaller bars like the Rathskeller and the Phyrst have a strong cult following.
Penn State tries to compensate for the local atmosphere by offering a lot of different activities through the HUB late at night. Many students do take advantage of what the HUB has to offer. However, the University simply can’t offer enough for a large student population crammed into a small area. The lack of nightlife accounts for the large drinking problem at Penn State, and, while the town is mostly safe, it is impossible to avoid roving groups of drunken students after 10 p.m. The best advice for finding things to do around State College is to find a group of friends and be creative—everyone is in the same situation, and many choose not to drink. As a result, some of the best times can be had outside of bars and large parties.