Better Know A Bar: Chrome Liquor Lounge
With more than 32 bars in town, it’s hard to pick the right one to head to on Saturday night. That brings us to our newest series: Better Know A Bar. We will help you find the best specials, drinks, and food in town so you can better plan your attack on the night. To get things started, let’s take a look at an up-and-coming bar: Chrome Liquor Lounge.
Name: Chrome Liquor Lounge
Owner: Zahi Elhaj
Managing Consultant: A.J. Madden
Location: Chrome is nestled right underneath Beaver Plaza and shares a liquor license with its neighbor, Brewsky’s Bottle Shop. For those that live on the west side, it’s one of the first bar stops, but the farthest from the east side of town.
History: Opening its doors on Dec. 18, 2012, Chrome has been serving drinks in State College for the last two and a half years. Before it opened its doors, the Beaver Ave. location was previously the home for Are U Hungry, also owned by Elhaj. Originally known as Chrome Hookah Lounge, confusion between patrons as to whether it was a bar or a hookah lounge arose. Noticing this uncertainty, Chrome rebranded itself as Chrome Liquor Lounge in August 2014.
Signature Drink: Strawberry Basil Mojito. It’s a tasty drink infused with strawberries, basil, simple syrup, Bacardi Dragonberry, and soda water. You can pick them up $2 off during happy hour.
Specials: Chrome offers arguably the best specials in town, serving higher-end alcohol like Grey Goose, Jack Daniels, and Patron at cheaper than normal prices during happy hour. On Wednesday nights from 10-12 p.m., Chrome offers half off all drinks and beers, $2 off all craft cocktails and martinis, and $2 Long Island Ice Teas, its feature of the day from 8-12 p.m. On Thursday nights, arguably its best happy hour, you can grab $2 drinks and beers from 10-12 p.m., including craft beers that typically cost more than $4. Also on Thursday nights, Chrome serves $3 Red Bull Vodkas from 8-12 p.m. During the weekend, the special is the same as it is Wednesday night, without offering its feature of the day.
Food: Since it rebranded itself as Chrome Liquor Lounge, the bar has made an effort to increase its food menu, notably its appetizers. Utilizing fresh ingredients every day, Chrome serves up typical bar food like nachos, wings, and burgers, but guests can also sample more unique dishes like tomato bruschetta. The best part? All food items on Chrome’s menu are $5 every night from 8-10 p.m.
Fun Fact: Chrome prides itself on its cleanliness and upscale environment. Although this is noticeable to the eyes, Chrome’s best feature is noticeable to the ears. Designed by a Penn State professor, Chrome’s sound amplifies throughout the bar, yet it’s still easy to hold a conversation. What look like murals of famous skylines such as New York, Paris, and Chicago, are actually sound absorbers found in recording studio to ensure the music remains crisp and clear. DJs in State College consistently agree that Chrome is one of their favorite places to play.
Key Features: Chrome is a smaller than normal bar, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in uniqueness. Featuring four 50″ TVs, Chrome provides an entertaining atmosphere. Well known as a hookah bar, Chrome recently switched to electronic hookahs and installed a state of the art ventilation system that mimics one you may find at a casino. Like the drinks, the Hookahs are reasonably priced. On Wednesday and Thursday nights, you can snag a Hookah for $15 or get 2 for $22. On Fridays and Saturdays, a hookah costs $19, but refills are $12. Every night, Chrome hosts a different DJ capable of playing an entertaining set. Also, on Wednesday nights, guests celebrating their birthday can test their luck and spin Chrome’s birthday wheel with a chance to win a $50 gift card, champagne for their entire birthday party, or a Gran Patron Margarita, a drink that typically cost $40.
Next Stop: The Phyrst to talk table wars and trashcans.