Taps: 26 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
4.46/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $
The sign out front was designed in Microsoft Word. By someone who had never before used Word, and who probably didn't even know what fonts are. So imagine my surprise when, upon entering the building, it turned out to be decorated like a mid-70s heroin den, like the office of a bad guy in an episode of The Rockford Files. Lots of places go for a pleasantly masculine 1970's vibe, but they usually do so with a ton of vintage brewery swag and memorabilia. While I like those places, it's neat to see a different approach. Feels more genuinely classy and confident, but somehow manages not to seem uppity or oppressive.
Peak class, I tell you. The bartender said it used to be a private club. That makes sense, since the place is as much of a literal hole in the wall as I've ever been in. It's about the size of a narrow studio apartment, with lots of varnished wood and classy/gauche, semi-pornographic watercolors and a bas-relief behind the bar . There's also a fireplace.
The selection is fairly wide and the bartenders are both knowledgeable and friendly. There wasn't anything that was exceedingly rare, but the area seems wonderfully bereft of tick-obsessed beer geeks, and so good stuff stays around longer than it does in most places.
The best part, arguably, is the prices, which are the best I've seen in years. We're talking "Milwaukee in 2005"-style prices. All beers were either 3 or 4 bucks. Amazing.
06-29-2014 19:00:35 | More by mynie
4.5/5 rDev +3.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75 | $
Don Quixote, fireplaces, naked art, leather swivel barstools, tiny 19" TV in the corner if you want to watch something. I love this place just based on how I feel when I walk through the door.
Beer selection changes roughly every two weeks or so, give it 4 if you want a completely new menu to choose from. You get an honest to goodness 12oz pour for 3-5 bucks depending on the beer, highest you'll pay for a beer is 6 dollars and that's only on the really high abv stuff that would be 9 dollars anywhere else.
The wait staff is really knowledgeable, and friendly. Sit at the bar for sure, table service can be patchy, especially when they are busy.
The next best thing about this place other than the down to earth homey vibe, great selection, great prices, great service, great times (lump all those things together) is that you can order an uncle nicks gyro and cheese fries! CHEESE FRIES!!!
I almost forgot to mention, you can buy a sixer or a bomber to take home...but why would someone ever want to leave here?
03-02-2014 04:08:36 | More by smmeier819
4.46/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3 | $$
Not a typical bar at all...very narrow, straight bar with bar seating and a few tables.
What it lacks in space it makes up for in selection. From takeovers to regular taps, this place is the go-to for micros. Wait staff is knowledgeable, having a good idea of what's going on with the beers.
Should not miss if you're traveling through town. Literally a "corner bar"..make the effort to find it.
01-05-2014 03:57:48 | More by mkel0365
4.44/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $
Atmosphere: A small, very relaxed feel. No TVs, just an atmosphere where you have to enjoy the beer your drinking or chat with follow patrons. Is usually pretty quiet overall which is nice.
Quality: High quality with the brews they offer. I've enjoyed KBS and many other quality brews here. They recently tapped a 2010 Nemesis keg they had been storing. At any one time they will have a few gems on the menu.
Service: Always pretty good, its a small place so two people are usually working the whole place. Friendly and get you your beer in a timely fashion.
Selection: Like I said, always have some gems on the menu and many solid mainstays. Mainly US products, but when I'm complaining about that, I'm really getting picky. Any drinker can find something to enjoy here.
Food: They do serve food which comes from the establishment across the street which is called Uncle Nick's. They do have good food but I've never had it while at Oasis so I'll withhold judgement.
Value: Always running specials and can always get a great brew for about $3. Not going to find much better then Oasis.
Overall: My favorite bar to drink at in Rockford. It is tough to talk my non craft drinkers to coming since there are no TVs or macro beers they can drink but in a way that makes this place better. No doubt worth stopping in some time for a beer by yourself or with a group.
05-23-2013 20:58:16 | More by KFBR392
4.85/5 rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $
This is the best selection of craft beer you will find in Rockford. Not only is the beer cheap ($3+), but the staff is friendly, the atmosphere is warm & cozy, and the crowd is usually pretty interesting. I enjoy coming here at least once a week for the constantly updated beer menu.
01-26-2013 07:27:12 | More by 1beerqueer
4.28/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
I've been going to Oasis about once a week (sometimes once every two) for the past 2 years. I love this place. The bartenders are extremely nice, and always willing to chat. The place has an old 60s-70s tavern feel, with Don Quixote paintings lining the walls. 26 craft beer taps, with ONLY craft beer. They're all the cheapest I've seen in the Rockford area by far, and they rotate selection every week. No Guinness (usually) and never PBR.
However, this does not deter the hipsters from running amok in this place on weekend nights. Hipsters are why I can't rate the service and atmosphere higher; they come in fleets, talking about how the new Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs album is so understated, how they made their own scarves from hemp, and their new fixie bikes are organic.
All this aside, they deliver delicious gyros and BBQ fries from next door for cheap, or you can take a nice drunk stroll over to the gyro shop (open til like 2 AM) and chuckle at the antics of Rockford degenerates that come out of hiding when the sun goes down. Either way, it's a great time, and a great place to drop in.
10-26-2012 17:49:06 | More by Trifecta1
Oasis Micro-Pub in Rockford, IL
95 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.