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Oasis Micro-Pub

Not Rated.
Oasis Micro-PubOasis Micro-Pub
BA SCORE
95
world-class

26 Ratings
Ratings: 26
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.84%
Taps: 26
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar ]

901 E State St
Rockford, Illinois, 61104-1023
United States
phone: (815) 964-7777

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(Place added by: hoosier222002 on 11-26-2008)
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Reviews by ZenAgnostic:
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3.78/5  rDev -13.5%

Inexpensive if you buy to go (at or near retail). Somewhere around twice as much if you drink at the bar (typical).

Decent selection, though they were out of many of the beers on their menu. The to-go menu was much larger, and had lots of beers you couldn't drink while at the bar. To-go is sold by the 6pack unless otherwise specified as 4packs. They had Founders Breakfast Stout when I went.

Food was pretty legit. Prices were generally good.

Service was snarky but nice. Apparently the guy who owns/runs the place does it as a labor of love more than as a business, so that's why the beers are so near to retail. At least, this is according to the bartendress.

They let you buy 5oz samples of beers for usually $1, but sometimes $2. Maybe even $3 for the really top shelf beers.

A little too dim for rating appearance, but that is just all too common these days.

ZenAgnostic, Sep 20, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of EmptyPockets
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Always a great selection of handles and the bartenders are well educated on the beer offerings.

EmptyPockets, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of rhynosorus
4/5  rDev -8.5%

rhynosorus, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of mynie
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

mynie, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of TheSpiceMustFlow
5/5  rDev +14.4%

TheSpiceMustFlow, May 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Piske41, Mar 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

foretheloveofbeer, Mar 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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, Mar 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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?

smmeier819, Mar 02, 2014
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4.46/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

mkel0365, Jan 05, 2014
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Oasis Micro-Pub in Rockford, IL
95 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.