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Oasis Micro-Pub

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Oasis Micro-PubOasis Micro-Pub

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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Photo of smmeier819
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
Photo of KFBR392
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

KFBR392, May 23, 2013
Photo of homebrew311
4.86/5  rDev +11.2%

After the huge disappointment which was Carlyle's, I gave the Oasis Micro Pub a shot. I walked in and it felt liked I walked in to someone's cozy living room. The bar stools and table chairs are oversized and padded comfy chairs ( There's a fireplace, about 5 tables, and a bar the has about 8 chairs. Very small and cozy. They had approx 20 beers on draft. This is where Oasis excels. In my opinion, this was the best variety I have seen for 20 taps at any bar. Mind you, I frequent some of the beer bars in Chicagoland which are great, but I was awed by the selection and pricing here. I had a DFH 90 min IPA for 4.50, and a Dark Horse Plead the 5th for 5.75. Others on draft included Rogue Nitro Stout (a blend of shakespeare and imperial stout) Rogue Charli ale, Boulder Flashback, Founders Dirty Bastard, Dark Horse Brown Ale (never even heard of this one), LH Milk Stout, DH Sapient TripAle, Celis White ale, among some others. The bartender was down to earth and extremely friendly. The crowd was older but fun and down to earth. The prices on the beers were also fantastic. The most expensive beer on the menu was 5.75 for a 12 oz pour of Plead the 5th (which is a 12% imp stout!), 3.50 for a pint of Founder's DB, and they had a whole list of beer specials (probably 6 or 7 of the selections) for a dollar off. The bartender was telling me that they recently scored a keg of Founders CBS. I was jealous that I missed out on that. It seems to me that the management of this bar have a very good relationship with their distributor and have a great knowledge of beer. This selection was well thought out and very well rounded. They don't have a bottle list for in house consumption, but they did have a list of carry out six pack, 4 packs, singles, and bombers. I was surprised to see KBS on this list at $7 a bottle (that includes tax). So in other words, a bar in
Rockford still has KBS and sells it for less than Sam's in Chicago. I was in heaven at this place, I will definitely make a stop here every time I am in the area.

homebrew311, Jul 19, 2009
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
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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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4.46/5  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.