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Tapwerks Ale House & Café

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89
very good

58 Ratings
Ratings: 58
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.92%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

121 E Sheridan Ave
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73104-2419
United States
phone: (405) 319-9599

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @tapwerks

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4.02/5  rDev +1.8%

DenverHopHead, Apr 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

andyjeigh, Mar 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

greencovesteve, Feb 27, 2014
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4.17/5  rDev +5.6%

This bar is in a great location downtown, a short walk from the arena and in the heart of Bricktown.

The atmosphere is decent but not endearing at all. Very much a pub feel. Upstairs has a smoking area (haven't seen one of those in years) and overall the place is huge.

Tap selection was fantastic and the bottle list was decent too (relative to what is available in OKC). Didn't eat here, but the menu wasn't all that interesting so we went elsewhere for food.

TheSevenDuffs, Nov 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Danielr26, Nov 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

jaydoc, Oct 12, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev +4.6%

Checked this place out on back to back nights while on a business trip to OKC. After taking the recommendations from others I felt like this was the best place to find some beers that I don't typically get in NY. The bar has a good atmosphere and of course college football was on because it was kick off weekend. The bartenders were pretty knowledgeable and were able to point me in the right direction for local choices. They had new beers from Boulevard, COOP, Choc and Roughtail (newer brewery in OK). Overall I was very pleased with the beer selection. The food was good, nothing over the top but good enough for me. I would definitely recommend checking this place out when in the area.

BeerTwigs, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of sipdemsuds
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%

I like this place. they have a very good selection of beers for Oklahoma. The bar staff is knowledgable and the food is pretty damn good. They keep sports on the multiple screens and will even change the stations to accomodate the patrons. Sometimes the music is a bit much, but other than that, it's a good place to chill.

sipdemsuds, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%

Stopped in Labor Day weekend on a Saturday 2pm-ish..

Some nod to beer, but more of just a really loud (even at 2 PM)place with tons of big screens. I like a a place where I can talk over a pint,, this aint the place. Had my kids with me when more than one profanity laced/racist rap rap/hip-hop song blares over the audio system. The waitress stated it was Pandora or some such music service, so they couldn't control the content. At that point I mentioned they could control the volume..

Waitress was attentive & somewhat smart on beer

Beers were alright, nothing wowed me. Selection was pretty good, but plenty of of wasted taps. I thought more OKlahoma & Regional beers should on offer based on what I know we get here

Food was alright, didn't enjoy my crab cakes (crappy) & or my pannini (meh), but my kids & wife liked their's

Pricey for what you get, not sure why Bricktown really rates these prices (rent???)

Would visit again without my kids, when looking for a not quiet pint (never got a full pint o for 3) , but would not seek out

russpowell, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of shemberger
3.2/5  rDev -19%

I stay in bricktown frequently for business and tap werks is my go to place for beer, food is not why you come here although republic and mcnellies in okc both prove you can have good beer with good food.

The service is good, the bar tenders are hit or miss with beer knowledge, sometimes 106 taps are too much for one person to handle.

There are always beers on tap that I can't find at home that are must tries which keeps me coming back. I almost always find someone at the bar to chat with the customer base is very friendly.

The odd thing about the taps is that those in the center are colder than those on the ends. Maybe it's due to the length of the lines, I'm told the cooler is on the second floor.

My real gripe is in glass ware, I've had Weiss served in a pint glass, pint glasses are not 16oz ever and pours are always short with way too much head, I've also been served "pints" in 12 oz Sam Adams glasses, worst of all is I've had "12 oz" beers served in 25 cl glasses, which is about 8.5 ounces.

Maybe it's me but if you charge for 16 oz or 12 oz you should serve that amount.

My quandary is that it has the best beer within walking distance to my hotel especially with OK's nutty 3.2 rules.

shemberger, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of Amp
1.4/5  rDev -64.6%

First off let me start by saying this used to be one of my favorite bars in Oklahoma City. It has a great location in Bricktown that was a perfect stop before Thunder games. That was until my opinion drastically changed over the last several months. On one occasions I ordered a beer that is listed on the menu as on tap, only to be brought a bottle of the beer. When I asked if I was mistaken about what the menu had said the waitress told me that they were out of it on tap and there was no difference between tap and bottle anyway! On another occasion I ordered a St. Bernardus abt. 12 and was served it in a plastic cup! Yeah $7.50 for a plastic cup. The bartenders are the worst part. They know absolutely nothing about beer nor do they care to know anything about it either. The food is ok at best and they charge to get to get in the door after 7 on Friday and Saturday nights. If you are looking for a good place that you can actually get good beer from someone who actually cares about beer in OKC check out mcnellies or republic and skip all the rude people at Tapwerks.

Amp, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%

Some beer-savvy Okies told us about this place and the wife and I sure were not going to miss it in our first visit to Oklahoma City together. Located in the cool area of Bricktown, barely a block from Bricktown Brewery, this is a loft-like space with exposed pipes, wood and a cozy vibe. Lots of room to roam, plenty of tables and a big bar.

102 taps, plus just about the same quantity at a bar upstairs that opens only at night. The joint was mostly empty on a Friday at 2:30 pm when we visited, sunny and hot outside in late January. Good service, although I’m not sure how much our server knew about beer. I asked if they have any barleywines and she said “we have lots”, only to come back saying there are none.

As always with these places, I am a bit disappointed with the selection. I guess one always expects more from a joint with so many taps… but it was good enough. I saw Oak-aged Yeti, Tallgrass Buffalo, Choc Winter Stout and Coop Reserve Oak-Aged among the stouts on tap… plus IPA’s like Anderson valley, Hercules, Titan, 400 Monkey, Alpha Dog and Big Sky. Some seasonals and rarities on tap too, such as Scaldis Noel, Nogne Double IPA (also at McNellie’s in Tulsa) and Sam Adams Cherry Bock.

Prices were high. This is Oklahoma, folks, and you're charging me $7 for a snifter of a local beer?? Sure it is an oak-aged imperial stout, but still... three beers came up to $23 after tax and tip.

I may not sound terribly enthusiastic about this joint, but this is definitely a place to visit and revisit when in OK City.

DoubleSimcoe, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of coldriver
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%

Tapwerks is located in the Bricktown district in a great old brick building. The number of taps in this place is spectacular and I really like that they have so many Oklahoma selections with several great choices from Coop, Marshall, Redbud, etc. Waitresses are typically beer knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive. Place gets very busy on the weekends but I always enjoy the mix of people who frequent Tapwerks. Food is adequate bar faire. I seem to get up to OKC about every six months and a visit to Tapwerks is always a big highlight of the trip.

coldriver, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of csiewert
3.83/5  rDev -3%

This place is located right in the heart of OKCs only thriving nightlife area and can get pretty packed on the weekends... so expect to pay a cover and fight for a seat if you plan on going then. The beer selection is great (for Oklahoma)... It is the largest in Oklahoma, but unfortunately they are limited to what they can get (which is not their fault). The place has a nice old town feel with what look like original wood floors and ceilings... some might find it "dirty" because of the age, but we don't need them anyways. The food is a good selection of traditional bar food... the fish and chips are great. The service is pretty average, but slightly better than other places around the area.

Overall one of the better places in Bricktown if you are an avid beer drinker.

csiewert, Mar 25, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -5.6%

TapWerks is a good bar in Bricktown. There is a huge selection of beers on tap and a decent selection of beers in a bottle. They usually keep around 120 different beers on tap, and there is a good selection of German beers. The food is average for downtown, and is consistent with pricing for food in the area. On Saturdays they have live music which is good, but they have a cover price around seven bucks which is bad. I believe they also have a beer club, but I do not know how they track the beers.

chiccabeer, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of bwilborn63
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%

I was pleasantly shocked to find this place in the OKC, land of state regulated beer (I still don't get that, but whatev.) I love the building - it has a groovy industrial revolution vibe to it. There's nothing like it in So Cal.

I was not familiar with the local brews, so I tried a Coop Native Amber and a Great Divide Titan and I was pleased with both.

The fish and chips are decent for being so far from the ocean; the fish was not the best I've had, but it satisfied my needs. The fries, on the other hand, were outstanding.

I will definitely return if/when I am in the OKC again.

bwilborn63, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of snaotheus
3.95/5  rDev 0%

Went there midafternoon on a Monday, great selection for Oklahoma and a pretty darn good selection for places that actually support beer. Service was very friendly, helpful, and fast, but not very knowledgeable about beer. The bartender recommended Paulaner Salvator Doppelbock as her choice of stout. They classify their beer by color, regardless of style, so IPAs, lagers, and tripels are all grouped together.

Beer quality was good -- I had Maharaja on tap for the first time, and it was in good shape. They had just tapped it that day or the day before, though.

Food was pretty good -- not excellent, but all we tried was nachos. Prices were pretty reasonable, some of them a little high. They do price on a per beer basis.

snaotheus, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%

Stopped by here when we got into town early for a Thunder basketball game later that night, as it is just blocks away from the arena, and the consensus was that we were all glad we did.
This place was great. Very nice selection on tap, practically an entire wall with nothing but tap lines. A beautiful sight!
I had a local COOP Native Amber to start off, which paired really well with the appetizer chili cheese fries (highly recommended). I also had a Titan IPA, Rogue Dead Guy Ale, and finished things off with another local brew, Marshall IPA.
Despite what some reviewers said, Every beer I ordered seemed very fresh, especially the Titan. And I went in there concerned the people complaining would have a point, but I found no evidence of it, only to the contrary.

The food is also really good, I had a burger and the appetizer I mentioned. Everyone I was with liked it. The server was very kind and a great waitress, she offered advice on beers if anyone asked, and helped with suggestions.

The atmosphere and decor is all pretty warm and inviting, the place looks worn in, and that's a good thing. very cool building for this establishment, and THE PLACE for good brew before or after an NBA game, or whatever else you might be downtown for.

They weren't too busy at 5 when we first arrived, but it quickly started to fill up. we were glad we got a table when we did and there was no wait.

I will definitely be stopping in here again any time i'm in the city.

wolfinthemirror, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of evilbunnee
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

Being a local, I always wonder if my opinion is a little skewed, as Tapwerks has always been a bit of a haunt for me and my friends, however, having had friends from out of town tell me that they really liked the place, I feel my reviews are justified.

The waitstaff is always very helpful, and they really know what they are talking about. A lot of the time, if you can't decide, they are more than happy to offer suggestions based on what types you like, and they will often give you a sample if you are not sure.

The building itself has a kind of dingy feel to it, but on the day the place opened, it had the same feel. I think like a lot of the warehouse district, they are trying to look worn, broken in, and cozy. Most of the time, it works, but on a really busy night, you can start to feel like maybe they could use a few brooms.

The selection is outstanding, and they have a lot of samplers, as well as a club to get you drinking them all.

Their food is usually really good, but I have had a few dishes come out cold, always on nights that they were really busy.

evilbunnee, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of bump8628
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

TapWerks is located in the Bricktown district just a stone's throw from the Bricktown Ballpark.

The interior is rather dark, almost dingy (and not in the cozy Oxford pub sort of way), with some Irish/English and other wannabe-Euro decor. The bar spans a majority of the lower floor and sports a huge selection of draught beers (easily a hundred or more). They also carry a nice selection of locals.

I've been on several occasions and my major complaint with this place has always been with the quality of the beers. Although they have a load of taps, they seem to go through very little stock so a lot of the beer is well past its freshness period. Also, the tap area (drip tray, blacksplash, etc.) always seems kind of dirty, which is also a turnoff. Most of the beer is $5-6 per pint, which is comparable to other local establishments, but for the quality I feel like I'm getting ripped off.

I've never eaten here so I can't comment on the food. Service has always been very good, but there's never been more than a handful of people in the place when I've been, so I don't know what it's like when it's crowded.

It really seems to have some potential, but needs some major updating.

If you're looking for a beer bar in OKC I would avoid TapWerks and drive 3 minutes north to McNellie's where the beer is the same price, but in much better condition.

Update: A few recent visits turned up nothing but stale beer and poor, uneducated service. And what is up with the cover on Fridays and Saturdays? If I wanted a club atmosphere I would hit up Skyy Bar across the street. This is supposed to be a beer bar. This place sucks. Can Oklahoma please get our beer act together.

bump8628, Dec 29, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

I was in OK City with my wife and kids, we stopped in for a late lunch. It's an old warehouse,high ceilings, roomy, lots of dark woods, British or Irish feel to it.

Then there's the wall of taps. I think they said well over 100. You have to see this if your in town. The only disapointment,(and it's not their fault)is that we have a lot of the same beers in Missouri.

My wife and I were impressed with the food, very tasty and interesting variety, they even had a weekday lunch special so it was even reasonable. The place was dead at 1:00 on a weekday, but was perfect since we had our 5 year old and teenager.

Service was good and a good recomendation on a local IPA they had on nitro tap. If I'm in town again I will be back.

MOShepp, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of Redrover
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%

Tap Weeks is located in a nice older building.

As you enter, you will notice the music area on your right. They have free music several nights per week and the singer/guitar player during my visit was pretty solid. There are some comfy couches if you wish to sit close to the music.

This is a large space with a 2nd floor. It has a high ceiling with exposed beams and ductwork. They have a decent number if TVs to watch sports and a good sound track add to the ambiance. The floors are very well worn with some spots even having metal patches. They have lots of beer memorabilia on display and run some very good specials with Boulevard Beers when the Oklahoma U & OSU are playing.

The copper topped bar seats about 25. While sitting at the bar you will see the 106 taps on display. In addition, they offer about 75 bottles. The beer menu lists all beers by color and then country of origin. They offer a good mix of locals, imports (Belgium, UK and German) and lots of CO & West Coast favorites. Maybe the biggest selection of Boulevard Beers I have seen.

I think you will find plenty of options to try. Notice the cool ceramic Spaten tower that offers 4 choices from that brewery. They also offer 7 different sampler trays.

The menu while not expansive, offers some nice salads, burgers, pizzas and sandwiches. The fries are very good.

The bar staff is well versed in beer, is friendly and very free with samples. It can also be a bit slow.

Prices were fine for me but may be a bit high compared to local competition.

This is the one place you have to stop if your downtown Oklahoma City.

Redrover, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of spiveym
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%

Impressive display but none of the selections were anything I hadn't seen in other beer bars. TapWerks is located in a great old building in a fun historic downtown area, with a brewpub a block away and a minor-league ballpark nearby. Safe to walk around and very touristy. Inside, the staff were very attentive even after it got crowded, around 4pm on a Saturday. Ordered the bratwurst and it was very bland - really needed the spicy mustard and sauerkraut to give it any flavor. That said it paired well enough with a Spaten dopplebock. Talked to the manager and they are revamping the limited menu and promise it's going to improve. Regardless, nice place to go when you're in OKC.

spiveym, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of mugglesandhops
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%

Me and the wife stopped in and gas lunch here today (Saturday) and at 11:30 it was dead in here. The service was decent, but nothing to write home about. The selection was fair, nothing spectacular though. Beers from Belgium, Canada, Germany, all over. A few different Left Hands, Rogues, Boulevards, and a hand full of Oklahoma beers. I had a Rogue Chocolate Stout and a Marshall's Atlas IPA. The wife and I both had the club sandwich and it was tasty and priced fair. I will probably check out the other pubs on OKC before going back here.

mugglesandhops, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of sleazo
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Visited this place whilst on business in OKC. Located in the Bricktown area, it seems to be quite the jumping place. Was fairly crowded on a Monday night. This is a two leveled saloon like atmosphere with a huge bar ont he right as you enter. There were a good 100+ taps that I saw plus more in the bottles. While there was nothing too extraordinary, there were a lot. The beer list read more like a best of the 70's rock mix. You know all the songs, but some of them are classics.

That said I was pleased to try a Choc 1919 as I always search out the local whether it is food or beer. If memory serves me correct, I also had a Fullers Porter, Bridgetown IPA and some Rogue. There were other beers from Rogue, Boulder, Unibroue, Spaten and Boulevard. Like I said, lots of choice but nothing you haven't had before. Everything I had did taste fresh.

The service was excellent. While the bar was crowded I always was asked for a refill and was able to chat up the bartenders who really knew their stuff. They also really went out of their way to make sure I was satisfied. There was also some band playing though they were just average. A full bar is on offer as one of the young ladies next to me tried to pawn off a shot of tequila on me that some guy bought her.

All in all a fun place with good beer, especially for the area. Worth a visit if you live there or happen to be in town.

sleazo, Aug 20, 2008
Tapwerks Ale House & Café in Oklahoma City, OK
89 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.