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Tapwerks Ale House & Café

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89
very good

52 Ratings
Ratings: 52
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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snaotheus

Washington

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.

04-29-2010 01:42:11 | More by snaotheus
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wolfinthemirror

Oklahoma

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.

03-27-2010 07:09:00 | More by wolfinthemirror
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evilbunnee

Oklahoma

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.

02-05-2010 05:34:22 | More by evilbunnee
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bump8628

Oklahoma

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.

12-29-2009 15:52:33 | More by bump8628
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MOShepp

Missouri

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.

11-02-2009 02:07:29 | More by MOShepp
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Redrover

Illinois

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.

10-01-2009 19:12:15 | More by Redrover
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spiveym

Georgia

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.

07-20-2009 01:07:20 | More by spiveym
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mugglesandhops

Oklahoma

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.

02-08-2009 05:43:01 | More by mugglesandhops
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sleazo

New York

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.

08-20-2008 02:44:46 | More by sleazo
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jdubjacket

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%

Trying to pass the time in Oklahoma City, we stopped by this place to have a couple of brews. Cool building on the outside - it was an old furniture shipping warehouse according to our server. The atmosphere was kind of confusing... It seemed like it wanted to have the laid back old-time feel with leather chairs and couches, and old wooden furniture. But then the place was littered with televisions, flags from around the world, loudspeakers, and neon signs. It didn't quite know what it wanted to be. Service was pretty knowledgeable. I went there with my family, and as soon as the servers realized we knew something about beer, they really gave us special attention. A good selection. I'm spoiled since I have Brickstore Pub as my normal watering hole, but for Oklahoma City, this was not that bad. Overall, this is a good place for a beer. It just needs to lose the signs, the TV's and the speakers.

06-30-2008 17:54:00 | More by jdubjacket
Tapwerks Ale House & Café in Oklahoma City, OK
89 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.