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89
very good

55 Ratings
Ratings: 55
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.64%
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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Photo of csiewert
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%

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
Photo of chiccabeer
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%

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 +8.6%

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 -0.3%

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 +15.7%

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 +3.5%

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 -30.6%

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
Photo of MOShepp
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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 +6.6%

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 -6.6%

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 -9.1%

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%

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
Photo of jdubjacket
4.08/5  rDev +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.

jdubjacket, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of tronester
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%

TapWerks is an Irish style pub with a very large number of beers on tap. When I was there, it was rather slow, but that was most likely due to it being a Sunday afternoon. The waitress was friendly and attentive. As I mentioned before, the selection is huge, but I think this comes at a price. One of the people I was there with ordered one of their samplers which comes with several different beers. One of the beers (Spaten Helles) reeked of butter. It tasted very unusual. The other beers were good, but that aspect was rather unappealing. The food is ok, the prices ok as well, but don't expect amazing cuisine, this is a beer bar. I thought the place was nice, but I would be sure to either order bottled beers in the future, or drink a beer on tap that has a fast rotation.

tronester, May 19, 2008
Photo of czechsaaz
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%

Walking in, there's lots of wood and it has a great "pub" feel. Plush leather couches and overstuffed chairs in the front, nice long bar, and tables and booths throughout.

Very nice taplist. Good Belgians, nice imports, really good selection of micros from around the country. Way better than I was expecting to find in this neck of the woods and based on previous reviews. Bottle list isn't all that extensive but there's some of interesting stuff depending on your mood.

Service gets a big check plus. The first beer I ordered was a mid-west brewery that I'm familiar with but haven't had this one. The bartender told me he just tapped a new keg 15 minutes ago and I might want to have something else and let it settle for a bit cause he had to muscle it into the serving fridge. Honesty rules! Later when I asked him about the brewery, (yeah, I'm a dick I was testing him..) he knew his shit. Knew his Belgians too.

I ate elswhere before I came here so can't comment on the food.

Pints of micros are generally $5, Imports are a likttle higher but still reasonable.

Beer snobs headed for Oklahoma on business, do not despair. This is a very nice place!!!

czechsaaz, May 06, 2008
Photo of stephens101
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

My favorite local brewpub. When I'm downtown I always make sure I stop in here for at least a couple of brews. Selection is very good for these parts, with a nice selection of seasonals on tap. Had a few too many Left Hand Winter Warmers on New Years, whoah. Wait staff is knowledgeable, and have always been friendly. The building has a somewhat old and rustic feel to it, which actually enhances the experience for me. It's a brewpub, not a high-falutin' winery people. As for the food, make your dinner plans elsewhere. If you're ever in our fair city stop by Tapwerks. You may not be blown away, but you will enjoy the experience.

stephens101, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of TeeCee
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%

Thanks to BeerAdvocate.com, I stopped in here when in Oklahoma City for work.

The TapWerks web site offered some information that I couldn't follow when I got there so I may not have seen all that this place has to offer.

For instance, the web site mentions upstairs as a lounge environment and downstairs as the dining room, I saw the long bar with all of the taps downstairs and didn't bother with upstairs. Nor did I see any traffic going upstairs.

Also, their website mentions 212 taps but the bar downstairs sports closer to 100.

But none of this took away from my enjoyment.

The atmosphere was alright with a higher than I would like it bar (as compared to the height of the bar stools) and the rather bland display of the taps on the wall. I'm sure it's difficult to display so many taps with standard restaurant equipment, but the lined up taps on copper is just a bit sterile to me.

The few beers I had were all good quality, nothing tasting old even though I was warned that one of them might have been around a while.

I happened to be their on a Monday night when Patrick, their beer buyer, bartends. Patrick was friendly and knowledgeable and caught on quick to the kind of beer I liked.

The selection on tap is probably the largest I've seen with lots of imports and domestic craft brews. I saw too many beers I've never had to think of anything they didn't have that I might want. I have favorites, but I'm a sucker for a new beer and that's what I always try to order when in a new place.

I have more business in OKC and I expect to be going back to TapWerks as long as I bring my GPS. I must have travelled on four interstates on my eight mile journey.

TeeCee, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of Chefie
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%

Although TapWerks has a great selection of tap and bottled beer it is marred by other shortcomings. To start, the place though old, is very dirty and not well kept. Staff is also hit and miss, some are knowledgeable and friendly some are far from it. The product is also a little high in price compared to other bars in the area. This is the only TapWerks I've gone to, but I've been to other beer bars that blow this one out of the water. Overall, I would recommend it on the basis of selection (we are limited in this part of the country).

Chefie, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of McStagger
2.69/5  rDev -32.1%

While on the surface this should be the best beerhouse in oklahoma city, it lacks overall. The rustic, blue collar aspect is betrayed by some exceedingly expensive beers and less than clean interiors. While there were well over a hundred beers on tap or in bottle, my first three selections were met with the response "we don't carry those anymore" or "we can't get that in right now". D'oink! Why's it on the menu, then? Nobody likes a tease. Especially a fermented one. To top that, the bartenders seem to play favorites when they're not busy, and when they are, well...enjoy the wait. And...AND, they charge cover on the weekend. Still, there are beers here that you can't get anywhere else in the city, so it's not all bad.

McStagger, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of TheSarge
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%

I was very surprised to find a place such as the TapWerks in Oklahoma City. I was initially under the guise that one could not purchase beer in this state that was above 3.2%. Apparently, as long as you consume the brew on scene, all is okay. Anyhow, the tap selection is at least in the 80s, and they have anything from decent IPAs to Belgian Lambics. The prices weren't too bad either and the beer was surprisingly fresh for the amount of different brews that they had. The bartender was a good chap and knowledgeable too.

TheSarge, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of chrhowe
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Being from OKC this is about the best selection available in the state. Others have said that the service could be a bit better, and they're right. I once sat at a table 5 feet from the bar and waited fifteen minutes for a guinness. Maybe the girl was having an off-night, it happens. The food is good, but once again put your patience hat on.
However, there is no where else in town that provides this large of a selection. The closest place with more that I know of is Dallas. Overall a great place to mingle with folks and get some great brew.

chrhowe, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%

I been to the TapWerks Ale House in Bricktown a couple of times and enjoyed myself both times. The selection of beers is incredible... i think the bartender told me there 108 taps, and most were flowing, only half dozen dead soldiers. That's impressive to me. I was curious what kind of effort it took to keep that many taps clean; i imagined it would be like painting the Golden Gate Bridge! He indicated that he never touches the taps...that each of the distributors services their own plumbing. The staff was very attentive and reasonably knowledgeable.

The atmosphere is comfortable enough and there is plenty of room. They weren't real busy either time i went in. I had dinner there once, with a gang from work. I had a salmon dish and my friends all had steak. They complained about their meals being tough. Mine was nothing to rave about either, but i guess you don't go to the Mid-West and expect a fish dish to be off the charts (but the steaks didn't get it either so...). Prices were reasonable. I highly recommend it because it's all about the beer!!

jjayjaye, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of Bierguy5
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%

Location in Bricktown. Atmosphere is very nice. Old, restored building, nice woodwork. Great beer related pictures on the wall, jazzy music playing lightly in the background. Dimly lit, but still pleasant. Quality is a slight problem. 2 different hefeweizens that I ordered were completely sour. Such is the fate of multi-tap houses at times. Service was very good, our waitress was very nice and gave us very good service for a large party. Selection is nice, but I must complain here. 3 different beers that I ordered were out. The tap handles were still there, and they were out. Why are the handles still on? Is it to brag about having 105 beers on tap, because if so that is a little dishonest. I can understand things being out, but don't advertise them as being on tap. The food that everyone had was good. I wish they had a few more American craft beers available. Despite my complaints, still a good stop, just be aware that you may not get what you want. Or your second and third choice.

Bierguy5, Nov 24, 2004
Photo of ddarden
4/5  rDev +1%

I visited the Bricktown location of Tapwerks while in OKC visiting the inlaws (a great reason to go drink beer). This location is in an old warehouse and had a nice atmosphere to it. Very high, exposed beam ceilings and a long copper top bar with atleast a hundred taps. I was given a menu the minute I sat down and it listed all the beers by style and country. The bartender was moderately knowledgeable and provided good service. As far as the beer selection, it was heavily weighted with imports. A lot of german beer on tap and even two Belgians (Chimay Cinq Cents and one other that I don't remember). They had also just started carrying Orval in the bottle. They did serve the Belgian beer in the proper glassware as well. The only two knocks I have on this bar were the lack of selection of quality US micros and dry taps. I actually had three orders that hit the dry taps. Overall I enjoyed the bar and sampled quite a few good beers and would recommend a visit if you in OKC.

ddarden, Nov 22, 2004
Photo of fastfwd
4/5  rDev +1%

This is the Tapwerks downtown in the Bricktown entertainment district. Best selection of any beer bar in Oklahoma that I'm aware of. They charge a cover if you visit on the weekends after around 9 pm, but they do have a band. This is the place to come if you want to check out the opposite sex and drink some really good beer. It's pretty large with an upstairs that has darts and several pool tables. They have a pretty neat jukebox too.

I went there tonight before the 4th of July fireworks show downtown. I went upstairs to avoid the crowd and the bartender had to go downstairs to get a beer menu for me, but at least he didn't just tell me they didn't have one. What is the deal with beer menus at Tapwerks? He came back with one that was nearly worn out. I have a hard time understanding the difficulty in keeping menus handy. I hope that they aren't that straped for cash it would be a shame if they shut down. I stuck them with an average on service for the lack of menus.

Update Feb. 29th '08

I recently got job near downtown giving me a good excuse to visit Tapwerks more often. I was in there last week and they had a bartender, Joey, who was very well versed in beer and distinctions between offerings. Good to see somebody that knows beer working behind the bar at Tapwerks.

fastfwd, Jul 05, 2003
Tapwerks Ale House & Café in Oklahoma City, OK
89 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.