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89
very good

59 Ratings
Ratings: 59
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.92%
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of Danielr26
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of MOShepp
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of czechsaaz
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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!!!

Photo of TeeCee
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of coldriver
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of bwilborn63
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of sipdemsuds
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Redrover
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of DelMontiac
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Tapwerks at Bricktown happened to be straight across the street from my hotel. Geez, what a coincidence. I've always heard mixed reviews about this place so figured I better see for myself. I did not try the food, but the menu is fairly standard bare bones pub eats - sandwiches, salads, and fried stuff. Place is not what I'd call a looker, but it's comfy enough. Bar is a bit high for my liking - or bar stools a bit short...yeah a first world problem of my own genetics. Beers? 212 taps on 2 floors and 100 bottle choices. A very good selection of Oklahoma brews here. Most everything else is pretty common, but did not see any of that "good ole boy honkytonk pool room swill" at this tap house. The bar is pretty good size and was filled with patrons. The barmaid was running her ass off, but doing a fine job. She wore a shirt that read "BEER SNOB" on the back and she knew her stuff well, not to mention perfect pours. I tipped her well! I had three Okie brews for $4 each. Good deal! I only have two REAL complaints. The copper flashed tap splash and bar top really needed a polishing as they looked neglected and...a little gross. A copper bar top? Okay then. I know beer should not be too cold, but it was almost 100F that day and I wasn't really down with the merely cool temps from the taps here. Will I go back? Certainly!

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

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.

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4.16/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of BeerTwigs
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

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.

Photo of evilbunnee
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of jdubjacket
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of stephens101
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

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.

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Tapwerks Ale House & Café in Oklahoma City, OK
89 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.