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Tapwerks Ale House & Café

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BA SCORE
89
very good

57 Ratings
Ratings: 57
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.71%
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 Amp
1.4/5  rDev -64.5%

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 McStagger
2.69/5  rDev -31.7%

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 bump8628
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

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 Fresh_hops
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Fresh_hops, Saturday at 10:24 AM
Photo of shemberger
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%

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 Bierguy5
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%

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 MammothTarantula
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

MammothTarantula, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of Chefie
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%

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 tronester
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%

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 mugglesandhops
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%

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
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Tapwerks Ale House & Café in Oklahoma City, OK
89 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.