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Tapwerks Ale House & Café

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BA SCORE
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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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 McStagger
2.69/5  rDev -31.9%

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 -30.4%

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
Photo of Fresh_hops
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Fresh_hops, Sep 20, 2014
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 Bierguy5
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%

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 -11.4%

MammothTarantula, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of Chefie
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%

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 -9.4%

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 -8.9%

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 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 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 jjayjaye
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%

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 chiccabeer
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 Spike-likes-beer
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Spike-likes-beer, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of chrhowe
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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 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
Photo of TheSarge
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%

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 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 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
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

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
Photo of CTbrew32
4/5  rDev +1.3%

The beer selection here is arguably the best in OKC with 106 taps on each floor and lots of bottles. Only thing that I haven't loved about this place is the food, which isn't bad by an means but it's not amazing. Overall, this is a great beer bar with quality and quantity in their offered selection.

CTbrew32, Jun 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

jmbolin, Sep 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

BrockLanders, Jun 15, 2014
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Tapwerks Ale House & Café in Oklahoma City, OK
89 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.