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BA SCORE
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 DoubleSimcoe
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%

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 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 TheSevenDuffs
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

TheSevenDuffs, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

jaydoc, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%

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 TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +1%

TX-Badger, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

kylehay2004, Sep 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Texasfan549, Jun 25, 2014
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 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 coldriver
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

coldriver, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Danielr26
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Danielr26, Nov 25, 2013
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4.02/5  rDev +1.5%

DenverHopHead, Apr 15, 2014
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 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 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 Afroman
4/5  rDev +1%

Afroman, Aug 08, 2014
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 lakersfan16
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

lakersfan16, Jul 12, 2014
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 BeerTwigs
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

BeerTwigs, Sep 05, 2013
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 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 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
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Tapwerks Ale House & Café in Oklahoma City, OK
89 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.