The Schlafly Tap Room

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The Schlafly Tap RoomThe Schlafly Tap Room
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3.77/5
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14,855 Ratings
Place Score: 92
Ratings: 226
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

2100 Locust St
Saint Louis, Missouri, 63103-1616
United States
phone: (314) 241-2337

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Ratings: 226 | Reviews: 113
Reviews by beerceller99:
Photo of beerceller99
4.14/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Checked this place out on a Friday night in July 2005. The place was packed, but it only took us five minutes to get seated. It's a pretty good sized brew pub in a large brick building. The main entrance foyer, and an outdoor seating area divide the two main rooms. The area to the left of the entrance has a long bar and lots of table seating. The area to the right is more tavern - like, with lots of smoke and pool tables. They sell a few bottled versions of their brews for take out at the entry area, and they're in coolers. Nice wood floors and six point deer heads on the walls make for a comfortable, rustic lodge type atmosphere. There were 12 beers on tap plus 2 casks. The brews were all average to good with no staleness or flat pours detected.
This place shouldn't be over looked in the St. louis area.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JoeDudek
4.68/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I visited this place during a whirlwind tour of St. Louis for a job interview in 2011. You have to check this place out if you're in town.

My friend and I had a ton of fun in this warm and inviting brewpub. The service, beer and food were excellent.

Photo of Suds
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

I love a great brewpub, and this one just feels right. Located in an urban setting, but with on-site parking, the brewpub is in a large-enough building. They were offering samples of a ginger beer when you walked in the door. It was large enough that we didn't have to wait for a table. The atmosphere is traditional brew-pub, no-nonsense, wood-covered, and inviting. Great, prompt, and attentive service. The menu was Germanic/Belgian, with lots of mussels, and some surprises. All the food was excellent. The beer was fresh and tasty. Couldn't ask for much more.

Photo of horsehockey
5/5  rDev +20.8%

This was the first Craft Brewery I ever experienced. The food was good and the beer was great. It made a lasting impression on me. Even though there are several new breweries in ST. Louis Schlafly is still the original, and they are still making great beers.

Photo of diablo14
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Very pleasant drinking and eating spaces, plenty of interesting beers on tap, and I am personally a big fan of the menu. Very generous portions too, especially on the desserts.

It's also within reasonable distance from all of the interesting landmarks in the St Louis CBD.

Photo of Michisa
1.75/5  rDev -57.7%

Surprisingly my second visit was very disappointing. Average food and just the regular off the shelf beers. I see no reason to go there again. They had some nice one off beers a year ago. I guess thats what happens when you are just trying to maximize todays profits.

Photo of jimmygord
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Great Beer, Great Food, You can't go wrong!!! Went there on a Friday night. Not too crowded. I had the shaved prime rib sandwich. It was delicious. Great fries. The bag of pretzels was amazing. I'd definitely go back.

Photo of neckbracesub
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

I visit St. Louis for some Cardinals games at leas once a year, but this was my very first time inside the Schlafly Tap Room.

The location is superb, just on the outskirts of the heart of downtown and not bombarded with obnoxious banners and signs. The atmosphere is outstanding. Wide open with high ceilings, everything is super clean and comfortable. My wife and I sat in the restaurant side. The bar is long and filled with a slew of frequenters that take part in the loyalty club. I know I'd be there on an every-other-day basis if I lived in STL.

Our waiter was very congenial and informative, as well as prompt with all of our drinks and food. We only had the asparagus soup because we had previously eaten, but it was phenomenal.

The quality of Schlafly's beers is something I've always admired, and getting it on draft straight from the source just made their product that much smoother. The tap selection was full of variety. We tried several beers before enjoying a Cardinals victory over the Diamondbacks.

This place will be visited each time we go back to the Gateway City.

Photo of 007rtw
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

My numbers are a little low, but my impression of the Tap Room is just as positive as that of any other reviewer.

The atmosphere was ok to good. The room we were in was cavernous, which would have been great if the restaurant was full, but made it feel lonely since it was less than a quarter full. Lots of wood and large windows improve the aesthetic.

Quality was quite good. Restaurant was clean and beer was fresh, far better than the bottled Schlafly that I have often had.

Service was good. The waitress was not a beer snob, but clearly knew about the different varietals and their characteristics.

Selection was excellent. From poutine to falafel, there was incredible variety. The beer selection, naturally, was reasonable, though I would have loved to have seen some of their "bottle only" items available by the glass.

Finally, the food. This was the most impressive element. Everything we had was great or excellent. The beer bread was heavy and grainy, too much so. The lamb burger was hot, tender, thick, and juicy, expertly matched with goat cheese and olive tapenade.

The value was reasonable. I thought the prices were high for relatively small quantity, but the quality was higher than I had anticipated. Be careful though--I got an appetizer, two beers in the smallest quantity, and an entree, and that was $30. Reasonable for sure, but almost pricey.

Overall, this is a great restaurant with a good selection of good beers. I recommend it for an informal dinner out.

Photo of RuthIsStrangerThanFiction
4.39/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

I love this place. For the years I lived away, a trip home always included a visit to Schlafly Tap Room for pretzels and beer cheese soup. They have great events (such as the Cod and Cask festival, Burns Night, and Hop in the City). They always have a good variety of beer on as well as a few cask conditioned and barrel aged versions. The beer tends to range from the light and palatable to dark and boozy. Nice atmosphere. Lots of dark wood and large windows. Plenty of parking.

Photo of JaxonK
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

If you haven't been to Schlafly Taproom, you're not from St. Louis and you definitely don't like great beer. They hold great events that market great beers from other breweries or to celebrate a style of brew. Great selection, great rotation, and a place where a large group or just 2 people can enjoy great beers!

Photo of Vixie
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Visited on a Sunday, which also happened to be St Patrick's Day, at around 12:30 PM. Place was easy to find, with ample parking. The lot wasn't all that full, so didn't think it would be too busy.

The hostess station is also where you can buy a variety of beers and merchandise. We were promptly seated, the dining room is large. There is a large bar with a list of what beers are available, in this case, they had 16 offerings. The place has a rustic feel to it with exposed brick, a lot of hardwood, and exposed ductwork.

Our server was friendly and seemed well informed about the offerings. I started with the sample, which had 5 5 ounce glasses of regular offerings, and one glass of a rotating offering, in this case, a Belgian pale ale.

My wife ordered the Cuban sandwich, I ordered the vegetable vindaloo. The wait for our food was not bad at all, and the food was nicely presented and was very good.

Once I finished the sampler, I decided to test our server with a question about their quad beer. She said she would have to ask a brewmaster for the answer, and in only a few minutes I received an answer to my question. I was impressed with the service overall, and the bartender was also helpful.

Very glad I made the trip down to this place, been wanting to go for some time. Definitely one of the better brewpub experiences i have had, highly recommended if you are in the area,

Photo of Chaney
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

What a class act!

My wife and I went on vacation here recently and those plans included St. Louis as part of our "trek across the Midwest." Needless to say, this was the place I was looking more forward to than any place in all of St. Louis. Our hotel wasn't that close, but we walked it anyway and don't regret it! However, if your plans include the City Museum like ours did, you've got it made!

Atmosphere: Very rustic feel which I dig. It's pretty large as far as craft beer places come. Once you walk into the foyer, you can either head right to the bar or wait for a table which includes the left side also. We chose the former.

Quality and Service: First of all, I was really surprised to learn that a large percentage of the employees here have been here for many years. That speaks volumes to me as to how the employees are cared for. The bartender we had here was probably the best I've had in my entire life. Seriously, he was very open in terms of recommending other craft breweries in the area to hit during our stay. He was a craft beer thoroughbred!

Selection: All the yummy flagships and standard line-up entries were here, including an awesome Dortmunder and cask-conditioned, Galaxy-hopped DIPA. Excellent and very diverse.

Value: Sigh... Here goes: I talked to the bartender for at least and hour or longer. At one point, the subject shifted to job professions and I told him I was military. Apparently he made a mental note of that. After my wife and I ordered a couple of samplers, several beers, and an order of gourmet pretzels, we were ready to go and he rang us up:
Bartender: That'll be $13.
Me: What?
Bartender: Mr. Schlafly feels very strongly about supporting the military and he is best friends with XX Commander of XX military base and you folks are our heros.
Me:...

To come full circle: Schlafly is a class act and amazing operation and will always hold a place in my heart and fridge!

Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.08/5  rDev -49.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 4

My review is going to be the worst of all of the reviews. I have a reason. I was in St Louis for businees and my hotel was within walking distance of here. I was hoping to be here often. Read below to find out why this was my only visit. Although the place was pretty cool, the dichotomy of left bar. Vs. right bar makes for an interesting dynamic. The left bar is boring, mundane, ordinary, lackluster, and not worth visiting. No music, no tv's, no atmosphere. I dont need the Blu Man group performing but something other than the hum of the dish washer and soda machines would be nice. The right side bar atleast had some entertainment value in the way of tv's and music.

First annoyance: they have all of the beers listed, but no prices, and the beers over 7% are poured into 10oz goblets. If you are going to give me 6oz less and charge me the same thing, atleast tell me.

Second annoyance: and this is HUGE. The bartender on the left side bar was sneezing into his hand and then serving beers with that hand. I was grossed out so I went to the right side. The bartender on the ride side was some old guy who was out back smoking while people were waiting at the bar for drinks. Needless to say, he came in from his smoke break (I know this because the smoking area is twenty feet from the bar) and started serving beers without washing his hands. As far as I know, those things shouldnt happen. luckily, I had received all of my beers when these things happened, or I would have freaked out. If sneezy and smoky hands are fine with you, be my guest: I will NEVER be back.

Photo of mdvatab
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited the Tap Room for the umpteenth time on 12/26 on the last day of the Anniversary party.

The tap room is housed in a large, historic, brick building with an attractive, rustic interior. Wooden floors large wooden pillars and beams in the ceiling. There's a large bar room with ample seating at the bar itself, and numerous tables for those who choose to dine there. On this, and many other visits, we hung out in the smaller bar area, which adjoins to a room with pool tables and dart boards. There's also a vast room upstairs with a smaller bar, and a stage for a band. This room is generally used for Schlafly's many festivals--especially during the colder months.

When asked which Schlafly beers could be considered "world class", unfortunately, the only one that comes to mind is Schlafly Pumpkin Ale. (If you've never tried it, please do next fall!) With all the top-notch offerings available from Goose Island, Founders, Bells, Stone, and Firestone Walker, many of Schlafly's offerings tend to fall a bit flat in my opinion. Pale Ale, Winter ESB, Kolsch, and Pilsner are some examples that aren't bad, but just don't wow me. I'd never tried their Barleywine, and ordered a glass on this visit. Initially, the aroma, and up-front flavor of the beer started out well, but there was an odd sour note on the finish. I suspected either some kind of infection or an old keg. On a positive note, my favorite beer on this visit was their Southern Hemisphere IPA. This one was loaded with musky grapefruit-like hops, and a decent malt backbone to provide balance. (Schlafly's coffee, Irish, and oatmeal stouts are also recommended.)

Bar staff is generally very knowledgeable and attentive, and are more than willing to give samples if one is unsure of what to order.

One of the Tap Room's other strengths is the variety of beer offerings. Blackboards at the bar list that day's selections in the order that one might put them in a tasting (taking into account ABV, IBUs, and roastiness).

I always enjoy the food at the Tap Room. Appetizers and main courses are based on Irish pub food. One of my favorites is the Schlafly burger--topped with chopped caesar salad, bleu cheese, and served on an English muffin. In addition to the daily offerings, one of my favorite times to eat at the Tap Room is at their Stout & Oyster Festival each March. The oysters are unbelievable fresh, and they go exceptionally well with Schlafly's stouts.

A must-visit stop for BAs visiting St. Louis!

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

a really neat old building from the 1700s, exposed brick and visible brew kettles. place is massive but nearly empty on the monday afternoon i spent there. could imagine it going off on a weekend. a great selection of beers which are much more interesting than their standard bottling line. the grand cru was to die for, and some nice seasonals were on as well. just had some finger food, but all came hot and quick and was quite tasty. service wasnt bad, she seemed to know enough about the beer and brought our stuff out in a timely fashion, but just didnt seem too enthusiastic about anything. ill sit at the bar next time. definitely worth a stop if in st louis

Photo of climax
4/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

It's nice that they have a separate parking lot, considering their location on the west side of downtown. It can get busy down there and a little hairy not too far away.

Visited on an October Friday night, it was dead considering the Cardinals were playing a playoff game a few blocks away. Live music graced the back room, but I was in the mood for a quieter atmosphere.

The guys around seemed to know about beer and the way things are. Our waiter was quick to recommend to us his opinions, positive AND negative, which is always appreciated.

The menu is moderately sized with appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, and a few dinner plates. My lamb burger was good, but my fiance's reuben was gargantuan and delicious. Lucky for me, she gave me more than half of it (which I certainly did not need). The beer bread appetizer is a good deal, you get A LOT.

The beer selection is strictly Schlafly as it should be. The main beers that are distributed are forgettable. Do yourself a favor and order some brewpub exclusives, they are where it's at. There were two cask conditioned beers, and they were both right on the money. Schalfly pumpkin makes for an excellent dessert.

As far as the beer goes, it is an all out bargain. Four beers on the check only accounted for $17, and I got 2 casks and a seasonal. The math is on their side, I would certainly return.

Photo of Moon2Goddess
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I especially like the atmosphere at Schlafly because it is enormous, with high ceilings, lots of room at the bar, lots of space between tables, abundant windows providing natural light, gorgeous knotty wood...it's just a nice place to be. We were there during a week day so had the game area and jukebox all to ourselves, which made the experience that much more enjoyable. Abundant choices for samplers, given by a backwoods kind of bartender. The locals who did not seem concerned about getting back to work, liked to talk and made us feel welcome. Delicious beer, d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s, especially the pumpkin ale. We spent an entire afternoon trying one amazing sample after another, he getting better at darts the more he drank and me getting worse (although I kind of suck to begin with). It takes the same amount of time to fly to St. Louis as it takes me to bus to work everyday, and it is easily worth the time and effort. If you are going to the St. Louis area, you gotta go to Schlafly.

Photo of chilidog
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Just passing threw but had to stop (with the family) for I wanted a growler. They do have a good value on filled growlers.

Great old building, lots of brick and wood. Gives good old world brewery feel. Dark but yet well lite.

We stopped mid-afternoon, ample parking behind the brewery though not a busy time.
It was us, a small group and accouple at the bar.
So for us service was very good and quick. I ordered my Growler, a draft, appitiz, soup and gotta try the beer bread. Kids had root-beer floats.

We were in a spacey booth by brewer tanks behind glass. awesome.

Bought a accouple glasses, the bill came to $80.
But did i say worth it!!

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The wife and I stopped at Schafly's Tap Room right after Six Row and liked it so much better. Place is huge, sprawling and oh-so-packed on a Saturday afternoon at 4:45 pm. This is a happening joint! But there's enough room for everyone- we found a spot around the dart-and-pool room and ordered from the bar. Lots of nooks and crannies around here...

Service was fine despite being crowded and beer is delicious and super fresh. They have 16 taps with a bit of everything (including two casks, Brown Ale and AIPA, but they're only in one of the two bars, so watch for them). We had the Grand Cru, Dry-Hopped APA and AIPA (7.2%). All of them were outstanding. We went home with a growler of the nasty-good AIPA for $13.

Ambience is great, cozy and comfortable despite being busy, with great and varied music (Queens, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bon Jovi in between to fuck it up) and just a nice vibe.

Price is great here. Growlers are only $12 including the glass! Two 1/2 pints and a free full tasting of the Grand Cru was $7.50. Nice!

All in all, a cool place I look forward to go back to (and maybe try the food)!

Photo of tripelhops
4.18/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Pretty much located downtown in St. Louis this is the original location and a second one has been added in Maplewood, called Bottleworks. Beer is brewed here and the building has multiple rooms and floors for various groups and sometimes music. Very nice game room right off the entrance and next to the bar. The food is consistenly high quality, but tends to be more british pub type food, vs fried wings and toasted ravoili, etc, a pleaseant break from regular bar food. Prices are reasonable for what you get, and the beer is constantly changing with their seasonals and special pub only brews which are nice. A great place to visit if you're downtown.

Photo of leschkie
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My work trips to Saint Louis aren't complete without a stop at Schlafly Tap Room. There is always a wide variety of beer styles to choose from and the beer is very consistent. Among my favs are the No. 15, Pumpkin Ale, APA, Coffee Stout, Christmas Ale, Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout, and Oak Aged Barley Wine. These beers should be enjoyed at the bar or the gameroom (which you have to yourself for the most part during the weekdays in the afternoon).

But what really sets this place apart is the atmosphere and food. The place is spacious and generally packed, but find a seat at the bar and you'll be befriended by the local regulars where you'll be engaged in stimulating conversion. And while you're making new friends, don't forget to get an order of beer bread or soft pretzels to share with those around you.

As for the brewery tour, I've gone once and enjoyed it very much. There wasn't anything amazingly different about the facility but the history of the brewery is very intruiging.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Situated in an old brick industrial park surrounded by smaller brewpubs and restaurants which seems to be the staple in downtown St. Louis. The Schlafly Tap Room is in an old factory and is quite spacious with two lower level bars. Left side has a few couches and bar tables. Pool darts and a juke box to boot. Up to 12 different taps. Consistant yet oft rotating seasonals and one short. Just okay food. The temperature of the beer from the taps is not optimal but its better than most joints. Cask at the South bar. More of a dining room area, but you can still belly up to the bar. Ample parking in the lot and on the street. Brewers and execs always running around. Nice tavern feel. Lotta wood. Old school art on the walls. Classy and clean. Friendly staff, some more versed than others. Overall, a good fun place to hang out!

Photo of phaleslu
4.1/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Fantastic old building with a nice atmosphere for eating and drinking. The food is beyond what you’d expect in a run-of-the-mill bar/restaurant or brewpub. Schlafly is diligent about using local farms and high-quality ingredients. This is one of my favorite places to eat and drink when I’m back home in St. Louis. Excellent location between Downtown and Midtown, so it’s close to everywhere. The tap list updates constantly, and there are always 2 casks. They have frequent events here and host some great festivals throughout the year. Oh yeah, and the beer is very good. A must-visit if in St. Louis.

Photo of FanofHefe
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

One of my favorite spots for beer and food in STL. Just had dinner there the other night and sat in the courtyard for the first time so I thought I'd write the review, having sat in the dining room, bar, and the outside courtyard now.

Great atmosphere here for a brewery. Renovated old building, close to downtown, and close to several other new breweries opening up in the area.

Of course, you have to be a fan of Schlafly beers (which I am a huge fan), but if you have others in your party who don't drink beer, they have several wine selections as well.

The service has always been great any time we've stopped in for dinner. Two bar areas available, one in the dining room, and one on the other side next to the billiards room. The food is very good, and the burgers are great. I love how they keep the beer selections rotating, especially the cask selections.

Highly recommend.

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The Schlafly Tap Room in Saint Louis, MO
92 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.