The Schlafly Tap Room
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2.08/5 rDev -50.2%
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.
09-16-2012 23:45:10 | More by SaCkErZ9
United Arab Emirates
3.26/5 rDev -22%
This place is pretty decent. It has their own brew on tap, which can also be gotten at many other establishments here in St. Louis. I'm here on vacation so I had to check it out. The oatmeal stout was decent, but not great. I liked their brick walls and they had old 12 pack boxes flattened and put in a picture. The atmosphere was laid back and almost had a historic feel. Overall, it would definitely be a decent place to hang out occassionally. I expected more on tap though, being named "The Tap Room", you would expect 50 taps, they had maybe 8 on tap and they were all Schlafly beers. Their draft is cheap though, like $4.25 a pint, that was a pleasant surprise...
06-29-2006 15:12:31 | More by beeroclock
3.26/5 rDev -22%
Last time I was at the taproom, I wasn't impressed overall. We didn't have anything to eat but it looked like they had a great selection of eats. The selection on tap was pretty small taking into account that Schlafly brews over 40 different beers. I think, at the time we went, there were only 8 beers on tap. I ended up having an oatmeal stout and their APA as well as some other standards/flagships.
Atmosphere was relaxed and the bartender was absent when not quickly and rudely filling our requests. We didn't ask anything major out of the staff, didn't ask for samples, etc. A group of four sober patrons simply ordering a couple of pints... Beer pours were off but filled generously enough. The place was empty enough for our group to enjoy our conversations without shouting but the service/workers really didn't add anything to the experience.
All in all, this is just an average run-of-the-mill brewpub where one can try Schlafly beer. Maybe I'll have food and sit in the restaurant portion of the building next time and re-review...
10-11-2010 15:57:08 | More by seedsofchaos
3.28/5 rDev -21.5%
We stopped by the Saint Louis Brewery after taking a tour three miles away at the Budweiser Brewery (which really isn't bad consider its Budweiser). This is another overrated place in my opinion. Actually, it was the bad service and my ppor choice in food that lowered the score.
We arrived around 2 PM on a Wednesday and the place was empty. Just real lousy service, no excuses. Tried the beer flight, whcih was a fine choice (though disappointed that of the seasonal beers now, they gave me the Witbier when I a Hefe was part of the flight). Five bean stew with sausage was okay, along with the average fries I snacked on. Did not get the chance to try the sticky pudding.
This place could be very good, just not today.
07-21-2005 03:32:35 | More by Backer2004
3.58/5 rDev -14.4%
I just started reading the Beerfly section of the website which appeals to me because I travel a lot and usually have a hard time finding a restaureants and brewpubs. This restaurant is the first one I have tried from the reviews.
Although highly rated, I thought the Tap Room's food and beer were average. Atmosphere comprising of the building and the view of the brewing equipement was quite nice.
First when we arrived at 8pm after taking a cab ride, the hostest said they were closed due to a staff traing session and I told them that that that unannounced change in the schedule was unexeptable because I had traveled so far and was so hungry and thirsty.
I ordered the Pale Ale which had no aromatice hops and tasted average, followed by the Oatmeal Stout which was better but only slightly above average.
I had the recommended fish and fries and the fries were soggy and limp, not crisp. The person that I was with ask that they be crisp when she ordered and had them put them back in the fryer and they came back crisp and tasting great. Why could they not have done that to begin with?
Nice once, but not a place that I would go back to.
08-12-2008 03:14:13 | More by Palealetial
3.6/5 rDev -13.9%
Also went to the Cod/Cask festival at the Tap over the weekend. Weekends are always crowded, still a great place to sample many a craft brew. Food remains good for a brewpub, but nothing really outstanding. This is a place for craft beer ! Usually have entertainment lined up on the weekends. Too bad they have to put the bands upstairs in one bar area, while the two downstairs go without.;
Only thing kinda a downer was the service seems like the staff were just a bunch of young goober twenty-somethings. A few were not at all interested in the clientele, more inclined to stare off into space than talk (it was busy, should that be an excuse?). Will be back to sample other seasonals and talk to some other bartenders.
02-14-2005 14:47:05 | More by Vancer
3.6/5 rDev -13.9%
In town on business, I decided to track down the Tap Room because I'd heard so much about it. It (mostly) lived up to my expectations.
If you're staying downtown (near the ballpark or The Arch) the Tap Room is not in a convenient location. That being said, everything else about it is great.
The building itself occupies the premises of an old printing press, inside, it definitely has the "old St. Louis" feel to it. Brick walls, large wooden plank flooring, big original glass windows...and lots of taps. 6 regular taps and (5?) seasonals...the interior seems to go on forever, there are several bar areas, but the brewing equipment is all housed up in the front bar/dining room, the back bar has pool tables and additional dining. There also seemed to be banquet hall space and an upstairs, but time was limited.
I was surprised that in the middle of the afternoon, shortly after the lunch rush...that it took 5 minutes before anyone came to my table. The waitress didn't know much about the beers and when I asked what the seasonals were, she needed to go ask. I finally went up to the bar, and the bartender was very knowledgable, in fact, he even referred me to one of the head brewers for a quick conversation. Very nice.
The food, in my opinion, is above average for bar food. I had a turkey club with potato salad, and it tasted very homemade. I also tried the Sticky Toffee Pudding- it was great. I would recommend having 2 or more to eat it though.
On to the beer!- I wil write separate reviews for the beers, but I had an exceptional Maibock and Wheat Hefeweizen and grabbed a growler of an APA to go. Can't wait to drink that one! I also tried their IPA, which was exceptional. I'd have liked to have more time to try them all, but maybe next trip, because I would definitely make a repeat visit to this brewpub!
05-17-2006 19:34:27 | More by MeLikeBeer
The Schlafly Tap Room in Saint Louis, MO
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