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The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

179 Ratings
Ratings: 179
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.1%
Active Beers: 85
Beer Ratings: 12,429
Beer Avg: 3.77
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @schlafly

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Photo of Michisa
1.75/5  rDev -57.9%

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.

Michisa, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.08/5  rDev -50%

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.

SaCkErZ9, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of Ohiovania
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Ohiovania, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of beeroclock
3.26/5  rDev -21.6%

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...

beeroclock, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of seedsofchaos
3.26/5  rDev -21.6%

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...

seedsofchaos, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of Backer2004
3.28/5  rDev -21.2%

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.

Backer2004, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of ZepHead80
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

ZepHead80, Nov 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

HenryCarr, Jun 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

teledeluxe, Nov 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

dradair, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Palealetial
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

Palealetial, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of Vancer
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%

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-something’s. 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.

Vancer, Feb 14, 2005
Photo of MeLikeBeer
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%

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!

MeLikeBeer, May 17, 2006
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%

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

StonedTrippin, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of smanders
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%

I make a point of stopping at Schlafly's every time I'm in St. Louis because they are consistent in their quality of brews. I always end up going to the Taproom because the building is old and interesting, but I've recently been told I need to visit the Bottleworks as well. We'll see...

Regardless of location, one thing you can rest assured is that you will get fresh beer in a variety of offerings. From the APA, to a raspberry hefe, Schlafly's will have something you like. In recent visits the food has been so-so, but I would still rate the Tap Room worthy of a visit due to the high quality suds available.

smanders, Nov 10, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

mdbrooks, Nov 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

bcm75, Apr 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

mks0913, Sep 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Florida9, Saturday at 12:21 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

threedaggers, Apr 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

TX-Badger, Aug 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Catlin, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of Sean9689
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%

Went here for the oyster fest in early March. The place was packed for over-priced oysters (although good). I figured there would be better deals since it was a "fest", but at $17 for 12 oysters, the deals were not to be found.

Had a few different beers: Pale Ale, APA, Stout...all decent but nothing that blew me away. I like Schlafly beers, but would rather pull something from my cellar to enjoy when I can.

Service was okay, but the place was so jammed they couldn't be great. Trash cans were overfilled, plates/cups all over place, wall to wall people.

Overall, enjoyed the oysters and beer, but $$$ for the occasion.

Sean9689, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of wolffman17
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%

A family reunion in middle-of-nowhere Illinois = the opportunity to stop in for lunch at a brewpub in St. Louis.

Schlafly Tap Room is located in an interesting part of downtown that looks to be the historic district. Neat, old buildings line the streets. The Tap Room occupies a restored building that was previously a printing factory - big and beautiful. I love brewpubs that find spots like this and make it work. Feels like it could have been a brewery all along. The interior is huge and begs to be explored. Space is definitely not lacking. The outside front patio (more like a small courtyard) makes for an enjoyable outdoor experience weather permitting.

Solid beer all around with about a dozen beers on tap. Regular lineup sampler doesn't disappoint (APA stands out), and the seasonal Pumpkin Ale is pretty good. The C3 (as in collaboration between three breweries) is an interesting hoppy Mild. Excellent.

Service this particular visit wasn't so hot. It wasn't bad necessarily, just not great. Considering the lack of crowd on an early afternoon, it was odd that our waitress seemed to be in slow motion. We sat quite a bit just waiting. Not a big deal, though, and nothing that would keep me from going back again by any means.

Interesting menu consisting of the usual suspects along with some more atypical offerings. It's refreshing to see things like frog legs, rarebit, falafel, and roasted lamb on a brewpub menu. Priced well too.

Good beer and excellent surroundings - I could spend many hours wasting away lazy afternoons if I lived here. I will visit again next time I'm in St. Louis.

EDIT: To me, this is definitely an "A" brewpub. Hopefully I'll get to go back sometime and remedy the service rating that has dragged down my overall score.

wolffman17, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of Ahhdball
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%

Downtown and not too hard to find - even for a non-resident like me. Bricks, wood, and brass. The guard outside made me wonder though. A type of old western feel. I was seated in the outside patio area that was dimly lit, almost too dim.
Anyway the food was good, I had the grilled salmon burger. There could've been a wider selection. Service decent, my waiter really didn't know her beer selections and styles very well. I'm not saying I sat there and quizzed her for an hour but I asked how the Pale Ale was and she couldn't tell me, "uh the red one?". The brew selection was very nice. I didn't have anyone with me so I could only drink three. I recommend but I'd also have to say I'd prefer Morgan Street Brewery.

Ahhdball, Mar 11, 2004
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The Schlafly Tap Room in Saint Louis, MO
93 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.