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Tapwerks Ale House & Café

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Tapwerks Ale House & CaféTapwerks Ale House & Café
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75 Ratings
Tapwerks Ale House & CaféTapwerks Ale House & Café
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

121 E Sheridan Ave
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73104-2419
United States

(405) 319-9599 | map
tapwerks.com

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Reviews:
38
Ratings:
75
pDev:
10.81%
 
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3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BeerTwigs
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

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.

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Photo of sipdemsuds
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

I like this place. they have a very good selection of beers for Oklahoma. The bar staff is knowledgable and the food is pretty damn good. They keep sports on the multiple screens and will even change the stations to accomodate the patrons. Sometimes the music is a bit much, but other than that, it's a good place to chill.

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Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

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

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Photo of shemberger
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2

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.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of coldriver
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of csiewert
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of chiccabeer
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

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.

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Photo of bwilborn63
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

I was pleasantly shocked to find this place in the OKC, land of state regulated beer (I still don't get that, but whatev.) I love the building - it has a groovy industrial revolution vibe to it. There's nothing like it in So Cal.

I was not familiar with the local brews, so I tried a Coop Native Amber and a Great Divide Titan and I was pleased with both.

The fish and chips are decent for being so far from the ocean; the fish was not the best I've had, but it satisfied my needs. The fries, on the other hand, were outstanding.

I will definitely return if/when I am in the OKC again.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped by here when we got into town early for a Thunder basketball game later that night, as it is just blocks away from the arena, and the consensus was that we were all glad we did.
This place was great. Very nice selection on tap, practically an entire wall with nothing but tap lines. A beautiful sight!
I had a local COOP Native Amber to start off, which paired really well with the appetizer chili cheese fries (highly recommended). I also had a Titan IPA, Rogue Dead Guy Ale, and finished things off with another local brew, Marshall IPA.
Despite what some reviewers said, Every beer I ordered seemed very fresh, especially the Titan. And I went in there concerned the people complaining would have a point, but I found no evidence of it, only to the contrary.

The food is also really good, I had a burger and the appetizer I mentioned. Everyone I was with liked it. The server was very kind and a great waitress, she offered advice on beers if anyone asked, and helped with suggestions.

The atmosphere and decor is all pretty warm and inviting, the place looks worn in, and that's a good thing. very cool building for this establishment, and THE PLACE for good brew before or after an NBA game, or whatever else you might be downtown for.

They weren't too busy at 5 when we first arrived, but it quickly started to fill up. we were glad we got a table when we did and there was no wait.

I will definitely be stopping in here again any time i'm in the city.

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Tapwerks Ale House & Café in Oklahoma City, OK
Place rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 75 ratings
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