Tapwerks Ale House & Café


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Tapwerks Ale House & CaféTapwerks Ale House & Café

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(405) 319-9599 | map

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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 73
Photo of Chefie
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Although TapWerks has a great selection of tap and bottled beer it is marred by other shortcomings. To start, the place though old, is very dirty and not well kept. Staff is also hit and miss, some are knowledgeable and friendly some are far from it. The product is also a little high in price compared to other bars in the area. This is the only TapWerks I've gone to, but I've been to other beer bars that blow this one out of the water. Overall, I would recommend it on the basis of selection (we are limited in this part of the country).

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Photo of McStagger
2.69/5  rDev -32.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3

While on the surface this should be the best beerhouse in oklahoma city, it lacks overall. The rustic, blue collar aspect is betrayed by some exceedingly expensive beers and less than clean interiors. While there were well over a hundred beers on tap or in bottle, my first three selections were met with the response "we don't carry those anymore" or "we can't get that in right now". D'oink! Why's it on the menu, then? Nobody likes a tease. Especially a fermented one. To top that, the bartenders seem to play favorites when they're not busy, and when they are, well...enjoy the wait. And...AND, they charge cover on the weekend. Still, there are beers here that you can't get anywhere else in the city, so it's not all bad.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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.

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Photo of chrhowe
3.75/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Being from OKC this is about the best selection available in the state. Others have said that the service could be a bit better, and they're right. I once sat at a table 5 feet from the bar and waited fifteen minutes for a guinness. Maybe the girl was having an off-night, it happens. The food is good, but once again put your patience hat on.
However, there is no where else in town that provides this large of a selection. The closest place with more that I know of is Dallas. Overall a great place to mingle with folks and get some great brew.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

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!!

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of ddarden
4/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I visited the Bricktown location of Tapwerks while in OKC visiting the inlaws (a great reason to go drink beer). This location is in an old warehouse and had a nice atmosphere to it. Very high, exposed beam ceilings and a long copper top bar with atleast a hundred taps. I was given a menu the minute I sat down and it listed all the beers by style and country. The bartender was moderately knowledgeable and provided good service. As far as the beer selection, it was heavily weighted with imports. A lot of german beer on tap and even two Belgians (Chimay Cinq Cents and one other that I don't remember). They had also just started carrying Orval in the bottle. They did serve the Belgian beer in the proper glassware as well. The only two knocks I have on this bar were the lack of selection of quality US micros and dry taps. I actually had three orders that hit the dry taps. Overall I enjoyed the bar and sampled quite a few good beers and would recommend a visit if you in OKC.

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Photo of fastfwd
4/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

This is the Tapwerks downtown in the Bricktown entertainment district. Best selection of any beer bar in Oklahoma that I'm aware of. They charge a cover if you visit on the weekends after around 9 pm, but they do have a band. This is the place to come if you want to check out the opposite sex and drink some really good beer. It's pretty large with an upstairs that has darts and several pool tables. They have a pretty neat jukebox too.

I went there tonight before the 4th of July fireworks show downtown. I went upstairs to avoid the crowd and the bartender had to go downstairs to get a beer menu for me, but at least he didn't just tell me they didn't have one. What is the deal with beer menus at Tapwerks? He came back with one that was nearly worn out. I have a hard time understanding the difficulty in keeping menus handy. I hope that they aren't that straped for cash it would be a shame if they shut down. I stuck them with an average on service for the lack of menus.

Update Feb. 29th '08

I recently got job near downtown giving me a good excuse to visit Tapwerks more often. I was in there last week and they had a bartender, Joey, who was very well versed in beer and distinctions between offerings. Good to see somebody that knows beer working behind the bar at Tapwerks.

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Tapwerks Ale House & Café in Oklahoma City, OK
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