Tapwerks Ale House & Café

BA SCORE
89
very good

73 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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PLACE STATS
Score:
89
Ratings:
73
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
8.52%
 
 
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
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 jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Redrover
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Tap Weeks is located in a nice older building.

As you enter, you will notice the music area on your right. They have free music several nights per week and the singer/guitar player during my visit was pretty solid. There are some comfy couches if you wish to sit close to the music.

This is a large space with a 2nd floor. It has a high ceiling with exposed beams and ductwork. They have a decent number if TVs to watch sports and a good sound track add to the ambiance. The floors are very well worn with some spots even having metal patches. They have lots of beer memorabilia on display and run some very good specials with Boulevard Beers when the Oklahoma U & OSU are playing.

The copper topped bar seats about 25. While sitting at the bar you will see the 106 taps on display. In addition, they offer about 75 bottles. The beer menu lists all beers by color and then country of origin. They offer a good mix of locals, imports (Belgium, UK and German) and lots of CO & West Coast favorites. Maybe the biggest selection of Boulevard Beers I have seen.

I think you will find plenty of options to try. Notice the cool ceramic Spaten tower that offers 4 choices from that brewery. They also offer 7 different sampler trays.

The menu while not expansive, offers some nice salads, burgers, pizzas and sandwiches. The fries are very good.

The bar staff is well versed in beer, is friendly and very free with samples. It can also be a bit slow.

Prices were fine for me but may be a bit high compared to local competition.

This is the one place you have to stop if your downtown Oklahoma City.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of mrcraft
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Tapwerks Ale House is located in the Bricktown district of Oklahoma City near the hotel I was staying at. Once you enter, there's an Irish Pub feel. Dark wood. Lots of tables and booths. I believe there's also a second level. The had quite a few taps, maybe 100 or so.

My server was welcoming and prompt in his service. I ordered some food to take back to the hotel.

I had a local milk stout. Very cool vibe. I enjoyed my visit.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
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 socon67
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This place is just incredible. 100+ taps and servers who know craft beer and provide great service. I happened to be here during OKC Craft Beer Week. Was able to get some glasses and try great beer (Prairie Bomb on tap).

Food was great. I had a southwest salad that was large, tasty, and priced very reasonable.

This spot represents craft beer well and a real gem.

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Photo of Danielr26
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of millelacsmark
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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 sleazo
4/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Visited this place whilst on business in OKC. Located in the Bricktown area, it seems to be quite the jumping place. Was fairly crowded on a Monday night. This is a two leveled saloon like atmosphere with a huge bar ont he right as you enter. There were a good 100+ taps that I saw plus more in the bottles. While there was nothing too extraordinary, there were a lot. The beer list read more like a best of the 70's rock mix. You know all the songs, but some of them are classics.

That said I was pleased to try a Choc 1919 as I always search out the local whether it is food or beer. If memory serves me correct, I also had a Fullers Porter, Bridgetown IPA and some Rogue. There were other beers from Rogue, Boulder, Unibroue, Spaten and Boulevard. Like I said, lots of choice but nothing you haven't had before. Everything I had did taste fresh.

The service was excellent. While the bar was crowded I always was asked for a refill and was able to chat up the bartenders who really knew their stuff. They also really went out of their way to make sure I was satisfied. There was also some band playing though they were just average. A full bar is on offer as one of the young ladies next to me tried to pawn off a shot of tequila on me that some guy bought her.

All in all a fun place with good beer, especially for the area. Worth a visit if you live there or happen to be in town.

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4.02/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of snaotheus
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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 coldriver
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of czechsaaz
4.47/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Walking in, there's lots of wood and it has a great "pub" feel. Plush leather couches and overstuffed chairs in the front, nice long bar, and tables and booths throughout.

Very nice taplist. Good Belgians, nice imports, really good selection of micros from around the country. Way better than I was expecting to find in this neck of the woods and based on previous reviews. Bottle list isn't all that extensive but there's some of interesting stuff depending on your mood.

Service gets a big check plus. The first beer I ordered was a mid-west brewery that I'm familiar with but haven't had this one. The bartender told me he just tapped a new keg 15 minutes ago and I might want to have something else and let it settle for a bit cause he had to muscle it into the serving fridge. Honesty rules! Later when I asked him about the brewery, (yeah, I'm a dick I was testing him..) he knew his shit. Knew his Belgians too.

I ate elswhere before I came here so can't comment on the food.

Pints of micros are generally $5, Imports are a likttle higher but still reasonable.

Beer snobs headed for Oklahoma on business, do not despair. This is a very nice place!!!

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Photo of BeerTwigs
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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 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 MammothTarantula
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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Tapwerks Ale House & Café in Oklahoma City, OK
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