The Schlafly Tap Room

The Schlafly Tap RoomThe Schlafly Tap Room

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2100 Locust St
Saint Louis, Missouri, 63103-1616
United States

(314) 241-2337 | map

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Its hard to not be gushingly positive about this place. Its reputation amongst BA's and beer lovers is well deserved.

Schlafly (I still haven't nailed the pronunciation) is located in a sparsely gentrified area of downtown St. Louis that is obviously on the up and up. The building itself that houses Schlafly is gorgeous, a modern reinvention and reinvigoration of an imposing factory/warehouse facade. Ample parking is available, and the smell of burning beef got my appetite prepped early.

The interior of Schlafly manages to take the industrial elements and make them work in a style of restaurant that could only be called proto-typical microbrewery. The establishment itself is divided into a primarily restaurant side and a primarily 'bar' side.

We ate, so we sat at a table by the bar. The bar itself is a gorgeously vintage affair, with dark greens and wood inlays. Booze is available, and I was pleased to see that Scotch was given extra consideration and visibility.

Our food was incredibly tasty and affordable. I got the burger (after the almost pavlovian response I had to the smell from outside) and my wife got a large order of sublimely-cooked Mussels for only $10. My burger was like $7. Each was incredibly tasty, and extra props should be given for having malt-vinegar on the table.

The only thing slightly disappointing about the brewery was the lack of separation of non and smoking sections (a minor complaint). Also, I thought it was sort of ridiculous that you could get a taster of six beers, but you were stuck to five pedestrian choices (hefe, pilsner, pale, stout, porter) and one seasonal. The barleywine and scotch ale were particularly tasty sampled via 16-oz draft but I would have loved to try smaller samples of Dopplebock, American Pale, and others to see if they were worth getting pints of.

All in all we were very happy with both the food, beers, and overall experience. I would surely come back - but next time i'll bring my single male friends because there were large groups of females with no attached males.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Checked this place out on a Friday night in July 2005. The place was packed, but it only took us five minutes to get seated. It's a pretty good sized brew pub in a large brick building. The main entrance foyer, and an outdoor seating area divide the two main rooms. The area to the left of the entrance has a long bar and lots of table seating. The area to the right is more tavern - like, with lots of smoke and pool tables. They sell a few bottled versions of their brews for take out at the entry area, and they're in coolers. Nice wood floors and six point deer heads on the walls make for a comfortable, rustic lodge type atmosphere. There were 12 beers on tap plus 2 casks. The brews were all average to good with no staleness or flat pours detected.
This place shouldn't be over looked in the St. louis area.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.28/5  rDev -20.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

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.

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Photo of bditty187
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I visited around 1 pm on a busy Saturday (an Oyster Fest was in progress) but our party of three only had to wait about fifteen minutes for a table in the main bar area. During the wait I looked around a bit. In the center of the brewpub is the waiting room that divides all the areas. In one direction there was a nice little alcove of merchandise and a cooler of six-packs of their beer (I took advantage of that!). Adjoining this was a smallish bar with tables that had smaller tap list. Pool tables, darts, and TVs (I think) could be found near here. It was lively. The bathrooms were fairly big and clean enough. There was another bar upstairs but I didn’t walk up there. The bar area that we ate in had many tables and the bar itself was fairly big. Exposed bricks, high ceilings, big windows, chalkboards with info where to find their beers around town (including our hotel!); brewing equipment was noticeable through glass. I liked how it was simply decorated. There wasn’t tons of trash on the wall, no clutter, it was straightforward and charming plus there wasn’t any music blaring! Even though it was very busy, it wasn’t cramped and I didn’t feel claustrophobic. I could talk across the table without yelling and everything about the place was friendly and relaxed.

There were two beers on hand pump (the Oatmeal Stout was great, the Pale Ale was okay) and there were around ten more beers available on-tap. I tried both casks, healthy and good quality. I sampled two other beers on-tap (Honey Wheat and Irish Stout (no notes were taken on these)), seemed of high quality. There was a wide selection of styles, it was a shame I didn’t have the opportunity to try the more exotic stuff.

The menu was wide enough for me; it was mostly pub grub, some of it with a twist. I enjoy the cold turkey sandwich with an appetizer of pretzels. My dad enjoyed his soup and sandwich and my girlfriend enjoyed meal as well. The prices were reasonable for both the beer and food.

Service was quick, accurate, and friendly. No complaints here.

I wish I could have stayed longer or visited again on Sunday but it wasn’t met to be. I really liked this brewpub, I didn’t fall in love with it like I did, say, Great Dane in Wisconsin or Free State in Lawrence mainly because I didn’t think the beers were as superior. This place did have a better vibe. Without question though, if I find my way to St. Louis again this place gets priority!

-Easy to find.
-Parking wasn’t an issue during my visit.


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Photo of Vancer
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

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.

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Photo of karst
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My first visit just becomming a fan of this Brewery housed in what was once a 1904 printing works. It has several levels that may be open depending events going on.
Tap Room staff were friendly inspite of the demands of a popular event - Icelandic Cod and Cask conditioned ales and Live music. The bartender was knowlegable and happy to talk to you about technical aspects of the beers (hops used, etc), when things slowed a few minutes. If your a homebrewer, like me, call ahead arrange a tour and reserve a minikeg a few days before you get there. Arrange transportation - walking after dark not healthy in most cities.

There were several beers on tap, including a cask conditioned ales. They brew less radicle style of beers than you may see as top raves, but they are well made and consistant quality, If you driving consider growler for home consumption. I live 110 miles away and will drop in several times a year.
I found nice lodging (Hampton) 5 blocks away near Union Station on Market.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I hate to admit it, but my wife and I had quite an adventure finding the Tap Room. We got to the street address, and I was like "Were the hell is it?"
We drove west on Locust and there it was, big as all bigtime.
Arrived at noon, so parking was not an issue, even with the Cod and Cask Fest going on.
Went to the first bar I saw inside, the one just left of the entrance. Tried to get a barley wine or triple even though I knew damn well they wouldn't have any, and they didn't. I can always hope, and besides, they had Scotch Ale on cask, and I would have to be a real dufus not to drink it.
Super good beer, friendly barkeep. The fish and chips were great, ambience was rustic and diverse. I will have to make many trips to get a real feel for the place, but from what I saw, I liked it.

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Photo of nogoodreason
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I love this place. Large building with 2 bars downstairs and one upstairs. The main bar and dinining area is on the main floor and has quite a few beers on tap (somewhere around 10) and one hand pull. 4 or 5 regular offerings and 4 or 5 seasonal offerings. Typically the pale ale is cask-conditioned, though occasionally the Oatmeal Stout appears. Quality ranges from decent to rather impressive.

Service at the bar is always, always good. Service in the restaraunt ranges from good to inattentive.

Food can be good, the fish and chips are really quite nice, though the menu in general is a bit dull.

Still, a great place that makes over 30 styles of beer per year. You should stop in at least once every other week just to keep up with what's on tap.

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Photo of swamiswamu
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The best place to have beer on tap in stl, period. The selection is far more than what is bottled. Last time I was there they had a great imperial stout, tripel and a cast conditioned pale ale. $8 will get you out the door with a growler of anything. Beyond the beer, they have a pretty decent menu, although as I am a vegetarian it didn't do much for me. Fairly typical pub food dominants, although they had a great polenta dish a few months ago. It has a couple pool tables, etc in a separate room from the dining area. A great place to go.

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Photo of amicar
4.08/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

OK, a little warning for the review; I am a little biased. I see these guys as the anti- AB heros in St. Louis, which is very "bud- centric"; these guys have really elevated everyone's tastes in beer.

So the place is a rehabbed old printing works that was gutted by fire a decade or so ago; It has several levels that may or may not be open depending on how busy the place is and if they have a special event going on. The feel is mostly old brick and definitely has lots of character.

The waitstaff is universally friendly, although a few could stand to have a little more familiarity with the beers served. The bartenders are all quite familiar with the beers and happy to talk to you about technical aspects of the beers (hops used, etc), which is a real treat for the homebrewer.

There are about ten beers on tap, including a cask conditioned ale at all times. They are split into a 50:50 mix of their commercially available beers and those available only at the brewery. They are usually pretty darn close for style of beer, and it is clear they care about the quality, although I admit that the non- commercially (read "can't buy in the grocery store in 6 packs") available beers are usually the most interesting and worth the time of a BA. I get the occasional growler for home consumption.

The food is pretty decent, but not specatcular. You generally won't be wowed, but won't be disappointed, either. My favorite item on the menu is the goatcheese rarebit.

Overall, a great place. A local frequent hangout for me and worth a stop for any BA even close to St. Louis. If you're passing through, please stop by. These guys really have done alot in this town for elevating the tastes of beer drinkers here.

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Photo of dudey
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

After going to a couple other places in St Louis this was a great way to finish a long weekend. The dining area is a cross of bistro and brewpub. Can't say that I care much for the atmos., but the place is cut up into different types of surroundings to cater to diners/locals/college students etc.(no real central theme besides the copper kettles). Quality of food and drink was very good, I had the weiner schnizel and red cabbage that was probably the best I have had anywhere. Our main waiter didn't know what was on tap but knew what was good off the menu. I had to ask another waiter what kinds of beer they had and seasonals he would suggest. I would definitely go here again, sit at the main bar, look at the copper, order some more german food and make an evening out of it with a couple friends.

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Photo of BeerZack
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Nice historic-looking building that is well sectioned into bar/dining areas.(Lots of parking, which is very helpful in any downtown area.) The place was very lively and had 12 house selections on tap! We tried more than half and the Hefe and Oatmeal stouts were worth mentioning, definately a lot more worth trying. The service was great and the food was great. The menu itself was mouth-watering with great german style & english pub selections. This is a sure stop on any return trips to St. Louis for us.

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Photo of Ahhdball
3.83/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

As good as it gets outside of the GLBC pub in Cleveland. This is an old building that uses massive post and beam construction (sure would like some of that wood for my projects.) At least 3 levels, 3 bars, pool tables, super servers and hosts - completely knowledgeable. Even a small rooftop courtyard area next to the big second floor party room. The stairs are supplemented by elevator service. The beers are very good and as fresh as can be. Parking is off street and near.

If you've not tried the beers from Schlafly's you're in for a treat. They do a lot of different styles and they do the styles very well. They are also not afraid to experiment and venture into new ideas. Things like conditioning in oak whiskey barrels which put a whole new twist on imparted flavors. You have to give credit to a company that can compete, and compete well, in A-B's backyard. For that matter they're right in the front room and standing tall.

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Photo of MJR
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My recent visit to The Tap Room for the 4/5 St. Louis BA Event was my first. How I hadn't ever checked this place out before is still a mystery...

Atmosphere: Very comfortable and inviting, yet spacious and open enough to not give patrons the 'sardines-in-a-can' feel. Like all brewpubs/microbreweries, the shining, stainless steel brewing equipment is plain to see through huge windows. Much to my liking, there are plenty of windows that let in lots of natural light, as harsh artificial lighting isn't high on my favorites list.

Quality: Very good overall quality on the brews offered. The ones I tried were fresh and delicious, and they really backed up the local opinion that Schlafly's brews are far better on tap.

Service: Pretty good service. The staff seemed knowledgable and readily available. I accidently left one of my own pint glasses there, and the employee I spoke to on the phone was quite helpful and courteous.

Selection: They always have a nice, varied selection of brews to try, with at least a few seasonals only available there. On the handpump they had a wonderful, cask-conditioned Liberty-hopped IPA, and their yummy Irish Stout on the nitro pump. I grabbed a growler of their Vienna-style lager to go...

Food: Great across the board. Their sticky toffee pudding dessert is to-die-for. They also have the best fries to be found anywhere.

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

The Tap Room is a favorite local haunt. It is located just west of the main downtown area, and close to Union Station.

The main bar is located in the dining room, and has the largest selection of beers, as well as two hand-pumps serving cask-conditioned beers. Generally, there are 8-10 beers on tap at the main bar, with the Pilsner, Hefe-Weizen, Pale Ale, and Oatmeal Stout the year-round selections, supplemented by a seemingly endless supply of seasonals. There is a mixture of bar stools, and ledges to lean on, and smoking is permitted in the main bar.

A second bar is contained in the game room, which features pool tables and dart boards, in a comfortable, roomy atmosphere. As noted, there are fewer beers here, but you can always stroll to the main bar, which is located just across the lobby.

There is an upstairs bar as well, but this has a still smaller selection, and is only open when the upstairs room is in use, which is generally for concerts.

The dining room is very comfortable with extremely high open ceilings, and wood floors. The tables are well spaced, and a portion of the room is non-smoking.

The service is generally very good, and the menu interesting. It ranges from traditional pub fare, to more adventurous selections, such as chicken korma. There are some tasty vegetarian selections as well. Many of the menu come with suggested beer matches. Personal favorites are the excellent fish and chips, the goat cheese rarebit, and the best dessert in St. Louis, the sticky toffee pudding (great with the oatmeal stout or barleywine).

The beer ranges from very good, to outstanding. The beer on cask rotates, and is more experimental. Frequently they will have casks of the same beer with different hops used to dry hop them that they will put on in succession. Do not miss the oatmeal stout if its available on cask - simply terrific.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I have been to Schlafly's St. Louis Brewery several times over the years. It is located in an old building, not far from downtown. They have expanded over the years, and now have at least two bars as well as room for live music, darts, etc. The main bar room has a lot of large windows, and the walls are exposed brick, and the ceiling is exposed wood. The lazy ceiling fans are a nice touch. The bar surface is sheet metal with wood trim. There is some nice woodward behind the bar, with a tiled wall and a large Schlafly's crest. There seems to be a good selection of bourbons and whiskeys and wines as well as the microbrews.

As for the beers, when I visited they had 11 on tap, including a strong Tripel, a barleywine, a Winter ESB, and a Oatmeal Stout on regular draft and cask conditioned. The beers are average to very good. I found the Pilsner to be surprisingly good for its style. The Oatmeal stout was much better on cask than on carbon dioxide.

The bartenders seemed very helpful and knowledgeable. The little food I tried was good.

This is a nice place with ample parking.

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Photo of maxpower
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Located Downtown this is the best brewpub in St. Louis. There are 3 different bars to choose from, at the main bar they have over 10 different beers on tap. The other two don't have all the seasonals.They have great food and average service. The sticky toffee pudding is a must.

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