Oklahoma City is home to a number of excellent breweries, and several of them offer brewery tours. Many of our local bars and pubs carry a great selection of local brews. You can start on either side of town and get a taxi or Uber across the city, if you don’t have a designated driver.
If you start on Memorial on the north edge of the city, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse offers an excellent selection of beers. No, they are not a local joint, but the locals love it. From there, head south to Plaza District. Oak & Ore features one of the city’s largest selections of local beers. The no-nonsense décor makes it possible to focus on what matters — the beer.
Midtown is the next stop. McNellie’s Public House carries approximately 350 beers. Yes, 350, and dozens of those are on tap. The menu is broken down into countries and styles, making it easy to find favorites. Just a couple of miles from McNellie’s is Bricktown, an area of the city that contains our oldest beer mecca: TapWerks Ale House.
The building itself is remarkable, but so is the beer selection. TapWerks looks and feels like a pub. There is just something reassuring about brass and dark wood when it comes to picking a beer joint. Its menu is nearly as extensive as McNellie’s, and it definitely has more beers on tap, including those locals you need to be trying: Anthem, Black Mesa, COOP, Mustang and Roughtail, to name some of the local favorites.
At some point, you will want to hit up a brewery, and COOP opens its taproom every Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. for sampling and purchase, and the tours are at 2 and 4 p.m. COOP was one of the city’s first craft breweries, and it remains the hands-down favorite among locals.
COOP is located about as far west as is possible to still be called Oklahoma City, but you can hit up another brewery on the way there or the way back. Mustang Brewing Company is located just off Interstate 40, making it super easy to get to. The taproom is open every Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. If you’re here at the right time — second Saturday of each month — you can catch the Craft Beer Block Party at Mustang.
For late-night carousing, head over to Deep Deuce. STAG Lounge and Slaughter’s Hall are located right next door to each other. One of the city’s best whiskey selections is available at WSKY — assuming you are ready to switch from beer — as is an excellent selection of cigars and a state-of-the-art air circulation system. If it’s still beer you want, step into Slaughter’s Hall and sample its selection of locals beers along with excellent pub food.