By Shyla Stokes
With autumn and football season around the corner, we all need a good pub to call home. Luckily, your very own OKC metro area has some of the best beers and cocktails in the state, along with some delicious food pairings. Check out our list below for the full scoop—or pint—to keep you hoppy and healthy this fall.
Republic is the perfect union of fine dining and spectacular beers. Located at Classen Curve, this pub is equal parts after-work meet up, fun first date and perfect place to watch a Thunder game. Game nights are loud and lively with top-of-the-line audio-visual systems and a crowd that will make even non-sporty folks excited to cheer on the team. Republic is also open until at least midnight every night of the week.
What to drink: With 100 beers on tap, it’s hard to go wrong, but we recommend trying a couple of beers brewed right here in Oklahoma. For a light, hoppy beer, try the Black Mesa ESB. For something darker and stronger, the Prairie Bomb is sure to give you the kick you need.
What to eat: The Republic Burger and a Homemade Pub Pretzel. The beer-cheese fondue might just change your life.
Find them online at republicgastropub.com.
For a more historical pub feel, TapWerks is your place. Located in Bricktown, the two-story, old world-style building holds over 100 beers on tap, more than 100 bottled options and is open until 2 a.m. every night. Pool tables, a library, darts and live music every Friday and Saturday night make TapWerks a ‘something for everyone’ kind of bar and the best place to bring big groups.
What to drink: COOP Native Amber—another Oklahoma beer because we can’t stop—is a malty beer with a perfect hint of caramel. The bottled Founders Breakfast Stout out of Michigan is another favorite.
What to eat: The Griffalo Burger, which has a COOP porter BBQ sauce (can you tell we like COOP?), and the Roasted Poblano Mac and Cheese will not disappoint.
Check out the beer and food menus at tapwerks.com.
Originating in Tulsa, then OKC and now in Norman, McNellie’s is known for its extensive list of beers, classic but reasonably priced food, and—maybe
surprisingly—family-friendly atmosphere. It’s the kind of place you can bring your kids and still have a good time.
What to drink: Since the owner based this pub on actual public houses he visited during his time in Dublin, I feel like we’ve got to go with the Harp Lager, a traditional pale Irish lager by Guinness. It’s crisp, pairs well with sweet potato fries and it’s on tap.
What to eat: We’ve already noted the sweet potato fries, which are consistently fantastic. The Artichoke Dip will forever be my favorite appetizer, and you also can’t go wrong with the McNellie’s Charburger. Don’t forget to add cheese and bacon.
Visit mcnellies.com for more information.
If you’ve not tried this German-inspired gem in Midtown, you’re missing out. The beer hall is known for its homemade sausage, duck fat fries and endless list of German beers. It also has one of the best views of the Oklahoma City skyline, which you can see if you choose to eat in the large outdoor beer garden. Fassler Hall is open daily at 11 a.m., but keep in mind that after 8 p.m., you must be at least 21 to enter.
What to drink: The Bitburger Pilsner is a personal favorite. It’s frothy and hoppy with just a hint of sweet. It pairs perfectly with a schnitzel sandwich.
What to eat: You have to get a pretzel with the smoked Gouda cheese. It’s a must. For an entrée, try the Habanero Chicken for something extra spicy. Do yourself a favor and add the Duck Fries.
Check out fasslerhall.com for more information.
Our go-to place for hot sandwiches and the perfect cocktail, The Mule blends an eclectic atmosphere and a casual vibe. The food, like the cocktails, is original and creative without getting overly inventive. The Mule also has a nice outdoor patio area.
What to drink: The classic Moscow Mule is always a favorite. If you’re not a big fan of ginger, the Rosy Palmer—sweet tea vodka, lemonade and rosemary—is a perfect cocktail for a warm August night.
What to eat: The Macaroni Pony. It’s a jalapeno cornbread sandwich stuffed with macaroni and pulled pork—basically all the ingredients for success. Another popular choice is the Fancy Pants: chicken, Gruyere, Brie and pesto. Either way, there’s not one Mule sandwich I haven’t loved. You can’t go wrong.
For a list of menu items, location and hours, visit themuleokc.com.