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Taps: 26 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$ - inexpensive
[ Bar ]
901 E State St
phone: (815) 964-7777
(Place added by: hoosier222002 on 11-26-2008)
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| Reviews: 17
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
This place is a hidden gem. You wouldn’t know to look at it from the outside...and if you find your way in you wouldn’t know it from first glance inside...but this place carries some quality beers from brewers like Founders - and at incredibly great prices. It’s decor is like the Regal Beagle but the great craft beers selection is definitely this century.
Food is available from the owner's restaurant across the street, and there is a selection of carry-out beer as well (may take a few minutes for them to get for you, so enjoy a beer while you wait).
12-16-2011 18:15:34 |
More by bertram
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
This is a regular place that I like to hit up in Rockford. They have a fantastic selection of craft beers on tap. Atmosphere is kinda dark, but the fire place in normally going! Price are the best i have ever seen for craft beer & great selection too. Had some really impressive beer here. KBS on draft, Nitro Rasputin, Lots of IPAs, any beer that a beer geek could love...its here. Food is order-in from a place called uncle nicks which the bar owner happens to own as well. Don't eat the foos very often, but comes in handy when the beer munchies hit you hard!
02-09-2011 23:27:41 |
More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Inexpensive if you buy to go (at or near retail). Somewhere around twice as much if you drink at the bar (typical).
Decent selection, though they were out of many of the beers on their menu. The to-go menu was much larger, and had lots of beers you couldn't drink while at the bar. To-go is sold by the 6pack unless otherwise specified as 4packs. They had Founders Breakfast Stout when I went.
Food was pretty legit. Prices were generally good.
Service was snarky but nice. Apparently the guy who owns/runs the place does it as a labor of love more than as a business, so that's why the beers are so near to retail. At least, this is according to the bartendress.
They let you buy 5oz samples of beers for usually $1, but sometimes $2. Maybe even $3 for the really top shelf beers.
A little too dim for rating appearance, but that is just all too common these days.
09-20-2011 06:42:28 |
More by ZenAgnostic
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
The Regal Beagle with a great selection of beers! Decor is very 70s with paintings of nudes with the nipples brushed out, dark lighting, wood paneling, and furniture that could have come out of a. . . well, '70s bar.
The fireplace is warm and cozy in the winter and the place has a strong following of regulars who tend to be either older like me (40+) or gen Y literary snobs (meant in a friendly way!) who want a good conversation and good beer.
The beer selection is wide ranging and ever changing, making Oasis a fun place to come with a hint of mystery. I always have that "Oooh! That sounds good" moment when I browse the beer menu and there is typically something for everyone.
Don't come here for the food. I like a good Uncle Nick's Gyros as well as anyone, but food is not why you come to Oasis. Come for the beer, the friendly patrons and staff, and for the fireplace on a cold winter night.
01-06-2011 18:39:11 |
More by phartzog
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
So, I have heard about this bar and had to try it out for myself. I have heard they have decent taps (at times) and was, honestly, a bit disappointed when I was there. I will not write this bar off by any means, however, it was a bit of a letdown. We tried to walk in the front door but I guess they lock it due to bums trying to come in. We had to get in via the side street entrance. Walking in I felt like I was warped back to the late 80’s. The bar, in my opinion, needed a drastic revamp. Very dive bar like. While the draft list was “solid” per-say, there was absolutely nothing that stood out. Perhaps I am becoming too accustomed to having crazy beers on tap, but I was somewhat dismayed that the best beer they had was Stone Subliminally Self Righteous. In addition, a few of the beers they had that were worthwhile were out. The service was quite nice, and the waitress was great. I didn’t buy food while here, so I can’t comment on that. As for the atmosphere, it seemed there were quite a few locals there and they sort of rolled their eyes as my brother-in-law and I walked in because we didn’t “fit the part” if you know what I mean. Again, not writing this bar off, and I will be back there soon (they do get some good beers [i.e. KBS] but obviously none when I was there). Cheers!
11-06-2011 03:59:20 |
More by SpdKilz
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
This is a great little secret in Rockford. It's a good bar with a wide selection and great prices. On draft they have a lot of the local and/or popular craft beers. Their selection rotates, but usually only to other local/popular craft beers. You hardly ever see one that isn't a staple in any of the local liquor stores. (Bell's, Founders, Dark horse, Avery, Flying Dog, Rogue, Two Brothers, etc) They also have some imports.
Service is hit and miss. Sometimes I'm served quickly, other's it's a slow long wait. This place is a night ender. With the average beer having a higher ABV than what most people are used to, you don't hit this place early unless you want to get thrashed.
Prices are amazingly cheap for what you are ordering.
02-19-2011 20:13:02 |
More by Contagion
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Had to try this based on the ratings. Not disappointing.
Quiet beer bar, Decent jukebox, with 17 taps on when I was there. Mostly Midwest micros, counted 4 Founders taps, no sign of macros other than the ones served in bottles to idiots. Ample bottle list of more than 50, though no need with the taps they had.
Excellent choices, quality on par, service was great, a nice greeting for an outsider, with full menu of what they have! Unusual.
Selection has some depth, had a Rogue I had never heard of. Well done, worth a trip if you are near by. Prices exceptional, alot were $3, most $4 per pint. Nice.
12-06-2010 01:18:37 |
More by robbyc1
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
I've been going to Oasis about once a week (sometimes once every two) for the past 2 years. I love this place. The bartenders are extremely nice, and always willing to chat. The place has an old 60s-70s tavern feel, with Don Quixote paintings lining the walls. 26 craft beer taps, with ONLY craft beer. They're all the cheapest I've seen in the Rockford area by far, and they rotate selection every week. No Guinness (usually) and never PBR.
However, this does not deter the hipsters from running amok in this place on weekend nights. Hipsters are why I can't rate the service and atmosphere higher; they come in fleets, talking about how the new Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs album is so understated, how they made their own scarves from hemp, and their new fixie bikes are organic.
All this aside, they deliver delicious gyros and BBQ fries from next door for cheap, or you can take a nice drunk stroll over to the gyro shop (open til like 2 AM) and chuckle at the antics of Rockford degenerates that come out of hiding when the sun goes down. Either way, it's a great time, and a great place to drop in.
10-26-2012 17:49:06 |
More by Trifecta1
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
After striking out with several other spots to grab a bite and a beer on a Sunday (seriously does the whole town shut down? Carlyle, Irish Rose, and Olympic were all closed on a late afternoon...) we wound up at Oasis.
Is this the right place? Yeah, there's a sign on both corners...side entrance is a little sketchy looking. Not a soul around, weird. Once inside, it's smallish and cozy, carpeted with a fireplace and several octagonal wooden tables. Many shades of tan & brown, a color palette reminiscent of the Publican in Chicago. The ceiling was forest green stucco, and the walls were tan with a Don Quixote themed copper bas relief piece above the bar. The comfy bar stools were vintage vinyl captains chairs that gave the bar a 70's rec room sort of feel.
Most of the 20 taps were $3...wow! Amazing deals, I got a Founders Porter in a big mug, a 60 oz. pitcher was only $10 :O<#@%&!! I'm not sure if this was a temporary special, but the bartender seemed to think it was a long-term thing. Selection was US craft focused, with the imports Wittekerke and Youngs Double Chocolate. Lots of Rogue, including the bourbon barrel John John Dead Guy, DFH, Founders, Left Hand Milk Stout on nitro, Bells, and a few others. The beer menu came complete with detailed tasting notes and listed ABV. Also a dozen or so wines on tap by the glass.
Solid option downtown, near Carlyle and Irish Rose. Oasis is filling the quality craft beer niche in a town where there are few options. They have the best tap selection in Rockford, and cheapest prices just about anywhere.
Also of note in town is Toad Hall, an emporium of collectibles, mostly records, books, and odds & ends.
02-15-2010 02:58:56 |
More by emerge077
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $
Atmosphere: A small, very relaxed feel. No TVs, just an atmosphere where you have to enjoy the beer your drinking or chat with follow patrons. Is usually pretty quiet overall which is nice.
Quality: High quality with the brews they offer. I've enjoyed KBS and many other quality brews here. They recently tapped a 2010 Nemesis keg they had been storing. At any one time they will have a few gems on the menu.
Service: Always pretty good, its a small place so two people are usually working the whole place. Friendly and get you your beer in a timely fashion.
Selection: Like I said, always have some gems on the menu and many solid mainstays. Mainly US products, but when I'm complaining about that, I'm really getting picky. Any drinker can find something to enjoy here.
Food: They do serve food which comes from the establishment across the street which is called Uncle Nick's. They do have good food but I've never had it while at Oasis so I'll withhold judgement.
Value: Always running specials and can always get a great brew for about $3. Not going to find much better then Oasis.
Overall: My favorite bar to drink at in Rockford. It is tough to talk my non craft drinkers to coming since there are no TVs or macro beers they can drink but in a way that makes this place better. No doubt worth stopping in some time for a beer by yourself or with a group.
05-23-2013 20:58:16 |
More by KFBR392
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Oasis Micro-Pub in Rockford, IL
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