Since working for Old Town Cape, Inc., I have come into contact with many people who have made their American Dream come true in Downtown Cape. One of the most recent examples can be found on Spanish Street in the old Willie T’s location. It’s a unique, new sports pub called 21 Taps.
What is 21 Taps?
21 Taps was one of the first places to bring the distinctive “beer wall” to Cape Girardeau. The owners of 21 Taps, Tim & Bonnie Menz, and their daughter Brittany, try to stock the wall with beers from mutiple local breweries out of St. Louis and Ste. Genevieve. 21 Taps also offers one-of-a-kind brews, including the ever-popular Pineapple Cider and the new Space Beer. The “beer wall” is refreshed each weekend so that they can give customers new products to try.
However, 21 Taps offers much more than just a beer wall. It should be considered more of a sports pub with slight arcade and party vibes. The walls are lined with TV’s showing any and every sport in season. It would be the perfect spot to watch a Cardinal’s game this summer! 21 Taps also offers a variety of games including darts, pool tables, a Golden Tee golf game, and even Mizzou and U.S. Navy themed beer pong tables. To top it all off, a cute, vintage-style popcorn maker keeps fresh popcorn in stock for all customers.
How did it get started?
Owner Tim Menz first got the idea to open such a place while visiting his son in San Diego. His son took him to a local bar with a similar beer wall. Menz had always dreamed of owning a bar and the unique concept of a beer wall was the last piece of inspiration he needed to spur him forward. The Menz family decided on the name 21 Taps as a reference to the military 21 gun salute because, as Brittany explained, her dad and brother were in the Navy and her grandpa was in the Army.
The Menz’s are originally from Jackson, but they chose Downtown Cape because they felt it was the best location for their bar. But it wasn’t completely smooth sailing from there. They chose the old Willie T’s location, and it needed a ton of updating. The renovation took about two or three months, and now there are all new walls, and the building has been brought up to safety code. The grand opening took place only 3 months ago on January 19th. Overall, the Menz family created a new pub with an open and clean atmosphere.
While the beer wall and popcorn are cool and all, the food is amazing! This isn’t your stereotypical greasy, fried bar food; Brittany Menz and her parents make most of their food fresh: pico de gallo, bean salsa, marinated chicken and shrimp, pizza made in house, and hand-breaded chicken tenders! And, not to forget, the most popular dishes: street tacos and pork wings. After I was done taking pictures of the food, I got to sample the pork wings, and let me tell you, the Moonshine BBQ sauce was to die for! 21 Taps is looking to expand their menu even more in the next couple of weeks. Pro Tip: 21 Taps is open for lunch and is within walking distance from any job in Downtown Cape.
Now, here’s what the regulars have to say!
I stopped by this sports bar around 2 p.m. on a Friday afternoon, and there were a handful of regulars already there looking to start their weekend off in their favorite place. While this may seem early, one regular said it’s the perfect time for to stop by since he doesn’t work normal 9-5 hours. Customers also say that 21 Taps has the perfect chill vibes they needs after a long day at work.
Outstanding customer service is another of the regulars’ favorite things about 21 Taps. The workers don’t just stand behind the bar. They come out and greet you and, if you’re new, they explain the beer wall if you’re looking a little overwhelmed. Brittany and her parents are also known to listen and cater to the needs of their customers. They adapt their beer wall choices to their customers’ preferences and consistently change beers to keep things interesting for those who return time and time again.
21 Taps is located at 36 N Spanish Street.
Follow them on Facebook or check out their website at https://21tapscape.com/.
Mon-Thurs 1:00 pm – 1:00 am
Fri 1:00 pm – 1:30 am
Sat 11:00 am – 1:30 am
Sun 11:00 am – 11:00 pm