James E. McNellie's Public House
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Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 38 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by DelMontiac:
4.35/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
McNellie's is a must when I'm in Tulsa for a show or a get together with friends. The pub is located just South of Driller's Stadium and several blocks East of the BOK Even Center and the historic Cain's Ballroom. Parking can be a bitch if it's busy downtown, but something always pans out.
McNellie's tries to put on the Irish pub front and never having been to a real Irish pub, I can't say how they compare. I would say the atmosphere is the achilles heel as lack of space, overbearing noise, and families with kids are frequently to my dismay. You may not want to go upstairs to the sidebar during a 100F Summer day - it gets hotter than hell.
The food is good. Not spectacular, but good. Wednesday evening is a great time to be there because the big tastey charburgers will only cost you $3 from 5-11pm. It WILL be busy, so get there early if you can. Note: food delivery is usually slow if they're busy, so make sure you got time. If I don't have a couple of hours, I don't bother with food.
Service is usually very good, but can suffer a bit when the place gets overcrowded. The bar is usually a great place to sit. You can see all those beautiful 50+ tap handles from there, plus what's on display in the glass door fridge. The bar maids are VERY knowledgeable about their brew. The servers out on the floor are generally pretty knowledgeable depending on how long they've been employed there.
McNellie's won't break the bank when I compare it to some places I've been to, Denver, Chicago, New Jersey, etc.
Now for the real reason you're going to McNellie's. This is THE brewpub to be at in Oklahoma. The beer selection is godly for Oklahoma (and many other places I've been to in TX, MO, CO, and IL). Over 350 brews to choose from! They have a selection of flights and mixes, plus pint nights. 3-4 times a month they have "drink the beer, keep the glass" night with a feature brew. Just take a look at the website and the beerguide/menu and you'll see.
11-01-2010 02:32:37 | More by DelMontiac
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
If you are looking for a place that has probably the best beer list in Tulsa, then this is the place. They have over 40 beers on tap and probable over a hundred different beers in bottle. Every Monday they have a pint glass give away, I got a couple of Moose Drool pint glasses last month. The staff is always friendly and if you are in the downtown area then this is the play to go to enjoy great beer and pub food.
10-23-2013 14:22:56 | More by remccaskey
3.9/5 rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5 | $$
I really didn't pay much attention to the prices, but I think it was rather expensive. But let's face it you don't go here to save money, you go for the world class beer selection. I was very pleased with the beer and the service. The waitress was friendly and knowledgeable. I have been to this pub several times during business trips to Tulsa. But only once on a weekend. On Saturday nights it becomes sort of a very noisy 'yuppie' bar....but the beer is still great!
10-06-2013 00:50:57 | More by RobbieAshmore
4/5 rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | $$
This is actually a really nice place to try if you are looking for selection. Most beers I like are not available in this state, but McNellie's does a really good job carrying the beers that are available in this state. I cannot really think of another bar in Tulsa that I would want to go other than McNellie's.
07-20-2013 04:15:42 | More by Carl_R
3.89/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$
Probably the best place in Tulsa to try new beers on tap or in bottle. Been going here for about 6 years and keep going back. It's my default Tulsa bar. Beer menu is endless, you could order something new everyday of the year and not be done with it. The staff is knowledgeable although if you go on a Friday or Saturday night, do not expect the greatest attention given to you. Mid evening is the best time, not as crowded and bar staff have better time to serve you.
06-26-2013 00:11:23 | More by jmharney
4.16/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
Pros: Great selection of OK beers, inexpensive, lots of taps to choose from, smoking allowed upstairs.
Cons: Popular, particularly with the under 30 PBR and tequila shot crowd, you might not be told that they'll be smoking upstairs.
McNellie's Public House, like Tulsa, surprised me. When I found out that I needed to meet with a potential customer, I expected to time warped to a 1950's dry municipality where I was going to hell for even thinking about getting a drink. I was wrong. Tulsa is a city where there's great art and music and you can get a decent beer.
McNellie's location belies its popularity. I stopped in on a Wednesday at about 6 and there was a 45 minute wait for a table (I overheard that there was some event downtown). Of the three bars, all of which have the same tap list, I was told that the bar upstairs would be the least crowded. I went upstairs, found one of the few seats available, sat down, and discovered that OK is one of the remaining states that allows indoor smoking. Not wanting to brave the growing crowds downstairs, I decided to stay.
Service was quick. Even had a chance to ask the bartender about his recommendations from one of the dozen or so OK brews. Despite the crowds, my glass never went dry. Food was well prepared and tasty. Aside from the number of people, my only other beef was the vibe. As a craft beer enthusiast, I felt out of place in an atmosphere where many of the customers where ordering XXX Lite and tequila shots. I asked if there was a college close by and was surprised to find out that there wasn't. Nothing wrong with this, just that I prefer it a bit more laid back.
Despite the crowds and vibe, worth a second look.
03-08-2013 23:17:52 | More by LittleDon
4.41/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I Love McNellie's. Very good food. It's mostly American style entrees - the burgers are excellent - with a few pub grub items in the mix. Their Fish & Chips is consistently good. But the food is the bonus. You go for their exceptional beer selection. McNellie's has revolutionized the culture of beer drinking in Tulsa and I say "Cheers!" to them.
03-04-2013 02:23:05 | More by dmcgilvray
James E. McNellie's Public House in Tulsa, OK
94 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.