James E. McNellie's Public House
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by rudyarmand:
4.38/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I had never been to Tulsa, and I thank the beer advocate website for the recommendation of the James E. McNellie's Public House.
I actually drove to Tulsa from Atlanta, GA since the flights took almost 10 hours if you include waiting around at the airport. When I got to my hotel out in the suburbs (Broken Arrow), I thought that this was going to be a TORTUROUS TRIP.
I drove downtown with my colleague and as we approached the Public House we thought that we were in the middle of a zombie apocolypse. There is absolutely nothing going on in downtown Tulsa!
We parked across the street and headed in to James E. McNellie's, and it was like we were in Chicago or Portland or Asheville. A beautiful bar with tons of taps of old favorites as well as Southwest brews I was happy to try.
Service? Great! The ladies working the bar were great at recommending the local brews and we left it all in their capable hands. We also dined there and the food was hearty, affordable and tasty as hell!
The second trip there, we experienced a bloody-mary bar where customers ordered their choice of vodka and mixed the tomato juice concoction with almost two dozen spices. There were some happy people there I can assure you!
Please go to McNellie's if you are in Tulsa. It is a great place. The rest of the town is absolutely depressing as hell, but there's a glimpse of greatness in this pub!
P.S.- There is also a great old town area with a knock-out museum (Philbrook)in Tulsa that was utterly charming. Like going into the Twilight Zone! The rest of Tulsa...absolute suckage!
08-15-2012 21:53:30 | More by rudyarmand
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
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.