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James E. McNellie's Public House

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James E. McNellie's Public HouseJames E. McNellie's Public House
BA SCORE
96
world-class

58 Ratings
Ratings: 58
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.34%
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

409 E 1st St
Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74120-1826
United States
phone: (918) 382-7468

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @mcnelliestulsa

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: keithatoz on 04-03-2005)
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Reviews by rudyarmand:
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4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

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5/5  rDev +15.7%
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Amazing environment, the food is out of this world, the service is great 99% of the time. There is a smoking and non-smoking section, which you just don't see anymore. Not to mention, they have the largest beer selection in town. 60 handles and about 250 bottles. Fun activities held year round, check out the centennial club, and buy a mug, because you'll be back!

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Photo of remccaskey
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of RobbieAshmore
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
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!

Photo of Carl_R
4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of jmharney
3.89/5  rDev -10%
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.

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James E. McNellie's Public House in Tulsa, OK
96 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.