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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

41 Reviews
Reviews: 41
Visits: 69
Avg: 4.26
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
[ 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

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Photo of chemidtown
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

First off my complaint. Is it too much to ask that a bar stays open past 11:00PM on a Sunday? They locked the doors and forced me to patronize their smaller competitor around the corner. I would understand closing one floor and the kitchen to save costs, but come on this is supposed to be a bar.

Now to be very clear I normally love this place and it is the only bar I frequent. It has great ambiance and good bartenders that let will from time to time let you sample before you commit to a full pint.

Selection is the best in Tulsa and most is on tap, since that is why I go to the bar. I work in a local beer store, so I never care what they have in bottles. They also get one off brews from local breweries for Thursdays, the only place in Tulsa I know that does.

The food is normally very good, but this is not a gastropub, it is just good simple bar food. I like the spinach dip and steak, but the chili is very good too.

If you are not looking for a bar on Sunday, I would highly recommend this one.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The wife grew up in Tulsa and I’ve been to OK a couple of times, so now that I’m elbow-deep into beer it is high time for me to review the preeminent beer establishment in town.
McNellie’s is kind of weird. It is a fine bar that sits close to all the nightlife in the “Blue Dome District” and Downtown, but it also is right next to empty lots, tumbleweeds, industrial sites, dead nothings and a busy train route. It bills itself as a “public house” (aka Irish pub), but there’s nothing really Irish about this joint. Which is fine with me, since the ambience here is classier and cooler than your average Irish pub.

There is a main dining room and bar, a little quieter bar called the “Sidebar” where the cask and the occasional firking is and an upstairs bar where you can smoke (whaaatt??) and –at least during my last visit- they have live bands playing. I like that McNellie’s is big and quiet like a friendly bear. You can come here and have a conversation without being overwhelmed by music or screaming kids.

Let me get this out of the way: the food is your average pub grub. Burgers, sandwiches, appetizers… not too cheap, not great- but there are specials like their famed “burger night” when you can have a three-dollar burger with your beer. We ordered sweet potato fries with a side of remoulade (more like a spicy mayo) and chips and queso. The fries were damn good, but the queso was too runny and the chips under-seasoned and bland.

The beer selection is very good for Tulsa-Oklahoma, but it won’t blow your mind if you come from, say, the East or West coasts. I liked the emphasis on local brews (Marshall, Coop, , Redbud, Choc and Mustang from OK; Tallgrass from Kansas) and the occasional rarity (Nogne 500 Double IPA, Sam Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock), but other than that, I didn’t go crazy. Anderson Valley, Bridgeport, Great Divide, Rogue, North Coast, Left Hand… about 30 taps of American crafts and a whole bunch of Euros, both quality (Wells Banana, Youngs Chocolate, Belgians, Ayinger Celebrator) and shit (Stella, Harp).

We were there during “Firkin Thursday” but it had already kicked. Sad… service was pretty good, not super friendly like in Dallas but fine, we were never out of anything, although the server wasn’t too happy about my asking for a lot of beer samplings before I committed to a full pint. Why don’t you guys serve half pints??

We all had several pints of the incredible Coop F5 IPA, then I had a pint of the fine Tallgrass Oasis Double ESB and we all sure were happy. You gotta come here if you’re in Tulsa. It’s about the only place for quality brews.

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Photo of BierGartenok
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Definitely the best place to have a beer if you are a "beer snob" and in Tulsa. They have virtually every beer you can get in Oklahoma, if not on tap than in bottle or can. They have special releases of kegs from the local and regional breweries. They also have "pint night" and "3 dollar burger night" every week. The food is exactly what you would expect (burgers, fries etc) and service is good! I have always had great service unless its a BUSY night. Waitresses could be more educated on beer though, but they know the menu front to back. Just the best place to go in Tulsa if your seeking great atmosphere, good food and great beers! try this one out!!

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

After wanting to visit this pub for quite a while, I got to stop by in the afternoon on my birthday wich just so happened to coincide with pint night. Buy a Great Divide Hercules Double IPA, and take home the pint glass it's served in!

Inside it was quaint and cozy, a nice refuge from the cold on a windy winter day. As we waited about an hour and a half for pint night to kick off, I got to sample the menu a little bit with a few pints and sweet potato fries while taking in the atmosphere. I started off with a couple of local offerings, first the COOP F5 IPA (a must try), and then Marshall's winter seasonal Big Jamoke on cask. smooth and delightful. I then noticed they had Boulevard's Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, and couldn't pass up a chance to try it on tap. Although, they didn't always use the proper glassware. While serving a Saison in a pint glass was a bit cringe worthy, I was able to look passed this minor infraction.

There are plenty of local and regional offerings, foreign beer from the likes of St. Bernardus, Unibroue, Paulaner. The service is quick, and the waitstaff checked back on us a lot, which is always nice.

As Pint Night kick off time (5 p.m.) neared closer, people began piling in, and the place filled up pretty quickly full of people ready for their share of the nectar that is Great Divide's Double IPA. The food people were ordering looked and smelled fantastic. Every beer I ordered also tasted extremely fresh, so i don't think you have to worry too much about the freshness of their beer, as they seem to go through a lot of it, and switch up their selections monthly.

Everything is very reasonably priced. 4 pints, a Great Divide pint glass, sweet potato fries appetizer, and a pepsi for the designated driver came to a total of $25. You really can't beat that. I had a great time visiting, and will definitely be returning for a proper meal and of course, more beer!

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

If you're a beer advocate visiting Tulsa, your best bet for beer is McNellies. The downstairs is non-smoking and if you want to smoke you have to go upstairs. The atmosphere varies from families, beer advocate, to partiers.

Beer - They have a new menu every month that stays mostly stays the same except for the draught selection and a few bottle versions. The beer selection is excellent and they have several "flights" and break them up by the country that the beer was brewed. They are very seasonal in their offerings and provide plenty of local brews as well. Some notable beers they've had on tap when I've been there are St. Bernardus Abt 12 and Hennepin. The selection is the best in Tulsa as far as I have seen.

Cask - They have 2 local Beers on cask which typically consist of "Marshall-McNellies Pub Ale & Marshall Atlas IPA" Both are fantastic are a must if you like cask beer.

Food - The food is not that memorable, but the Sweet potato fries and the cottage pie are pretty good.

My only complaint is that sometimes the bartenders don't serve the right glass for the style. Most of the time they do though. And that good beers seem to sell out quickly.

A great place to have a cask beer and potato fries.

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Photo of DelMontiac
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of McDosey
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Was up in the Oklahoma hinterlands for a funeral weekend in January and needed a little something to liven things up. What better option than jumping onto BA and checking to see what's nearby?

Had an hour or so to kill in McNellie's and must say it was better than I expected. Tulsa's not exactly a hotbed of beer culture, after all. It was late afternoon and already busy; filled with couples, families, a handful of beer nerds, even a volleyball team. Staff seemed to have a bit of trouble directing traffic, but did fine. These families with kids can be a nightmare, no doubt.

I was really impressed by the beer menu. Had to be at least 50 - 60 on tap and another couple hundred in bottles. A nice cross-section of local, regional, domestic and imports. I went local with a couple offerings from Marshall and Coop - and no regrets. I didn't get the particular feeling that the staff was super-knowledgeable about the beer, but I don't really ask questions so that's conjecture on my part.

Wife and I split some sweet potato fries and thought they were plenty tasty. The wife is a restaurant industry veteran, notoriously finicky, and even she gave the vittles a thumbs-up.

Decor was a little "chainy" and they didn't quite pull off the authentic old pub feeling they were looking for, but hey it's Tulsa, not Dublin.

Overall, I had a fine time here, felt like I got my money's worth and my time's worth and would go back in a heartbeat.

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Photo of ndolover
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I was on a business trip and found this place on BA and decided to give it a try. I stopped by for lunch and dinnner.

McNellie's is located in the Blue Dome district, which is an area downtown that is seeing a re-birth. Teh building is red brick and carries a pseudo Irish theme.

While I have been to places with more taps and bigger selection, I KNOW there is no place in Tulsa with a bigger selection. A good assortment of local, NA craft, and a nice selection of imports line the taps...maybe 50 total. They also have a large selection of bottles.

The food was okay, but nothing to write home about. As mentioned in previous posts, the sweet potato fries are worth getting.

The service was good. They did a good job of making sure my glass was never empty, even when busy. However, I don't beleive many of them knew a whole bunch about the beer.

What struck me was the folks that were there. You could tell there were not too many places to get good beer, as there were quite a few BA's and beer geeks there.

Pull up a stool at the bar and enjoy the great selection and nice folk in Tulsa!

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Photo of tronester
4.6/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

McNellie's is one of Tulsa's most popular bars. It is also, IMO Tulsa's best beer bar (even though I've seen staff there wear shirts that say "Probably Tulsa's best bar").

The tap selections are quite impressive, almost all are craft imports or U.S. microbrews, and there are a LOT of them. The bottled selection is even bigger. The best feature, however, is the beer engine with two taps. The only cask ale in Tulsa can be found here.

The Pub seems to be crowded just about all the time, even on a Saturday afternoon the downstairs bar can be almost full. If you go at peak times, expect to wait a bit. However, the wait is worth it, for the food is almost as great as the beer. The burgers are tasty, shepherds pie great, and the sweet potato fries have a cult following.

If you are in Tulsa, this is the place to go if you are looking for Beer. Have a pint of the Marshall Brewing Mcnellie's Pub Ale on Cask, you will never want to leave.

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Photo of joeldp144
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Beer lovers look no further. McNellie's Public House is a must if you want good brew in the Tulsa area.

I had an opportunity to travel to Tulsa, OK recently, and I stopped in McNellie's almost by accident. I was impressed by the selection that was available. I had a Great Divide IPA (on tap), a local brew (trappist style), and a Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout along with my burger and sweet potato fries. The meal was pretty decent for bar food, and the server was very knowledgeable of the beer selection.

I highly recommend going here if you want real beer.

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Photo of champ103
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

One of the best places I have ever been for a beer and a meal. As you walk in there is a long wood bar that covers the right hand side. Tables are scattered about. There is an upstairs area as well, though it looked closed because of the slow Sunday night. There is a side bar and a beer garden was mentioned as well, though I did not see it. It must have been in the back of the building. A very relaxing and chill atmosphere.

The beer selection is great. As good as anything I have seen in Houston, or anywhere. I did not count, but they have a huge selection of taps. It looked like they had twice as many bottles. Along with two cask handles, both are Marshall's. One for McNellie's Pub Ale (which I enjoyed several of), the other was the IPA. The other highlights for me were Fuller's London Porter, Pride, and ESB. Lots of Belgian and German beers as well. Lots of US micros with an OK beer flight. Lots of Boulevard beers. The bottle highlight for me was Fuller's Vintage Ale. Though there was such a huge selection, I don't think I looked at all the beers they had to offer.

The service was great. The bartender new about the beer and the history of the bar. He was quick and friendly. I can't ask for much more. The food was also top notch. I had a great grilled pork chop, and the side salad was no less impressive (with homemade blue cheese dressing, awesome). One of the few beer bars were the food is on par with the selection. The only thing to complain about was the price. It was $5.50 for a pint of Marshall's, and my diner was not cheap.

Do yourself a favor and check this place out if visiting Tulsa. I would be here every day if it was in Houston.

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Photo of eerickson7
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

No other pub in Tulsa comes close to McNellie's. They recently expanded into what was another bar next door. The beer selection is far, far better than one would expect in a town like Tulsa. Many larger cities don't even have a bar of McNellie's caliber. It truly is a diamond in the rough.

It doesn't look all that big at first, but when you do some exploring, you'll see it's very large. There are two rooms downstairs (non-smoking) and two rooms upstairs (smoking), plus a party room upstairs.

The service is always good. The bartenders knowledgable, and no more than one or two of their 60ish taps are wasted on macrobrews.

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Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Service is slipping a bit as of late...

Update 2nd visit: 2 Marshall beers on cask1 6-7-09!

The family went down to T-town for Valentines day & I got to hit here & mid-town!!

Great old pub feel to this, place, ditch the loud music please. The one TV in the corner worked for me

All brews were tasty, the lack of head retnetion & lacing on the house brew was cause for pause though

Service was great, did have to point out a few missing items from our table ( silver wear ) once our food arrived.

Great beer selection 40ish taps with great emphasis on Oklahoma & Boulevard Brews. My only nitpick, no cask & no big beers on tap. Nice bottle selection as well

Great pub grub, menu isn't too mind blowing, but works. Loved the chill & the cheese plate

Beers were a little pricey, food was reasionable (except for the fired pickles). I think this will be my go-to bar if I'm in or around down- town Tulsa...

Believe the hype!

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Photo of xfactor9600
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Out in Tulsa for a wedding, I decided to hit McNellie's up on the advice of some BA members. My girlfriend and I initially stopped in for just a beer and to look the place over. I had McNellie's Pub Ale and she had a Lindeman's Framboise, The bartenders were knowledgeable and friendly.

I didn't do a tap count, but they had a huge rotating selection. The menu also had three pages of bottled beers, along with section of "Flights" for various types of beers. I briefly considered an Oklahoma "flight", but ended up just going with the Pub Ale.

We enjoyed the experience so much we stayed on for dinner. I had a chance to sample the Choc 1919, which was also very good. Our food was exceptional (as pub food goes) and reasonably priced. Overall a great experience that don't cost a fortune.

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Photo of brewintheLou
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've have stopped by this place a couple of times since it is on my way back to see family.

When I have been in it has always been during the lunch rush and it has been full of people each time (downstairs which is non-smoking). The selection of beer is very solid with several taps and a nice selection of bombers. Also has the Marshall Brewing beers that are brewed locally in Tulsa.

I had a grilled chicken sandwich each time and it was good.

The price seems to be reasonable, not high, but not cheap either.

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Photo of Squelch
4.9/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The wife and I went here on our Thanksgiving visit to T-town. I was in Awe at the beer menu and had to order a couple brews unavailable in our area. The waiter was very familiar with all the beers on the menu and especially the local brews from the area. The food was excellent. We had the cheese plate, then I had the cottage pie (shepherd's pie) and a carrot cake. All were excellent. As for the brews, I had a Kwak and a local IPA by Marshall's.

Don't miss if you're in Tulsa. It's the best beer bar/pub they have to offer.

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Photo of mugglesandhops
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Came up to Tulsa with a friend for a job interview and it took us about 3 hours to find this place (bad directions) but im glad we finally found it. Great selection of beers from all over they also have liquor and wine if your into that, a little pricey on the specialty beers $30 for rogue xs. The service was great. we where the only people there so we sat there for a few hours and had a great time. They have an upstairs for parties i guess, we never ventured up there. overall i would reccomend this pub to anyone

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

McNellie's is the beerpub to go to in Tulsa, OK. There is no other competiton if a well-rounded beer drinking evening is what you want.
The food menu is good. Pub style munchable's like burgers, chips and salsa, etc. They also have cheese or fruit trays available from time to time. Yes, as it has been stated in several other reviews, the sweet potato fries are indeed quite tasty.
The beer menu is where they truly shine, though. It can almost be said that if it is available in Oklahoma, then it's available here. I've never noticed more than an item or two at a time that wasn't on the menu here. About 60 tap selections available and almost four(4) times that in bottles or cans.

If you're in Tulsa for life or just passing through, you owe it to yourself to check this place out.

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Photo of stephens101
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Went here for the first annual McNellie's Craft Brew Festival! Kind of on the smallish side, and not anything overly interesting about the setup, but the good selection of brews made up for the lack of space and atmosphere. Didn't have as many brews on tap as I would have wished for, but the bottle selection was pretty good. Had a ton of mugs on the wall with names on them, which I suppose is for those honorable drinkers who have tried 200 different beers. The food was excellent, as was the service. Definitely going back soon. I hear they are going to open one up in OKC, and I can't wait.

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Photo of ThunderbeerIntel
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is my favorite bar short of San Antonio. I used to go every Wednesday night on "cheap burger night" with a bunch of co-workers. It is admittedly crowded on those nights, and the service has been up and down.

That being said, I've never been treated poorly there. The beer selection is very diverse, and quite enjoyable.

I ended up there on Thanksgiving one year, and they opened the door an hour early for my buddy, girlfriend, and I. The food is pub food, and it is good. Love the burgers, and the beer special has never once failed to offer something I enjoy.

I even threw a buddy's bachelor party upstairs, it went quite well.

I'm sure the place could be better, but I really don't know where or how I would improve it. The place is absolutely great.

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Photo of thehand
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Best beer bar in Oklahoma hands down.

Atmosphere is great. Beer list is outstanding, about 50 on tap and another 250 bottled. They use appropriate glassware, when I ordered a Petrus Dubbel on tap it came in a Petrus goblet! They have pint nights every monday where they feature a certain beer and you get to keep the glass. They run out of things occasionally but being in oklahoma that's no surprise, some of the better brews come into the state in small quantities.

Food is great too. Love the artichoke dip and the sweet potato fries. Burgers are good too. All resonably priced. Beer prices are pretty standard, about twice what you'd pay retail.

Service has been a little spotty. Usually its ok but never has been exceptional. Last time I was there I put a credit card on file to start a tab, but I was going to pay cash. Well the server charged my card without asking how I wanted to pay. Not a huge deal but definitely not proper procedure.

Overall, McNellies is the best place in Tulsa, or Oklahoma as far as I know, to have a beer and a bite. Highly recommended to anyone new to town or passing through.

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Photo of mhaws000
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I love this place. The only bar I care to go to in this town. They offer the best possible selection of beers that are available in this state. The waitresses are usually very helpful, though not always very educated on the beer selection, but I have found that all of the bartenders are great. The short one (you know who you are) can be moody but that is part of his charm. I completely agree that sweet potato fries are outstanding and most of the food follows suit.. The only complaint I have is that I cant get out there often enough.

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Photo of aboyandhisrobot
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

There isn't a whole lot I can add to the reviews here except that the service is really hit or miss. I love this place. The food and the beer are both great. But, it seems about every other visit the service is horrable.

I once waited 30 minutes after recieve our check for our server to come take my money, only to give up and seek out someone else. The person who I found was the owner. When I asked if he could ring me up because I couldn't find my server, he replyed by joking about how I couldn't see her because of her camo shirt. No appology or anything. I would have given the place up for good had it not been for those damn sweet potato fries. Best things on Earth.

On the other hand, there are a few waitresses who work there that really bust their butts to help you out and I have never had a problem when I sit at the bar. The bartenders are always great.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Regular trips to Tulsa over the past few years have been frequent, so it is a constant surprise that I never ever got to James E. McNellie’s Public House until quite recently. I had great feedback from my work colleagues who knew all about this place and my love for good beer; so I think it was their continuing incredulity at my absence from here which eventually which shamed me to reconnoiter the place back in February, with a couple of more visits since then.

Despite the smattering of one-way streets in Tulsa, it is a relatively easy town to navigate. McNellie’s is at 1st and Elgin, which seemed like a quiet-ish neighborhood to me with plenty of street parking on the several occasions I popped by. Gold lettered signage is well lit against the all brick frontage. Large paned, dark wood framed windows which sit each side of a centrally located doorway allow first time visitors to see what they are letting themselves in for before walking in. My first visit was on a very cold night in February, but despite being on my own and from out of town, I realized once I headed in though that it was a Wednesday and $3 Burger Night, that probably contributed to the packed lively feel but I am sure that was not the only reason. I felt immediately at home with the relaxed interior, it certainly takes influence from across the Pond and translates lots of wood, mirrors and a relaxing laid-back feel extremely well. I was quickly attended to by one of the wait staff that was near the entrance and managed to snaffle a seat at the bar, packed with a long line of punters, many still wearing their coats which seemed strange to me at the time, but every time the front door opened a cold blast of February wind explained why. Nevertheless, I felt very comfortable on that first visit way back in February, which certainly bode well for a return and it is true to say that the welcome was a genuine warm one during all of my subsequent stops including my latest in May.

A long wooden bar runs down the right hand side wall as you stroll in, seating runs off to the left and back towards the far end. The tables are tightly packed so when this place gets full, it is really only possible to navigate the interior by walking down the right hand side where the bar is. But this too can get packed because a 4 foot tall wooden splitter wall runs parallel to the bar and whilst it helps to demark the seating on the left from the bar on the right, it has stools and also gets well frequented. Lots of bare brick, some old photos, colorful paintings, breweriana, Mirrors, steel and a healthy dollop of wooden tables and chairs help to add a rustic “well-worn” nature to McNellie’s, the words ‘Public House’ in the name are warranted. Lots of personalized Mugs seem to decorate the bar area, there must be some kind of Mug Club in operation here it seems.

Beer range is very good, difficult to have any complaints or even nit-picks about that, it is well stocked too and it never suffered from the “we have a huge list but we don’t have that beer right now” syndrome which affects many beer bars. There is something here for everyone, and despite the fact that this is probably the best beer range in Tulsa, and perhaps further afield, the prices are very reasonable. Behind the bar a long line of some 50+ taps dispensing beers from Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England, France Germany, Ireland, Scotland, oh and erm… the United States too. The Bottled Beer List numbers around 170 by my quick math, and stretched from Australia to Zimbabwe with a healthy contribution from the UK, Belgium and Germany.

Service was very good; my first February visit was about 8pm and just for food and a couple of beers, even though I had decided to visit McNellie’s during a very busy $3 Burger night - I was served quickly and the beer and food were both delivered with timely precision. Food was staple Pub fare, good portions, well made and reasonably priced. Later visits happened on quieter nights, and my last in May was with a colleague who was driving, so I had free reign to sample a few of the bottled Belgian beers. On that last visit the guy behind the bar was extremely helpful and must have been the resident beer guy, as is usual once contact had been made, the topic for the rest of the night was beer and beer travels.

The beer range and service here can conspire to produce an unforgettable night at the time, but which is soon forgotten the next morning!! I missed the Live Music but apparently they do hold Music nights here.

Glad I finally got to McNellie’s; it is certainly my plan to hit this place at least once during each of my upcoming trips to Tulsa.

Excellent Draft and Bottled beer range which is always well stocked and can be plied from the staff at very reasonable prices all set inside a very nice Pub(lic House) environ.


First / Last Visits: Wednesday 14th February / Tuesday 22nd May.

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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was in Tulsa on business this past weekend. I managed to hit Beerfly before my laptop died (forgot the charger) and saw this place.

Tulsa's pretty easy to navigate in b/c the numbered streets seem to go on and on. This was on 1st street, so I just headed from the airport towards downtown Tulsa and got off at 1st. Very easy to find.

They have a sizeable tap wall - probably over 50 taps. And they have a pretty impressive bottle selection, as well. They had a beer from Guatemala that I thought about getting, but didn't. I had no idea that there WAS a beer from Guatemala.

All of the beers that I had were fresh. The bartender was friendly and even pointed me to another establishment that I will review later. The food was good, and they had sweet potato french fries (I'll walk a mile for sweet potato fries)!

If you're in downtown Tulsa, this looks like your best (only?) bet for a beer selection. Nice place. They do good business.

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James E. McNellie's Public House in Tulsa, OK
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