James E. McNellie's Public House
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Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 39 | Display Reviews Only:
4.55/5 rDev +4.8%
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!
12-14-2010 20:26:29 | More by wolfinthemirror
4.03/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
11-22-2010 04:26:47 | More by StaveHooks
4.35/5 rDev +0.2%
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
3.78/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
02-10-2010 16:39:44 | More by McDosey
3.9/5 rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I was on a business trip and found this place on BA and decided to give it a try. I stopped by for lunch and dinnner.
McNellie's is located in the Blue Dome district, which is an area downtown that is seeing a re-birth. Teh building is red brick and carries a pseudo Irish theme.
While I have been to places with more taps and bigger selection, I KNOW there is no place in Tulsa with a bigger selection. A good assortment of local, NA craft, and a nice selection of imports line the taps...maybe 50 total. They also have a large selection of bottles.
The food was okay, but nothing to write home about. As mentioned in previous posts, the sweet potato fries are worth getting.
The service was good. They did a good job of making sure my glass was never empty, even when busy. However, I don't beleive many of them knew a whole bunch about the beer.
What struck me was the folks that were there. You could tell there were not too many places to get good beer, as there were quite a few BA's and beer geeks there.
Pull up a stool at the bar and enjoy the great selection and nice folk in Tulsa!
11-13-2009 00:04:35 | More by ndolover
4.6/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
07-27-2009 23:37:41 | More by tronester
4.63/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Beer lovers look no further. McNellie's Public House is a must if you want good brew in the Tulsa area.
I had an opportunity to travel to Tulsa, OK recently, and I stopped in McNellie's almost by accident. I was impressed by the selection that was available. I had a Great Divide IPA (on tap), a local brew (trappist style), and a Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout along with my burger and sweet potato fries. The meal was pretty decent for bar food, and the server was very knowledgeable of the beer selection.
I highly recommend going here if you want real beer.
06-16-2009 16:11:16 | More by joeldp144
4.53/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
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.
06-01-2009 01:21:57 | More by champ103
4.95/5 rDev +14.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
No other pub in Tulsa comes close to McNellie's. They recently expanded into what was another bar next door. The beer selection is far, far better than one would expect in a town like Tulsa. Many larger cities don't even have a bar of McNellie's caliber. It truly is a diamond in the rough.
It doesn't look all that big at first, but when you do some exploring, you'll see it's very large. There are two rooms downstairs (non-smoking) and two rooms upstairs (smoking), plus a party room upstairs.
The service is always good. The bartenders knowledgable, and no more than one or two of their 60ish taps are wasted on macrobrews.
02-17-2009 06:39:41 | More by eerickson7
4.2/5 rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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!
02-16-2009 03:15:07 | More by russpowell
James E. McNellie's Public House in Tulsa, OK
95 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.