James E. McNellie's Public House

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James E. McNellie's Public HouseJames E. McNellie's Public House
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

41 Reviews
Reviews: 41
Visits: 65
rAvg: 4.27
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 champ103
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (1,671 characters)

Photo of eerickson7
4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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! (930 characters)

Photo of xfactor9600
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (794 characters)

Photo of brewintheLou
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of Squelch
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (527 characters)

Photo of mugglesandhops
4.44/5  rDev +4%
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 (518 characters)

Photo of coldmeat23
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (787 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of ThunderbeerIntel
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (764 characters)

Photo of thehand
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (1,115 characters)

Photo of mhaws000
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of aboyandhisrobot
4.1/5  rDev -4%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Recommended.

First / Last Visits: Wednesday 14th February / Tuesday 22nd May. (4,965 characters)

Photo of millhouse
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (952 characters)

Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.63/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

With a laid back atmosphere. It has decent quality, to elaborate, they rotate what they sell. Service is normally good. They bartenders usually know what is going on with all the beer and the liquor. But on occasion you will get a newbie tender. Selection is the best in Oklahoma, that is among beer bars, there are how ever a few micro that have some better beers. Food is good, they have a decent selection of food but it is still mostly pub grub. Value is a bit high on some bottles but the draught is reasonable. It is a must in Tulsa. If not the only (555 characters)

Photo of SudNut
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I had a great time at McNellie's on a Saturday night complete with a Scottish bagpipe band and some Irish chaps singing good ol' drinking tunes. They didn't even mind when I started banging on the bar and singing along. Yes, I drank responsibly mind you. I just like to have fun.

With a wide selection of great beer I didn't have the same beer twice. They have most any beer you can find in Oklahoma available for your enjoyment. The wait staff was a bit over run but the service was adequate. Didn’t try the food my singing and the selection of beer was a bit overwhelming. When you visit Tulsa be sure to stop by here. I plan on heading back for the $3 burger night on Wednesday! (685 characters)

Photo of HomeBrewR
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

James E. McNellie's Public House
409 E. 1st St.
Tulsa, OK USA 74120
(918) 382-PINT
http://www.mcnellies.com/

Simply put, I wish I lived next door. The place gets hopping busy on Pint nights, Mondays wherein you "Drink the Beer, Keep the Glass"
Starts at 5pm, limited supply, 1 per customer. My advice is to get there early to take advantage of this one.

~60 beers on tap and easily over 200 bottled gems awaiting your quaffing pleasure. The wait staff can sometimes be overwhelmed, especially on Guinness Pint night the Monday before St. Pat's Day. But the wait is worth it. They are friendly, knowledgeable and as quick as they can be with a suggestion for your next round. (685 characters)

Photo of wolffman17
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

McNellie's: THE best place to grab a pint in Tulsa (and probably in all of Oklahoma, for that matter).

You're surrounded by red brick interior walls. On the west wall hangs an American flag and a few framed black and white pictures. The bar is on the east side. Here you'll find tap after tap after tap with brass behind - beautiful. The furniture is all wood, some of which might be antiques; the floor and ceiling are also made of wood. You can't help but notice the solid black Guinness bicycle hanging from above. On top of the bar back there's a few collectibles including some old steins and a huge Rogue bottle. There's two levels with the downstairs smoke free. Great idea - no smoke interfering with every sip of brew. Just the right level of music plays in the background (jazz tonight). There are two TVs, but this is definitely not the place to catch a game, which is a good thing.

Service is far from perfect. There's one bartender (at least when I've been there), and it can take quite a while to get a drink. Food takes a while too. I wouldn't rely on the waitresses for beer info, but the bartender seems knowledgeable. Though there can be some improvements in the service area, it's nothing that would keep me from coming back.

The beer selection is outstanding. 70+ on tap and at least double that in bottles. They have the menu on their website, but it doesn't always include everything that you'll find when you're there. Every month they'll have 3 different beers on sale - one time they had Big Foot bottles for $3; what a deal. Monday night is pint night - each Monday there's a different beer with it's own glass for you to take home. A fun way to build a collection because you never know exactly what it's going to be. You can also get a personalized mug, and they have a beer club (see previous reviews).

The few times I've had their food, it's been great. Along with the usual American variety, you'll find U.K. inspired dishes including fish and chips and cottage pie. The sweet potatoe fries are excellent. Nothing to complain about with the food - some people go here just for it.

What a place. If you're in the area, make this a destination. I'll be going back time and time again.

Note: Quality and selection ratings are relative to other Oklahoma establishments, not nationwide. (2,322 characters)

Photo of beerhandy
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I really enjoy this place its beer selection is great and I am sure they strive to get everything available in Oklahoma whether its keg or bottles.
The downstairs is Smoke free! so rare for any bar and you can go upstairs to light up or even step out front.
Monday night pint night you get a pint of beer ( they did do AB products one month ) and get to keep the glass
Wednesday is $3 burger night and they are great burgers!
Service can be sketchy so be patient and some the drafts can be a little old but overall its a great place to have a pint with your mates. (571 characters)

Photo of Beertracker
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

James E. McNellie's Public House
409 E. 1st St.
Tulsa, OK USA 74120
(918) 382-PINT
http://www.mcnellies.com/

McNellie's Public House is located downtown at the intersection of 1st & Elgin in Tulsa's growing 'Blue Dome' district. McNellie's is a multi-tap bar of U.K. inspired design featuring about 60 imported & microbrewed beers on draught with well over 150 bottled beer selections. If it's available in OK, then you'll probably find it here! Draught beers include over 20 microbrews ranging from Anchor Liberty to YellowStone Grizzly Wulff Wheat. There's also plenty of imported beers on tap including Belgian classics like Chimay, Hoegaarden, Leffe & Lindemans to British favorites like Fuller's & Wychwood and plenty of quality German beers including breweries from Ayinger to Weihenstephaner. Average pint prices range from $3.50-$6.50/Pint. If you can't find it on tap then grab a beer menu and check out the impressive bottled beer selection with new arrivals weekly. IMHO - One of the best beer selections between the Dallas/Ft. Worth area & Kansas City.

There's also a fine selection of single malt Scotch & small batch Bourbon to be found. If you plan on being a "regular," don't forget to inquire with the bartender about getting a personalized mug or joining the Centennial Club. Check out the chalkboard or website for a list of daily & monthly specials. If you get hungry, there's plenty of late night appetizers to choose from, like the artichoke dip or European cheese platter. My personal favorite is Mom's Sweet Potato Fries. (Yum! Yum!) You'll also find more substantial pub grub like signature burgers, chops, fish-n-chips, cottage pie, sandwiches, soups & salads which are served during regular dinner hours.

McNellie's offers a casual beer spot for just about everyone with plenty of cigar & smoking room upstairs and lots of non-smoking room downstairs with the same amount of taps to choose from. The hand-painted murals, black & white historic photos, pub mirrors and authentic imported bar furnishings along with the natural "rustic" wooden beams & "refurbished" red brick walls makes McNellie's a charmed, long-awaited edition to Oklahoma's fledgling beer scene. Stop by for a Firkin pint!

CHEERS! Beertracker (2,257 characters)

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James E. McNellie's Public House in Tulsa, OK
94 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.