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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
95
world-class

50 Ratings
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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:
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(Place added by: keithatoz on 04-03-2005)
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Photo of chemidtown
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

chemidtown, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -7%

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.

DoubleSimcoe, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of BierGartenok
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

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!!

BierGartenok, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%

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!

wolfinthemirror, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of StaveHooks
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

StaveHooks, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of DelMontiac
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

DelMontiac, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of McDosey
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

McDosey, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of ndolover
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%

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!

ndolover, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of tronester
4.6/5  rDev +7%

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.

tronester, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of joeldp144
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

joeldp144, Jun 16, 2009
James E. McNellie's Public House in Tulsa, OK
95 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.