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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

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Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
95
world-class

48 Ratings
Ratings: 48
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.06%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.08/5  rDev -6%
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.

06-17-2007 17:09:43 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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millhouse

Mississippi

4/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

01-29-2007 18:55:12 | More by millhouse
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amatuerbeerguy

Oklahoma

3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
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

11-28-2006 06:05:23 | More by amatuerbeerguy
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SudNut

Oklahoma

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
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!

09-15-2006 02:12:00 | More by SudNut
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HomeBrewR

Oklahoma

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

06-07-2006 20:37:57 | More by HomeBrewR
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wolffman17

Texas

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

01-17-2006 04:12:33 | More by wolffman17
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beerhandy

Oklahoma

4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

09-02-2005 13:31:28 | More by beerhandy
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
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

09-01-2005 20:54:01 | More by Beertracker
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James E. McNellie's Public House in Tulsa, OK
95 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.