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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
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 zerocrane
5/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Amazing environment, the food is out of this world, the service is great 99% of the time. There is a smoking and non-smoking section, which you just don't see anymore. Not to mention, they have the largest beer selection in town. 60 handles and about 250 bottles. Fun activities held year round, check out the centennial club, and buy a mug, because you'll be back! (365 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 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 donspublic
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Hit this place 3 times over 2 days. This will get me up to Tulsa to visit my daughter more often. My only bitch is I had planned to camp out here all night July 4th but they shut down so their employees could have the night off. Can't bitch about that. Their tap selection is great and it has a very good mix and they complement it with a good bottle selection. We ended up eating there twice and everyone's food was great. And I cannot forget the service, the waitstaff are very attentive and gave good recommendations when asked. (537 characters)

Photo of joeldp144
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of tronester
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (944 characters)

Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
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! (1,910 characters)

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 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 remccaskey
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

If you are looking for a place that has probably the best beer list in Tulsa, then this is the place. They have over 40 beers on tap and probable over a hundred different beers in bottle. Every Monday they have a pint glass give away, I got a couple of Moose Drool pint glasses last month. The staff is always friendly and if you are in the downtown area then this is the play to go to enjoy great beer and pub food. (416 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 dmcgilvray
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I Love McNellie's. Very good food. It's mostly American style entrees - the burgers are excellent - with a few pub grub items in the mix. Their Fish & Chips is consistently good. But the food is the bonus. You go for their exceptional beer selection. McNellie's has revolutionized the culture of beer drinking in Tulsa and I say "Cheers!" to them. (347 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 rudyarmand
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I had never been to Tulsa, and I thank the beer advocate website for the recommendation of the James E. McNellie's Public House.

I actually drove to Tulsa from Atlanta, GA since the flights took almost 10 hours if you include waiting around at the airport. When I got to my hotel out in the suburbs (Broken Arrow), I thought that this was going to be a TORTUROUS TRIP.

I drove downtown with my colleague and as we approached the Public House we thought that we were in the middle of a zombie apocolypse. There is absolutely nothing going on in downtown Tulsa!

We parked across the street and headed in to James E. McNellie's, and it was like we were in Chicago or Portland or Asheville. A beautiful bar with tons of taps of old favorites as well as Southwest brews I was happy to try.

Service? Great! The ladies working the bar were great at recommending the local brews and we left it all in their capable hands. We also dined there and the food was hearty, affordable and tasty as hell!

The second trip there, we experienced a bloody-mary bar where customers ordered their choice of vodka and mixed the tomato juice concoction with almost two dozen spices. There were some happy people there I can assure you!

Please go to McNellie's if you are in Tulsa. It is a great place. The rest of the town is absolutely depressing as hell, but there's a glimpse of greatness in this pub!

P.S.- There is also a great old town area with a knock-out museum (Philbrook)in Tulsa that was utterly charming. Like going into the Twilight Zone! The rest of Tulsa...absolute suckage! (1,573 characters)

Photo of DelMontiac
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (1,966 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 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 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 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 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 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 BierGartenok
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
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!! (658 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 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 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.