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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
96
world-class

58 Ratings
Ratings: 58
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.34%
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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:
None, yet.

(Place added by: keithatoz on 04-03-2005)
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5/5  rDev +15.7%
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!

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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Photo of remccaskey
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | 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.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of RobbieAshmore
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

I really didn't pay much attention to the prices, but I think it was rather expensive. But let's face it you don't go here to save money, you go for the world class beer selection. I was very pleased with the beer and the service. The waitress was friendly and knowledgeable. I have been to this pub several times during business trips to Tulsa. But only once on a weekend. On Saturday nights it becomes sort of a very noisy 'yuppie' bar....but the beer is still great!

Photo of Carl_R
4/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

This is actually a really nice place to try if you are looking for selection. Most beers I like are not available in this state, but McNellie's does a really good job carrying the beers that are available in this state. I cannot really think of another bar in Tulsa that I would want to go other than McNellie's.

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3.89/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Probably the best place in Tulsa to try new beers on tap or in bottle. Been going here for about 6 years and keep going back. It's my default Tulsa bar. Beer menu is endless, you could order something new everyday of the year and not be done with it. The staff is knowledgeable although if you go on a Friday or Saturday night, do not expect the greatest attention given to you. Mid evening is the best time, not as crowded and bar staff have better time to serve you.

Photo of LittleDon
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Pros: Great selection of OK beers, inexpensive, lots of taps to choose from, smoking allowed upstairs.
Cons: Popular, particularly with the under 30 PBR and tequila shot crowd, you might not be told that they'll be smoking upstairs.

McNellie's Public House, like Tulsa, surprised me. When I found out that I needed to meet with a potential customer, I expected to time warped to a 1950's dry municipality where I was going to hell for even thinking about getting a drink. I was wrong. Tulsa is a city where there's great art and music and you can get a decent beer.

McNellie's location belies its popularity. I stopped in on a Wednesday at about 6 and there was a 45 minute wait for a table (I overheard that there was some event downtown). Of the three bars, all of which have the same tap list, I was told that the bar upstairs would be the least crowded. I went upstairs, found one of the few seats available, sat down, and discovered that OK is one of the remaining states that allows indoor smoking. Not wanting to brave the growing crowds downstairs, I decided to stay.

Service was quick. Even had a chance to ask the bartender about his recommendations from one of the dozen or so OK brews. Despite the crowds, my glass never went dry. Food was well prepared and tasty. Aside from the number of people, my only other beef was the vibe. As a craft beer enthusiast, I felt out of place in an atmosphere where many of the customers where ordering XXX Lite and tequila shots. I asked if there was a college close by and was surprised to find out that there wasn't. Nothing wrong with this, just that I prefer it a bit more laid back.

Despite the crowds and vibe, worth a second look.

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James E. McNellie's Public House in Tulsa, OK
96 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.