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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

49 Ratings
Ratings: 49
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.83%
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:
None, yet.

(Place added by: keithatoz on 04-03-2005)
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amatuerbeerguy

Oklahoma

3.63/5  rDev -16.4%

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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McDosey

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

02-10-2010 16:39:44 | More by McDosey
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chemidtown

Oklahoma

3.88/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

06-30-2012 16:17:09 | More by chemidtown
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jmharney

Oklahoma

3.89/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

06-26-2013 00:11:23 | More by jmharney
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RobbieAshmore

Arkansas

3.9/5  rDev -10.1%

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!

10-06-2013 00:50:57 | More by RobbieAshmore
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ndolover

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -10.1%

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!

11-13-2009 00:04:35 | More by ndolover
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Carl_R

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

07-20-2013 04:15:42 | More by Carl_R
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

01-28-2012 05:10:52 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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millhouse

Mississippi

4/5  rDev -7.8%

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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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4.03/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

11-22-2010 04:26:47 | More by StaveHooks
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James E. McNellie's Public House in Tulsa, OK
95 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.