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Collins Midtown Liquor

Not Rated.
Collins Midtown LiquorCollins Midtown Liquor
BA SCORE
96
world-class

32 Ratings
Ratings: 32
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 12.73%
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]

1685 S Yale Ave
Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74112-6219
United States
phone: (918) 742-0778

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(Place added by: tronester on 06-29-2008)
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jtmiller03

Oklahoma

3.09/5  rDev -29.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Nice enough selection but complete nightmare for customer service. If you’re in a pinch and BierGarten, Ranch Acres or Parkhill’s are out of what you’re looking for it’s worth a stop... just don’t expect any help or knowledge with the product.
For a place that claims to be the best beer store in Tulsa, I expect a higher level of beer knowledge and a friendlier attitude. Don't expect more than "yeah, we've got it" or "No we ain't got none of that".
Again, selection is nice, prices are fair, it's just the service that is lacking.

08-06-2012 21:46:19 | More by jtmiller03
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.16/5  rDev -28.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$

So this is supposed to be the best beer selection in Tulsa and even all of Oklahoma, right?

I read some reviews here on BA and didn't want to miss this store... there I went with the wife and the brother-in-law before we all flew out of Tulsa.

Located in a strip mall next to the State Fair grounds and a bunch of stores, Collins Midtown Liquor is much smaller than I thought. The other stores I've been to in the Tulsa area (Parkhill, Owasso Liquor&Wine) are much bigger!

A bunch of beer sitting on pallets on the floor, rather haphazardly. One shelf on the back and one-half of a shelf by the entrance plus the floor beer, that is it. The best beer selection in OK for you. Seriously.

It is cool that they divide the beer in regions (Belgium, Germany, California, Colorado, West Coast) but it is not so cool that their selection is not quite something to write home about.

They do have some East Coast selections I have not seen anywhere else in Tulsa, like Sea Dog and Shipyard from Maine and Ommegang from New York. But other than that... nothing here really excited me.

Good selection of Boulevard Smokestack bombers, including the 2012 Imperial Stout, which I bought and loved. More bombers by the register: Great Divide Oak-Aged Yeti and Espresso Yeti.

Also a good representation of locals, including Choc, Battered Boar, Marshall and the rare Arbor Imperial Stout from Redbud Brewing.

They have no prices marked, and when you ask they'll give you a vague excuse about "fluctuating prices" and some other Royal BS. But I do appreciate their shelf talkers with info on hops and flavors.

Service was non-existent to mediocre. I'm fine not having a beer guy accosting me, but how about speeding up the line at the register? Long line there, and this girl yelling at another employee to come over so that "I can get my stuff done".

Weird. Underwhelming. Best beer store in OK? Not even close.

02-03-2012 01:48:19 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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arkansastroy

Arkansas

3.19/5  rDev -27.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | $$

They have a good selection but the service was awful! I was looking for a 12 pack of Full Sail Session Lager but was only able to find the Session Black Lager. So I asked if they had it. The cashier said "it's over there somewhere, you'll just have to look". I never found it. Very little in this store is priced, only the items in display areas were priced. On the bright side they have a decent selection for the mixed six packs which go for $8.48. and they do sell the small belgians as singles which the other store I visited did not. Basically the only reson to go here is for the mixed six, or belgiam (small bottle) singles.

07-05-2011 13:48:52 | More by arkansastroy
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mugglesandhops

Oklahoma

3.55/5  rDev -19.3%
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$

I made a couple of beer stops while I was in Tulsa and this was the second place I stopped. Thanks to a fellow BA for recommending these places for me. I was fairly surprised at the selection. It was pretty good for an Oklahoma beer store. They had Left Hand, Boulevard, Some Belgium's, Big Sky, Avery, Bear Republic. Ranch Acres had pretty much the same selection. No body really asked me if I needed help or anything so the service wasn't all that great. Overall, I think I could have got everything I needed at the other place. or vice versa.

03-30-2009 16:20:57 | More by mugglesandhops
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wolfinthemirror

Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev -12.5%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$

While on an errand in Tulsa, I went in here for the first time and felt like a little kid in a candy store. This is the best selection of beer I've seen in OK. I was very impressed to find practically every offering from Great Divide and Rogue, breweries of which my local stores only carry 1 or 2 products of. It was a very nice change. A great deal of domestic craft beers, countless imports... The mixed six is a great value at only $8.95.. I really wish there were more singles to choose from considering the diversity in the store, but they still had a great number to sample. I was happy to find Marshall's bombers at $4.95 each. My only real complaints were that while the selection is great, it was pretty disorganized in a way that made it hard to access some of the selection. The lack of prices on the majority of six packs and bombers made it quite hard to shop with a budget in mind. The Old Ruffian bomber I bought was also sticky with what i guess was dried beer on the bottle, and several of them were that way. It might not have been the fault of the store, however.
Since this is such a huge selection for Oklahoma and it's easy to find, I will definitely be returning on my next visit to Tulsa.

03-12-2010 23:09:02 | More by wolfinthemirror
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RobbieAshmore

Arkansas

3.93/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | $$

This is my 'go-to' beer store when visiting Tulsa, Ok. Good selection and the staff seemed fairly knowledgeable. Fairly easy to get to other than when the fair is in town, then the traffic can be a nightmare. The pick six section is pretty well stocked. With German, Belgium and English beer broken down by country.

10-06-2013 01:05:08 | More by RobbieAshmore
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MammothTarantula

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -9.1%

06-23-2014 18:02:19 | More by MammothTarantula
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remccaskey

Oklahoma

4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Best beer selection in Tulsa, they have several brands from breweries that I haven't found at any other store in Tulsa. Great single beer selection with build your own 6 pack options. They also have a large variety of 12 packs and 24 packs. You can usually find a good deal on a different beer every time you visit.

06-04-2013 19:12:27 | More by remccaskey
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

Last time I was there I got royal treatment from Carter, make sure you tell em you're a BA...

Bumping up selection score, I truly believe they get everything they can...

Based on 2 visits one in February & another in August

Quality wise I have to ding them just because I've had more old/stale brews from these guys in the last 2 visits than I did from everyone else (everywhere in the US )in the last 2 years. I'm sure this a a bi-product of them trying to provide maximum choice & Oklahoma's dumb ass laws regarding full strength beers. My rule of thumb from now on: Cast a skeptical eye towards reduced priced sixers & weaker abv imports.

Service has been alright the to visits, not super helpful or enthusiastic about talking product. I presume that's the luck of the draw on who you have working.

Great selection: If they can get it in OK, I believe these guys carry it. Mixed sixers selection was a bit meh, looked more like the island/shelves of out of season beers. I spent over $80 this visit, so that's saying something.
( 3 bottle of Brett Saison will push that bill up )
Prices were mixed, but overall good value for the dollar. In short, worth a visit if in the area. I am lucky to have options almost as good options, plus different beers on offer closer to home in Missouri & Arkansas.

I hope future visits will bump up those service & quality scores ( I've only purchased from 4 liqour stores in state,so maybe my standards for freshness aren't realistic???), time will tell...

08-14-2009 11:40:44 | More by russpowell
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

06-22-2014 20:31:48 | More by Georgiabeer
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Collins Midtown Liquor in Tulsa, OK
96 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.