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Collins Midtown Liquor

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Collins Midtown LiquorCollins Midtown Liquor
BA SCORE
96
world-class

40 Ratings
Ratings: 40
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 11.79%
[ 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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Photo of jtmiller03
3.09/5  rDev -29.9%

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.

jtmiller03, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.16/5  rDev -28.3%

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.

DoubleSimcoe, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of arkansastroy
3.19/5  rDev -27.7%

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.

arkansastroy, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of mugglesandhops
3.55/5  rDev -19.5%

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.

mugglesandhops, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of wolfinthemirror
3.85/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

wolfinthemirror, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of RobbieAshmore
3.93/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

RobbieAshmore, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -9.3%

22Blue, Oct 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

MammothTarantula, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of Carl_R
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Carl_R, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of remccaskey
4.02/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

remccaskey, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of TheVenerableMead
4.11/5  rDev -6.8%

The hippy guy knows enough about beer to find it if they have it and make good recommendations. There is actually a LOT of shelf space devoted to beer for a store this size. It's in a working class area of town, so don't expect to hob-nob with a lot of snooty people.

TheVenerableMead, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%

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...

russpowell, Aug 14, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Georgiabeer, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of jmharney
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%

This place is great. Went there for the first time about two years ago. Never thought anything of it. Figured it was just another liquor store in a strip mall. Went it and was in awe. The beer selection is ridiculous. Two whole walls and the the middle of the floor were packed and sorted by country or type. The staff knows their stuff. Always find something new there to try. It's a bit of a drive for me in town but it's well worth it.

jmharney, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Riggo
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%

Midtown Liquor shows what can happen to your average Oklahoma liquor store when someone takes a real interest in beer. Carter has the best selection in Tulsa and has really made an effort on organizing and storing the beers. He works hard to acquire any new beers he possibly can, with frequent updates (as "lovething") in the Southwest Forum here on BA. It's great to know someone is pressuring distributors for more and more great beer in Oklahoma.

From great Belgians (Westmalle, Rochefort, St. Bernardus, Orval, Chimay, etc.) to exciting U.S. crafts (Bear Republic, Great Divide, Avery, Southampton, Left Hand) to classics like Samuel Smith, Fullers, and Paulaner, the selection proves that Oklahoma is no beer wasteland. There are a few pretty good places to buy beer in Tulsa but this is definitely the best.

Riggo, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of sooner961
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%

What can I say? I was raised and lived in Tulsa for 26 years before I had to leave and see the rest of the world (in the military). Haven't been back in many, many, many years! Couldn't believe this place was still there, let alone one of the best places in Tulsa to get adult beverages. I was extremely happy my brother (living in Tulsa, again, himself) not only recommended, but took me to this gold mine of a place. Great selection! And for one who likes to try several different kinds of beer, at home, it's perfect for getting your one's and two's of trial bottles. All the other great beer, liqueur, and wine is there, too, of course. Kudos to the owners, managers, and staff who run a great store!

sooner961, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of champ103
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%

A great place to find some beers in Tulsa. Carter (BA lovething), was a great help. I beer mailed him about my wants as I am visiting Tulsa for work. He sent me a prompted and helpful response. I happened to visit the store when he was not working, but the person that was there was a great help. He pointed me to Saison-Brett, and the Rochefort beers I was looking for. I also picked up some Fuller's Vintage Ale and a couple of Big Sky beers among some other goodies. The prices seemed reasonable. I did notice a lot of dust on some of the singles and six packs (the only thing I could critic). Overall, highly recommend, and a great find for someone out of town.

PS: Carter and I conversed a couple more times, and he got me some Boulevard BBQ that he had sitting at his house. A great guy and place. This place is a must.

champ103, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of butters167
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

Hands down the best selection of beer in the Tulsa area. I stop in at least a couple times a month to what new beers are in. If it's available in Oklahoma it's here. Midtown also has the largest "pick six" section in Tulsa and it is always updated with new beers. My only ding is that I have ran into a couple stale beers lately but its a small price to pay for the large number of selections available. The staff is always helpful and available to answer any questions. If you are a beer lover in Oklahoma you must try shopping here.

butters167, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of brewintheLou
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

I have been by this place a couple of times while passing through Tulsa. My lastest experience just a couple of minutes after a car ran through the window and landed on top of the beer section. Good thing I didn't get there 10 minutes earlier or I would have been under the car! Sad thing was all the beer that was running out into the parking lot.

Quality and selection of the beer selection is, as far as I can tell, the best for Oklahoma. Comparing to liquor stores I have been to in OK, this is far above the rest. Most stores in Oklahoma have a couple of Sam Adams, and some Blvd. and that's about it.

Service is outstanding! Before I even visited the store Carter (BA name: lovething) sent me a beer mail after I had posted that I was going to be passing through Tulsa. He let me know he was the manager and let me know about some of the beers he was going to be recieving that week. The instore was also great.

Price seems to be solid. I am comparing to a store in OKC which has a similar selection, but prices are considerably more.

brewintheLou, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of coldriver
4.5/5  rDev +2%

In town for the NCAA BBall tourney I swung by Midtown to check their local beer selection. Wow, great selection of not only local beers but several national brands we can't seem to get in Texas (Caldera, Southampton, Lost Coast, Mad River, etc). I happily loaded up a shopping cart with about 50 singles and bombers as well as a couple sixers. Clerk was very friendly and knowledgable and even gave me a Boulevard bar towel. They have to comply with Oklahoma's archaic refrigeration laws, but Midtown can't be blamed for that. Prices reasonable. Great place to buy beer!

coldriver, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of wolffman17
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Midtown Liquor is the place go to in Tulsa. It's not a huge store by any means, but with Carter (BA lovething) running the beer department you're assured that if it's available in Oklahoma, then they've got it. Plenty of American craft breweries along with a good selection of Belgian, German, and U.K. breweries to choose from. Beer Mail lovething if you have any questions about what's available or on the way; he'll help you out. It's also nice to see a white board as soon as you walk in listing all the new offerings. High quality...stock is rotated appropriately. Can't beat the place.

wolffman17, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of beergeekokla
4.5/5  rDev +2%

beergeekokla, Jul 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

BeerBish, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of Beertracker
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%

Collins Midtown Liquors is conveniently located across from the Fair Meadows Race Track (Tulsa State Fairgrounds) in the 21st & Yale shopping center that includes Reasor's & Target. Midtown Liquors has been around for a long time serving the local community, but only recently started catering to beer aficionados. The old store recently got a bit of a makeover with new signs, shelving, and more importantly a much needed re-organization that avoids the beer sitting directly in the sun's harmful rays. All of this is due to the ongoing efforts of Manager, Carter Perez (a.k.a. lovething) who's a recent convert and monastic beer worshipper. He also knows wine and is a USSA certified wine sommelier.

Collins Midtown boasts the largest selection of beer in Oklahoma with over 600+ different beers (alcopops, craft, domestic, imported) in stock! Collins was also voted to the 2008 Absolute Best of Tulsa by the Urban Tulsa Weekly. They have a large selection of singles that are sold by the bottle or sixer. If you don't see it, then it's either out-of-stock, out-of-season, or it's simply not available in Oklahoma. Carter does a wonderful job of stock rotation to ensure the beer off the store's shelf is the freshest available. If you're visiting, then this is a definite good beer stop. If you're local, then why the hell aren't you already shopping here? Be certain to check out the coming soon & new arrival board. Don't forget that Collins Brothers One Stop is still next door!

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Beertracker, Aug 25, 2008
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Collins Midtown Liquor in Tulsa, OK
96 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.