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Collins Midtown Liquor

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Collins Midtown LiquorCollins Midtown Liquor
BA SCORE
95
world-class

41 Ratings
Ratings: 41
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 17.09%
[ 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 DoubleSimcoe
3.16/5  rDev -27%

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 champ103
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

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 Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Georgiabeer, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%

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
Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -7.6%

22Blue, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of Beertracker
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%

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!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Beertracker, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of coldriver
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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 +3.9%

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 gatheredwaters
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

gatheredwaters, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Carl_R
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Carl_R, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of brewintheLou
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%

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 mugglesandhops
3.55/5  rDev -18%

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 DelMontiac
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

I've been to Midtown many times over a period of several years. I returned yesterday for the first time in almost 2 years after reading some great recent reviews and I was in the neighborhood anyway. It was pretty good before, but I can say that this store has seriously stepped up it's beer game since I was there last. At least half the store is dedicated to beer now. I found things there that I've seen no where else in Oklahoma. Tons of Oklahoma brews - Prairie, Marshall, Coop, Choc, Black Mesa, Rough Tail, Anthem, and Mustang. I was shocked by the piles of Prairie. Nice selections of Founders, Goose Island, Great Divide, Rogue, Avery, and countless others. Nice Belgian section. They had all the German Oktoberfests I was hunting for - Ayinger, Hacker-Pschorr, and Paulander. Both guys working were very knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly. Prices are as good as it gets around Tulsa. Store was very clean and I really didn't see any dusty bottles. The pick 6 shelves didn't have anything I was interested in although the selection is pretty large. I think it's organized as well as it can be given the space. They're maxed out so it's a bit tough to maneuver a shopping cart with all the stacks of beer on the floor and narrow aisles. From now on, this is my go-to store in Tulsa even if it's out of my way and even though I hate the streets in that part of town. Go there, be happy.

DelMontiac, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of MammothTarantula
4/5  rDev -7.6%

MammothTarantula, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of tronester
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%

Midtown Liquor is IMO the best place in Tulsa to find beer. When you first go in the door is the large selection. They have the beers arranged by country of origin, which is quite helpful. Their selection is great, they even had the Rochefort ales, which I have not seen anywhere else in Tulsa. As far as I could tell, they had just about every beer you could get in the state of Oklahoma. Carter the beer manager is super helpful and always posting updates on BA to let everyone know what beers are new to the state. Opposite to the main store, they also have a refrigerated section for 3.2 ABW beer and kegs. Overall, I give this store a thumbs up.

tronester, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of salvo
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%

Stopped by right at opening time (10am by Oklahoma law).

If you are passing through Oklahoma, this is a must-make stop. Did a random sampling of places in Oklahoma and selected Midtown by serendipity, BA review rating, and proximity to the highway. Thank you BA reviewers!

Grey steel shelves lined row after row of really fresh and highly desired brands and styles. Highlights include:

** Great local beer selection. What I remember from Oklahoma: Battered Boar, Coop Ale Works, Huebert, Krebs/Choc, Marshall, Redbud

** Great regional beer selection -- TallGrass from Kansas was the real exciting find for me. Freestate as well. Texas and Missouri beers, Colorado, and Arkansas.

** Oregon and California beers not available in Texas or Missouri (the two adjoining states where my travels were taking me), or home in Indiana

** Numerous rare and new (to me) Belgian beers

** An entire shelf of rice beer, one of gluten-free beer, and large selection of organic beers for those interested.

** Fair pricing

More details:
- Arranged by region/country of origin, then by style, so it may take a moment to get used to the fact that all the AIPAs are together, all the IIPAs, pale ales, and the lagers, etc.

- Helpful shelf tags have hop/bitterness range and dark/light to make sure your new brew is at least something like what you were expecting.

- Great make-a-six selection: numerous beers I have been curious about and able to try with minimal risk (6 for ~$8.50).

- Prices are posted on blue printouts attached to each shelf unit. My guess is the stock moves too fast to price each sixer.

- Helpful board with recent and upcoming arrivals. All excellent and interesting!

salvo, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of StaveHooks
5/5  rDev +15.5%

The "go to place" to buy beer in Tulsa. This is one of those places that you can spend 45 minutes picking out your selection.
Carter is the owner and he has a whiteboard telling you what's new and what's coming. This is a beer advocates store. They have basically anything and everything that is available in the area and Carter is always fighting for new beers. He has a one of the best selections on his pick a six and his prices rival anyone in Tulsa.

He has a great Belgium selection as well as seasonals.
This guy cares about beer and cares about your selection.

This is a place that you can talk about beer in the beer store.
He also has a tastings at his store.

Best beer store in Tulsa.

Long Live Carter!!!

StaveHooks, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of arkansastroy
3.19/5  rDev -26.3%

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 Riggo
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%

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 zerocrane
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%

This liquor store has the best beer selection in Tulsa and always receives all the newest brews in a very timely fashion... And they normally get lots of it. Probably the best thing about this store is you can call them at 10 AM and tell them to hold a case of the new BOMB! they just got in and they'll do it for you. Places around here just don't do that. They also always have great bottle limits on limited stuff. great selection, great price.

zerocrane, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of CaptainPiret
4.94/5  rDev +14.1%

Thank goodness I ignored the very few negative reviews. If you have a problem with this place, please show me your idea of a good store (in Oklahoma) and I'll make a special trip to see it.

Having lived in Belgium for two years, this store somewhat reminded me of the rural Belgian beer stores: Pallets of beer to buy in bulk on the floors, as well as shelves with singles and 4- and 6-packs.

The smaller shelf has the make-your-own 6-packs with some decent options, but I did most of my buying from the other shelf that breaks down the beer by region. Very good selection of Belgians — came home with a few different offerings from Dupont, a couple Flemish Reds (Strubbe's and Duchesse), plus two cases of Leffe for a friend who drinks the sh!t out of that stuff. Also bought some bottles from Boulevard, Great Divide, Mikkeller, plus some stuff from a couple of OK breweries I've wanted to try (Choc and Coop).

The staff was friendly while I shopped. At checkout they boxed up everything and loaded up my car for me. Since I spent nearly $400, that was a lot of loading.

*Now, for the customer service story: I dropped by this store on my way home to Memphis, TN after visiting a friend near Tulsa. When I got home (7 hours later), I realized that somehow I didn't make it home with a 4-pack of Kwak. I called the store, and the guy who answered it was the guy who loaded up my car. Told him about the missing beers, and the guy didn't question me or anything. He apologized, and since I live so far away and it will be a long time before I'm back, he promised to ship me that 4-pack and pay for the shipping out of his own pocket.

It's one thing to have good selection; it's quite another to have staff that understands the value of a customer and making sure they're satisfied. I just wish Memphis was a lot closer to this store; I'd be a regular for sure.

CaptainPiret, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of remccaskey
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%

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 wolfinthemirror
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%

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 Hopswagger
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Midtown, "The Mecca," is by far my favorite place to shop hands down in the Tulsa area. Selection is outstanding and knowledge of products are equally great. Nice friendly service that I don't get from a lot of other stores. Most the time I don't even get eye contact when I enter a bottle shop. The staff is always eager to help with a decision or pricing.

One thing that I truly love is the price sheets around the store. This makes for easy choosing for those who hate to ask questions while shopping.

The mix a six selection is the best I have seen and a steal as far as pricing. I enjoy it when I enter a store with more beer than liquor or wine. Although, they do have a great selection of vino as well.

The place I frequent the most and not because its the best location for me.

Hopswagger, Dec 30, 2011
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Collins Midtown Liquor in Tulsa, OK
95 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.