Collins Midtown Liquor
Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 28 | Display Reviews Only:
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
4.4/5 rDev 0%
quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
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.
06-02-2009 01:56:11 | More by champ103
4.24/5 rDev -3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Last time I was there I got royal treatment from Carter, make sure you tell em you're a BA...
Bumping up selection score, I truly believe they get everything they can...
Based on 2 visits one in February & another in August
Quality wise I have to ding them just because I've had more old/stale brews from these guys in the last 2 visits than I did from everyone else (everywhere in the US )in the last 2 years. I'm sure this a a bi-product of them trying to provide maximum choice & Oklahoma's dumb ass laws regarding full strength beers. My rule of thumb from now on: Cast a skeptical eye towards reduced priced sixers & weaker abv imports.
Service has been alright the to visits, not super helpful or enthusiastic about talking product. I presume that's the luck of the draw on who you have working.
Great selection: If they can get it in OK, I believe these guys carry it. Mixed sixers selection was a bit meh, looked more like the island/shelves of out of season beers. I spent over $80 this visit, so that's saying something.
( 3 bottle of Brett Saison will push that bill up )
Prices were mixed, but overall good value for the dollar. In short, worth a visit if in the area. I am lucky to have options almost as good options, plus different beers on offer closer to home in Missouri & Arkansas.
I hope future visits will bump up those service & quality scores ( I've only purchased from 4 liqour stores in state,so maybe my standards for freshness aren't realistic???), time will tell...
08-14-2009 11:40:44 | More by russpowell
4.65/5 rDev +5.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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!
08-25-2008 19:44:10 | More by Beertracker
4.5/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
In town for the NCAA BBall tourney I swung by Midtown to check their local beer selection. Wow, great selection of not only local beers but several national brands we can't seem to get in Texas (Caldera, Southampton, Lost Coast, Mad River, etc). I happily loaded up a shopping cart with about 50 singles and bombers as well as a couple sixers. Clerk was very friendly and knowledgable and even gave me a Boulevard bar towel. They have to comply with Oklahoma's archaic refrigeration laws, but Midtown can't be blamed for that. Prices reasonable. Great place to buy beer!
07-30-2011 14:28:19 | More by coldriver
4.5/5 rDev +2.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
04-14-2009 15:42:21 | More by wolffman17
4.45/5 rDev +1.1%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I have been by this place a couple of times while passing through Tulsa. My lastest experience just a couple of minutes after a car ran through the window and landed on top of the beer section. Good thing I didn't get there 10 minutes earlier or I would have been under the car! Sad thing was all the beer that was running out into the parking lot.
Quality and selection of the beer selection is, as far as I can tell, the best for Oklahoma. Comparing to liquor stores I have been to in OK, this is far above the rest. Most stores in Oklahoma have a couple of Sam Adams, and some Blvd. and that's about it.
Service is outstanding! Before I even visited the store Carter (BA name: lovething) sent me a beer mail after I had posted that I was going to be passing through Tulsa. He let me know he was the manager and let me know about some of the beers he was going to be recieving that week. The instore was also great.
Price seems to be solid. I am comparing to a store in OKC which has a similar selection, but prices are considerably more.
02-09-2009 19:55:22 | More by brewintheLou
3.55/5 rDev -19.3%
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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
4.8/5 rDev +9.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
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.
06-29-2008 03:54:19 | More by tronester
Collins Midtown Liquor in Tulsa, OK
96 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.