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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

41 Ratings
Ratings: 41
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: n/a
Taps: 60
Bottles: 200
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1100 Classen Dr
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73103-2608
United States
phone: (405) 601-7468

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Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2008

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Reviews by HardTarget:
Photo of HardTarget
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Oh my.
Atmosphere: Mix matched chairs cover a two story location. Upstairs more dinner seating, downstairs tables around the impressive bar. You must have "X" many tattoos in order to work here, but you must know beer too.

Quality: Was concerned about the age of bottles and some of the taps given the extensive selection, so stuck to more local brews on tap. All in excellent condition and appropriately served.

Service: Friendly, knowledgeable, attentive even during a busy evening rush, top notch.

Selection: Just silly. So many tap selections, so many bottle selections, a freaking firkin. Just wow.

Food: One of the best steaks I've had. Hard to say from a Texan. Everything was tasty and multiple dining partners had only praise.

Value: Through the roof. Cheap eats, very reasonable beer prices, excellent quality, just a world class place. Almost enough to make me consider living in OKC.

More User Reviews:
Photo of AdamTebbs
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Got the Irish lunch. A Guinness and a bowl of irish stew for like 7 bucks. It was great. I love this place.

Photo of StaciaTai
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.85/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.32/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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1.25/5  rDev -71.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Narthax
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Location: As other reviewers have said, toughest part is finding a parking spot. Would recommend early arrival or you may have to walk a bit. Inside the bar has three levels so you can kinda choose your environment (horse shoe bar, tables area, smoking bar)

Quality: All the on tap stuff is good and fresh. You can occasionally get a bottle past its prime but you face the same risk at most such establishments, most bottles are great.

Service: Been here several times and the staff is always friendly and knows their stuff. One time I helped educate a new hire about some different beer, but the fact that she was curious and listens to customers so well is just a mark of great service to come

Selection: Top Notch. You'll be hard pressed to find more of what's available in Oklahoma.

Food: Better than most bar food you'll find for that price. I would eat here but I would not go just for the food.

Overall: This is a great place to visit and one of my favorites in OKC. Definitely worth stopping by if you are in town.

Photo of Amp
4.93/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

My favorite place to get a pint in OKC. Good food and great selection! I would strongly recommend this place to anyone wanting some great beer in a relaxed atmosphere. This location has three levels. The first floor is a horseshoe type bar with tables around the edges, the second floor is all tables, the third door is another bar and is the smoking section.

Photo of BradleyR
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Beertraveler73
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

So after spending a lot of time lurking, I've decided to start reviewing the places I go to.

- Location - tough for parking. If you get here early, you can park in the lot. If it's after 4pm on a weekeday, you are SOL due to the hospital across the way

- Selection - pretty decent tap and bottle list. Always have a special bottle for the "beer geels" Fantome Hiver was on special for 14$ when I was there. I will say that the local OK beers are lacking on draft but were there in bottle selection.

- Service - I sat at a two seat table across from the bar. When I got here at 3:30pm there wasn't a spot at the bar. Kat was amazing. She made some great recommendations and was a pleasure to have as a server. She didn't push anything and was very informative about the questions I had about the beer. I had a beer that was clearly past its date and she came over and swapped it out without a second question.

- Food - well, they have 3.99 Burger Wednesdays. I'd recommend that. I had the cheese platter and that was more than enough for one. They had huge bricks of cheese and enough plain crackers to keep me happy

Overall, it was a great experience. They do have a smoking floor on the third floor. I will say that the second floor does get a decent smell of smoke due to the floor above. That would be my only knock about the place as I loathe the smell of cigarettes.


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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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James E. McNellie's Public House in Oklahoma City, OK
96 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.