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Kilkenny's Irish Pub

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89
very good

21 Ratings
Ratings: 21
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
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1413 E 15th St
Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74120-5807
United States
phone: (918) 582-8282

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Reviews by jim102864:
Photo of jim102864
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

No reason to get all gushy about Kilkenny's. I note most of the reviews thus far are from my BA bretheren from the South. Not to appear snobby, but I will venture a guess that few if any of them have ventured beyond the borders of Sooner land and tasted the true beer bars of this great land. Yes, Kilkenny's is the rare option in Tulsa that offers more than the macros on tap or in bottle, but none of them should get carried away. This is, in fact, nothing more than a Ruby Tuesday's on human growth hormone. While my hosts were quick to point out the "uniqueness" of this Irish pub, it is a place with its entire contents imported from elsewhere and yet its atmosphere and style is found in nearly every major and minor city in the US. Kilkennys is neither unique nor high quality. It is medicore in beer selection at best. Yes, you can get a Rogue Pale Ale in a bottle, and Guiness on tap. But how is that different than any other average bar in the US? They only get as adventurous as Chimay Premiere in a bottle. Beyond that, commence snoozing now. The food is good, though. I enjoyed the pasta and shrimp bowl, served hot and in a creamy base that was very good. But this is really nothing more than a place that serves average food and offers an average if not below average beer selection. Now should I return to Tulsa in the future, I wouldn't have any reason not to revisit Kilkenny's. It's a decent place with a modest beer selection...a selection that actually rivals the rest of this non-beer town. All this tells you is Tulsa has a long way to go if this is the best they can offer.

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4.08/5  rDev +3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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4.52/5  rDev +15%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of RobbieAshmore
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

I am often in Tulsa for business. I used to go to McNeelies, but the crowd was a little too loud and too 'yuppie' for me. I have started visiting Kilkenny's and I am very impressed with the atmosphere and food. The drink selection isn't great, but they still have a few good beers. I usually have the Franziskaner Hefe-Weizen. The service is good and friendly.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5

The wife and I are checking our e-mails courtesy the free wi-fi at Cherry Street Coffee House and, while writing some beer reviews, I see a listing for Kilkenny's Tulsa here on BA. Shit, that place is right across the Coffee House, let's check it out!

I've been to Kilkenny's at least once before, during our last family reunion in Tulsa, and never thought much of it. Just another faux Irish pub...

I do like the building and atmosphere, a vast meandering joint with nooks and crannies everywhere, a busy bar and lively dining are upfront plus cozy quiet tables and more dining on the back.

Lots of wood, Irish music, trinkets galore. You know it.

Beer selection is rather poor. The menu, reminiscent of a chain restaurant, does not list the only two or three good bottled beers I spotted (Moose Drool, Hop Czar) and the only good draft (Marshall IPA). Good selection of Germans (Spaten, Franziskaner) and one more good draught: Boulevard Wheat, but other than that, both the tap and bottle menus read like your average Bud-Miller-Heineken crap.

Service is alright good but not great. I was annoyed that my bottle of Hop Czar came already poured, the glass missing.

Prices are OK, but perhaps slightly higher than your average Tulsa bar (20-oz pint for $5.75, a little less for a bottle, $8 for a shot of fine Macallan scotch).

I may come back here if we happen to be cruising Cherry Street, but otherwise, fuhgeddaboudit. Next time I will try newer spots like White Owl and Smoke on Cherry that seem to have good beers on tap.

Photo of AlleywayRover
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Walked in for a couple of beers. The atmosphere was nice but a little over-the-top for my tastes. But it was fairly quiet and didn't have a lot of TV's distracting me.

The staff was great, very friendly. It was rather busy when I was there, but they did well making sure I was taken care of.

My only real complaint was the fact it was a bit pricey. Two beers ran about $12.00.

Decent selection of beers. Mostly what you would expect from an Irish bar, Guiness, Smithwicks and Bass were all there along with some local selections.

I would probably go back again if I find myself in the Tulsa area again.

Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

We hit this place as family yesterday on a very hot April day. Coming in here was like getting transported to a cool damp British Isle oasis! This place drips great pub atmosphere, minimal TV intrusion.

Beer & cider quality were pretty decent

Service was friendly & prompt

Selection was pretty good for an Irish Pub= Sticking to nothing too exotic, only about 12 taps by my count

Menu looks fairly impressive & a touch pricey

Two pints & 2 sodas for the kids for $11.50

Not a place I would seek out, but would happily sup a pint here any time

Photo of StaveHooks
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 5

Don't go to this place expecting an awesome selection of beer. What you can expect is great Irish food.

I've heard alot of people grip about the interior being "Disney or Touristy", but they actually spent alot of money bringing this over from and old bar in Ireland. It may seem "fake" but it's the real deal.

Beer - The selection is not that great. They have the "usual" selection. They do carry local brews as well as several craft brews to make you happy.

Food - All of the boxtys are awesome. I haven't had the fish n chips so I can't tell about that. I would recommend a boxty. They have several varieties to suit your tastes. This is not your typical bar food. It's a restaurant first, watering hole second.

They also have Crown Royal on Cold Tap if that's your thing.

Photo of champ103
3.89/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I fully expected this place to be the same pseudo Irish pub that can be found all over Houston. I was wrong. This has a great Irish pub feel. An old wood bar and tables scattered about. Some nooks and crannies that you can sit in. Celtic and Irish music is playing very low. You can see some of the old cathedral looking churches outside the window. That adds to the Irish/English authenticity.

On to the beer. Not a huge selection, but well above average. Fuller's Porter and ESB. The Marshall IPA is on tap as well. Chimay and Sam Smith are the highlights of the bottle selection. Not the best, but I will be happy to sip on Marshall and Fuller's all day. The tap lines seemed a bit dirty though.

The service was great. A very enthusiastic bartender, with a great "cheers" after every beer. Very friendly and prompted. Pretty much as good as it gets. The food was top notch. I had the chicken cordon blue with spicy mustard (on the bartenders request). It was great. Far above the typical pub grub I find in similar places in Houston.

Overall, a great place to have a beer and a meal. It does not have the best selection, though that is a small grip. If in the area, check it out. Another great spot in my Tulsa beer sojourn.

Photo of mugglesandhops
3.3/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I took my wife to eat here a few weekends ago while we were in Tulsa. Fairly easy to find. There Menu is huge. I had a cottage pie which was delicious. My wife had the Chicken Cordon Blue(sp?) which was very tasty also. I was not very impressed with there beer menu though. I ended up having a Fullers Porter and the waiter went in back and got me an Anchor Porter that wasn't on the menu I guess. The inside was pretty dark, it took my eyes a while to adjust. Overall it was great food, decent beer, decent service.

Photo of ThunderbeerIntel
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I've found Kilkenny's to be a very enjoyable experience. The environment is very comfortable and relaxed. The service is high quality.

The total beer selection does leave a little to be desired, but the options are good. The food is great.

Additionally, Kilkenny's is very friendly to the customer's needs. They've played host to a number of events I've been a part of, and always done a tremendous job. From parties full of guys in 16th century garb, complete with fencing, minstrels, and drunken games, to a traditional Celtic wedding, they've been perfect hosts.

Kilkenny's is lacking for the occasional food and beer critic, but great for the average joe looking for a nice dinner and a good brew.

Photo of wolffman17
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Kilkenny's is one of the bright spots for beer drinkers in the area.

Very nice decor for a pub, but the desired relaxed atmosphere stays intact. No problems with service; the staff always seems willing and helpful.

They don't have a huge selection, but there's plenty of above average, quality beers to choose from. My most recent night included a Fuller's ESB, Sierra Nevada Celebration, and Guinness Extra Stout (why have Guinness Draught when you can have this?). In addition to Celebration, several other seasonals were available including Anchor OSA, Bridgeport Ebenezer, Pyramid Snowcap, Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome, and a few others that have slipped my mind. Fuller's Vintage Ale was also on the list.

The food is outstanding. Try the Kilkenny Bake: lobster, shrimp, and crab meat in a creamy sauce, all topped with mashed potatoes. Finish that off with Pumpkin Bread-Bread Pudding and an Irish Coffee and you're going home fat and happy.

Kilkenny's is a must see for visitors and a great place to treat yourself with family and friends. Check out their newly updated website (http://www.kilkennysirishpub.net/) for a peek at what this place is all about.

Photo of tronester
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Kilkenny's is a great example of an Irish style Pub. They serve many traditional Irish dishes, as well as other styles of food. All of the dishes I have had there are very tasty. The beer selection isn't massive, but they do have a decent selection (though it would be nice to see more Irish ales on tap). Most of their draught beer comes in a real 20oz Imperial Pint too, which is quite nice. The staff are friendly and the service is good as well. The prices are a little high, but for the quality of the food and drink, it is worth it.

Photo of sleazo
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

In town in Tulsa for business and was well pleased to find an Irish Pub. I felt a little bit like it was an Irish theme park but hey I am in Tulsa and you know what, this place was good when I was expecting to have Friday's.

Very Irish pub Style interior. Long wooden bar on the left, tables on the right. Beer paraphanalia everywhere. The important stuff was the beer though. About 16 or so beers on tap. I had a Fullers ESB, some KC Belgiana style, and a Spaten Oktoberfest. The selection was decent. The other beers were a nice eclectic mix and there were some good bottles too. Some Rogue, some European oddities. A cool selection in a town I wasn't expecting it in. The food was good too. I had a RLT, BLT with Irish Rashers on marble Rye. Service was good, friendly bartender. I would have preferred more Irish music and less Dave Matthews but hey at least there was some Irish music.

A good place to stop if in Tulsa. Decent prices too.

Photo of millhouse
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I found this place from a tip given to me by a bartender at another establishment. I'd seen it in Beerfly, but I really didn't expect much from an Irish pub in Tulsa, OK and wasn't going to visit. But, I was way off.

I've never been to Ireland. I've been to England and Scotland and this pub is reminiscent of some of the ones I've frequented over there. I was very impressed! I went on a Sunday for lunch and they had a good crowd.

Their taps aren't extensive, but are fitting for a pub. Stella (this is a staple at an overwhelming amount of pubs in the UK), Fuller's ESB and Porter, and then the standard Guinness, Harp, etc. They did have Sam Adams Winter Lager, but I was happy with my Fuller's. I noticed they had a couple of interesting bottle selections, as well.

The food: I had a fisherman's pie and it was TO DIE FOR. It was $16, but I dare say it was well worth it (even if I felt weird for paying that much for pub food). I'd order it again, though.

The pints were GREAT. Proper temps/carbonation. But, they were about $6 each. That caught me off guard.

Anyway, this place really impressed me. Great food, great service and very good beer. Just have a well-stocked wallet.

Photo of SudNut
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Kilkenny's is one of my favorite places in town to relax with a brew and some good grub. The beer selection isn't as wide as some of the other places in town but they hit all the high spots. The quality is always good and served at the right temperature.

I have had several menu items here from the fish and chips, burgers, pork chops as well as the Reuben. All of them were very good. My favorite is the desert though the Bananas foster is the best, oh and the chocolate cake with Guinness chocolate sauce, mmmm! Good beer good food what more could you want!

Photo of Beertracker
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Kilkenny's Irish Pub is located in Tulsa's eclectic Cherry Street district at 1413 E. 15th St. It's not your typical "cheesy" American interpretation of an Irish bar, but rather an authentic establishment right down to the highly polished mahogany bar imported from Dublin or the gas street lamps brought in from the "old country." From what I've heard, even the nitro dispensed draught lines were installed by Guinness approved professionals. Kilkenny's has a wonderful "old-world" atmosphere that's noticeable upon entering from the hand-crafted wooden furniture and hand painted murals to the mosaic tiled floor and the old UK pub signs/mirrors.

There's usually plenty of room at the bar if you get there early (maybe even catch a Premiership game via satellite), but come late and you'll be lucky to find a cramped little corner. The draught selection isn't large, but instead you'll find a quality selection of favorites on tap e.g. Bass, Beamish, Boddington's, BBC's Hardcore Cider, Harp, Fuller's London Pride or ESB, Fuller's Porter, Guinness (of course), John Courage, McEwan's IPA, Murphy's Irish Red, etc... They also carry about 16 brands of domestic & imported beer, but they're mostly mega-swill or alcopops. Of course there's a huge selection of Irish Wisky & single-malt Scotch to choose from if you enjoy the spirits.

Even if you're not a beer or whiskey fan, the food is usually worth the trip, albeit a bit pricey! This is a great place to come for late night pub grub, brunch/lunch or even dinner. Selections include everything from appetizers like the Ballyragget Brie, Cheddar Dip & Chips or Shamrock Spudders to luncheon favorites like the Paddy Melt, Finn MaCool O'Fish sandwich or the killer Irish Stew. How about brunch with made to order Benedicts, signature omelets or even Oysters Graiguenamanagh (six Gulf oysters cooked on the half shell and topped with a creamy shrimp, mushroom and Irish bacon sauce) which is great with a Beamish. I'm still partial to the traditional fare like the Bangers & Mash, Cottage Pie, Fish-N-Chips or even the Kilmacow Boxty (seared beef slow-cooked with Portobello mushrooms & herbs topped with Irish whiskey sauce) paired with a pint of Fuller's ESB. Mmm tasty! However, I'll still pass on the cornbeef & cabbage, thanks anyway. Kilkenny's Irish Pub should definitely be on any beerfan's list of quality establishments, so bring your wallet and stop by for an Imperial pint!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Kilkenny's Irish Pub in Tulsa, OK
89 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.