James E. McNellie's Public House

BA SCORE
94
outstanding

41 Reviews
James E. McNellie's Public HouseJames E. McNellie's Public House
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

409 E 1st St
Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74120-1826
United States

(918) 382-7468 | map
mcnellies.com

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Added by keithatoz on 04-03-2005

PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
72
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
5.4%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews by DelMontiac:
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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

McNellie's is a must when I'm in Tulsa for a show or a get together with friends. The pub is located just South of Driller's Stadium and several blocks East of the BOK Even Center and the historic Cain's Ballroom. Parking can be a bitch if it's busy downtown, but something always pans out.

McNellie's tries to put on the Irish pub front and never having been to a real Irish pub, I can't say how they compare. I would say the atmosphere is the achilles heel as lack of space, overbearing noise, and families with kids are frequently to my dismay. You may not want to go upstairs to the sidebar during a 100F Summer day - it gets hotter than hell.

The food is good. Not spectacular, but good. Wednesday evening is a great time to be there because the big tastey charburgers will only cost you $3 from 5-11pm. It WILL be busy, so get there early if you can. Note: food delivery is usually slow if they're busy, so make sure you got time. If I don't have a couple of hours, I don't bother with food.

Service is usually very good, but can suffer a bit when the place gets overcrowded. The bar is usually a great place to sit. You can see all those beautiful 50+ tap handles from there, plus what's on display in the glass door fridge. The bar maids are VERY knowledgeable about their brew. The servers out on the floor are generally pretty knowledgeable depending on how long they've been employed there.

McNellie's won't break the bank when I compare it to some places I've been to, Denver, Chicago, New Jersey, etc.

Now for the real reason you're going to McNellie's. This is THE brewpub to be at in Oklahoma. The beer selection is godly for Oklahoma (and many other places I've been to in TX, MO, CO, and IL). Over 350 brews to choose from! They have a selection of flights and mixes, plus pint nights. 3-4 times a month they have "drink the beer, keep the glass" night with a feature brew. Just take a look at the website and the beerguide/menu and you'll see.

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More User Reviews:
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4.26/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of rank9262
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of coastiebob
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of KLHBB
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of mbalint1
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of wheresblue
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of beerguy2324
4.73/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of mojohawk21
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of donspublic
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Hit this place 3 times over 2 days. This will get me up to Tulsa to visit my daughter more often. My only bitch is I had planned to camp out here all night July 4th but they shut down so their employees could have the night off. Can't bitch about that. Their tap selection is great and it has a very good mix and they complement it with a good bottle selection. We ended up eating there twice and everyone's food was great. And I cannot forget the service, the waitstaff are very attentive and gave good recommendations when asked.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Really great place with good pub food and tons of great craft beer on tap and in bottles.

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4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of rapayn01
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Friendly atmosphere with employees that generally have a solid beer knowledge. One of the best tap and bottle selections in Tulsa. Prices are okay. Maybe a little steep for OK, but better than other states I guess. Food is better than your avg pub fare. Cheap burgers on Wed.

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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James E. McNellie's Public House in Tulsa, OK
4.26 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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