James E. McNellie's Public House

James E. McNellie's Public HouseJames E. McNellie's Public House
James E. McNellie's Public HouseJames E. McNellie's Public House
Bar, Eatery

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

(918) 382-7468 | map
mcnellies.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.35
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
74
pDev:
10.34%
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Regular trips to Tulsa over the past few years have been frequent, so it is a constant surprise that I never ever got to James E. McNellie’s Public House until quite recently. I had great feedback from my work colleagues who knew all about this place and my love for good beer; so I think it was their continuing incredulity at my absence from here which eventually which shamed me to reconnoiter the place back in February, with a couple of more visits since then.

Despite the smattering of one-way streets in Tulsa, it is a relatively easy town to navigate. McNellie’s is at 1st and Elgin, which seemed like a quiet-ish neighborhood to me with plenty of street parking on the several occasions I popped by. Gold lettered signage is well lit against the all brick frontage. Large paned, dark wood framed windows which sit each side of a centrally located doorway allow first time visitors to see what they are letting themselves in for before walking in. My first visit was on a very cold night in February, but despite being on my own and from out of town, I realized once I headed in though that it was a Wednesday and $3 Burger Night, that probably contributed to the packed lively feel but I am sure that was not the only reason. I felt immediately at home with the relaxed interior, it certainly takes influence from across the Pond and translates lots of wood, mirrors and a relaxing laid-back feel extremely well. I was quickly attended to by one of the wait staff that was near the entrance and managed to snaffle a seat at the bar, packed with a long line of punters, many still wearing their coats which seemed strange to me at the time, but every time the front door opened a cold blast of February wind explained why. Nevertheless, I felt very comfortable on that first visit way back in February, which certainly bode well for a return and it is true to say that the welcome was a genuine warm one during all of my subsequent stops including my latest in May.

A long wooden bar runs down the right hand side wall as you stroll in, seating runs off to the left and back towards the far end. The tables are tightly packed so when this place gets full, it is really only possible to navigate the interior by walking down the right hand side where the bar is. But this too can get packed because a 4 foot tall wooden splitter wall runs parallel to the bar and whilst it helps to demark the seating on the left from the bar on the right, it has stools and also gets well frequented. Lots of bare brick, some old photos, colorful paintings, breweriana, Mirrors, steel and a healthy dollop of wooden tables and chairs help to add a rustic “well-worn” nature to McNellie’s, the words ‘Public House’ in the name are warranted. Lots of personalized Mugs seem to decorate the bar area, there must be some kind of Mug Club in operation here it seems.

Beer range is very good, difficult to have any complaints or even nit-picks about that, it is well stocked too and it never suffered from the “we have a huge list but we don’t have that beer right now” syndrome which affects many beer bars. There is something here for everyone, and despite the fact that this is probably the best beer range in Tulsa, and perhaps further afield, the prices are very reasonable. Behind the bar a long line of some 50+ taps dispensing beers from Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England, France Germany, Ireland, Scotland, oh and erm… the United States too. The Bottled Beer List numbers around 170 by my quick math, and stretched from Australia to Zimbabwe with a healthy contribution from the UK, Belgium and Germany.

Service was very good; my first February visit was about 8pm and just for food and a couple of beers, even though I had decided to visit McNellie’s during a very busy $3 Burger night - I was served quickly and the beer and food were both delivered with timely precision. Food was staple Pub fare, good portions, well made and reasonably priced. Later visits happened on quieter nights, and my last in May was with a colleague who was driving, so I had free reign to sample a few of the bottled Belgian beers. On that last visit the guy behind the bar was extremely helpful and must have been the resident beer guy, as is usual once contact had been made, the topic for the rest of the night was beer and beer travels.

The beer range and service here can conspire to produce an unforgettable night at the time, but which is soon forgotten the next morning!! I missed the Live Music but apparently they do hold Music nights here.

Glad I finally got to McNellie’s; it is certainly my plan to hit this place at least once during each of my upcoming trips to Tulsa.

Excellent Draft and Bottled beer range which is always well stocked and can be plied from the staff at very reasonable prices all set inside a very nice Pub(lic House) environ.

Recommended.

First / Last Visits: Wednesday 14th February / Tuesday 22nd May.

Jun 17, 2007
More User Reviews:
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jaydoc from Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Jul 23, 2019
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Hmhmurphy from Oklahoma

4.91/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Cool, funky vibe. Love the decor.
I’ve lived in Ireland, and this really comes as close to a real Irish pub as you can get in the states. In Ireland, pubs are the hangout spot, like a local diner, where teens and families can hang out....plus a bar. McNellies is more of a bar where you can also eat. But perhaps that’s just my American bias talking.

One of the best beer selections in town! Probably 50 on tap and 200 by the bottle/can. Beer menu is sorted by nationality and style. Flights are available. Bartenders and most of the wait staff know their stuff, so don’t be afraid to ask.

Apr 12, 2018
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LifeCraft from Oklahoma

4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Aug 30, 2016
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rank9262 from Oklahoma

4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Mar 21, 2016
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coastiebob from Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Dec 20, 2015
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KLHBB from Colorado

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Nov 01, 2015
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mbalint1 from Oklahoma

4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Oct 26, 2015
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atlbravsrno1 from Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Oct 13, 2015
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wheresblue from Oklahoma

4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Oct 06, 2015
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beerguy2324 from Oklahoma

4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Jul 24, 2015
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mojohawk21 from Missouri

4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Jul 12, 2015
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donspublic from Texas

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Jul 06, 2015
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Apr 19, 2015
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aratcliffe from Kansas

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Jan 07, 2015
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rapayn01 from Kentucky

4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I've been to McNellie's many times as it seems to have the best selection of draft craft beer in Tulsa. The food is good, but not outstanding. The service has been average-to-good every time I've gone, though the servers don't always know the answers to your questions about the beer (or the food, surprisingly). They have flights available, but the composition is pre-set. Perhaps they allow your to select your own beers now, but that's not what I recall. Go here for the high quality beer and variety of beer.

Dec 28, 2014
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Bosoxfan20 from Missouri

3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Dec 24, 2014
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Tharnold89

5/5  rDev +14.9%

Dec 15, 2014
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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -8%

Nov 21, 2014
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Oct 19, 2014
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22Blue from Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Oct 13, 2014
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Spike-likes-beer from Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -31%

Oct 13, 2014
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GraySchneider from Florida

5/5  rDev +14.9%

Oct 05, 2014
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MammothTarantula from Colorado

5/5  rDev +14.9%

Oct 01, 2014
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Gabe_Wants_More_Beer from Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +14.9%

Sep 29, 2014
James E. McNellie's Public House in Tulsa, OK
Place rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 74 ratings