Collins Midtown Liquor

BA SCORE
93
outstanding

52 Ratings
Collins Midtown LiquorCollins Midtown Liquor
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

1685 S Yale Ave
Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74112-6219
United States

(918) 742-0778 | map

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Added by tronester on 06-29-2008

PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Ratings:
52
Reviews:
37
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
17.22%
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Photo of clintblack1
1/5  rDev -76.4%

Starting with the first correspondence with the Collins Midtown Liquor's staff it was obvious that there was no professionalism at this establishment. I entered to purchase beer and wine for my wedding, $2174.24 worth of products, and the employee used a paper sack to scratch down my order. They were unable to tell me a price, identify if they could get all the items or really anything. I then ordered the kegs and was required to wait till the following day to allow them to see if they could get all the beer and wine requested. After they confirmed the products were available, my wife went by to pay and was asked if she wanted anything chilled. She identified that all the bottled beer and 1 case of each type of wine needed to be chilled. When I came to pick up the beer a week later none of it was ready and the employees had to go through the store to pick out the beer from the shelf and it was not chilled as previously discussed. Beyond not having the beer ready they didn't get the order correct and I had to correct them multiple times. The employees were running around like chickens with their heads cut off with no idea what was happening. When I tried to return the kegs and identify that one of the taps was broken when we got it, the worker Brian was very rude and cursed at me as I tried to explain the situation. He then got his manager Lee Teague who was instantly aggressive and claimed we broke the tap. I explained that the full 5 gallon keg was my favorite beer and we were unable to drink it at my wedding due to the tap being broken. He again cursed and told me that the tap was not broken when we took it. After showing him that there was not a spring in the tap he still blamed me and told me that we were paying for the tap and he didn't care about the issues we had with his product. Lee required that I pay for the tap in order to get the remaining deposit back. I have never dealt with a less professional business and would suggest any anyone thinking of purchasing their products think again.

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Photo of chemidtown
2.15/5  rDev -49.3%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 4

Used to be a great place at the prior location but new staff makes it not worth a visit. I would rather drive much further than deal with such rude people.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
2.71/5  rDev -36.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Pretty "meh" I thought. They had quite a bit of random things, but the selection didn't blow me away. My main issue was the store wasn't set up well. There was just random beer in all sorts of weird places.

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Photo of jtmiller03
3.09/5  rDev -27.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4

Nice enough selection but complete nightmare for customer service. If you’re in a pinch and BierGarten, Ranch Acres or Parkhill’s are out of what you’re looking for it’s worth a stop... just don’t expect any help or knowledge with the product.
For a place that claims to be the best beer store in Tulsa, I expect a higher level of beer knowledge and a friendlier attitude. Don't expect more than "yeah, we've got it" or "No we ain't got none of that".
Again, selection is nice, prices are fair, it's just the service that is lacking.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.16/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

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Photo of arkansastroy
3.19/5  rDev -24.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5

They have a good selection but the service was awful! I was looking for a 12 pack of Full Sail Session Lager but was only able to find the Session Black Lager. So I asked if they had it. The cashier said "it's over there somewhere, you'll just have to look". I never found it. Very little in this store is priced, only the items in display areas were priced. On the bright side they have a decent selection for the mixed six packs which go for $8.48. and they do sell the small belgians as singles which the other store I visited did not. Basically the only reson to go here is for the mixed six, or belgiam (small bottle) singles.

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Photo of Draftnotes
3.2/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of mugglesandhops
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%

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.

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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Okay selection, but the rare stuff seemed to be picked over. Decent prices. Would be a go to store for regular stuff, but not for limited stuff.

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Photo of ssimpson89
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Why don't Tulsa beer stores have cold beer? I was in town on business and visited 3 different stores, including this one, and none of them had cold beer.

This place had a nice selection of warm beer. I did find a nice IPA, F5, and got a Prairie Bomb single. I just wish they would have been cold.

interestingly enough I stopped at a Walgreen's and they had cold beer, but it was all crap.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%

While on an errand in Tulsa, I went in here for the first time and felt like a little kid in a candy store. This is the best selection of beer I've seen in OK. I was very impressed to find practically every offering from Great Divide and Rogue, breweries of which my local stores only carry 1 or 2 products of. It was a very nice change. A great deal of domestic craft beers, countless imports... The mixed six is a great value at only $8.95.. I really wish there were more singles to choose from considering the diversity in the store, but they still had a great number to sample. I was happy to find Marshall's bombers at $4.95 each. My only real complaints were that while the selection is great, it was pretty disorganized in a way that made it hard to access some of the selection. The lack of prices on the majority of six packs and bombers made it quite hard to shop with a budget in mind. The Old Ruffian bomber I bought was also sticky with what i guess was dried beer on the bottle, and several of them were that way. It might not have been the fault of the store, however.
Since this is such a huge selection for Oklahoma and it's easy to find, I will definitely be returning on my next visit to Tulsa.

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Photo of RobbieAshmore
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

This is my 'go-to' beer store when visiting Tulsa, Ok. Good selection and the staff seemed fairly knowledgeable. Fairly easy to get to other than when the fair is in town, then the traffic can be a nightmare. The pick six section is pretty well stocked. With German, Belgium and English beer broken down by country.

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Photo of Kevin67
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

This used to be one of the few go-to places in Tulsa. I feel that the service and the selection of harder to find beers has diminished in the last several years.

To the post below; Oklahoma's archaic laws do not allow for coolers in liquor stores.

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Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of MammothTarantula
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Carl_R
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of remccaskey
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Best beer selection in Tulsa, they have several brands from breweries that I haven't found at any other store in Tulsa. Great single beer selection with build your own 6 pack options. They also have a large variety of 12 packs and 24 packs. You can usually find a good deal on a different beer every time you visit.

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Photo of TheVenerableMead
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The hippy guy knows enough about beer to find it if they have it and make good recommendations. There is actually a LOT of shelf space devoted to beer for a store this size. It's in a working class area of town, so don't expect to hob-nob with a lot of snooty people.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | 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...

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Photo of jmharney
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This place is great. Went there for the first time about two years ago. Never thought anything of it. Figured it was just another liquor store in a strip mall. Went it and was in awe. The beer selection is ridiculous. Two whole walls and the the middle of the floor were packed and sorted by country or type. The staff knows their stuff. Always find something new there to try. It's a bit of a drive for me in town but it's well worth it.

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Photo of Riggo
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

Midtown Liquor shows what can happen to your average Oklahoma liquor store when someone takes a real interest in beer. Carter has the best selection in Tulsa and has really made an effort on organizing and storing the beers. He works hard to acquire any new beers he possibly can, with frequent updates (as "lovething") in the Southwest Forum here on BA. It's great to know someone is pressuring distributors for more and more great beer in Oklahoma.

From great Belgians (Westmalle, Rochefort, St. Bernardus, Orval, Chimay, etc.) to exciting U.S. crafts (Bear Republic, Great Divide, Avery, Southampton, Left Hand) to classics like Samuel Smith, Fullers, and Paulaner, the selection proves that Oklahoma is no beer wasteland. There are a few pretty good places to buy beer in Tulsa but this is definitely the best.

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Photo of sooner961
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

What can I say? I was raised and lived in Tulsa for 26 years before I had to leave and see the rest of the world (in the military). Haven't been back in many, many, many years! Couldn't believe this place was still there, let alone one of the best places in Tulsa to get adult beverages. I was extremely happy my brother (living in Tulsa, again, himself) not only recommended, but took me to this gold mine of a place. Great selection! And for one who likes to try several different kinds of beer, at home, it's perfect for getting your one's and two's of trial bottles. All the other great beer, liqueur, and wine is there, too, of course. Kudos to the owners, managers, and staff who run a great store!

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

One of the better places to find craft beer in Tulsa. No, OK does not have the best selection, but if you are in the area, this is one of the better stops you can make. Staff is knowledgeable and kind. Lots of good local breweries represented and one of the largest Prairie selections around. Good place to hit up if you are near midtown.

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Collins Midtown Liquor in Tulsa, OK
4.24 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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