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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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 37
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 champ103
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

A great place to find some beers in Tulsa. Carter (BA lovething), was a great help. I beer mailed him about my wants as I am visiting Tulsa for work. He sent me a prompted and helpful response. I happened to visit the store when he was not working, but the person that was there was a great help. He pointed me to Saison-Brett, and the Rochefort beers I was looking for. I also picked up some Fuller's Vintage Ale and a couple of Big Sky beers among some other goodies. The prices seemed reasonable. I did notice a lot of dust on some of the singles and six packs (the only thing I could critic). Overall, highly recommend, and a great find for someone out of town.

PS: Carter and I conversed a couple more times, and he got me some Boulevard BBQ that he had sitting at his house. A great guy and place. This place is a must.

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Photo of bulldogg915
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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 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 coldriver
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

In town for the NCAA BBall tourney I swung by Midtown to check their local beer selection. Wow, great selection of not only local beers but several national brands we can't seem to get in Texas (Caldera, Southampton, Lost Coast, Mad River, etc). I happily loaded up a shopping cart with about 50 singles and bombers as well as a couple sixers. Clerk was very friendly and knowledgable and even gave me a Boulevard bar towel. They have to comply with Oklahoma's archaic refrigeration laws, but Midtown can't be blamed for that. Prices reasonable. Great place to buy beer!

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Photo of Beertracker
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%

Collins Midtown Liquors is conveniently located across from the Fair Meadows Race Track (Tulsa State Fairgrounds) in the 21st & Yale shopping center that includes Reasor's & Target. Midtown Liquors has been around for a long time serving the local community, but only recently started catering to beer aficionados. The old store recently got a bit of a makeover with new signs, shelving, and more importantly a much needed re-organization that avoids the beer sitting directly in the sun's harmful rays. All of this is due to the ongoing efforts of Manager, Carter Perez (a.k.a. lovething) who's a recent convert and monastic beer worshipper. He also knows wine and is a USSA certified wine sommelier.

Collins Midtown boasts the largest selection of beer in Oklahoma with over 600+ different beers (alcopops, craft, domestic, imported) in stock! Collins was also voted to the 2008 Absolute Best of Tulsa by the Urban Tulsa Weekly. They have a large selection of singles that are sold by the bottle or sixer. If you don't see it, then it's either out-of-stock, out-of-season, or it's simply not available in Oklahoma. Carter does a wonderful job of stock rotation to ensure the beer off the store's shelf is the freshest available. If you're visiting, then this is a definite good beer stop. If you're local, then why the hell aren't you already shopping here? Be certain to check out the coming soon & new arrival board. Don't forget that Collins Brothers One Stop is still next door!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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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 wolffman17
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Midtown Liquor is the place go to in Tulsa. It's not a huge store by any means, but with Carter (BA lovething) running the beer department you're assured that if it's available in Oklahoma, then they've got it. Plenty of American craft breweries along with a good selection of Belgian, German, and U.K. breweries to choose from. Beer Mail lovething if you have any questions about what's available or on the way; he'll help you out. It's also nice to see a white board as soon as you walk in listing all the new offerings. High quality...stock is rotated appropriately. Can't beat the place.

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Photo of donspublic
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Was in Tulsa moving my daughter into her new apartment. Didn't have much time to shop around for beer, this place was next to Target, so ran inside to check out what they had. They had beer everywhere. Now if I lived in Tulsa, I would probably be kind of upset because nothing was priced, but for someone looking to grab some local beer, they had a pretty good selection.
Update
This has now become the store that my daughter uses to look for beer to bring me back from Tulsa. They gone out of their way to be nice to her and help her select beer that I cannot get back here in Texas. I really appreciate their effort. Thanks guys

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Photo of gatheredwaters
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of MammothTarantula
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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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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 Carl_R
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of DelMontiac
4.75/5  rDev +12%

I've been to Midtown many times over a period of several years. I returned yesterday for the first time in almost 2 years after reading some great recent reviews and I was in the neighborhood anyway. It was pretty good before, but I can say that this store has seriously stepped up it's beer game since I was there last. At least half the store is dedicated to beer now. I found things there that I've seen no where else in Oklahoma. Tons of Oklahoma brews - Prairie, Marshall, Coop, Choc, Black Mesa, Rough Tail, Anthem, and Mustang. I was shocked by the piles of Prairie. Nice selections of Founders, Goose Island, Great Divide, Rogue, Avery, and countless others. Nice Belgian section. They had all the German Oktoberfests I was hunting for - Ayinger, Hacker-Pschorr, and Paulander. Both guys working were very knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly. Prices are as good as it gets around Tulsa. Store was very clean and I really didn't see any dusty bottles. The pick 6 shelves didn't have anything I was interested in although the selection is pretty large. I think it's organized as well as it can be given the space. They're maxed out so it's a bit tough to maneuver a shopping cart with all the stacks of beer on the floor and narrow aisles. From now on, this is my go-to store in Tulsa even if it's out of my way and even though I hate the streets in that part of town. Go there, be happy.

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Photo of brewintheLou
4.45/5  rDev +5%

I have been by this place a couple of times while passing through Tulsa. My lastest experience just a couple of minutes after a car ran through the window and landed on top of the beer section. Good thing I didn't get there 10 minutes earlier or I would have been under the car! Sad thing was all the beer that was running out into the parking lot.

Quality and selection of the beer selection is, as far as I can tell, the best for Oklahoma. Comparing to liquor stores I have been to in OK, this is far above the rest. Most stores in Oklahoma have a couple of Sam Adams, and some Blvd. and that's about it.

Service is outstanding! Before I even visited the store Carter (BA name: lovething) sent me a beer mail after I had posted that I was going to be passing through Tulsa. He let me know he was the manager and let me know about some of the beers he was going to be recieving that week. The instore was also great.

Price seems to be solid. I am comparing to a store in OKC which has a similar selection, but prices are considerably more.

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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 tronester
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%

Midtown Liquor is IMO the best place in Tulsa to find beer. When you first go in the door is the large selection. They have the beers arranged by country of origin, which is quite helpful. Their selection is great, they even had the Rochefort ales, which I have not seen anywhere else in Tulsa. As far as I could tell, they had just about every beer you could get in the state of Oklahoma. Carter the beer manager is super helpful and always posting updates on BA to let everyone know what beers are new to the state. Opposite to the main store, they also have a refrigerated section for 3.2 ABW beer and kegs. Overall, I give this store a thumbs up.

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Photo of rank9262
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of salvo
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Stopped by right at opening time (10am by Oklahoma law).

If you are passing through Oklahoma, this is a must-make stop. Did a random sampling of places in Oklahoma and selected Midtown by serendipity, BA review rating, and proximity to the highway. Thank you BA reviewers!

Grey steel shelves lined row after row of really fresh and highly desired brands and styles. Highlights include:

** Great local beer selection. What I remember from Oklahoma: Battered Boar, Coop Ale Works, Huebert, Krebs/Choc, Marshall, Redbud

** Great regional beer selection -- TallGrass from Kansas was the real exciting find for me. Freestate as well. Texas and Missouri beers, Colorado, and Arkansas.

** Oregon and California beers not available in Texas or Missouri (the two adjoining states where my travels were taking me), or home in Indiana

** Numerous rare and new (to me) Belgian beers

** An entire shelf of rice beer, one of gluten-free beer, and large selection of organic beers for those interested.

** Fair pricing

More details:
- Arranged by region/country of origin, then by style, so it may take a moment to get used to the fact that all the AIPAs are together, all the IIPAs, pale ales, and the lagers, etc.

- Helpful shelf tags have hop/bitterness range and dark/light to make sure your new brew is at least something like what you were expecting.

- Great make-a-six selection: numerous beers I have been curious about and able to try with minimal risk (6 for ~$8.50).

- Prices are posted on blue printouts attached to each shelf unit. My guess is the stock moves too fast to price each sixer.

- Helpful board with recent and upcoming arrivals. All excellent and interesting!

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