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Collins Midtown Liquor
$$ - reasonable
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1685 S Yale Ave
phone: (918) 742-0778
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Reviews by tronester:
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
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.
06-29-2008 03:54:19 |
More by tronester
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Nice enough selection but complete nightmare for customer service. If you’re in a pinch and BierGarten, Ranch Acres or Parkhill’s are out of what you’re looking for it’s worth a stop... just don’t expect any help or knowledge with the product.
For a place that claims to be the best beer store in Tulsa, I expect a higher level of beer knowledge and a friendlier attitude. Don't expect more than "yeah, we've got it" or "No we ain't got none of that".
Again, selection is nice, prices are fair, it's just the service that is lacking.
08-06-2012 21:46:19 |
More by jtmiller03
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Thank goodness I ignored the very few negative reviews. If you have a problem with this place, please show me your idea of a good store (in Oklahoma) and I'll make a special trip to see it.
Having lived in Belgium for two years, this store somewhat reminded me of the rural Belgian beer stores: Pallets of beer to buy in bulk on the floors, as well as shelves with singles and 4- and 6-packs.
The smaller shelf has the make-your-own 6-packs with some decent options, but I did most of my buying from the other shelf that breaks down the beer by region. Very good selection of Belgians — came home with a few different offerings from Dupont, a couple Flemish Reds (Strubbe's and Duchesse), plus two cases of Leffe for a friend who drinks the sh!t out of that stuff. Also bought some bottles from Boulevard, Great Divide, Mikkeller, plus some stuff from a couple of OK breweries I've wanted to try (Choc and Coop).
The staff was friendly while I shopped. At checkout they boxed up everything and loaded up my car for me. Since I spent nearly $400, that was a lot of loading.
*Now, for the customer service story: I dropped by this store on my way home to Memphis, TN after visiting a friend near Tulsa. When I got home (7 hours later), I realized that somehow I didn't make it home with a 4-pack of Kwak. I called the store, and the guy who answered it was the guy who loaded up my car. Told him about the missing beers, and the guy didn't question me or anything. He apologized, and since I live so far away and it will be a long time before I'm back, he promised to ship me that 4-pack and pay for the shipping out of his own pocket.
It's one thing to have good selection; it's quite another to have staff that understands the value of a customer and making sure they're satisfied. I just wish Memphis was a lot closer to this store; I'd be a regular for sure.
02-06-2012 21:07:16 |
More by CaptainPiret
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
So this is supposed to be the best beer selection in Tulsa and even all of Oklahoma, right?
I read some reviews here on BA and didn't want to miss this store... there I went with the wife and the brother-in-law before we all flew out of Tulsa.
Located in a strip mall next to the State Fair grounds and a bunch of stores, Collins Midtown Liquor is much smaller than I thought. The other stores I've been to in the Tulsa area (Parkhill, Owasso Liquor&Wine) are much bigger!
A bunch of beer sitting on pallets on the floor, rather haphazardly. One shelf on the back and one-half of a shelf by the entrance plus the floor beer, that is it. The best beer selection in OK for you. Seriously.
It is cool that they divide the beer in regions (Belgium, Germany, California, Colorado, West Coast) but it is not so cool that their selection is not quite something to write home about.
They do have some East Coast selections I have not seen anywhere else in Tulsa, like Sea Dog and Shipyard from Maine and Ommegang from New York. But other than that... nothing here really excited me.
Good selection of Boulevard Smokestack bombers, including the 2012 Imperial Stout, which I bought and loved. More bombers by the register: Great Divide Oak-Aged Yeti and Espresso Yeti.
Also a good representation of locals, including Choc, Battered Boar, Marshall and the rare Arbor Imperial Stout from Redbud Brewing.
They have no prices marked, and when you ask they'll give you a vague excuse about "fluctuating prices" and some other Royal BS. But I do appreciate their shelf talkers with info on hops and flavors.
Service was non-existent to mediocre. I'm fine not having a beer guy accosting me, but how about speeding up the line at the register? Long line there, and this girl yelling at another employee to come over so that "I can get my stuff done".
Weird. Underwhelming. Best beer store in OK? Not even close.
02-03-2012 01:48:19 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Midtown, "The Mecca," is by far my favorite place to shop hands down in the Tulsa area. Selection is outstanding and knowledge of products are equally great. Nice friendly service that I don't get from a lot of other stores. Most the time I don't even get eye contact when I enter a bottle shop. The staff is always eager to help with a decision or pricing.
One thing that I truly love is the price sheets around the store. This makes for easy choosing for those who hate to ask questions while shopping.
The mix a six selection is the best I have seen and a steal as far as pricing. I enjoy it when I enter a store with more beer than liquor or wine. Although, they do have a great selection of vino as well.
The place I frequent the most and not because its the best location for me.
12-30-2011 00:21:15 |
More by Hopswagger
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Stopped by right at opening time (10am by Oklahoma law).
If you are passing through Oklahoma, this is a must-make stop. Did a random sampling of places in Oklahoma and selected Midtown by serendipity, BA review rating, and proximity to the highway. Thank you BA reviewers!
Grey steel shelves lined row after row of really fresh and highly desired brands and styles. Highlights include:
** Great local beer selection. What I remember from Oklahoma: Battered Boar, Coop Ale Works, Huebert, Krebs/Choc, Marshall, Redbud
** Great regional beer selection -- TallGrass from Kansas was the real exciting find for me. Freestate as well. Texas and Missouri beers, Colorado, and Arkansas.
** Oregon and California beers not available in Texas or Missouri (the two adjoining states where my travels were taking me), or home in Indiana
** Numerous rare and new (to me) Belgian beers
** An entire shelf of rice beer, one of gluten-free beer, and large selection of organic beers for those interested.
** Fair pricing
- Arranged by region/country of origin, then by style, so it may take a moment to get used to the fact that all the AIPAs are together, all the IIPAs, pale ales, and the lagers, etc.
- Helpful shelf tags have hop/bitterness range and dark/light to make sure your new brew is at least something like what you were expecting.
- Great make-a-six selection: numerous beers I have been curious about and able to try with minimal risk (6 for ~$8.50).
- Prices are posted on blue printouts attached to each shelf unit. My guess is the stock moves too fast to price each sixer.
- Helpful board with recent and upcoming arrivals. All excellent and interesting!
12-28-2011 22:30:41 |
More by salvo
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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!
07-30-2011 14:28:19 |
More by coldriver
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | $$
They have a good selection but the service was awful! I was looking for a 12 pack of Full Sail Session Lager but was only able to find the Session Black Lager. So I asked if they had it. The cashier said "it's over there somewhere, you'll just have to look". I never found it. Very little in this store is priced, only the items in display areas were priced. On the bright side they have a decent selection for the mixed six packs which go for $8.48. and they do sell the small belgians as singles which the other store I visited did not. Basically the only reson to go here is for the mixed six, or belgiam (small bottle) singles.
07-05-2011 13:48:52 |
More by arkansastroy
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I do not live in Tulsa but stop here everytime I am in town. Amazing selection. I always plan to keep myself in control but always buy more than I need. There is too much temptation! The staff is always friendly and Carter is great to speak with about any of the beer selections.
As everyone else has stated, the selection is the best I have found in Tulsa and I think I have seen all of beer stores... This isn't a wine store with beer on the side. Beer is the focus and I couldn't be more pleased.
05-24-2011 02:44:22 |
More by peli79
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
The "go to place" to buy beer in Tulsa. This is one of those places that you can spend 45 minutes picking out your selection.
Carter is the owner and he has a whiteboard telling you what's new and what's coming. This is a beer advocates store. They have basically anything and everything that is available in the area and Carter is always fighting for new beers. He has a one of the best selections on his pick a six and his prices rival anyone in Tulsa.
He has a great Belgium selection as well as seasonals.
This guy cares about beer and cares about your selection.
This is a place that you can talk about beer in the beer store.
He also has a tastings at his store.
Best beer store in Tulsa.
Long Live Carter!!!
11-22-2010 05:01:32 |
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