James E. McNellie's Public House
Taps: 60 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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4.08/5 rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Start out by stating parking is a nightmare & the main reason I can't see me going back...
Nice vibe to the place, not a as old-worldy as the Tulsa one, but still good
Beer quality was pretty good, one of the beers I chose was a bit tired
Service at the bar was great, but another person was truly need there at happy hour
Selection was almost optimal for OK, a few more regional & local choices were possible, but not there
The food wasn't near as good as the food as the one in T-town, my Pulled Pork sandwich was not too impressive
Worth a visit if you can get parking...
10-31-2012 14:30:11 | More by russpowell
4.63/5 rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
Atmosphere: Mix matched chairs cover a two story location. Upstairs more dinner seating, downstairs tables around the impressive bar. You must have "X" many tattoos in order to work here, but you must know beer too.
Quality: Was concerned about the age of bottles and some of the taps given the extensive selection, so stuck to more local brews on tap. All in excellent condition and appropriately served.
Service: Friendly, knowledgeable, attentive even during a busy evening rush, top notch.
Selection: Just silly. So many tap selections, so many bottle selections, a freaking firkin. Just wow.
Food: One of the best steaks I've had. Hard to say from a Texan. Everything was tasty and multiple dining partners had only praise.
Value: Through the roof. Cheap eats, very reasonable beer prices, excellent quality, just a world class place. Almost enough to make me consider living in OKC.
04-15-2012 04:39:51 | More by HardTarget
3.95/5 rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
This is one of the first places I went to when I moved to the OKC area... I was looking for somewhere to sit and have a good beer and keep coming back and trying something new. The selection rotates and is on average very good... unfortunately like some other places I have reviewing in Oklahoma, they are limited to what they can get in the state. Generally, if you can get it in Oklahoma, you can get it here. The food is the typical bar food and is greasy and good for the consumption of beers/curing hangovers. Like the Abner bar in Norman (which is technically the same bar), the offer a pint night on Mondays where you get to keep the glass that the special beer of the night comes in... but make sure you get there early because they will run out. The service was good and the place fits a lot more people than you would expect because of the multiple levels.
Definitely worth a visit if you are in town.
03-25-2011 20:50:39 | More by csiewert
4.65/5 rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This is amazing bar to have in Oklahoma. They offer a wide selection of beers on tap and in bottle. Every month they bring in a few new beers, and always carry a decent amount of season brews. The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable about beer. Not only do they know different types of beer, but also how they are brewed.
You can also sign up for their beer club. You have to drink 200 different beers to complete this challenge. With the large selection this isn't a difficult thing to accomplish. You can only sign off three beers a night, so it will take some time.
On Wednesdays their burgers are three dollars a piece, and I consider it the best burger in the city.
03-06-2011 16:02:17 | More by chiccabeer
4.55/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is a must stop if you're in Oklahoma City! The beer selection is amazing. They have a long list of taps with several seasonal and specialty beers that rotate out. This is one of the few places I have been able to find the highly talked about COOP Brewery (only on draft) out of Oklahoma. I hope to try a flight of the COOP beers next time I'm there. They have knowledgeable bartenders and beautiful servers. The food is inexpensive for the quantity you get. I love the sweet potato fries. I usually print their huge beer selection from their website the day before I go so that I can plan out what new beers I'm going to try. Some friends went there for St. Patty's Day and had a blast but get there early. Also, for any Scotch lovers, they have one of the largest selection I have seen in the area.
08-25-2010 17:00:01 | More by claybeer
4.28/5 rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The layout is a bar wrapping around the draft handles. There's probably enough room for 30 people at the bar. Small tables surround the bar. And a loft area overlooking the bar with tables.
There was no smoking here! The first bar in Oklahoma City I've found smoke free. I don't know if there was a smoking area or not.
A great selection of beer here. Forty to fifty drafts I'm guessing with representation from all over. Belgians, British Isles, US micros, etc. The selection of bottled beer was pretty huge--didn't count, but it was north of 100. Of note; this is the first establishment I've seen in my travels that carried Blue Moon and Killian's, and cataloged them as Coors Products.
The food was well prepared. I've had the salmon, and a burger. They were both cooked just as ordered--also a rarity.
I'll definitely come back when I'm in town.
01-28-2010 23:37:47 | More by Travler
3.68/5 rDev -15.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
McNellie's is located in the up-and-coming midtown district of Oklahoma City.
They have a great beer selection, as well as really good food. They keep a nice selection of taps and have a huge bottle list. McNellie's also has a beer engine for serving cask beer (the only one in Oklahoma City). The burgers are pretty fair and the sweet potato fries are fantastic. Service has always been good in my experience.
In my opinion, McNellie's is really the only beer bar worth visiting in Oklahoma City. It can get pretty packed on Friday and Saturday night so if you are looking for a quiet place to sip on a beer you may want to avoid it at those times.
Re-reviewed on 8/16/2010
I'm going to go ahead and update now that McNellie's is well-established.
The beer selection and food remain good. Beer selection to me doesn't just mean the place has a lot of beers, but a lot of beers I'm likely to order. I've seen places with ten taps have a better selection than McNellie's. The food is fairly priced and you can't beat $3 burger night on Wednesdays. The beer is kept well enough, I've never had a bad or stale pint, but that's where my praise for the beer side of this pub stops. The beer is overpriced. (PERIOD) Bullshit 14oz (12oz pours once you stick an inch of head on the beer), thick bottomed "pint" glasses at $5-7 per for average, unexciting beers. The bartenders know more than your average Okie about beer (which isn't saying much), but not much more. They throw the term "dark beer" around a lot if that tells you anything about their knowledge of beer styles. Oh, and the beer engine never has anything on...so much for that bit of sunshine.
The bar is usually full of late 20 early 30 something tools that wear too much cologne, think they are the shit, and drink big cans of Sapporo. Now that RePUBlic Gastropub is open they aren't the only decent beer bar in town and now have some competition, not that RePUBlic is a beer haven either.
Bottom line is that if this place was anywhere other than Oklahoma it wouldn't be thought of nearly as highly. It's one of only two puddles of muddy water in the beer desert that is Oklahoma. Having been to bars all over I can tell you this place doesn't compete. Particularly having been to World class pubs in England and Scotland, the faux-Irish style of this place is corny. Any Irishman would laugh their ass off (and kick the owner's ass for the 14oz pint glasses too). The only thing that keeps me coming occasionally is the monthly beer special which is sometimes decent, however half the time they don't have it in stock.
Update on 7/14/2011:
Now doing "Firkin Fridays" featuring locally brewed cask ales, usually with a special dry hop, fruit addition, etc. The graphic-tee-wearing-mid-40-somethings have moved down the road to RePUBlic. McNellie's is starting to become worthy again.
09-03-2009 01:36:54 | More by bump8628
4/5 rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Wonderful place here. They have a tremendous selection on taps for this area. You can check their website for the current selections, but I had Maudite, Old Foghorn, Rogue Nut Brown Ale, Left Hand Milk Stout, Young's Double Chocolate Stout...I think they had about 80 different taps in all though, and quite an extensive bottle list also.
They also have terrific food, we got the burgers, and the sweet potatoe fries, both were tremendous. [burger nights on wed. $3 burgers]
They also have pint nights on mondays - buy the pint, keep the glass.
Can't say enough good things about this place.
03-03-2009 02:53:02 | More by webbcreative
4.28/5 rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in on a Thursday night, and the lower level bar had 2 seats open which is what we needed. Bar is very large and takes up the majority of the floor with only maybe 3 tables and then some seating along the window. Quality of the beer was pretty solid, but I must say that I ordered an Atlas IPA and it was either very old or the lines were bad. I know that it was not supposed to taste like it did since I had it a few hours earlier in Tulsa. Selection is very nice, making it the best place in OKC to get a beer. I would like to see some of the handles replaced with some bigger beers though. The bottle selection is far superior to the draft selection.
02-09-2009 19:27:10 | More by brewintheLou
4.16/5 rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$
I just found out about this place opening. I went by last night on a Wednesday night and it was completely packed. Maybe because there was a concert last night? I don't know, but seats were scarce. I was surprised they had that much business on a Wednesday night. My friend and I sat at a couple of barstools at the third floor bar. There are an abundance of tables, but I prefer the bar if I can get it.
It's a really nice place. I'm not terribly familiar with that area of town, but I observed that it is being revitalized and it's just a stone's throw from downtown. I'm pleased to see that we have a new high end beer establishment in OKC.
The selection and quality were pretty outstanding. I enjoyed their Marshall's IPA. Not a bad effort at all. They are a bit pricy on some stuff, but they do have a really nice selection and they did have a few quality specials of the month.
The girls that served us weren't particularly knowledgeable about beer. I would hate to come in there without knowing much about beer and have them try to guide me to a selection. If you know your beer though you should be alright.
I've been to quite a few nice beer bars around the country and this one holds it's own.
08-14-2008 21:13:23 | More by fastfwd
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James E. McNellie's Public House in Oklahoma City, OK
94 out of 100 based on 16 user ratings.