McNellie’s Gives South Tulsa a Local Island in a Sea of Chains

By on July 24, 2015

James E. McNellie’s Public House has brought a lively taste of Ireland to downtown Tulsa since 2004. Thankfully, McNellie’s South offers the same Irish atmosphere, excellent service, and quality food.

spinach artichoke
My boyfriend and I enjoyed dinner at McNellie’s South last Tuesday evening. We started with the artichoke dip that had a blend of artichoke hearts, cream cheese and parmesan cheese served hot with toasted pita chips. Mm-mm-mm! As soon as I saw the crumbled crust on top of the dip, I knew it was going to be good. If you say, “yes, please!” to cream cheese, then you will LOVE this dip.

hush puppies
Next, we tried their jalapeno hush puppies served with honey mustard. I have to say, this was my favorite dish of the night. These puppies were perfectly toasted and bursting with flavor. I took a bite and was greeted with a juicy blend of jalapeno and cheese. The jalapeno was chopped into very small pieces so the spiciness was subtle, but just enough.

chicken club
As we continued to enjoy our appetizers, we knew something was missing: a frosty pint of beer. Something light and sour was calling my name so I chose Prairie Gold. This golden ale makes for the perfect summer patio beer. Not to mention, it’s brewed right here in Tulsa! For our main course, we tried the Chicken Club Sandwich and Bleu Cheese Bacon Burger. The chicken club included marinated chicken breast topped with apple smoked bacon, swiss cheese, shredded lettuce, red onion and tomato. Of course, I had to choose McNellie’s famous sweet potato fries for my side.

blue cheese bacon burger

My boyfriend got the bleu cheese bacon burger and naturally, I had to try a bite. The bleu cheese crumbles, thick cut bacon and bleu cheese dressing made this burger DELICIOUS. Both sandwiches were not messing around. They were both largely portioned but awesomely tasty.


Both McNellie’s locations have a fantastic Irish atmosphere with that, “everyone knows your name,” vibe. There’s a familiarity in the employees; your server doesn’t feel like your server, they feel like your friend. It’s no surprise if you get caught up in conversation discussing different beers to try and getting their best recommendations. South is great for a celebratory dinner such as a birthday, graduation, or just a reason to get friends and family together. It’s also the perfect spot for the, “it’s only Tuesday?” happy hour. Downtown offers a larger variety of games and floor space that make it an ideal meeting spot for a night out on the town. If you have your kiddos with you but still crave those jalapeno hush puppies, the South location is the spot for you!

While both locations in Tulsa maintain their Irish spunk and welcoming atmosphere, they also have attributes that make each one special. For instance, McNellie’s South has an inviting and spacious outside patio. Accompanied with charming lights, vibrant turquoise benches and hits from the 90s, the outside patio is a perfect setting to unwind after a long days work. If you’re itching for activity, grab a friend to join you in a game of corn hole – whoever loses, pays the bill!


Great beer, great food, great service, what more could you ask for? James E. McNellie’s Public House continues to bring a lively taste of Ireland to Tulsa, no matter what side of town you’re on. Cheers, McNellie’s!


Mcnellie’s South City
7031 S. Zurich Ave
Tulsa, OK 74136
Monday – Sunday 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM

Kelley Legett

About Kelley Legett

Kelley Leggett, 23, has lived in Tulsa most of her life. She graduated from Jenks Public Schools in 2010 and got her degree in Strategic Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations from Oklahoma State University in 2013. She has since worked for a small recruiting firm and is now working in multimedia for large insurance agency here in Tulsa. Kelley played soccer for 15 years and played for Oklahoma State her freshman and sophomore year. She enjoys trying new restaurants and bars, loving on her two English bulldogs, attending church with her family, and spending time with friends.