3 Top Irish Pubs in Tulsa Oklahoma for St. Patrick’s Day

This article will detail three of the options in Tulsa, Oklahoma for Saint Patrick’s Day food and fun. Can it really be true that there are authentic Irish style pubs in the heart of the Midwest? The answer is a definite yes, and these establishments range from the spacious (McNellie’s) to the quaint (Arnie’s Bar) with a good mix of both in the third (Kilkenny’s). Each place is open until 2 a.m., and all serve stronger, tastier brew than the local 3.2 stuff which is found in Tulsa stores. Most beers at these establishments are under $10, with some larger sizes costing up to $20. Food prices are mostly under $10 as well, with some dinners running up to the $20-$30 range.

James E. McNellie’s Public House (McNellie’s for short)

409 East 1st Street, Tulsa, OK (918) 382-7468

Located in Tulsa’s “East End” entertainment district, McNellie’s is a stunning pub that has two standout features: the awesome, glowing woodwork that fills the place; and the incredible wall of beers on tap. Boasting over three hundred beers available, the variety is terrific. Visit the website to view the Beer Menu to see what is available before you go. The food is solid, fairly standard pub fare (appetizers, sandwiches, several entrees) and there is also an upstairs smoking area. Very spacious, McNellie’s lends itself to a very social atmosphere where it seems one has never met a stranger.

Arnie’s Bar

318 E. 2nd Street (918)-583-0797

Just a couple of blocks away from McNellie’s, Arnie’s Bar is a long-standing local tradition which moved downtown in the past decade. Arnie’s is the spot that visitors to Tulsa consistently say feels like a neighborhood Irish bar from somewhere in the Eastern U.S. Much smaller than the other two establishments, your best bet if visiting Arnie’s is to hope for good weather and grab a spot on the patio. This tree covered spot feels like a small park amongst downtown. Check their website, as Arnie’s sometimes has a band and cover charge. As with McNellie’s, Arnie’s is located in the East End and there is on and off street parking available in most of this area. Public transportation can be spotty at night, but Tulsa Transit (bus) and various cab and Trolley/Private Bus operators can be found.

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Kilkenny’s Irish Pub

1413 East 15th Street, Tulsa, OK (918) 582-8282

Kilkenny’s is located about 2.5 miles from the other two pubs, and is located on Cherry Street in Tulsa rather than downtown. This is probably Tulsa’s most authentic Irish pub, as over 1 million dollars was spent building fixtures and furniture in Ireland to match measurements and specifications from the building in Tulsa. Less open than McNellie’s but much bigger than Arnie’s, Kilkenny’s is definitely the best when it comes to food (try a Butter Slip Burger and your choice of draft beer- awesome!). And while the number of beers and other drinks is much less than what McNellie’s offers, there are still plenty of choices for the St. Patrick’s Day reveler.





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