OKLAHOMA CITY -- McNellie's Public House opened in midtown Oklahoma City this past June, and it's becoming the place for locals to go and relax without the tourist trappings such as neighboring Bricktown.
The neighborhood pub is located at 10 Street and Walker Avenue, where Oklahoma City's first roundabout is located. The building, built in 1926, houses McNellie's and was once home to WKY, Oklahoma City's first radio station. Now the Plaza Court location houses over 300 beers from around the world, with 60 on tap.
According to McNellie's General Manager Adam Price, the neighborhood helps make the pub what it is.
"We try to be just as close to what a traditional pub is. We try to service our neighborhood as best as possible," Price said. "We built it into an old building to try and make it feel legitimate and realistic instead of some cookie cutter kind of Irish pub. We pride ourselves on being for the people that we live around."
McNellie's Public House is more than well equipped to handle the neighborhood patrons as well as first-time visitors.
"We have 60 beers on tap, 309 in bottles I think," Price said. "We pretty much put up everything good that we can get in."
Other drinks are available for those who don't like beer.
"The single malt scotches, we actually have the biggest selection in Oklahoma. I think right now we have 44 on the menu," Price said.
For patrons that are more hungry than thirsty, there are plenty of items on the menu to choose from.
McNellie's chef, who is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, creates such dishes as tortellini with basil cream sauce and sausage.
"We also have a Foster's braised beef rib that's really good. Fried pickle chips are a huge hit. Then we are known for our hamburgers," Price said. "We do $3 hamburgers every Wednesday night. They're eight ounce patties, bought locally from Oklahoma City Beef. Everything we do is made fresh, in house."
The neighborhood pub has a relaxed, mature atmosphere, which was planned.
"The neighborhood that we're in is a lot of upper mobile older people. People with kids we certainly welcome," Price said. "As far as pursuing the college kids and stuff like that, we take them, we like them, but that's not the only people we're trying to serve."