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Ale to the Chief

Former bartender Corey Crandall has seen his dream turn into two of Jenks’ more unique pub-crawl spots with George’s Pub and Maryn’s Taphouse and Raw Bar.

Donna Leahey
Marc Rains
August 28, 2018

We all have dreams. Maybe yours is to be a top athlete or a doctor. Maybe you want to fly or serve our country or be the next Stephen King. We all have dreams, and 10 years ago, Corey Crandall was a bartender with a dream of owning his own place. And now, he’s the owner of not one but two of Tulsa’s best pubs.

“I worked as a bartender for 13 years,” Crandall says. “I saved my money until I opened George’s Pub. I named it after my best and favorite regular, George Streetman.”

George’s Pub is a cozy space on First Street in Jenks. You can’t miss it, because Crandall has emblazoned the front with a 20 foot by 40 foot rendition of a St. George Cross: a red cross on a white background that serves as the flag of England, not to be confused with the Union Jack, the flag of the United Kingdom. In fact, walking into George’s Pub feels a lot like walking into a true English Pub, from its welcoming attitude, “You’re a stranger here only once,” to its status as the host of the Oklahoma supporters group for Arsenal Football Club – a Premier League soccer club from London. George’s is 21-and-over and smoke free, so you can relax and enjoy yourself while still breathing easy. The feeling is rustic, old fashioned, and companionable.

Lobster Roll and 48-Hour Short Rib (Photo: Marc Rains)
Lobster Roll and 48-Hour Short Rib (Photo: Marc Rains)

Crandall created a menu of English pub fare, like George’s signature Guinness battered fish and chips. Guinness features in George’s hearty chili and crispy, golden brown chicken tenders, as well. In addition to the same fish and chips you might enjoy at a pub along the Thames, Crandall has added his own unique take on pub food. Get yourself a basket of garlic provolone cheese sticks for a savory, crunchy, cheesy treat to go along with one of George’s 60 varieties of beer, with eight on tap.

There are some great burger options, like George’s Ultimate Burger, a juicy Black Angus burger topped with grilled ham, cheddar cheese, and bacon. If you’re looking for something a little zestier, try one of the Jorge-Mex options like a cheesy quesadilla or a plate of pulled pork tacos.

Be sure to check out George’s daily specials. Sunday through Thursday, there’s a different special for you to try. Whether it’s a Philly cheesesteak with George’s crispy haystack fries Sunday or taco Tuesday, George’s specials will go down a treat.

It’s all so tasty that George’s Pub has been recognized repeatedly. “We’ve been named one of the top five best pubs every year since 2012,” Crandall says. “And won all kinds of other awards.”

Achieving his dream once wasn’t enough for Crandall. A little over a year ago, he expanded, opening Maryn’s Taphouse and Raw Bar on the Riverwalk.

“Seven years ago, I had two employees,” he says. “Now I have 60.”

Where George’s Pub is cozy and rustic, Maryn’s is new, modern, spacious, and trendy. Its copious windows let in not just natural light, but a beautiful view of the Riverwalk and the patio. Glowing letters hang from the high ceiling, declaring “EAT,” “DRINK,” and “CRAFT.” The letters reflect off the surface of the bar, their message repeated.

Crandall is pleased with Maryn’s success. “We’re where we wanted to be. Maryn’s is an all ages pub, and pet friendly. We have live music three to four times a week, brunches on the weekend. I wanted an open space like this.”

Continuing the tradition established when he named George’s Pub after a favorite regular, Crandall named Maryn’s lounge “Alan’s Ale Room’ after Alan Woodward, who played for the Tulsa Roughnecks and was tremendously important in the world of soccer to Tulsa.

Maryn’s earns its taproom name, with 40 beers on tap, and eight wines, not to mention an extensive selection of bottled and canned beers. With so many choices, you’re sure to find a new favorite beverage.

Maryn’s is also a “raw bar,” and it features an extensive selection of oysters, ceviche, tuna poke, and more, all served fresh. At the same time, Maryn’s has a full menu of delicious, fully cooked options for you to enjoy as well.

Check out Maryn’s famous lobster rolls. You can get yours with fries or chips. You can choose Maine-style, Connecticut-style, or Chicago-style, so whatever it is you long for when you think of a lobster roll, Maryn’s can fulfill your longing.

There’s a full range of starters ranging from chips and queso to tamale balls. You can get steaks, sandwiches, salads, and a dizzying array of tacos as well.  

George’s Pub
108 N. 1st St. | Jenks
Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Sunday: Noon-2 a.m.

Maryn’s Taphouse and Raw Bar
400 Riverwalk Terrace,
Suite 180 | Jenks
Monday-Thursday: 3-9 p.m.
Friday: 3-11 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.