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Best Bars in Tulsa


Every bar venue in Tulsa has an eclectic, kitschy theme to it complete with retro decorations, quirky original drinks, and entertainment to accompany it. It matters not if you are having lunch with friends or simply enjoying a romantic dinner date, there is a downtown bar and restaurant to satisfy your desired taste. The fun crowd can be discovered on Peoria located between 31st and 41st, as they provide a large number of bars and restaurants. For instance, the Brook Restaurant at Peoria and 34th is a patron favorite for great food with awesome drinks. But be watchful, just south of this area – Peoria & 51st has been known to have a high rate of crime. The following are some of the best bars.

The Soundpony

409 N Main St
Tulsa, OK 74103
(918) 582-7669

The Soundpony was born in the small village of Tulsa many moons ago. There was a great roar of sound in the heavens, similar to the splash of running beer and loud bounds of thunder, screaming “SOUNDPONY!” A white horse with great wings joined by a team of grand horns emerged from above, so that the ground rumbled with sound, and with him poured an ocean of golden foamy beer and a multitude of years of drinking joy to the people. Welcome to the Soundpony!

Arnie’s Bar

318 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK 74120
(918) 583-0797

Arnie’s Bar on St. Patrick’s Day is legendary, but in its fairly new location at Elgin Ave and 2nd Street in what some call “the Blue Dome District,” it has quickly become a fixture linking downtown with the Brady District and what could become the city’s newly established “East End” entertainment district. As you enter the hallowed doors, you walk past the flower-adorned window boxes on 2nd Street showing through the beautiful leaded glass door to a room where framed photo of a smiling man greets you in a space just a wee bit wider than the original Arnie’s. Another leaded glass door opens to a welcoming courtyard with tables and chairs presented in original Irish beer garden style. “We are going to sell lots of Guinness today,” widely smiling Hopkins, an old time server at Arnie’s, as he shows you to the beautiful outdoor area in the glorious afternoon sunshine.

The Max Retropub

114 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK 74120
(918) 895-6200

The Max Retropub is Tulsa’s only 80’s retropub. They have Happy Hour Specials 2pm-6pm on weekdays and an Always $2 Coors Banquet. Monday is 80′s Movie Night with complimentary popcorn and $2 domestic beers. Tuesday is Play Free Tuesday with free tokens all day long. Wednesdays are Retro Trivia night with live event trivia and $1 small hotdogs. Thursdays is Tourney Night with a $5 entry fee where the winner takes it all. Every week they have a tournament bracket style of a different game. The music and food is great with always something going on at The Max Retropub.

Hodges Bend

815 E 3rd St
Tulsa, OK 74120
(918) 398-4470

Hodges Bend is an upscale lounge offers cocktails, wine and coffee. They provide a vast collection of spirits and cocktails and the beer and cider selection is enormously generous. The Hodges Bend will satisfy your drinking desires to the hilt, all with a hint of class.

James E McNellie’s Public House

409 E 1st St
Tulsa, OK 74120
(918) 382-7468

The James E McNellie’s Public House has four locations. This local public house is much more than just a joint to grab a pint and a bite to eat. It is the family gathering place for everyone and everything, regardless of your age. In 2004, it opened the original McNellie’s in Tulsa. And now four years later, they opened McNellie’s in Norman, Oklahoma City and Tulsa City South. The pubs have menus with reasonably priced fresh food and an environment that is perfect for all. Additionally, the pubs provide a vast collection of bottled and draught beers, plus an impressive selection of Scotch and Irish whiskey.




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