People, are you ready for your next beer searching adventure? I hope so. The countdown of the 50 perfect places to have a beer in Oklahoma continues. If you need a recap, check out 50 – 40, 39 – 30, 29 – 20. Grab your pint glass as 19 -11 are revealed. Enjoy.
19. Art on Tap – OKC Museum of Art, Oct. 8
This is great event that turns the OKCMOA into a mecca of beer for a night. Art on Tap is the museum’s fundraising event that showcases more than 80 different styles of beers to sample. The downstairs grand lobby and the roof top terrace are transformed into beer gardens. Food and music round out the night. This may be OKC’s best beer tasting event. Be warned, last year’s edition was sold out. Grab tickets now.
18. Brothers – Norman
Since 1983, this has become one of Campus Corner’s favorite drinking spots. The bar has a great “dive” feel without being a dive. Known for the birthday t-shirts, crayons and burgers, Brothers has the college bar vibe down perfect. They were one of the first bars to bring the ½ yard of beer to Oklahoma (they still have it). Whether on the patio or in a comfy booth make the trip to have a cold beer; it will make Keith’s day.
17. Remington Park – OKC
This selection would make Bukowski smile. There’s nothing much better than spending a day with the ponies. Grab a seat in the grandstands (my favorite) or go to the clubhouse to watch the majestic running of horses. It takes a little studying and some luck, but you may hit an exacta to buy a few more rounds. Remington is a beautiful place to watch horseracing. There’s really no bad seat in the house. Saddle up.
16. Royal Bavaria – 3401 S. Sooner Road
Love beer and want to go to a German beer garden, but can’t afford air fair? No worries, head out to Royal Bavaria. Since 1992, Royal Bavaria has been producing great German food, an incredible German dining hall atmosphere and brewing their own German style beers. Try their Oktoberfest to get into the mood of all things Germania.
15. 16th Hole at Lake Murray – Ardmore
Located at Lake Murray State Park, this 18-hole golf course features towering oak trees, tree-lined fairways and strategically placed water hazards. This course has been rated in the top 5 best in Oklahoma on a continuous basis. The star of the course is the breathtaking natural waterfall on number 16. After making your putt, take a look around and enjoy the fact that you’re playing golf instead of working, and raise your beer to a great day.
14. Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa
Built in 1924 Cain’s Ballroom has grown from a garage, a dance joint to a world class performance venue. Walking into Cain’s is walking back in time. The highlight of the ballroom is a historic maple, spring loaded dance floor. Adding to the historic feel, the walls are decorated with oversized photographs of various musicians who played Cain’s, including Bob Wills, Johnnie Lee Wills, Ernest Tubb, Ted Williams, Tex Ritter, Kay Starr and Tennessee Ernie Ford. On New Year’s Night 1935, Wills made his debut at Cain’s and the venue soon became known as “The Home of Bob Wills.” He ushered in an era of music known as Texas Swing. If you’re a musician, you want to play Cain’s. If you love music, you want to catch a concert at Cain’s.
13. deadCENTER Film Festival – June
This year marked the 10th anniversary for OKC’s premier film festival. Capturing the spirit of independent film, deadCENTER celebrates all genres of film making. The festival is a week long event that takes place throughout downtown OKC, and showcases some of OKC’s best venues. You never know who you’ll see or run into, but you’ll know the festival will be fun, fast-paced and well ran.
12. Wild Brew – Tulsa, July
Tulsa Expo Square’s new Exchange Center is the home for Wild Brew. This one-of-a-kind event combines fare by Tulsa’s best restaurants with first-rate beers by artisan brewers from the U.S. and around the world. Wild Brew supports a nonprofit conservation organization that funds educational projects such as the bald eagle nest Web cam and an exciting statewide live bird school program. It’s one of the largest tasting events in Oklahoma. The highlight is the flight of the bald eagle over the crowd to start the tasting.
11. Paseo Arts Festival – OKC, May
For 34 years, the Paseo Arts Festival has been a mainstay in OKC. From classic to cutting edge, some of the best works in the arts are on view. There’s a festive aura of anticipation as art-lovers, music-lovers, people-watchers and gaggles of families stroll through the charming, historical and cultural tradition known as Paseo Arts District.
The top 10 are next. Be on the lookout.