Looking to have some fun downtown? Here are a few ideas.
See Tulsa’s unique art deco buildings with a guided tour from the Tulsa Historical Society. This 66-minute walking tour winds through the city streets on a trek to see all of the area’s finest architecture. Join THS on the last Friday of each month, or visit www.tulsahistory.org for detailed walking and driving maps. Tours are free for THS members and $5 for nonmembers. Call THS for reservations and starting location.
Tulsa Historical Society, 712-9484
Tulsa Glass Blowing Studio
If you find traditional art classes boring, discover a new craft by checking out Tulsa’s only glass blowing studio. Stop in and watch these artists work anytime their doors are open for business. Or, if you prefer the hands-on learning experience, take one of the six-week courses offered at the studio. Starting at $400, these lessons teach you the basics in glass-blown art. Beginners create paperweights, flowers and vases, while more advanced courses expand on these skills and teach you how to be decorative with techniques such as cookie feet and lip wraps. Private lessons are also available on request.
19 E. Brady St., 582-4527, www.tulsaglassblowing.org
All-American Rejects, Shiny Toy Guns, Vedora and Ace Endors
Rock with Stillwater natives the All-American Rejects as they return to Oklahoma April 7 for a show at the historic Brady Theater. Joined by top acts the Shiny Toy Guns, Vedora and Ace Endors, this diverse group of entertainers is sure to put on an unforgettably powerful concert. The show starts at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $27.50 in advance.
Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady St.; 582-7239; www.bradytheater.com
Enjoy a cup of gourmet coffee or tea in the living room atmosphere of this quaint, inviting coffeehouse. Hidden on a downtown street corner, the Gypsy Coffeehouse provides Tulsa with a comfortable weekend hangout and music venue, staying open until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Every Tuesday is Open Mic Night, so grab your guitar and belt out your original tunes to a house full of listeners.
303 N. Cincinatti Ave., 295-218
A different type of biker bar, the SoundPony Lounge is the place to go for both music and bicycling enthusiasts. The bar, located next to Cain’s Ballroom, is scattered with bike frames and other cycling décor, and proudly hosts free, live shows for those who enjoy music sans cover charges. Trivia Tuesdays always mean a packed house, and with a large selection of draught beers and a full bar, you can’t find a place more entertaining than this. We also hear the bar fills Happy Hour stomachs with an affordable and delicious concoction they like to call the Pony Dog.
409 N. Main St., 582-PONY
If hand-crafted artisan chocolates sound like an indulgence you’d spring for, stop into downtown’s CFC Chocolatier. You’re sure to find a cure for all of your sweet-tooth cravings with unique flavor combinations that range from the signature Champagne Fragola to Earl Grey Tea and Blueberry Crumb Pie. Chocolatier Patrick Aldred amazes every visitor with his custom creations, which have been perfected over his 18 years of experience.
15 E. Brady St., 576-6000
Center of the Universe
A mysterious phenomenon of echoes attracts locals and tourists alike to this brick-patterned bridge every day. Stand in the middle of the circle and let out a yell; you’re sure to find it soon reverberating in your ears. The mystery? There isn’t a building, or any other object, close enough to create an echo effect, and no one else can hear the echo of your voice.
Downtown Tulsa, Pedestrian Bridge from First to Archer streets
Weekends find the little Second Street pub filled to capacity, with Celtic music blaring from just inside the doorway. With a host of drink specials and an entire day devoted to happy hour, Arnie’s has a cheerfully authentic atmosphere that is simply unbeatable.
318 E. Second St., 583-0797