A-LIST 2017: #TULSA

Our A-LIST 2017 Editors' Picks




We don’t want to #humblebrag, but Tulsa is so 🔥 right now. You know you can always trust your #TulsaSquad to tell you which local spots are đź’Ż. That’s just what the A-LIST is — your ultimate guide to the best services, restaurants, events and destinations that make Tulsa #lit, #onfleek and just straight up #awesome.

You voted đź—ł for the A-LIST in early March and after we tabulated your #faves, we sent the winners their certificates đźŹ†. The top five winners are named in each category, with a few exceptions where ties occurred — no #FOMO, just #goodvibes.

 

However, 114 categories couldn't contain our #Tulsa. That's why we went ahead and picked some of our other favorites!

 

Best new way to get your kicks:

Fuel 66

#pitstop #mealsonwheels 

Open since late 2016, Fuel 66 has quickly become a favorite neighborhood hangout. The bar and food truck court features rotating restaurants-on-wheels, loads of local beer options and a seasonal $4 cocktail. Check the website for a complete event and food truck calendar. 

Inspired by the Mother Road, Fuel 66 is constantly updating and improving the site with amenities and art, such as the new arrow installation reminiscent of the Route 66 icon Twin Arrows Trading Post in Arizona. A license plate wall, vintage hanging lights and mega-sized games make for an Instagram-worthy night. Baby-friendly, dog-friendly, roommate-friendly — this place truly is fun for the whole family, no matter who your family is. 

2439 E. 11th St.; 539-664-6841; fuel66tulsa.com.

 

 

Best way to follow your bliss:

H2Oasis Float Center and Tea House

#justbreathe #selfcare

Spending an hour without light, sound, sensation or connection might not sound like a recipe for relaxation. Yet this hyper-stimulated world has ushered in the resurgence of “floating”: the practice of using a sensory deprivation chamber for therapeutic reasons. H2Oasis co-owner Debra Worthington is used to fielding trepidation from first-time floaters, and assures that anyone can float in the center’s pools — from an ailing grandmother to a 300-pound linebacker.

Each pool is in a private room, where clients shower and put in earplugs before stepping into 11 inches of hypersaline water. The air and the water are both skin temperature (around 93.5 degrees) and the 1,332 pounds of Epsom salts dissolved in the pool make it impossible not to float. Worthington says it usually takes up to 40 minutes to quiet one’s “mind chatter,” but if you can make it through that period, the total meditative state that’s achievable is utterly worth it. “It’s like shavasana times a hundred,” she says.

6564 E. 51st St., 918-938-7368, h2oasisfloatcenter.com.

 

Best way to own a miniature piece of Tulsa:

LEGO Architecture - The Oklahoma Series by Ricardo Montoya

#ifyoubuildit #tinyTulsa

Ricardo Montoya’s LEGO structures on display at Circle Cinema during the Architecture and Design Film Festival

 

Tulsa’s booming architecture scene and its many talented local architects are inspiring to many, including Ricardo Montoya, a structural engineer at 360 Engineering Group. “Inspiration is all around, whether you’re conscious of it or not,” Montoya says. 

A lover of LEGOs since he was a young boy, Montoya created his first Tulsa-themed LEGO structure two years ago after working on Edison Preparatory’s Collegiate Center. As a project team member, he knew the structural and architectural details that needed to be included in the design, so the LEGO creation came together quickly. He eventually researched and created 22 LEGO structures inspired by places he holds dear, like the Oklahoma City Boathouse, and innovative projects, such as Central Library. Montoya, who is not officially associated with LEGO, also looked to new downtown projects for inspiration: the Boxyard, the Guthrie Green stage, the Universal Ford Building, Hogan Assessments’ headquarters and many more.

The downtown building kits, along with Edison’s collegiate center, are available for sale at Dwelling Spaces in the Boxyard or at katyandricardo.squarespace.com. Sets range from $39.99-$69.99 each, are made with genuine LEGO bricks. Free building guides are online. 

 

 

Best place to hop the pond:

White Lion Pub

#keepcalmandWhiteLionon #travelbug 

For some midtowners, a trip to south Tulsa might as well be a visit to a foreign country. But you definitely won’t regret getting your culinary passport stamped at White Lion, a hidden gem whose culinary fare can best be described as truly traditional. We’re talking fish and chips with mushy peas, bangers and mash, cottage pie, Cornish pasty, Welsh rarebit ... God save the queen. 

With its dark red interior, cozy seating and nary a spot on the wall without a heraldic crest, old-world artifact or charming painting, White Lion is a spot for swapping stories with old friends and knocking back pints of English and Irish ale for hours on end. The pub is a quiet, antique oasis for whenever you need a getaway — minus the jetlag. Fun fact: The front doors and much of the furniture were taken from the Harvest Mouse Pub in Lancaster, England. 

6927 S. Canton Ave.; 918-491-6533

 

Best snack for sharing:

Premier Popcorn

#poptilyoudrop #cantstoppopping

Popcorn isn’t just for the movies. It’s art for head popcorn maker Tom Phillips of Premier Popcorn. His colorful, crunchy creations for friends turned into a thriving business that is often called upon for gifts and parties. With more than 30 flavors to choose from, Premier Popcorn can match any color palette, which makes it a memorable — and delicious — party favor. Bagged popcorn sizes range from 3 cups to a party-sized 300-cup bag. Tins are popular, too, and range from half-gallon to 6.5 gallon options. If chocolate popcorn doesn’t curb your cocoa cravings, Premier Popcorn also makes fresh fudge in a handful of varieties.

3215 S. Harvard Ave., 918-779-4333, premier-popcorn.com

 

Best way to make music more meaningful:

Creative Beginnings Family Music

#heartwarming #canteven #musicismagic

After a few months of teaching music to preschoolers, Shanna Martray felt something was missing. That’s when she moved the classes to the Baptist Village of Broken Arrow retirement community. Now, 6-12 children from birth to age 5 and their caregivers sing, dance and play music with the center’s memory loss residents, who all have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. “We call them our grand-friends,” Martray explains. “The director says they look forward to the classes and ask every day — sometimes multiple times a day — when ‘the babies will be back.’” She says the interaction between the kids and seniors creates important connections and stimulation for both groups. 

Music classes are 45 minutes and meet weekly for eight weeks. The summer session begins in mid-July. 

918-616-6279, creativebeginningsfm.com

 

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December 2018

We’re serving up our new chef-inspired fondue and traditional brunch options like Alpine Benedict Cheese Fondue, French Toast Fondue, Avocado Fiesta Toast plus bottomless mimosas. Reserve...

Cost: Varies

Where:
The Melting Pot of Tulsa
300 Riverwalk Terrace #190
Jenks, OK  74037
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Sponsor: The Melting Pot of Tulsa
Telephone: 918-299-8000
Contact Name: Alex Cooper
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FlyingTee is fun for the whole family and on Sundays, kids eat free! *Limit one free meal from the kids’ menu with each purchase of an adult entrée. Not valid on brunches or holidays.

Cost: Free with purchase

Where:
FlyingTee
600 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK  74037
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Telephone: 918-528-7717
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Funday Sunday at Gilcrease Museum On this free community day, take holiday photos with Santa Claus (2:30-4:30 p.m.), listen to musical performances, make artworks inspired by the season,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gilcrease Museum
Tulsa, OK


Telephone: 918-596-2700
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Santa will be stopping by to visit the Oklahoma Aquarium on December 16 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm! Get your picture taken, decorate gingerbread cookies, make an ornament, and play on our bounce...

Cost: Free with the purchase of a general admission

Where:
Oklahoma Aquarium
300 Aquarium Dr.
Jenks, OK  74037
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Aquarium
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What: Santa Claus at Bradford Park in Broken Arrow! Where: Capital Homes at The Reserve at Bradford Park Model Home: 1507 E Jasper Pl, Broken Arrow, OK 74011 When: Sunday, December 16, 3 pm –...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Reserve at Bradford Park Model Home
1507 E Jasper Pl
Broken Arrow, OK  74011
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Sponsor: Capital Homes Residential Group, LLC
Telephone: 918-630-9633
Contact Name: Amanda Connolly
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Reconnect with family and friends in the garden illuminated with colorful lights. Make s'mores over fire pits, enjoy holiday music and take in the spirit of the season in our magical garden...

Cost: Tickets are $15 for ages 13+; $5 for ages 3-12, Children 2 and under are free.

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden

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Songs for a New World music & lyrics by Jason Robert Brown directed by Karlena Riggs It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice…...

Cost: $25.00

Where:
Studio 308
308 S. Lansing
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: American Theatre Company
Telephone: (918) 747-9494
Contact Name: Meghan Hurley
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Reconnect with family and friends in the garden illuminated with colorful lights. Make s'mores over fire pits, enjoy holiday music and take in the spirit of the season in our magical garden...

Cost: Tickets are $15 for ages 13+; $5 for ages 3-12, Children 2 and under are free.

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden

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ZIGGI’S COFFEE CELEBRATES TULSA GRAND OPENING DECEMBER 18   WHAT: Ziggi’s Coffee® (www.ZiggisCoffee.com), a specialty coffee shop and drive-thru retailer, is...

Cost: Free

Where:
Ziggi's Coffee
6134 S. Memorial Drive
Tulsa, CO  74133
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Telephone: 720-534-6421
Contact Name: Kathryn Bleeker
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Whether you are ready to enroll for your first semester at OSU-Tulsa or are exploring transfer options for a future semester, let OSU-Tulsa help you get started during Transfer Days. Our advising,...

Cost: Free

Where:
OSU-Tulsa
700 N. Greenwood Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74106
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Sponsor: OSU-Tulsa
Telephone: 918-594-8355
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Reconnect with family and friends in the garden illuminated with colorful lights. Make s'mores over fire pits, enjoy holiday music and take in the spirit of the season in our magical garden...

Cost: Tickets are $15 for ages 13+; $5 for ages 3-12, Children 2 and under are free.

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden

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Reconnect with family and friends in the garden illuminated with colorful lights. Make s'mores over fire pits, enjoy holiday music and take in the spirit of the season in our magical garden...

Cost: Tickets are $15 for ages 13+; $5 for ages 3-12, Children 2 and under are free.

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden

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Every Wednesday Live Event Trivia is at The Willows Family Ales - Show starts at 7 and is free to play! Movie scenes, Finish the Lyric, Classic Trivia, and more! The crew from T-Town Tacos will be...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Willows Family Ales
418 south peoria ave
tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: The Willows Family Ales
Telephone: (918) 895-6798
Contact Name: Julian Morgan
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Mothers of Preschoolers (and preschool means prior to school, ages 6 weeks to 5 years old). MOPS warmly welcomes any mom that has at least one child age 6 weeks to 5 years old. By joining MOPS, you...

Cost: Free

Where:
Eastwood Baptist Church
948 S 91st E Ave
Tulsa, OK  74112
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Sponsor: Eastwood Baptist Church
Telephone: 918-836-8686
Contact Name: Shirley Pittenger
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Reconnect with family and friends in the garden illuminated with colorful lights. Make s'mores over fire pits, enjoy holiday music and take in the spirit of the season in our magical garden...

Cost: Tickets are $15 for ages 13+; $5 for ages 3-12, Children 2 and under are free.

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden

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Local, Live Music at the The Willows Family Ales taproom EVERY Thursday at 7:30pm. Surprise food vendor to be announced SOON!! 11/1 ---- Eric Himan 11/8 ---- Wendy Nichol Hall 11/15---...

Cost: FREE!!

Where:
The Willows Family Ales
418 south peoria ave
418 South Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: The Willows Family Ales
Contact Name: Julian Morgan

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Its that time a year again and that means our 3rd annual Mens Shopping Event is here!! We are so excited to be having this event! This year we are doing things a little different, instead of one...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Rhanes Spa
6422 S Elm Pl
Broken Arrow, OK  74011
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Sponsor: Rhanes Spa
Telephone: 918.872.9211
Contact Name: Angela or Dakota
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Reconnect with family and friends in the garden illuminated with colorful lights. Make s'mores over fire pits, enjoy holiday music and take in the spirit of the season in our magical garden...

Cost: Tickets are $15 for ages 13+; $5 for ages 3-12, Children 2 and under are free.

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden

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Philbrook Festival is back and better than ever! Enjoy the most beautiful place in Oklahoma during the most wonderful time of the year. The Museum comes alive with festive holiday events, Santa,...

Cost: $5/Philbrook Members, $15/Public, Free/17 & Under

Where:
Philbrook Museum of Art
2727 S. Rockford Rd.
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Sponsor: Philbrook Museum of Art
Telephone: 918-748-5300
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The Vox Solaris Chamber Choir will present its Winter 2018 Concert on December 21, 2018 at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church.  The choir is a non-profit organization and all ticket and donation...

Cost: $15 General Admission / $5 Students & Senior Citizens

Where:
St. Patrick's Episcopal Church
4250 W. Houston St.
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
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Sponsor: Vox Solaris Chamber Choir
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This is the first of an annual event exclusively for Millennials (The Mille). Come out and have a good time while knowing you're supporting a good cause!    All proceeds will go to...

Cost: Starting at $30.00

Where:
NOAH'S Event Venue
12710 East State Farm Blvd
Tulsa, OK  74146
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Sponsor: Push Push Pray Foundation
Telephone: 918-250-3709
Contact Name: Sharon Thomas
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Songs for a New World music & lyrics by Jason Robert Brown directed by Karlena Riggs It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice…...

Cost: $25.00

Where:
Studio 308
308 S. Lansing
Tulsa, OK  74120
View map »


Sponsor: American Theatre Company
Telephone: (918) 747-9494
Contact Name: Meghan Hurley
Website »

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Its that time a year again and that means our 3rd annual Mens Shopping Event is here!! We are so excited to be having this event! This year we are doing things a little different, instead of one...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Rhanes Spa
6422 S Elm Pl
Broken Arrow, OK  74011
View map »


Sponsor: Rhanes Spa
Telephone: 918.872.9211
Contact Name: Angela or Dakota
Website »

More information

We’re serving up our new chef-inspired fondue and traditional brunch options like Alpine Benedict Cheese Fondue, French Toast Fondue, Avocado Fiesta Toast plus bottomless mimosas. Reserve...

Cost: Varies

Where:
The Melting Pot of Tulsa
300 Riverwalk Terrace #190
Jenks, OK  74037
View map »


Sponsor: The Melting Pot of Tulsa
Telephone: 918-299-8000
Contact Name: Alex Cooper
Website »

More information

Reconnect with family and friends in the garden illuminated with colorful lights. Make s'mores over fire pits, enjoy holiday music and take in the spirit of the season in our magical garden...

Cost: Tickets are $15 for ages 13+; $5 for ages 3-12, Children 2 and under are free.

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden

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America’s LARGEST interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is now playing at the Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa Broken Arrow! At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a challenging crime while you...

Cost: 59.95

Where:
Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa- Broken Arrow
420 W Albany St.
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
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Telephone: 866-496-0535
Contact Name: The Dinner Detective
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The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) hosts a Swing dance and lessons  The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) is the only UNESCO recognized dance organization in Oklahoma.  We are a 501c3...

Cost: $7

Where:
Community Center - South Minister Presby Church
3500 So Peoria
1/2 west of Peoria, on 35pl behind the church
Tulsa, OK  74102
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Sponsor: The Ok Swing Syndicate
Telephone: 918-450-691
Contact Name: Rita Robbins
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  Brian Nhira & Friends from ‘The Voice’ to Perform 3rd Annual Tulsa Christmas Concert at the TCC VanTrease PACE.   Tulsa, OK -- Brian Nhira, an incredibly gifted...

Cost: Tickets starting at $25

Where:
TCC Vantrease PACE
10300 E 81st St.
Tulsa
Tulsa, OK  74033
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Sponsor: Brian Nhira Music & Good Life Music & Media Lessons
Telephone: 918-704-8855
Contact Name: Jasper Nhira
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Come see ORU Mens Basketball vs Tulsa

Cost: $15-25

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 South Lewis Ave
Tulsa
Tulsa, OK  74171
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Telephone: 918-495-6000
Contact Name: Mabee Center
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Co-hosted by Josh New and the Tulsa Artist Fellowship, a cultural initiative of the George Kaiser Family Foundation, Karl Jones presents Figures in Skating, an evening performance of mixed media,...

Cost: $5.00

Where:
Loose Leaf Co.
2308 E. Admiral Blvd.
Tulsa, OK  74110
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Sponsor: Tulsa Artist Fellowship & Josh New
Telephone: 202-468-5275
Contact Name: Karl Jones
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Songs for a New World music & lyrics by Jason Robert Brown directed by Karlena Riggs It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice…...

Cost: $25.00

Where:
Studio 308
308 S. Lansing
Tulsa, OK  74120
View map »


Sponsor: American Theatre Company
Telephone: (918) 747-9494
Contact Name: Meghan Hurley
Website »

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