Among the latest is the Bricktown Bike Bar, a 17-foot-long bicycle decked out with a bar, designed for groups to party as they pedal.
OKC is joining the ranks of cities such as Minneapolis and Portland, Ore., in accommodating this funky concept combining city-cruising with daytime boozing, said Nick Oxford, manager and operator of the bike bar.
The 100-percent pedal-powered bar on wheels started rides in February. Despite the cool temperatures, Oxford said, it has been well-received thus far.
“Taking it out in Bricktown is hilarious. People stop and immediately pull out their cellphones to take a video or photo,” Oxford said.
Running daily from 10 a.m. to midnight, Bricktown Bike Bar is for groups of eight to 15 and can be a personalized experience. Pub crawls, city tours and birthday parties are just a few of the possibilities available.
“That’s the beauty of this thing; it can be really whatever people want it to be,” Oxford said.
If alcohol is being consumed, patrons must be 21 or older. Otherwise, customers must be at least age 18.
Refreshments are not sold aboard the bike, but groups can bring their own or purchase during the local bar stops (beer or wine only).
For those interested in a classier bike outing, wine-tasting rides are currently in the works, according to Oxford. Instead of kick-stopping the bike at breweries, it will stop at downtown restaurants known for vast wine selections.
Also, once college football season kicks off in the fall, Oxford said he hopes to transport the bike bar to Stillwater and Norman to offer tailgating rides. “It’s just fun — pure fun,” he said.