We know. It’s hot. It’s summer in Oklahoma. Cool down by sampling cocktails that local bars and restaurants have concocted just for you. Find a nice, air conditioned space or a shaded patio and while away the hours drinking the flavors of summer. You might decide it’s not that bad after all.
— by Devon Green, photos by Mark Hancock, Shannon Cornman and Lauren Hamilton
1 N. Oklahoma Ave.
The local beer geniuses at Bricktown Brewery kicked the summer off right by tapping their newest contribution to the betterment of humanity. Blues Berry Ale is a light ale infused with real blueberries for a refreshing summer treat. The Brewery also has daily special cocktails to beat the heat, making it a great place to hide from the power of the sun.
RedPin Restaurant & Bowling Lounge
200 S. Oklahoma Ave., Suite X
If you are looking for a great place to cool off, you could do worse than this ultra-cool lounge and bowling alley right on the Bricktown canal. The seasonal drink menu has several chilly options, including the Skinny Pina-Coco Club Special: light pineapple coconut vodka, agave, club soda and lime. Yum.
Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails
132 W. Main St., Norman
The mix masters at Scratch know that some flavors just taste like summer. Sample some of your favorites with Scratch’s expertly crafted Oklahoma-themed cocktails. The Seasonal Sooner Cobbler offers a loving tribute to this summer’s blackberry harvest. It tastes like grandma’s cobbler all grown up.
Deep Fork Grill
5418 N. Western Ave.
Deep Fork always has a bevy of sexy seasonal cocktails, and this summer is no exception. One that particularly caught our eye is the Gin Atomic, a combination of gin and elderflower liqueur with basil simple syrup. It’s light, fragrant and perfect for sultry summer nights. We have it on good authority that it’s a staff favorite, and we can understand why.
2262 W. Main St., Norman
It seems like just yesterday, Local was new in the Norman restaurant scene. It has been a couple of years, and Local is now a fixture in its own right, known for its quality seasonal cuisine and vast selection of ever-changing cocktails. Cozy up to the bar and try something from the seasonal cocktail menu for a refreshing change of pace.
6305 Waterford Blvd. #100
Tucked away in plain sight, Bellini’s is both casual and elegant. Surrounded by lush greenery, this Oklahoma institution is a dreamy place to pass an hour or two, especially with a glass of wine from its vast collection or one of its elegant cocktails. Make sure to try the cocktail that gave the restaurant its name, with peach nectar and sparkling Prosecco wine. It tastes like sweet sunlight.
2601 Northwest Expressway
When the blazing heat makes you want to take shelter immediately, hide out in one of the coolest joints in the metro. Junior’s celebrated its 30th birthday last year and shows no signs of slowing down. Make an evening out of it with dinner in the dining room followed by cocktails in the piano lounge. Performances start nightly at 8:30 p.m. Its large selection of cocktails, like the vintage brandy ice will make you feel like you’ve stepped into another era.