OKG Eat: Bar fun

For a depressant, alcohol sure shows up at all the best parties. There are plenty of tear-in-your-beer bars around for the sad, solitary drinker, but if you’re going out for a good time, Oklahoma City has you covered with an array of spirited watering holes where they don’t water down the spirits.

— By Greg Elwell

Photos by Garett Fisbeck and Mark Hancock

Room 222 (Mark Hancock)

Room 222 (Mark Hancock)

Room 222

222 E. Sheridan Ave.

brick222.com

605-5223

An undiscovered gem in Bricktown, Room 222 is the perfect place for happy hours that turn into nightcaps. Decked out as a plush, modern lounge with plenty of TVs for all different kinds of sports (and whatever else you want to watch), Room 222 can be a quiet little hideaway from the bustle of downtown streets. But as the evening wears on and the drinks keep flowing, don’t be surprised to hear an eruption of laughter from the next couch over.

Flashback RetroPub (Garett Fisbeck)

Flashback RetroPub (Garett Fisbeck)

Flashback RetroPub

814 W. Sheridan Ave.

633-3604

Where can you get a stiff drink, body-slam The Ultimate Warrior, eat fruit while being chased by ghosts, go flying off Rainbow Road and fight your way through an army of Sentinels to beat up Magneto? Oklahoma City’s coolest video game bar, of course. Flashback RetroPub has alcohol and arcade games aplenty for the ultimate intersection of your child and adult sides. And if you get tired of the games, you can also bust several moves on the dance floor.

The Boom (Garett Fisbeck)

The Boom (Garett Fisbeck)

The Boom

2218 NW 39th St.

theboomokc.com

601-7200

Let us all pray that The Boom never goes bust, because this is one of OKC’s craziest bars with entertainment of all sorts. The drag shows are expertly done, and Trashy Thursday’s open talent showcase packs the crowds in. But one of the biggest draws is the hilarious Sunday Gospel Brunch hosted by Kitty and Norma. It features breakfast, $2 mimosas and a lot of audience interaction.

Cookie's (Mark Hancock)

Cookie’s (Mark Hancock)

Cookie’s

2304 N. Western Ave.

521-9004

Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one can hear you. Or go to Cookie’s and let everyone see and hear you when you take the stage for some of the city’s most energetic karaoke performances. The drinks are strong, the tables fill up fast and smoking is allowed. But if you’re looking for a fun way to pass an evening, few things are quite so enjoyable as singing Bell Biv DeVoe extremely off-key.

TapWerks Ale House (Mark Hancock)

TapWerks Ale House (Mark Hancock)

TapWerks Ale House

121 E. Sheridan Ave.

tapwerks.com

319-9599

TapWerks is a Bricktown staple known for its extensive lineup of beers on tap. Local brewers often drop a few kegs of special edition and one-off batches. So if you’re looking to hoist pints with friends but you don’t just want any old beer, TapWerks is a solid choice. And with live music three nights a week and pub trivia on Tuesdays, there’s almost always something to do while you’re enjoying another glass.

51st Street Speakeasy (Garett Fisbeck)

51st Street Speakeasy (Garett Fisbeck)

51st Street Speakeasy

1114 NW 51st St.

51stspeakeasy.com

463-0470

Tuesday night trivia by The Lost Ogle is a fun way to test your knowledge against other local booze enthusiasts, but with a trio of new owners, The Speak is bringing in a lot of new live entertainment. Comedy nights, DJs and bands are filling out the calendar and giving the building new life. Best of all, if you’re just looking to hang out with friends, there are private rooms and large patio areas for more privacy. (See our related story on P.19.)

Edna's (Mark Hancock)

Edna’s (Mark Hancock)

Edna’s

5137 N. Classen Circle

ednasokc.com

840-3339

Lunchboxes are some of the sneakiest drinks around. Once you find your way into Edna’s and get a frosty mug of that famous libation in your hand — an inevitability — you’ll look down and see that it’s empty. Smooth and satisfying, Lunchboxes tend to disappear quickly, leaving behind only a burning desire to get up and order another one. Beware: Edna’s drinks have been known to cause excessive dancing and booming laughter.

Greg is the Gazette's full-time food writer and reviewer. He goes to restaurants a lot. He orders three entrees and gets funny looks and then takes out his camera and people are like, "Ugh. This guy." Greg is writing this right now and it feels weird to keep referring to myself in the third person. On Twitter and Instagram: @Elwelleats

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