Do you really have anything new to say? Digital communication makes conversing with your significant other and friends so easy that when you see each other, there’s almost nothing left to talk about. Rather than clam up all day or sit in awkward silence at night, why not let live performers fill in those quiet moments with music? Metro restaurants are always bringing in local and regional acts to entertain guests while dining.
By Greg Elwell
Photos Garett Fisbeck and Gazette / file
Bossa Nova Bar at Café do Brasil
440 NW 11th St., Suite 100
Upstairs at Café do Brasil, Bossa Nova Bar serves up some of the best caipirinhas around. The national cocktail of Brazil, caipirinhas are a blend of sugar, lime and cachaça — a liquor made from sugarcane. It’s a light, refreshing drink that only gets better when the mad scientists at Bossa Nova start mixing up variations. Live music Friday and Saturday nights makes the rooftop patio perfect.
3701 N. Youngs Blvd.
German beer and European pastries are enough of a draw to keep Ingrid’s Kitchen regularly packed, but the restaurant and attached lounge love providing guests with entertainment, too. On Friday nights, Ingrid’s Lounge features light jazz from Denise Smith to go along with steins of Oktoberfest beer. And almost every Saturday for the last 25 years (minus a couple of weeks in the early 2000s) the restaurant welcomes The Silvertops and its repertoire of big band classics.
1755 NW 16th St.
Coffee houses are wonderful places for acoustic acts to perform, and District House is no exception. Next door’s The Venue OKC hosts larger acts, but if you’re looking for a bite to eat, a nice cold brew to sip on and melodic tunes, District House is the place to be. It serves breakfast all day, including a dynamite sausage, egg and smoked Gouda sandwich and healthy and wholesome fruit and yogurt. Keep an eye on its Facebook page for upcoming events.
Noir Bistro & Bar
701 W. Sheridan Ave.
She was a dame with a secret. Her wide-brimmed hat covered a smile on her face that let me know she’d been hanging out at Noir Bistro & Bar again. Was it the late-night brunch Noir serves from midnight to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays? She needed help. That was for sure. But it didn’t take a cynical detective to figure out she was asking for a ride to see live acoustic guitar and jazz every weekend in Noir’s moodily lit dining room.
Oklahoma City Limits
4801 S. Eastern Ave.
It seems like there’s live music at Oklahoma City Limits almost every night. Whatever your taste in tunes, there’s sure to be something pleasing to your ears. One night, it’s alternative rock and funk; the next, it’s hip-hop and rap. Tuesday is karaoke, and Wednesday is an acoustic open jam. Limits also features some rockin’ food, including the Increasingly Famous Burger made with fresh ground beef, grilled onions and all the fixings.
Bricktown Brewery at Remington Park
1 Remington Place
Before taprooms started popping up across Oklahoma City like dandelions, Bricktown Brewery was combining freshly brewed local beer with freshly cooked local food. Now the restaurant has locations as far off as El Paso, Texas, and Wichita, Kansas, but it’s still going strong here at home. The Remington Park location is great for getting a bite before enjoying live music, horse races and the nearby casino.
Zorba’s Mediterranean Cuisine
6014 N. May Ave.
Some might remember the original home of Zorba’s before the restaurant built a temple to Mediterranean food that is as beautiful as the food is tasty. With a larger space came more opportunities to entertain the guests, which the restaurant does on Saturday nights with the help of Aalim Bellydance Academy. Diners can enjoy a glass of wine, tuck into a plate of ossobuco and watch the talented dancers move to the music.
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