Club Albee is a hookah lounge, cigar bar, and dance club rolled into one chic package. DJ Saad provides a mash-up of music and videos nightly while professional belly dancers wiggle their tummies as if they were full of live butterflies. Kick back in the cozy hookah room as you blow smoke rings or octagons, or bust a move to the saucy beats while sipping your bubbly brews. The club has a strict dress code to keep the atmosphere upscale and to stop grizzly bears from entering. Coat check is complimentary.
Urban Roots is a communal space where art and food intersect. Housed in one of the last original buildings of Oklahoma City's historic Deep Deuce, they offer fresh, artful alternatives to the norm. This tradition of uniqueness blends with the building's past lives, which date back to the 1920s when it housed dance halls, juke joints, and other restaurants. Today, the building continues to buzz with imagination thanks to Urban Roots' dedication to showcasing art exhibits. Even the restaurant's food carries a creative identity, from sandwiches to snacks and dishes designed to share.
Declared one of Oklahoma City's top 10 nightlife hot spots by 10 Best, Tapwerks Ale House & Cafe boasts an extensive menu of comforting classics served in a cozy dining room. Beef tenderloin ($9.99), frolics in an aromatic meadow of garlic, onion, and mushrooms before being pinned to a baguette by melted provolone, and beer battered pickle o's come lightly fried and served with a spicy ranch dipping sauce ($5.49). Brauthaus–style fare, such as the bratwurst with brown-mustard cream sauce ($11.99), is sure to tickle the tongue with a few umlauts, pleasing those diners recently returned from harvesting cuckoo clocks in the thick underbrush of the Black Forest.
Chefs sling a full menu of American classics at Brix Restaurant and Sports Lounge, where professional athletes occupy more than 30 flat-screen televisions and a massive projection screen. They specialize in pub-style appetizers, such as buffalo wings and nachos, as well as pizzas, burgers and wraps, and homestyle entrees. Kitchen staffers also take great pride in their fried okra, which meets batter and oil whole, rather than cut into slices or carved into comically small totem poles.
Exposed-brick walls surround the dining room's gleaming hardwood floors, full bar, and dark leather armchairs, which all work in unison to create a contemporary atmosphere during televised UFC matches and football games or karaoke and trivia nights. The outdoor patio houses additional seating for al fresco meals or attempts to hail passing jets.
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Reliant Stadium’s titanic venue, home to the Houston Texans and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, covers 125,000 square feet of sporting ground. The facility is the first in NFL history to have a retractable roof, which sightseers can view from the field during public gridiron tours. While strolling across Reliant’s stadium floor, fans can relive their favorite memories of Super Bowl XXXVIII, or search every nook and cranny for John Madden’s lost bus keys.
Just steps away from Chesapeake Energy Arena and the Oklahoma City Thunder, The Library maintains its status as Downtown’s oldest locally owned restaurant by serving Thunder fans and other customers hearty American fare with a side of hospitality. Head Chef Jennifer Parr concocts generous burgers, meaty sandwiches, and buffalo wings, each named after an infamous author, literary masterpiece, or Dewey decimal classification number. A slew of regulars populate the eatery's bar-side chairs and group-size banquettes nightly, and The Library also invites guests to live it up during private parties and special events with custom menus and flowing libations within its indoor courtyard. The Library is also open before and during Thunder games and is located 1.5 blocks north of the stadium on the southwest corner or Robinson and Park Avenues.