Pubs west of the Atlantic often pay homage to the UK, but Dan McGuinness Pub goes one step farther: it was actually made in Ireland. Shipped to Memphis, Tennessee in pieces, the first Dan McGuinness was entirely assembled by a team of five Irishmen, who still manually hold it together today. The franchise's other locations weren't built this way, but they all carry on the original pub's tradition of friendly service and classic Irish dishes such as corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, and shepherd's pie. American and English influences also permeate the menu in dishes such as blackened chicken fingers and fish ‘n’ chips made with Atlantic cod dipped in Harp lager batter.
The pub's beer list similarly mixes up European and American offerings with brews from Guinness, Smithwick's, and Sam Adams. Feasts at Dan McGuinness unfold amid a convivial atmosphere, with entertainment such as billiards and live music every Friday and Saturday night.
Garnering attention from the Oklahoma Gazette, Thunder Alley Grill & Sports Lounge slings sandwiches, pizzas, and wraps at buzzing patrons in a casual club atmosphere. Test drive new wooden dentures by slicing into the menu's spinach veggie wrap's tomato-basil tortilla, slathered in pico de gallo and stuffed with mushrooms, asiago, and sprouts ($7.99). Or take the culinary wheel to adorn 8-inch pizzas with three toppings ($5.99) culled from a smorgasbord of pepperoni, black olives, spicy italian sausage, banana peppers, and other savory accouterments ($0.59 for each additional topping). Other savory selections include the Thunder Reuben, which shudders under the weight of roast beef, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and thousand island dressing ($8.29) piled higher than a giant's special order of buffalo-ostrich wings.
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.
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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