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.
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.
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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.
51st Street Speakeasy dishes up a savory spread of creative American staples in a vintage-style bar with an intimate stage hosting live entertainment. The fresh menu brings together tacos, salads, and burgers in a culinary harmony unseen since the California Raisins dominated the airwaves. Guests can rev stomach engines with a starter such as chicken or beef nachos, stacked to stratospheric heights with tomatoes, jalapeños, and cheese and served with luscious guacamole, sour cream, and salsa ($8). A traditional caesar salad with freshly made dressing ($7) makes for a well-rounded meal when paired with a cheeseburger, amassing a half-pound patty seasoned and cooked to order ($8).
Kush Hookah Lounge engages eaters and puffing patrons alike with a menu of Mediterranean eats and a full hookah lounge, featuring 20 tobacco varieties. Complement puffs with a fete of small plates, including creamy hummus ($5.99), curry fries ($5.49), and six different types of wings, including garlic and chipotle ($6.99+). Guests can synchronize blown smoke spheres of smooth and fragrant tobacco flavors such as coconut, apple, or strawberry ($14) while reclining on a mound of silky throw pillows. Adventurous inhalers can sample more exotic essences, ranging from passion-fruit mojito to blue mist, a blend rivaling only microwaved peanut butter in smoothness.
Helmed in part by three Sooner Heisman Trophy winners, Autographs Sports Bar slings tasty finger foods from its kitchen and exciting sports action from its 12 plasma TVs. The menu kicks off with fried chicken wings slathered in one of six flavors, including barbecue, honey-garlic, and Jason White-Hot ($9). A BLAT sandwich on a ciabatta bun slips avocado between the layers of a traditional BLT like a sixth-grader sneaking a swear word into a history report to see if anybody's reading ($8), and the Boomer Q. ribs drape tender pork in a smoky hickory barbecue sauce ($16). Each Groupon customer exits with a 38.5"x6" locker-room sign urging all onlookers to "play like a champion today," aided by former Sooner stars Steve Owens, Billy Sims, and Jason White, who appear at Autographs Sports Bar up to six times a year to chat with fans, take photos, and simulate a fumble drill by weaving between the barstools.