The professional matchmakers at D&D Dating Services don't just set people up at random—they handpick each of their clients, enabling them to become familiar with what each one is looking for in a counterpart. To begin, clients fill out an application specifying their hopes and desires. From there, they meet with D&D's matchmakers to hammer out remaining details. Then, the search begins. Each month, a typical D&D client goes on two dates, which take place at restaurants around the city. However, D&D never releases any personal information, so if clients hit it off, they must make sure to exchange numbers or geographic coordinates of their secret treehouses to ensure they can meet up again.
Chewing and chatting slow to a halt, and every set of eyes looks to the flat-screen TVs around the pub. A silent tension floats over the room as both the shot and game clock ticks toward the final seconds. As the ball swishes through the hoop in tandem with the timer’s final knell, the room explodes in a symphony of hoots and cheers that continues into the early hours of the morning. This scene plays out almost nightly during O'Connell's Irish Pub & Grille's regular game-watching parties.
Since throwing open their doors in 1968, O'Connell's staffers have worked hard to foster a welcoming, friendly environment where the community can get together, unwind, and debate the newest methods of chewing. Though the pub relocated from across OU's campus to its new location, the pub continues to build camaraderie on its foundations of relaxed revelry and hearty fare. Chefs bustle to create pub fare ranging from traditional fish 'n' chips to burgers crowned with toppings such as pineapples, fresh blue-cheese spread, and newly sizzled bacon bits. A lineup of lively events keeps patrons in the partying way throughout the year, especially during the annual St. Pat’s Party replete with live DJs, green eggs, and karaoke.
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.
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.
As the name implies, the trio of doctors at Brixton Chiropractic and Acupuncture deals out noninvasive chiropractic and acupuncture treatments geared toward vanquishing pain without the use of drugs. They extol the body’s ability to heal itself and attempt to stimulate that property with a combination of spinal adjustments that relieve pinched nerves and sterile needles to reroute the body’s energy. In addition to plying their healing services in the office, they also arm clients with self-care information, such as exercises and proper nutrition.
For 27 years, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park has entertained patrons of al fresco drama with works by the Bard and other noted playwrights. This year's summer season returns to the newly renovated Myriad Botanical Gardens' Water Stage with two productions by William Shakespeare and one by Anton Chekhov. Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor kicks off the season with a jovial love triangle set in Elizabethan middle-class society (June 16–July 9). Written in 1895, Chekhov's The Seagull inundates audiences with the romantic and artistic conflicts of four diverse main characters conveyed through melodramatic subtext and semaphore arm movements (July 14–30). A Midsummer Night's Dream closes out the season with the classic comedic tale that intertwines the lives of mischievous fairies, stern parents, and young couples in love (August 4–September 3).