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.
We offer: -"Mommy and Me" classes for 2 year olds. -Creative movement and primary level, devoted to 4-8 year olds. -Pre-professional training levels 1-4, for ages 8-20. -Community ballet for teens and adults that want to dance in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
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.
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.