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City Guide: Tulsa

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Welcome to my little Guide to Tulsa, an ever-growing, all-inclusive Tulsa guide. This guide will be filled with all of my favorite restaurants, bars, hotels, & things to do in green country. Tulsa probably isn’t on your list of must-visit places, so my hope is this city guide will get you to rethink your list and come visit soon.

Restaurants

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Yokozuna has two locations in Tulsa, downtown and south side. Both have a modern environment with  touches of Asian influence. The menu hosts a mix of classic and fresh rolls with new and old favorites. If you’re feeling a little adventurous we recommend the Nutty Thai Professor roll that was created by our friend Meesh!

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Andolini’s Pizzeria has three locations in Oklahoma, Tulsa, Owasso and Broken Arrow. The story of Andolini’s Pizzeria family lineage starts near Naples Italy, then immigrated to lower Manhattan and then progressed through San Francisco before ultimately landing in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At any location you’ll be greeted by a great menu and knowledgeable staff that’s more than happy to give recommendations. Don’t forget to check out Where’s The Truck to find out where in Tulsa the food truck is that day.

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James E. McNellies has four locations in Oklahoma, downtown Tulsa, south Tulsa, Norman and OKC. After spending a semester in Dublin, the founder Elliot decided to create something more than just a place to get a pint and a bite to eat. He wanted a neighborhood gathering place for everything and everyone – regardless of age. While known for their beer selection they also offer a collection of hard-to-find draught and bottled beers from all over the world, and an extensive scotch selection. In 2015 McNellies was named the most popular pub in Oklahoma by Buzzfeed.

Hotels

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The Mayo Hotel opened in 1925 and instantly became the social hub of high society. The Mayo played host to notable guests throughout the 20th century, including President John F. Kennedy, Bob Hope, Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth and Charlie Chaplin. The hotel was home to famous oilman J. Paul Getty and Waite Phillips, and the most famous of oil deals were brokered among oil barons in the opulent lobby and Crystal Ballroom. Similar big deals are still being made in these same spaces. You can always find yourself at the Mayo whether it be for a wedding, a relaxing get away or in the penthouse sipping drinks on the rooftop bar.

Things To Do

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The Philbrook Museum: In 1926 Edward Buehler Delk, a Kansas City architect, was hired to design an Italian Renaissance villa on 23 acres by oilman Waite Phillips. Twelve years later Waite Phillips surprised Tulsans with the announcement of his gift of the 72-room mansion and surrounding 23 acres of grounds as an art center for the city of Tulsa. The integrity of the original residence remains intact while later additions to the facility and gardens complete this classic Tulsa attraction. What began as an unprecedented gift to the city of Tulsa by the Phillips family continues today through the generosity of Philbrook Members and Donors year after year, making relevant art programming accessible to all.

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Utica Square: Whether it’s a frequent shopper or a visitor from out of town, each person connects to Utica Square in a unique way. For some, The Square’s many clocks remind them of times past. For others, the chimes reflect songs of the season. Our fire-engine red telephone booths, gardens, fountains and statues are timeless favorites across all generations. Tulsans who’ve grown up with the charm and beauty of Utica Square take pride in sharing those experiences with their children and grandchildren. It truly is a timeless tradition for Tulsans of all ages.

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River Spirit Casino is a long-time dream come true and pays tribute to the heritage of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. A new era began in the gaming industry with the opening of River Spirit Casino – a one-of-a-kind gaming, dining and entertainment experience. This $195 million casino features the latest in state-of-the-art electronic games, casual and fine dining, FREE live entertainment, and a variety of attractions you won’t find anywhere else.

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The Tulsa Drillers play at the state-of-the-art ONEOK Field which is located in the historic Greenwood District of downtown Tulsa. The team, which plays in the Texas League, is the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers major-league club. Beginning in April you usually catch a game Friday-Sunday night through September. The stadium is located a few blocks from the Brady District and the Blue Dome District which means your walking distance from some of the greatest restaurants and hang outs in the city.

Night Life

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Cain’s Ballroom is a historic music venue located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, built in 1924 to serve as a garage for W. Tate Brady’s automobiles. The walls are decorated with oversized photographs of various musicians who played Cain’s, including Bob Wills, Johnnie Lee Wills, Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams, Tex Ritter, Kay Starr and Tennessee Ernie Ford. Cain’s is known throughout the music industry as not only “The Home of Bob Wills,” but also as the “Carnegie Hall of Western Swing.”

IMG_2195Woody’s Corner Bar: All of downtown Tulsa’s nightlife and attractions are within a few blocks of Woody’s Corner Bar.  Whether your are watching the Oilers at the BOK Center, cheering the Tulsa Drillers at ONEOK Field, catching a concert at Cain’s, getting your groove on at one the many bars and nightclubs, or eating at one of the many delicious restaurants, Woody’s Corner Bar is located in the heart of it all.  There is something for any adult in Tulsa’s Blue Dome District!

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