The bar landscape in Oklahoma City is fairly varied. There are a number of boisterous clubs and several quaint lounges. But if you're looking for a fun and/or relaxing place to have a drink or watch a sports game on television, check out one of the metro's better sports bars and neighborhood pubs.
On my first major edit of this list, Republic makes a bold entry. Located in Classen Curve, it has quickly become one of my favorite places to go to watch a game. The televisions are plentiful, the beer selection is vast, and the food choices are far more unique than you'll find at most pubs. 5830 North Classen
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
As you could tell from my full review of Bricktown Brewery, I used to be less than impressed by the food. However, after a complete makeover
in 2011, it has most certainly improved. And as a comfortable sports bar and casual pub, it's one of the better spots in the metro. You'll find a good beer selection in a great Bricktown
location, OKC's leading entertainment district. 1 North Oklahoma Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
McNellie's is not a sports bar. If you're looking for big televisions playing all the games around the country, this is not the place for you. But I had to put it on the list because it's such a unique, cool spot in Oklahoma City. The historic Plaza Court building is the location for this relatively new addition to the metro, an Irish Brew Pub with one of the best beer selections around. The food is extremely good, from the relatively common (artichoke dip, hamburgers) to the specialty items (sweet potato fries, potato leek soup), and pints are $3. Wednesdays are Burger Night from 5 to 11 p.m. where burgers are just $3 as well. 1100 Classen Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Maybe relaxing isn't quite the best word for O'Connell's, located in Norman
. But there might not be a more exciting place to watch an OU football game
. It can frequently be a college-town atmosphere, of course, particularly on gameday or St. Patrick's Day
, so be prepared. 769 Asp Avenue
Norman, OK 73069
This "Irish Pub" chain originated in Memphis, and the Moore location was the first one outside of Tennessee before it closed. Now, there's an Edmond location. Dan McGuinness Pub definitely has the old Irish feel, both in the decor and the menu. Get Irish Stew or Shepherd's Pie with your Guinness Stout, or just enjoy your favorite drink while watching the game on your booth's personal television, one of over 30 in the place. It's definitely one of the better spots for sports-watching in Oklahoma City. 3005 S. Broadway St.
Edmond, OK 73013
Bricktown's RedPin is a very different kind of bar, but it's definitely a great one in Oklahoma City. In fact, it's an attraction as much as it is a bar or restaurant. But even if you don't get a chance to bowl on one of the lanes (You want to make weekend reservations as early as possible), you can have a seat in the contemporary bar or dining area, have one of the signature drinks and relax. The menu is not typical bar-fare either, including stone-baked pizza, ahi tuna salad, four berry creme brulee and much more. 200 S. Oklahoma Avenue, Suite X
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
There are plenty of great bars on this list that serve good food as well, but Buffalo Wild Wings is one of my favorites because, I admit, after a couple of beers, I get daring and think I can handle the "Wild" sauce (Anyone who goes "Blazin" has bionic stomach lining). I can't, of course, and am always glad I ordered it on the side of my boneless wings, a perfect culinary compliment to sports-viewing. There are locations
in OKC, Moore and Edmond. 4130 N.W. Expressway
Norman, OK 73116
Another one of the more relaxing and upscale pub options in OKC, Fox & Hound is a national chain with locations in a number of states. From what I'm told, they're pretty similar all over, so if you're in from out of town and want something familiar, this is a good solution. But regardless of where you're from, it's a comfortable spot in a popular commercial area of the city with a nice wood-finished decor, pool tables, a good drink selection and plenty of televisions. 3031 W. Memorial Road
Oklahoma City, OK 73072
Toby Keith's is primarily a restaurant and has become a popular tourist spot along the Bricktown Canal
. But on gamedays, it can become quite an energetic place to watch. Toby Keith is a big OU fan, so he is probably more likely to be at the game than the restaurant, but you never know. The bar area is very large, taking up nearly one entire side of the restaurant, and there are plenty of big-screen televisions. 310 Johnny Bench Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Henry Hudson's is a fun and friendly neighborhood bar. The place is spacious and accommodating, with darts, a couple of video games and a pool table (though they aren't exactly pool-hall quality). It's a 21 and over establishment but emphasizes itself as a "grill." What that means is that you'll find a much larger, and pretty decent, food selection than at other places. Plus, there are multiple, convenient locations
all around the metro. 3938 W. Reno Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73107