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Tulsa

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Tulsa is the "Oil Capital of the World." Situated between the prairies of central Oklahoma and the foothills of the Ozarks, Tulsa is located in the Green Country region of Oklahoma. It is also affectionately called “T-town” by the locals. Here, the age of the oil boom found its center. A small town by US standards, metropolitan luxuries such as theater, fine dining, nightlife, and shopping are found in an state known for sparsely populated farming communities. The picturesque downtown is surrounded by rolling hills covered with prairie grasses and ancient forests, a first impression that soon reveals world-class architecture and museums of art, miles of biking and walking trails, and huge parks. With a wealth of iconic sights and neighborhoods to explore, a trip to Tulsa can easily fit several weeks of touring.

Understand[edit]

Tulsa was settled in the mid-1800s by the Lochapoka Band of Creek Native American tribe. A booming city during the 1920s, rich oil barons built stately mansions and skyscrapers, turning Downtown Tulsa into a treasure trove of art and architecture. Tulsa was the most important hub for the American oil industry for most of the 20th century.

Tulsa sustained heavy economic hardships during the oil crises of the 1970s and 1980s which led to diversification efforts that created an economic base in the energy, aviation, finance, telecommunications, and technology industries.

Tulsa is known as the arts and culture center of Oklahoma. Tulsa contains two world-renowned art museums, the Philbrook Museum of Art and the Gilcrease Museum of Art. Tulsa also boasts full time professional opera and ballet companies, which are a rarity in the region. Tulsa contains one of the largest concentrations of Art Deco in the nation, ranking number 9 on US News and World Report's list of top cities for Art Deco. Tulsa has also been called one of America's most livable large cities by Partners for Livable Communities, Forbes, and Relocate America.

In Tulsa you will find old west charm and southern hospitality as well as a cosmopolitan atmosphere. The people of Tulsa take pride in their city, welcoming outsiders with open arms. Most are willing to help you find your way around.

Tulsa lies in northeastern Oklahoma, at the convergence of the Great Plains and the Ozark Plateau, and receives an average of 40 inches of precipitation each year, both of which account for its abundant beautiful rolling green terrain. As a result, Tulsa breaks the Oklahoma stereotype of being nothing but a flat, arid dust bowl. Summers can be very warm and with the cold wind across the plains it can get very cold in the winter, but it does not last long. The winters are considered to be very mild. There is not much snow, just a few inches each year, typically. Tulsa has over 225 days of sunshine annually.

The city had about 391,000 people and the metro area had about 937,000 people as of 2010 from the US Census Bureau. The Tulsa-Muskogee-Bartlesville Combined Statistical Area had a population of 1,151,172 in 2015.

Get in[edit]

Tulsa is served by one major airport and three general aviation airports.

By plane[edit]

  • 1 Tulsa International Airport (TUL IATA) in the northern part of Tulsa. It has major airlines with direct flights to major cities in the U.S. It is a small but nice airport with sofas and chairs all around and a very laid-back feel. The car rental area and parking is well integrated. The airport offers free short term parking (first half-hour free).
  • 2 Richard L. Jones, Jr. Airport (RVS IATA) (often called the "Riverside Airport") is south of downtown and is a general aviation airport.
  • 3 Okmulgee Regional Airport (OKM IATA) is south of Tulsa and is a general aviation airport.
  • 4 William R. Pogue Municipal Airport (FAA LID: KOWP) is west of Tulsa and is a general aviation airport.

By bus[edit]

By car[edit]

Most Tulsans drive almost everywhere, although bus, bike, and pedestrian routes are starting to catch on.

From the North/Kansas - US-75 South from Bartlesville, OK, or US-169 South from Coffeyville, KS.

From the Northeast/Missouri - I-44 West, aka the "Will Rogers Turnpike." The self-proclaimed world's largest McDonalds spans the roadway near Vinita, OK.

From the East/Arkansas - US-412 West, aka the "Cherokee Turnpike."

From the Southeast/Arkansas - The "Muskogee Turnpike."

From the South - US-75 from Okmulgee, OK, aka the "Okmulgee Beeline."

From the Southwest/Oklahoma City - I-44 East, aka the "Turner Turnpike."

From the West - US-412 East, aka the "Cimarron Turnpike."

For the slow scenic route from Northeast or Southwest come in on old Route 66.

By train[edit]

There is currently no passenger train service to Tulsa, however, as of 2017, efforts to establish service between Oklahoma City and Tulsa have become prosperous. The Eastern Flyer route, operated by Iowa Pacific, is expected to be begin regular service in the near future.

Get around[edit]

Thanks to urban planning, the major city streets are placed in a grid layout. Almost all major intersections are one mile from each other, and exactly in a straight line. That makes it much easier to find places than in cities where streets go every which way. The major exception is downtown, which is slanted at a 25 degree angle to the rest of the grid. This is due to the original town not facing true north and instead putting main street at a 90 degree angle to the original MKT railroad tracks.

By car[edit]

Several freeways and bypasses can be used to easily get around the Tulsa Metro area: I-244, I-44, US 169 (Mingo Valley Expressway, "Pearl Harbor Memorial Expressway"), US 75, US 64/OK-51 (Broken Arrow Expressway, The "B.A."), and OK-364 (Creek Turnpike).

The streets and avenues are planned on a 1 mile by 1 mile grid system, with the main arterials running on each mile. In the core of the city, named avenues run north/south and are named after US cities, generally in repeating alphabetical order (for example, Winston-Yale-Allegheny-Braden). In the mid-town area the names are taken from colleges and college towns. North/South is divided by Admiral Blvd. Name streets East of Main are cities east of the Mississippi River, vice versa for name streets west of Main. In the parts of the city farther from downtown, north-south streets are numbered. It is important to recognize that the specific format of the north-south numbered street names is North/South 145th East/West Avenue.

Numbered streets run East/West with Main Street and the Arkansas River as the dividing line. Watch out for Place, Street, Avenue designation, e.g. 47th Place, 47th Street, or Florence Place, Florence Avenue. It is important to recognize that the specific format of the east-west numbered street names is West/East 71st Street North/South. In some parts of the city, numbered streets intersect, so the distinction is important. Although rare, one east-west numbered street may even intersect with a street of the same number running north-south.

Downtown streets were originally platted parallel to the Frisco railroad tracks. When Tulsa expanded beyond the bounds of its original plat, the expanded areas were platted in alignment with the points of the compass. Thus the "twisted" area down-town represents the original extent of Tulsa ca 1907.

By bus[edit]

Tulsa Transit provides bus service for the Tulsa Metro area. Cities served are Tulsa, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Jenks, and Broken Arrow. The central station is at 319 S. Denver (downtown). They do not run that often, especially to the outer towns like Broken Arrow. Unlike major cities in the Northeast, the city bus is not a major form of transportation in the city. It is usually a means of travel for those who are without their own motor vehicle.

By bicycle[edit]

Tulsa has an extensive interconnected paved bike trail system. Rivertrail follows the Arkansas River from downtown Tulsa south to the suburbs. The Katy Trail runs west to Sand Springs. The Osage Trail is a rails-to-trails route that begins at the OSU-Tulsa campus and travels north 15 miles to Skiatook. The Creek Trail connects Rivertrail and continues east through Broken Arrow to the NSU-Broken Arrow campus. Riders accustomed to flat terrain may find Tulsa's rolling land to be a bit more challenging, particularly during the heat of summer. If you are looking for a good workout, the Creek Turnpike Trail follows the land's original contours. Rivertrail is probably be best choice for the rider seeking an easy route.

Four bike loan depots, located along Rivertrail, allow riders to borrow a bike for free for up to twenty-four hours.

Tulsa has an active bicycling community.

See[edit]

Downtown Tulsa
  • 1 Creek Council Oak Tree, 18th St. and Cheyenne Ave.. It was under the Creek Council Oak Tree in 1836 that the Lochapoka Creek Indians kindled a ceremonial fire using live coals they had carried from their Alabama homeland. This oak was Tulsa's first town hall, first conference room, first church and first court of law. This tree symbolizes the spirit of Tulsa's early settlers.
  • 2 Gilcrease Museum, 1400 N Gilcrease Museum Rd, +1 918 596-2700. Daily 10AM-5PM, tours at 11AM and 2PM. Touted as the "Museum of The Americas", has one of the world's largest collections of Western and Native American art and artifacts and constantly changing exhibits on a yearly basis. The gift shop has a good collection of art, jewelry, music and books as well. A must-see attraction for any visit to Tulsa. $8, donation optional.
  • 3 Greenwood Cultural Center, 322 N Greenwood Ave., +1 918 596-1020. M-Sa 9AM-5PM. Serves to promote the history of Tulsa's Greenwood District. Was home to one of the worst race riots in American history. Special performances are often held at this center.
  • 4 Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E 1st St., +1 918 596-1001. M-F 9AM-5PM. Housed in the beautiful Art Deco-style Union Station Depot, many local jazz performances are held here. Donations.
  • Penguins on Parade. There are dozens of 6' tall penguin sculptures scattered throughout the city. It is a local art project to raise funds for the Tulsa Zoo. The fundraiser began in 2002 as a way to raise money to build a black footed African penguin exhibit. To this day (2/28/12) you can still find 50+ of the penguins in and around Tulsa.
  • 5 The Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S Rockford Rd (1 block E of Peoria Ave at 27th Pl), +1 918 749-7941. Tu-W, F-Su 10AM-5PM; Th 10AM-8PM. In a former residence of local oilman Waite Phillips, has changing exhibits, a sculpture garden, art and artifacts from around the World, and a gift shop unlike anything else in Tulsa.
  • 6 Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, 2021 E 71st St, +1 918 492-1818. M-F 10AM-5PM. The largest collection of Judaica in the American Southwest, flagship of The Fenster/Sanditen Cultural Center. As an arts education institution, and the only American Jewish museum in the region, utilizes both art and history to preserve and present Jewish culture. Adults $5.50; Seniors age 55+ $4.50; Student age 6-21 $3; free admission to teachers with school ID.
  • 7 Tulsa Air and Space Museum, 3624 N 74th E Ave., +1 918 834-9900. Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM; Su 1PM-5PM. TASM Collection Highlights include a WWII German Jet Engine, An F-14 Tomcat, Two of Burt Rutan's Experimental aircraft, A locally built Gyrocopter by Spartan Aeronautics, and Art-Deco sections of the original Tulsa International Airport Terminal. TASM also has Many historical and interactive exhibits of interest to young and old alike.

Do[edit]

  • 1 America's Incredible Pizza Company.,
  • 2 Big Splash Water Park.,
  • 3 Sky Zone Tulsa. - located in Tulsa
  • 4 BOK Center, 200 S Denver Ave., +1 918 894-4200. Tulsa's new sleek, and modern center is the pride of the city. Opened in September 2008, it has already hosted such acts as The Eagles, Celine Dion, Elton John, Billy Joel, and many more are on the way. From 2010 to 2015, the arena was home of the Tulsa Shock WNBA team, which moved from Detroit after the 2009 season, but the team moved to the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex after the 2015 season. With fine dining nearby and numerous hotels to stay at, this center is the centerpiece of Vision 2025, a plan to revitalize Downtown and certain parts of the city. Depends on act/performance.
  • 5 The Center of the Universe. At the top of a pedestrian bridge in Tulsa. The bridge goes over the railroad tracks from Archer St. to First St. West of the Jazz Depot and immediately north of the Williams Center Tower. If you stand on the opposite side of the brick circle from someone else, you hear their echo, but not your own. If you stand at the center of the brick circle and talk, you will hear yourself echo, but others will not hear any echo. Overlooking the Center of the Universe area is a large, totem-like steel sculpture called Artificial Cloud.
  • 6 [dead link]The Expo Building (QuikTrip Center), 4145 E 21st St.. Contains what was once the largest unobstructed indoor area in the world. The "Golden Driller" in front is still pretty impressive. Hosts numerous shows including home and garden shows, arts & crafts events, boat show, gun and knife shows.
  • Oxley Nature Center, 5701 E 36th St. N, +1 918 669-6644. Hidden in the woods behind the Tulsa Zoo. Open almost all year. Has a few different habitats built up, such as a mini-prairie, a marsh with a walkover, ponds, woods, and plenty of opportunity for bird-watching.
  • The Performing Arts Center. located Downtown, the "PAC" (pronounced pee-ay-see) shows the annual presenation of The Nutcracker, in addition to various operatic, musical, and dramatic shows throughout the year. Tickets and scheduling available online.
  • River Parks. There is a lovely cafe down around 21st and they have live music from time to time when it is warm out. There is a new complex, Riverwalk Crossing at 101st in Riverside. It has a movie theatre and many restaurants, with a wonderful atmosphere.
  • Route 66, 11th St.. Renovated in 2005. The University of Tulsa is located nearby, and Tulsa Promenade mall is 2 mi S of the Expo Square, State Fairgrounds and several hotels, all of which provide shuttle service for shoppers.
  • The Spotlight Theater. Located on Riverside Drive between 15th and 21st, has shows every Saturday night of "The Drunkard"-America's longest running show-followed by "Olio", an old-fashioned vaudeville affair. Family friendly and very fun, The Drunkard is a must for any Tulsa visit!
  • 7 Tulsa Drillers. Catch a baseball game with the Tulsa Drillers. The Drillers, a AA minor league team associated with the Colorado Rockies, play in ONEOK Field, in the Greenwood neighborhood.
  • 8 Tulsa Zoo, 6421 E 36th St. N, +1 918 669-6600. Daily 9AM-5PM. Has zebras, giraffes, elephants, penguins, and reptiles, in addition to a Children's Zoo, Tropical American Rain Forest, Wildlife Carousel, and Zoo Train. $8/$6/$4/Free (Adults/Seniors 55+/Children 3-11/Children under 3).
  • 9 Woodward Park (SE corner of 21st and Peoria). See the park in the spring when the roses are blooming in the Tulsa Rose Garden.

Events[edit]

  • Blue Dome Arts Festival (In The Blue Dome District). Running the same weekend as the critically acclaimed Mayfest. This festival showcases local Tulsa County area artists and lets them show their colors. Parking is limited, so be prepared to walk a few blocks (Middle of May, Same as Mayfest).
  • Conestoga. Oklahoma's largest literary science fiction and fantasy convention. Late July.
  • Cherry Street Farmer's Market (15th and Peoria). Every Saturday 'til the frost is on the pumpkin from about 7AM-11AM.
  • Mayfest (In the middle of Downtown Tulsa). 10AM - 5PM. If you're looking for that Unique Gift or piece of art you can't find elsewhere, You won't go away Empty-handed From here. with artists from all over the country, Mayfest is Truly the Cultural Highpoint of Tulsa's Yearly Calendar. (Middle of May, Same as Blue Dome Arts Festival)
  • Mini-Con. Tulsa's Annual Anime Gathering is getting off the ground again after losing sponsors. Now sponsored by the Tulsa Library System, It is in good hands and could take a few years to get up to par with other conventions around the country. Has film-showings and merchandise sales (Date of Event Varies Year to Year).
  • Tulsa State Fair. At the Expo Fairgrounds (near 21st and Yale). It's the last full week in September. "Funnel cakes" are a tradition.
  • Turkey Mountain. Excellent location for hiking and mountain biking, with lots of side trails to explore. Features great views of Oral Roberts University and Downtown.

Buy[edit]

Tulsa is a city known for being cheap while still maintaining an urban experience that rivals that of most larger cities in the region.

Shops[edit]

  • Mama Trizza's, 1448 S. Delaware Ave. (Midtown), +1 918-743-7687. 11-6 T-F, 10-5 S. An artisan gift shop, representing local and regional artisans. Pottery, glass, jewelry, hand-turned wood, metal sculptures, stained glass, fountains, yard art, and locally made soap and candles are a few of the many unique items available in this charming shop.
  • Wizard's Asylum, 7165 S. Mingo Rd (South Tulsa). Oklahoma's largest selection of rare comics, trade paperbacks, manga, cards, board games and more. Holds regular Magic: The Gathering tournaments on Saturdays.

Stores[edit]

  • Bodean Seafood Market, 3376 E. 51st St (Midtown). One of the best fish markets in Tulsa, sells fish from all over the world.
  • Nam Hai Vietnamese Supermarket, 1924 S. Garnett Rd (East Tulsa). Laid out in what resembles an old IGA Store, Nam Hai is the closest you'll come to the marketplaces of Asia in Tulsa, Just look for the lion out front.

Shopping Centers[edit]

  • The Farm, 5321 S. Sheridan Rd (South Tulsa), +1 918 622-3860. A farm-themed shopping center with some of the more unique shops and restaurants in Tulsa County.
  • Utica Square, Utica and 21st (Midtown), +1 918 742-5531. The very upscale Utica Square has some of the best shopping in Tulsa. The center becomes very festive during the Christmas Season and also throws several events during the course of the year. A must for those with a disposable budget.
  • Tulsa Hills, 71st St South and HWY 75 (SW Tulsa), +1 918. Newest Tulsa Shopping Development

Shopping Malls[edit]

  • 1 The Tulsa Promenade, 4107 S Yale Ave. (Midtown), +1 918 627-9282. M-Tu 9AM-10PM, W 8AM-6PM, Th: Closed. F 8AM-9PM, Sa 10AM-9PM, Su noon-6PM.. Renovated in 2005. The University of Oklahoma is located nearby, and the mall is approximately 2 miles south of the Expo Square, State Fairgrounds and several hotels, all of which provide shuttle service for shoppers.
  • 2 [dead link]Woodland Hills Mall, 7021 S Memorial Dr. (South Tulsa), +1 918 250-1449. M-Sa 10AM-9PM; Su noon-7PM. 2-level, 1.2 million square-foot, super regional shopping center. The center features more than 165 stores, including over 80 stores you won't find anywhere else in Tulsa. Children's play area, a glass elevator and a food court.

Eat[edit]

If you're looking for nicer restaurants, then the major dining corridors can be found along 15th Street South ("Cherry Street") near downtown, along 71st Street South near Woodland Hills Mall, in the Brookside district near midtown, the Blue Dome district, and in the Utica Square shopping area. However, if you want an authentic experience, then you should be looking for good barbecue and regional fast food chains like Taco Bueno. For dessert, head to Braum's for Oklahoma ice cream. This popular regional chain does farm-to-fork dairy products, and refuses to open stores more than 300 miles away from their home farm in Central Oklahoma.

BBQ[edit]

  • Albert G's, 2748 S Harvard Ave. (Midtown), +1 918 747-4700. M-S 11AM-9PM. Tasty BBQ run out of an old gas station.
  • [dead link]Elmer's BBQ, 4130 S. Peoria (Brookside), +1 918 742-6702, e-mail: . T-TH 11AM - 8PM Friday, Sa 11AM - 9PM. This barbecue place is not to be missed, seeing Bill Clinton and other celebrities among its past patrons. "It be bad."
  • Jamil's, 3823 E 51st St (Midtown), +1 918 742-9097. Tulsa's oldest steakhouse. Known for Lebanese style appetizers (Tabouli, hummus, cabbage rolls, etc.) and desserts, along with traditional steakhouse fare.
  • Rib Crib, 1601 S Harvard (Midtown), +1 918 742-2742. Remarkably successful joint from midtown. Opened in '92, but has managed to franchise into 8 states. The original location burned down a few years back, but they rebuilt this in its place.

Fine Dining[edit]

  • Atlas Grill, 415 S Boston Ave. #20 (downtown). Great lunch.
  • The Chalkboard, 1324 S Main (in the Hotel Ambassador, just N of 15th). Fantastic bistro cuisine.
  • Daily Grill, 100 E Second St. (on the main floor of the Downtown Crowne Plaza hotel).
  • The Downtown Buffeteria (formerly Nelson's Buffeteria), 514 S Boston Ave. (Downtown). Famous for chicken-fried steak.
  • Flavors (71st, just W of Sheridan). Excellent chef-owned bistro.
  • Mahogany Prime Steakhouse, 6823 S. Yale Ave. (South Tulsa). Some of the largest and best steaks. Very upscale and some of the best food in town. A great place to take an expense account.
  • Palace Cafe, 1301 East 15th St (Northeast corner of 15th and Peoria), +1 918 582-4321. Lunch Tu-F 11AM-2PM, Dinner Tu-Sa 5PM-10PM, Sunday Brunch-made to order 9AM-2PM. Fine dining restaurant featuring freshly prepared, local cuisine.
  • The Wild Fork, 21st and Utica (inside Utica Square Shopping Center).
  • Polo Grill, 21st and Utica (Inside Utica Square Shopping Center). Consistently Rated Tulsa's Best!

Indian[edit]

  • Desi Wok, 3966 S Hudson Ave. (near I-44 and E 41st St.), +1 918 621-6565. Serves both traditional and fusion Indian / Chinese cuisine. Ask the large Filippino working behind the counter, William, for his "pineapple warrior" special. It's fantastic!
  • India Palace, 6963 S. Lewis (South Tulsa), +1 918 492-8040. This little hole-in-the-wall is probably Tulsa's best Indian restaurant. Try any of the dishes here, you can't go wrong.

Italian[edit]

  • Zio's, (2 Locations) 71st and Mingo, 81st and Lewis. Italian restaurant with very good pasta, family oriented

Japanese[edit]

  • Sushi Train, 3300 E. 51st St (Midtown). Closed Sundays.. Toy train delivers sushi.
  • Fuji, 3739 S. Peoria Ave (Brookside). "Fuji" On Peoria in Brookside. Offers an all-you-can-eat sushi lunch special for $10 a person. Best sushi deal around.
  • Yokozuna, 309 E. 2nd St (Downtown), +1 918-508-7676. M-Th 11AM-10PM; F 11AM-12AM; Sa 5PM-12AM. Yokozuna is an Asian restaurant and sushi bar located in the historic Blue Dome District. Enjoy delicious food, unique drink selections, and relaxing atmosphere in Tulsa's great downtown.

Chinese[edit]

  • Great Wall Restaurant, 7105 South Yale Ave (At the southeast corner of 71st and Yale), +1 918 494-8652. This modest restaurant features a Mongolian-style BBQ, several traditional Chinese dishes as well as contemporary Chinese-American fare, and the best fried rice on the planet. Dinner is served family style with white rice, and dinner entrees cost between $7 and $15. Lunch combos (with fried rice) are available 6 days a week (only excluding Sunday) from 11AM to 3PM and costs between $5 and $8 per meal.

Mexican[edit]

  • Agave Mexican Grill, 8221 U East 61st St (South Tulsa), +1 918 826-8542. A recommendation for any itinerary in South Tulsa.
  • El Rio Verde, 38 North Trenton Ave (North Tulsa), +1 918 592-2555.

Pizza[edit]

  • Hideaway Pizza, (2 Locations) 15th and Cherry Street, 51st and Memorial. Since 1957, Still Oklahoma's Oldest and Best!
  • Pie Hole Pizzeria, 2708 E. 15th St (Central Tulsa). New York Style slices at a good price. Amazing specialty pizzas.
  • Savastano's, E 105th St (Regal Plaza). An "Authentic Chicago Style Pizzeria" and serve the best deep dish pizza in the state. They stay true to Chicago style pizza by making that the theme of the entire restaurant. In the mood for a bar? Check out "The Friendly Confines" on the lower level of the restaurant. Accessible from the parking lot, this is the sports bar section of the restaurant open to anyone until night time when the bar closes to anyone under 21. The bar stays open later then the it's restaurant counterpart on the floor above.
  • Tulsa's Incredible Pizza Company, 8314 E 71st St (South Tulsa), +1 918 294-8671. It has 96,000 square feet and is both a restaurant and amusement park, includes an all-you-can-eat pizza and salad buffet, indoor go-kart races, bumper cars, miniature golf, bowling, and a game arcade.
  • Umberto's Pizza, 3228 E. 21st St (Central Tulsa). Has a "college" atmosphere--not upscale but friendly. Motto: "We toss ‘em, they're awesome." Consistently voted best pizza in Tulsa.

Thai[edit]

  • Bangkok Thai, 3313 E 32nd Pl., +1 918 663-4880. Thai buffet with lots of vegetarian options.
  • Lanna Thai, 7227 S. Memorial Dr (South Tulsa). Thai Food with live band some nights.

Vegetarian/Vegan[edit]

  • Be Le Vegetarian Restaurant, 6634 S Lewis Ave., +1 918 499-1414. Vietnamese and Chinese food made with faux meats and faux fish.
  • Souper Salad, 61st and Memorial (SE corner of the intersection in the shopping center behind Hooters). Not what it used to be.

Drink[edit]

Bars & taverns[edit]

  • 1 Arnie's Bar, 318 E 2nd St. (Blue Dome). Tulsa's Irish Bar Since 1956.
  • 2 The Max Retropub, 114-C S. Elgin Ave. (Blue Dome). 2PM-2AM. Late 80's-early 90's themed bar and arcade, featuring Skeeball and tons of arcade cabinets many Gen X'ers will remember from their childhood. Also featuring gourmet junkfood.

Pubs[edit]

  • 3 Kilkenny's Irish Pub, 1413 E 15th St (Cherry Street), +1 918 582-8282. Has a nice selection of beers, nice atmosphere and good food. Pours the best Guinness. A little more upscale than McNellie's.
  • 4 McNellie's Public House, 409 E 1st St (Blue Dome). An Irish pub with over 60 beers on tap.

Coffee[edit]

  • 5 Cafe Cubana, 1328 E 15th St (Cherry Street).
  • 6 Topeca Coffee, 115 W 5th St (At The Mayo Hotel).
  • 7 Coffee House on Cherry Street (Cherry Street), 1502 E 15th St.
  • 8 DoubleShot Coffee Company, 1730 S Boston Ave (18th & Boston). Local coffee roaster and barista, DoubleShot caters to Tulsa's coffee snobs and neighbourhood residents. Be sure to ask the staff about their trips to origin.
  • 9 Gypsy Coffee House & Cyber Cafe, 303 M.L.K. Jr Blvd (Brady), +1 918 295-2181. 11a-12a. Tulsa only late night coffee house downtown , great desserts and the best espresso.Good deli style food Free wi-fi
  • 11 Java Daves's, 6239 E 15th St.
  • 12 Shades of Brown, 3302 S Peoria Ave (Brookside). Su-Th 8AM-11PM F-Sa 8AM-12PM. Offers quality coffee in a friendly environment. They feature local art on display, with a different artist every month. They also have live music in the evenings.

Music[edit]

  • 13 Crow Creek Tavern, 3534 S. Peoria Ave (Brookside). A popular hangout with the biker crowd, look for the motorcycles lined up front.
  • 14 Mercury Lounge, 1747 S Boston (18th and Boston). Rockabilly music with a $5 beer and shot special.

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

Mid-range[edit]

Splurge[edit]

  • 7 The Mayo Hotel, 115 West 5th St, +1 918 582-6296. Once regarded as the preeminent Tulsa luxury hotel when she opened in 1925, The Mayo Hotel has returned, more brilliant than ever. The Mayo sets a new standard of value, boasting convenient amenities, superior services and an exclusive address in the heart of downtown.

Connect[edit]

Tulsa County has more Wi-Fi spots than anywhere else in Oklahoma (as well as most of the Great Plains), making it a major tech hub in the region. If you need a Wi-Fi link, check into any number of restaurants and cafes and you'll be sure to find one.

  • Central Library is across the street from Denver Station, the central city bus station. There's usually a few free Internet terminals you can use there or at any of the 24 other public libraries.

Stay safe[edit]

Take precautions as you would in any other larger American city. Generally speaking, the areas of Tulsa immediately north and east of downtown have a rough reputation and caution should be taken.

The tornado sirens are tested at noon on Wednesday, but they are not tested if it is rainy, stormy, or very windy. You might want to check the tornado safety page if you are visiting Tulsa. Tornado season is normally in the spring and early summer, but they can occur anytime during the year.

Oklahoma Weather is very harsh on road conditions and road repairs are needed on an almost yearly basis. Please be prepared to slow down or stop for road workers as fines double for accidents in work zones as specified by Oklahoma State Law.

Swimming in the Arkansas River is inadvisable due to the large amounts of pollution and the currents created by the dams near downtown.

The intersections along 71st Street, especially the one at Memorial, are amongst the most dangerous in America. Drive defensively.

Go next[edit]

  • The Frank Lloyd Wright Price Tower and Arts Center is in Bartlesville
  • Oklahoma Aquarium Just south of Tulsa in the suburb of Jenks
  • Renaissance Fair In Muskogee. Last of April and first part of May.
  • Rhema Bible Church Christmas Light Tour in Broken Arrow -- free admission.
  • The cities of Sand Springs, Jenks, Broken Arrow, Owasso, Bixby and Catoosa are all suburbs and part of the Tulsa Metro Area.
  • Claremore, the birthplace and hometown of Will Rogers, is about 30 minutes away. A wonderful museum about Will Rogers is located there.
  • Pawhuska is home to the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. It is also the Tribal Headquarters of the Osage Nation and the county seat of Osage County, Oklahoma.
Routes through Tulsa
Oklahoma CitySapulpa  W I-44.svg E  CatoosaJoplin
SapulpaJenks  W Creek Turnpike.svg E  Broken ArrowCatoosa
EnidSand Springs  W US 64.svg E  BixbyFort Smith
Oklahoma CitySapulpa  W US 66 (historic).svgOklahoma State Highway 66.svg E  CatoosaJoplin
TopekaSkiatook  N US 75.svg S  JenksDallas
Kansas CityOwasso  N US 169.svg S  END
EnidSand Springs  W US 412.svg E  CatoosaSpringdale
StillwaterSand Springs  W Oklahoma State Highway 51.svg E  Broken ArrowMuskogee via Muskogee Turnpike


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