Margarita Island & Cantina
8135 N.W. 10th
A fellow Gazetteer likes the libations of Margarita Island. Import and domestic beer and mixed drinks — frozen and on the rocks — abound. There’s a patio, smoking is allowed inside and you won’t want to miss the fire pit.
2601 Northwest Expressway
This iconic Oklahoma City haunt has long been a favorite of state legislators and business bigwigs. If politics and commerce aren’t your thing, but brandy is, make a special trip for its signature Brandy Ice.
317 N.W. 23rd
For those who prefer a nonsmoking environment, said one tobacco-free colleague, try the Stump Jumper at Grandad’s: a shot of Old Grand-Dad whiskey and a Coors Banquet beer. And many local brews are on tap.
427 S.W. Grand
For one of our staffers, nothing says summer like Chelino’s patio and a Tecate “in the large frosted goblets with salt and lime.” Not craving ice-cold brew? Chelino’s has margarita enthusiasts covered, too.
Blu Fine Wine & Food
201 S. Crawford, Norman
For one Gazette team member, this place hits the spot “because it’s a fun atmosphere and easy on the wallet.” Don’t be intimidated by the name. The wine list is divided into six categories, or choose a flight to sample several wines.
Red Piano Lounge
1 Park Ave.
Skirvin Hilton Hotel
Visit the bar in the Skirvin Hilton Hotel for the Great Scott. Consisting of gin and chopped cucumber, it is, in the words of a Gazette vet, “a great summer drink.” Oh, and be sure to cruise the expansive martini menu.
Mama Roja’s Mexican Kitchen
9219 Lake Hefner
One of the newest Gazette staffers chooses Mama Roja’s Perfect Margarita as her adult beverage of choice — “for the view and the whole shaker full of margarita.” For the tequila-timid, opt for the house-made sangria.
Photos by Shannon Cornman, Mark Hancock and Heather Brown