In honor of the 27th anniversary of OKC Pride and how far Oklahoma City has come in accepting everyone, put something fabulous in your mouth. If you possess an open mind and, even better, an open wallet, open up and say, “Pride!”
2200 NW 40th St.
You could say this bar is nestled in the Habana Inn, but “nestled” is far too subtle a word to describe the industrial-grade light and sound that happen in one of the oldest dance clubs in the district. With a huge dance floor, cozy nooks and crannies to spend some more personal time and weekly events from Wednesday Karaoke to Sunday Open Talent Night, this club serves up good times and delicious drinks every night of the week.
2125 NW 39th St.
The best word to describe this place is “cozy.” Don’t get us wrong; this is definitely a hopping night spot. It’s a great place to start and end your night — just relaxed enough for comfort, with plenty of eye and ear candy to keep you stimulated. The staff is friendly, and the drinks are top-notch. You might just end up spending more time here than you planned, especially when you discover the private patio.
2201 NW 39th St.
It’s big and dark, and you can definitely lose track of time. This casual bar caters to all types of people — as long as you’re friendly. There are pool tables, darts and drag shows. It’s cash-only, so remember to hit the ATM first. The high-octane cocktails are absolutely not messing around. Grab a few here before going out to shake your moneymaker. Or get out of the sun during Pride Weekend and enjoy the mellow atmosphere.
The Boom Boom Room
2218 NW 39th St.
We don’t know how they do it, and we don’t care. The Boom Boom Room, or “The Boom” if you’re in the know, has some of the best nightlife Oklahoma City has to offer. It is a full-service restaurant and bar where the food is exceptional. It’s also a cabaret and a dinner theater and hosts a Sunday Gospel Brunch. If you can get a table, a little spiritual experience on a Sunday morning never hurt anybody.
Partners 4 Club
2805 NW 36th St.
Located right up the street from the 39th Street district proper, it’s still close enough to be a kissing cousin. There is a large dance floor, several pool tables and nightly entertainment including black light parties and drag shows. Bring your dancing shoes and have a cocktail or two. Make sure you enjoy the local talent — there is lots of it!
1200 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
There do seem to be a lot of bars in OKC that focus on the male side of business when it comes to mingling spots. This bar, although open to all, has been traditionally ladycentric. It’s a great neighborhood bar with friendly faces and theme nights. Game night and free jukebox night are just a few. It has dubbed itself Oklahoma City’s most diverse bar, and it takes pride in being a little oasis in a sea of dance clubs.
2200 NW 39th St.
This little gem is located right next to The Copa in the Habana Inn and could be that bar’s opposite twin. It is much smaller, with dimly lit tables and delicious martinis. If you end up hungry, you can order some food from Gushers, or if you get restless, you can get your dance on next door at The Copa. It’s a great place to kick back and relax.
— photos by Mark Hancock, Shannon Cornman and Lauren Hamilton