OKG Eat: Drink quirky, OKC! 

You can get a beer almost anywhere, but for an experience, you need a bar. Here are some of OKC’s quirkiest and most interesting watering holes.

— By Greg Elwell, Photos by Mark Hancock and Garett Fisbeck

Josh Palmer poses for a photo at Wilshire Gun in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Josh Palmer poses for a photo at Wilshire Gun in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015.

Wilshire Gun

615 W. Wilshire Blvd.

wilshiregun.com

608-4999

Get locked and then loaded at Wilshire Gun, which combines all the fun of firearms and firewater under one roof. If the prospect of tipsy trigger fingers worries you, the owners have that figured out. All guns are locked up before drinks are poured, and an ID scan means once the bottle is popped, pistols are done popping for the rest of the day.

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Cookie’s

2304 N. Western Ave.

521-9004

If you’re a star without a stage, then take a friend and head to Cookie’s, where karaoke is on the menu every night. Or maybe don’t take a friend — the bar only holds about 50 people, and that’s packing them in like singing sardines. While the bar is full-service, it does not, sadly, serve actual cookies.

People dance at Groovys in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • People dance at Groovys in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015.

Groovy’s

5705 Mosteller Drive

842-9248

Please look behind you. Is there a groove thing attached? If you answered yes, please report to Groovy’s, where the dance floors are full of rump-shakers and hot-steppers. With a soundtrack that ranges from the ’70s to the ’90s, it’s popular with a slightly more mature demographic but welcomes anybody looking to dance the night away.

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Alibis

1200 N. Pennsylvania Ave.

605-3795

Alibis serves a diverse crowd, which means there’s a little something for everyone. Or a lot of something if you order one of its famous Seven Deadly Sins Fish Bowls. At 80 oz., these are definitely drinks meant to share. If bar games are your thing, try your hand at beer pong on Monday nights.

Owner Larry Jenkins with a Stella Artois draft on the patio at the So Fine Club.  mh
  • Owner Larry Jenkins with a Stella Artois draft on the patio at the So Fine Club. mh

So Fine Eatery & Pub

733 NW Fourth St.

236-2222

There are plenty of characters at So Fine Eatery & Pub, but none quite so ornery as owner Larry Jenkins. The veteran barman has a thousand stories to tell, though they might be hard to hear once the karaoke starts or fans gather to watch a Thunder game. And keep your eye on its Twitter feed (@SoFineOKC) to find out when the next limbo contest begins.

Robert Freeman rides a mechanical bull at Moonshiners in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Robert Freeman rides a mechanical bull at Moonshiners in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015.

Moonshiners Music House

119 E. California Ave.

moonshinersokc.com

235-7625

Live music fans will love aptly named Moonshiners Music House, where the walls are shaking with a steady stream of up-and-coming country acts. Open Thursday through Saturday (and into the wee hours of Sunday), this raucous dancehall serves up food from Hooters and drinks that would make a mountain man swoon.

Steve "Shorty" Short poses for a photo at Wilshire Club in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Steve "Shorty" Short poses for a photo at Wilshire Club in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015.

Wilshire Club

2917 W. Wilshire Blvd.

842-9151

If you’re looking for a daiquiri, keep going. Wilshire Club is an old-school, cash-only bar that has been in the same family since 1958. There are no “blender frou-frou” drinks on the premises, but if you’re looking for a place to play pool, smoke and dance to the jukebox, it has got you covered.

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