Entertainment

Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club, Best 18 Holes (OKC)
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18 Holes

Any golfer worth her or his weight in gold clubs wants to play at these top courses around Oklahoma. In Tulsa, readers voted for the exclusive Southern Hills Country Club and its championship course, host of seven major championships. Other popular choices are Cherokee Hills Golf Course in Catoosa, designed by renowned architect Perry Maxwell in 1924, and two Broken Arrow facilities: Forest Ridge Golf Club, and The Golf Club of Oklahoma with its Tom Fazio-designed championship layout. Also favored are three other Broken Arrow spots: Cedar Ridge Country Club and its family-oriented facilities, Battle Creek Golf Club with its beautiful greens and friendly service, and The Club at Indian Springs and its two beautiful courses.

Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club’s signature venue garnered votes in the OKC metro. Gaillardia Golf and Country Club’s elegance and tradition are unmatched, and Lake Hefner Golf Club’s two challenging, enjoyable courses rank among the best for our readers.

Art Gallery

These thought-provoking art galleries are the best in the state. In Tulsa, M.A. Doran Gallery’s contemporary exhibits, Royce Myers Art Ltd. and its destination gallery and showroom for residential and commercial clients, and Joseph Gierek Fine Art’s contemporary gallery are among the readers’ choices.

In OKC, JRB Art at the Elms has a diverse roster of emerging, established and internationally exhibited artists. [Artspace] at Untitled always has free exhibitions with stimulating content. The Howell Gallery of Fine Art presents original art by nationally and regionally recognized artists, along with exciting works by emerging artists.

O Bar, Best Bar (OKC)
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Bar

Whether knocking back a brewski with pals or going on a date, our readers know the best bars to visit around town. In Tulsa, Hodges Bend’s unprecedented service from baristas, sommeliers and bartenders stands out. Valkyrie’s location in the thriving Tulsa Arts District, plus unique craft cocktails, makes it another favorite for Tulsans. Trey’s Bar and Grill and its distinctive slant on a bar and grill keeps customers coming back for more, and McNellie’s Pub’s brewery-style bar place them firmly among the Tulsa favorites.

In OKC, O Bar, atop the iconic Ambassador Hotel, boasts a rooftop bar and terrace, with incredible views, delectable drinks and small bites. Sidecar Barley & Wine Bar’s patio also boasts amazing views, plus the joint offers wine on tap. Lumpy’s Sports Grill and its three hopping locations are much loved.

Choctaw Casino and Resort Durant, Best Casino (OKC)
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Casino

Luxury and winning couldn’t be more entertaining than at Oklahoma casinos and their resort-quality destinations, music venues and gaming floors. The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa is a Cherokee Nation business featuring The Joint, which brings world-famous entertainment to the stage. The Creek Nation’s River Spirit Casino Resort has brought a little slice of paradise to Tulsa. The Osage Casino boasts the Osage Event Center plus tables upon tables of gaming to enjoy. The Downstream Casino Resort, built by the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, is an upscale, state-of-the-art entertainment center.

The Choctaw Casino and Resort Durant is far from ordinary and keeps you entertained all night long. The Chickasaw Nation’s Riverwind Casino is often called OKC’s most rewarding casino. The Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Grand Casino Hotel and Resort and its luxurious facilities and Chickasaw Nation’s WinStar World Casino and Resort are also top reader picks.

Cinema/Movie Theater

Action, adventure and romance are just three reasons to enjoy a movie, and these theaters are the best in the state, our readers say. The Warren Theatre Broken Arrow 18 includes its director’s suite, restaurant and bar, and comfortable seating. Circle Cinema is Tulsa’s nonprofit, independent theater with films you won’t find anywhere else, and Cinemark Tulsa is known for its stadium seating and crisp IMAX screen.

Warren Theatre, Best Cinema/Movie Theater (Tulsa, OKC)
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In OKC, the Warren Theatre Moore 17 & IMAX is a popular option with luxury amenities. The AMC Penn Square Mall 10’s power recliners are a popular pick, and Harkins Bricktown Cinemas 16 reportedly has the best popcorn in town.

The Zoo Amphitheatre, Best Concert Venue (OKC) Photo by Tyler Raye

Concert Venue

Entertainment often centers around music in Oklahoma, which has spawned the careers of many superstars. In Tulsa, a favorite venue is the BOK Center, which has brought in stars such as George Strait, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and Bruno Mars within the last year. Cain’s Ballroom, the extraordinarily popular, historic venue, remains a top readers’ pick year after year. The Brady Theater, where some of music’s greatest stars have graced the stage since 1914, is another favorite in Tulsa.

The best OKC venues include the Chesapeake Energy Arena, which attracts plenty of big name concerts and is the home of the Oklahoma City Thunder; The Zoo Amphitheatre, an outdoor venue with acts such as John Fogerty and ZZ Top, Kesha and Paramore; and the Civic Center Music Hall, featuring such artists as Vince Gill, who performs in August.

Tulsa Drillers, Best Family Night Out (Tulsa), Best Professional Sports Team (State)
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Family Night Out

Family time is sacred, and our readers have chosen the top places to spend those moments. They enjoy America’s pastime at any Tulsa Drillers Baseball Game. They can find fun, family activity at the FlyingTee, where they can tee off, eat dinner and play games. Main Event Entertainment offers bowling, billiards and laser tag and was a readers’ choice in both Tulsa and OKC. Tulsa’s Incredible Pizza Company is also a much sought-after place to play with a buffet, games, race cars and bowling.

In OKC, sport enthusiasts like to take their families to any Oklahoma City Thunder Game. For dining, golf and fun, OKC readers choose Topgolf.

Happy Hour

Oklahomans enjoy their happy hours for relaxation and cocktails at a thrifty price. In Tulsa, in the raw offers daily specials from 3 to 6 p.m., plus friendly service and delicious food. The R Bar & Grill comes with a beautiful deck and several 60-inch, plasma-screen televisions, and The Wine Loft is where many choose to spend their happy hours for the drinks and deals.

In OKC, the Sidecar Barley & Wine Bar is one place where readers love to spend the afternoon. Henry Hudson’s Pub has a late-night “snackin’” happy hour, and Lumpy’s Sports Grill has a Happy Hour Taco Bar.

Hotel

Only the best hotels – with high-end furnishings and impeccable reputations – will do for our readers. In Tulsa, The Mayo Hotel offers elegance with a modern twist, while the Ambassador Hotels in both Tulsa and OKC let you revel in luxury. The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa is well-known for its high-quality accommodations, and The Campbell Hotel is a much-loved 26-room boutique hotel for a unique night in.

The Colcord Hotel is in the first skyscraper constructed in downtown OKC and is a popular choice for our readers. The Skirvin Hilton Hotel is situated near Bricktown and sporting venues. The 21C Museum Hotel offers boutique-style accommodations paired with a contemporary art museum, and the Renaissance Waterford Oklahoma City Hotel is the height of sophistication to make your night away perfect.

Tulsa Greek Festival, Best Local Festival (Tulsa)
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Local Festival

Oklahomans love a good festival; from the food to the entertainment, they have a discerning eye for fun. In Tulsa, the Linde Oktoberfest, one of the favorites, celebrates authentic Bavarian culture. The Tulsa Greek Festival features music, dancing, shopping and food that readers can’t resist, and Tulsa International Mayfest never fails to attract thousands for art, music, food and fun.

In OKC, the highly esteemed Red Earth Festival promotes the rich traditions of American Indian arts and culture. The Paseo Arts Festival fills the historic Paseo Arts District and draws more than 60,000 people each year, and the DeadCENTER Film Festival is the largest film fest in Oklahoma and showcases the works of both international and local film makers.

Local TV Station

News, weather and sports are brought to us through our favorite TV stations. KJRH Channel 2 is Greater Tulsa’s multimedia watchdog, striving to make our communities a better place to live. KOTV Channel 6’s much-loved anchors and meteorologists keep viewers tuned in. KTUL Channel 8 brightens everyone’s day with Good Day Tulsa in the morning.

In OKC, KOCO Channel 5 helps viewers stay weather- and traffic-wise throughout the day. KFOR Channel 4 brings dependable news and interesting stories to viewers, and KWTV Channel 9 is always “on the scene, on the story.”

Museum

Focused on collecting, preserving and presenting history and artworks, Oklahoma museums have plenty of fans. In Tulsa, the Philbrook Museum of Art, with its breathtaking gardens and art exhibits, is a choice destination. The Gilcrease Museum is one of the best facilities for the preservation and study of American art and history, and the Tulsa Air and Space Museum offers an “out-of-this-world experience” to visitors.

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art features inspiring exhibits, classes and lectures for visitors. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum is a premier institution of Western history, art and culture. At the University of Oklahoma in Norman are the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History.

Night Out Without the Kids

If you want some excitement without the little ones in tow, Oklahoma has some fun options. In Tulsa, you could catch a concert at the BOK Center or enjoy the many activities available to you at Main Event Entertainment. You could also toss down some beer and bowling balls at Dust Bowl Lanes and Lounge in Tulsa or OKC.

In OKC, you might have an elegant dinner at Vast or take in your favorite sporting event after dinner in Bricktown – either way, it’s time to get a babysitter.

Oklahoma Weekend Getaway Destination

The state’s natural beauty makes it simple and ideal to load up the car and take a road trip any weekend of the year. In northeastern Oklahoma, readers say Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees is a beautiful place for camping and fishing. In the southeast, Beavers Bend State Park on the shores of Broken Bow Lake and the banks of the Mountain Fork River is another favorite destination for both Tulsa and OKC. The Arbuckle Mountains are a popular place to visit with their beautiful scenery. Turner Falls and its 77-foot waterfall is a popular trip. Tenkiller Ferry Lake is Oklahoma’s clear-water paradise, and Medicine Park near Fort Sill features hiking, Bath Lake and an aquarium.

Place to See and Be Seen

If you want to be part of the hip crowd, these are the places to go. In Tulsa, shopping at Utica Square is a must-do for its dynamic mixture of fine dining, shopping and family fun. Guthrie Green, where “Tulsa comes together,” is another great place to be with its outdoor concerts, performances and fitness classes. The First Friday Art Crawl in the Tulsa Arts District draws thousands of visitors, artists and street musicians, and RiverWalk Crossing in Jenks is great for playing, shopping and dining.

In OKC, you can’t miss being seen at an Oklahoma City Thunder Game, and Vast is where you go for fine dining and a chance to dress in your finest. The Paseo Arts District is another must-visit with its artists, restaurants, boutiques and live music.

Professional Sports Team

Oklahomans cheer our favorites all the way to the end – no fair weather fans here. The Oklahoma City Thunder is one of the readers’ favorites – so much so that basketball fans showed up at the airport to greet them after the season ended … at 4 a.m. The double-A Tulsa Drillers are another favorite and draw plenty of baseball fans to ONEOK Field in the historic Greenwood District downtown. The triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers play at Bricktown Ballpark in the heart of town and have also captured the hearts, and votes, of our readers.

Pub/Brewery

Oklahoma has a vast array of homegrown breweries and comfortable pubs. Among readers’ favorites in Tulsa are McNellie’s Pub, a brewery-style bar serving classic pub grub and more than 350 beers; Marshall Brewing Company with its goal to bring the art, quality and enjoyment of craft brewing to the table; and Prairie Brewpub in the historic Tulsa Arts District with plenty of local beers on tap.

OKC’s best includes Bricktown Brewery with its local craft beers and great food; Republic Gastropub, bridging the gap between beer bar and upscale eatery; and COOP Ale Works, dedicated to brewing with the greatest attention to quality.

Stop on the Radio Dial

We tap our fingers on the steering wheel, bob our heads and sing along to our favorite tunes (or shout at our favorite sports shows) on our favorite stations. In Tulsa, 106.9 K-HITS is one of the much-loved stations featuring top 40 hits, 1430 AM KTBZ The Buzz brings us all the sports news we need, and 94.1 KXOJ fills our contemporary Christian music needs.

In OKC, listeners love 98.9 KYIS-FM for hits from the 1990s to now, 92.5 KOMA gives listeners their classic hits, and 88.9 KYLV is a top contemporary Christian music station.

Wedding or Party Venue

Choosing the perfect location to take your vows with the love of your life, or the premier party place to celebrate your graduation is easy with these local venues. In Tulsa, readers say The Mayo Hotel’s Crystal Ballroom, Grand Hall and Penthouse are to die for and will be the talk of the town after your event. The Dresser Mansion’s Italian Renaissance style is a lavish setting perfect for a variety of occasions. Also favored is the Tulsa Garden Center, in the historic Snedden Mansion in Woodward Park, with beautiful views. Tulsa Botanic Garden’s floral terraces are can’t-miss and add the perfect ambiance to your day. Another top choice in the Tulsa metro is Spain Ranch, a venue with a rustic white barn.

In OKC, the Devon Boathouse’s soaring spaces are sure to impress. Myriad Botanical Gardens’ lush scenery make bridal dreams come true and offer a unique space for your event. The Chickasaw Retreat & Conference Center, a luxurious natural facility, is another top pick for our OKC readers. Southwind Hills, a secluded, scenic venue, gives party-goers breathtaking vistas to enjoy. For a unique experience, readers voted for the Oklahoma City Zoo Salt & Surrey Catering and its spectacular setting to host parties in a variety of settings, even “underwater.” Big Creek Events’ scenic farmland garnered votes from our readers, and Remington Park Racing & Casino gives your event an exciting and distinctive edge.

Winery

These wineries are among the best Oklahoma has to offer. Whispering Vines Vineyards & Winery, south of downtown Tulsa, offers tours and an adopt-a-plant program, followed by a harvest party each year. Silvertop Farm & Vineyards, near Ponca City, features two farm houses, seven barns, grain bins, cattle pens, Shropshire and Hampshire sheep, pecan groves, hunting and fishing, in addition to the beautiful winery.

Waters Edge Winery in OKC features more than 50 different wines and varietals. Strebel Creek Vineyard in northwest OKC is a 100-year-old barn turned into a winery and gift shop, and Put a Cork in It Winery is in OKC’s Bricktown and provides friendly service and tasty products to taste.

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