Downtown Tulsa Offers Action this Fall


The heat of summer has passed and now we can enjoy cooler temperatures. Thank God! The weather change is a welcomed relief, considering how sizzlin’ hot this past summer was in Green Country.

The autumn season is my favorite time of the year, and I suppose it is because I was born in the fall, a Libra baby. It’s the perfect weather to get outside with friends and loved ones on the weekends and even hang out after work with colleagues.

Surprisingly enough, there are plenty of activities all over T-Town, from RiverWalk, Brookside to Cherry Street and in downtown Tulsa, where there are lots of new places taking shape. New eateries and bars are springing up downtown as well as in the Brady District. One of my favorite new eateries in the Brady Arts District is Hey Mambo, Italiano, 114 N. Boston Ave., 918-508-7000. The reviews are in and everyone agrees: it’s a stylish new restaurant and the food is awesome. I am also a fan of Joe Momma’s Pizzeria, at 112 S. Elgin Ave., 918-794-6563. It is a convenient location for Tulsa’s urban dwellers and visitors. You can also catch the Zoots band performing on most Friday nights. Next door is the new hot spot, Max’s Retropub, great bar and lots of old school games, including my favorite, Pac Man. Trust me, in a few short years, we’ll all be downtown, because it will be the happening place for Tulsans to hang out.

For entertainment we already have incredible venues for all types of audiences and all types of music: the Center, the , the Jazz Depot, Cain’s Ballroom, Drillers Baseball Stadium and the Brady Theatre. Don’t forget many of our music and arts festivals take place downtown as well.

Before old man winter rolls in, take some time to enjoy this amazing weather, and take a stroll around Brady and Main Street or drive to the Brady District and come downtown to enjoy all the new happenings. Some of the happening spots include The Hunt Club Pub and Grill located at 224 N. Main; the Marquee next door at 222 N. Main.

The popular Studio 112, a very cool spot for wedding receptions, corporate parties and special events is in the same block, and on the next block where Cain’s Ballroom is located, you can hang out at the Crystal Pistol Saloon at 417 N. Main; the Sound Pony Lounge is also a popular haven for downtowners at 409 N. Main. Another unique visit downtown in the Brady District can land you in Chrysalis Spa located at 7 E. Brady St., for massage, facial treatments, wax treatments, salon services and so much more. A couple of cool art galleries are on Brady as well.

For the upcoming holiday season, plan on spending quality time downtown for WinterFEST, sponsored by the Center. This year’s holiday celebration looks to be even bigger and more spectacular, with entertainment venues, churches and restaurants participating in the downtown holiday festival. Of course, there will be plenty of ice-skating and lots of great music. Stay tuned for specific information to follow about WinterFEST 2010 in next month’s column.

Indeed, downtown Tulsa continues to grow and blossom, so enjoy the autumn weather downtown and visit the Brady District too. As a matter of fact, you have a personal invitation to come and visit the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame (the Jazz Depot) at First St. and Cincinnati for our Autumn Concerts on Sunday afternoons at 5 p.m. For more information, call the Hall at 918-281-8600 or visit online at

Nov. 14 – Ryan and Ryan Piano Duo
Jazz Hall inductee, piano icon Donald Ryan and his son, Barron Ryan hit center stage at the Jazz Depot with their fantastic piano duet concert. The Ryans have been invited back due to their overwhelming response from last season. The duo will play your favorite jazz standards and a bit of ragtime as well. Mark your calendars, as you will want to see these amazing artists in action.

Updated 11-12-2010

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