As an Oklahoma native, a lot of people from around the world ask me “What exactly is there to do in Oklahoma?” One of my favorite places is Tulsa, the second-largest city in the state. Here’s a historical fun fact: it has been dubbed the “Oil Capital of the World” because of its role as one of the most essential hubs for the oil industry in America. Because of the University of Tulsa, college students and young professionals make up a big chunk of the city’s population. With its thriving music and arts scene as well as its vibrant nightlife and affordable cost of living, Tulsa has a lot to offer twenty-somethings.
Restaurants/Bars To Check Out:
Looking for a bar with a ridiculous amount of beer? You’ve come to the right place. McNellies is known for its collection of local beer, giving you the chance to try some of the craft beer that Oklahoma has to offer. Oh, and they serve $5 burgers.
If you’re a pizza lover like me, this place is must. Owned by the Bausch brothers, originally from Avellino, Italy, the chefs here know how to make an authentic Italian meal. They don’t serve pizza by the slice, but give you the option of three different pie sizes to accommodate your group or party.
For those of you who prefer a healthier dining option, this café is known for its vegan and vegetarian-friendly options. Try one of my personal favorites, the BBQ Tofu sandwich with a side of hummus and carrots. Don’t forget to try one of their fresh fruit juice or homemade ginger brews.
Spots To Visit:
Brady Arts District
One of the hottest districts for young people, the Guthrie Green lawn hosts events such as Food Truck Wednesdays and First Friday Art Crawls. If you explore further, you will find a number of local restaurants and shops. Want to grab some coffee? Stop by Gypsy’s Coffee House. Cain’s Ballroom, The Brady Theater and The Vanguard are popular venues that host concerts consisting of local and nationally known musicians.
The Philbrook Art Museum
Formerly an Italian Renaissance villa in the 1920s, the space has been transformed into an art museum that houses works from all over the world, including Pablo Picasso. There is even a beautiful garden where you can walk around or just lounge while reading a good book. In the Brady Arts District, there is a smaller branch called Philbrook Downtown which features Native American art.
The Center of the Universe
This is a concrete circle located in the middle of town, eight feet in diameter. What makes it so special? If you stand in the center of it and yell, your voice becomes extremely distorted. Until this day, not a lot of people know what causes this effect. It’s one of the world’s mysterious anomalies and Tulsa’s main attractions.
Other than the oil and aerospace industries, Tulsa has been called the best city for young entrepreneurs, so for all you twenty-somethings planning to start your own businesses, consider making a move to this part of the country!