Tulsa’s Hidden Gems
Whether it’s a lesser known piece of Tulsa, a hole-in-the-wall, or just extremely quirky, one thing’s for sure: these 40 Tulsa gems aren’t for everyone, but that’s what makes them so special. Read on to find out where you can experience the locally-known Tulsa.
An eccentric house with a bootlegging past.
Bull in the Alley
Cosmopolitan chophouse & tavern turning out elevated American fare in smart surroundings.
Tulsa’s one-and-only independent/art-house cinema. Check out their $2 Tuesdays!
Tacos Don Francisco
Quaint and authentic mexican restaurant that is open 7 days a week and late into the night to satiate your cravings. No part of the animal goes to waste as there are 9 different choices of meat for the street tacos!
Downtown Underground Tunnels
Under the hustle and bustle of downtown Tulsa lies a system of escape routes for the oil barons of yore.
White River Fish Market
Fresh seafood fare in a family-style, informal setting. Located right next to the airport, it’s a great spot to catch a quick bite whether you’re visiting or leaving Tulsa.
Center of the Universe
Climb the pedestrian bridge to witness the sonic vortex of mystery.
Submerge your worries for the evening in this cozy and casual underground bar.
Linnaeus Teaching Gardens
An intimate and serene garden oasis complete with a koi pond.
The Starlite (Dive Bar)
A classy dive bar right off Route 66 serving lively libations and a variety of regular events.
Local Ramen bar in downtown Tulsa with boba tea and veggie options.
Tulsa Spirit Tour
Trek through Tulsa’s haunted history…but beware of the spirits that might still roam…
The Fur Shop
An expansive dive bar with a punk aesthetic hosting a variety of both indoor and outdoor local music events. What it lacks in paint it more than makes up for in character & community.
Shuffles: Board Game Cafe
A board game-centric cafe, this spot is great hangout spot for families in the day and adults in the evening.
Pollos Asados al Carbon Food Truck
Try their 5 tacos for $5 deal; it’s unbeatable. They can be found right behind Fairfellow Coffee Roasters in Kendall Whittier Square whose coffee makes for a good post-taco dessert.
Also located in Kendall Whittier neighborhood, pair Pancho Anaya’s pastries with your coffee and tacos for the ultimate trifecta of deliciousness…Their pastries are as cheap as they are delicious!
The former creative space of the renowned Leon Russell, a pioneer of the Tulsa Sound.
Boston Title & Abstract
A well hidden speakeasy. Shhhhh….
Fulton St. Books & Coffee
A space created with you in mind, centered around the stories, narratives, and lived experiences of people of color and marginalized communities.
Kitschy tiki lounge featuring tropical drinks & a patio with city views in a casual ambiance.
Indie bookstore with a focus on small publishing houses, diverse titles, #ownvoices authors, and under-the-radar releases. On the right day you might even catch a local music performance.
The Local Bison
Neighborhood kitchen & bar serving some Okie favorites and modern takes on classic cocktails. Vegan-friendly.
El Rio Verde
Simply the best wet burrito in the midwest.
Zipline Canopy Tour at PostOak Lodge
Soar over 10 football fields worth of treetops! Thrill-seekers only.
The Max Retropub
Relive the 80’s with no judgement in this retropub sporting several retro arcade games. The kids are away so the adults can play.
Pie Hole Pizzeria
Order New York Style pizza by the pie or by the slice in a casual setting.
Korean-ish food. Fancy-ish drinks. Catch these refreshments across from the Church Studio!
The Escape Tulsa
Do you love Tulsa? We’re sure you do. If you don’t ever want to leave, go here!
A perfect pre-concert refreshment, you can try their gourmet coffee and tea right across from the BOK Center. We recommend their boba tea!
Laffa Medi-Eastern Restaurant & Bar
Middle Eastern cuisine served in a lofty, stone-walled bistro with a bar. Located in the Tulsa Arts District.
Breathing life into the deco district, Elote has always brought a crowd with Salsafest, Chihuahua races, Pop-up shops, Chalkfest, and of course, Elote’s famous Luchadores. But even though the Luchadores have temporarily hung up their suits in pandemic times, you will not be disappointed by Elote’s food, including their vegan-friendly options!
OSU Tulsa Gateway Tower
Simply one of the best views of Tulsa. ‘Nuff said. Best paired after a visit to the Greenwood Cultural Center.
Lone Wolf Banh Mi
Banh Mi, Kimchi Fries, Fried Rice. Even lone wolves gotta eat. Best enjoyed with your pack, though.
The Hunt Club
Enjoy a drink and snack in their outdoor patio area! Almost always local talent playing.
Burn Co BBQ
They don’t fool around. Limited hours and only served until the food is gone so you know it’s fresh. They have several award-winning pitmasters. Go. Go now!
Angry Axe (axe throwing attraction)
Need to blow off some steam? Live out your Lord of the Rings Fantasies? Angry Axe is the place. Just…please don’t bring your axe murderer relatives.
Route 66 Historic Village
A great experience for fans of the Mother Road! This open air museum possesses a restored Frisco 4500 Steam Engine, passenger car, caboose, and oil derrick.
La Roma Pizza
There’s just nowhere else where you can get a delicious falafel and a delicious pizza.
River Parks Disc Golf
Long, open course running along the Arkansas River. Just don’t lose your frisbee in the water!
Recognized as one of the best bar teams on worldly lists, Valkyrie is the real deal. ‘Playfully serving serious drinks’, you can even have a drink made to your taste here.
Prost! 8 Ways to Still Celebrate Oktoberfest in Tulsa
When the news hit, it was devastating. Linde Oktoberfest enthusiasts around the country mourned the cancellation of the Tulsa festival that has become revered as one of the best in the nation. Steins were taken off of the shelves to be filled with tears instead of beer. Lederhosen returned to the back of the closet […]
Keep it a Bean: Tulsa Has the Hottest Coffee Scene
There are coffee enthusiasts, and then there are cafe enthusiasts in this world. There’s some overlap, for sure, but when it comes to cafes, you either go for the coffee or you go for the atmosphere. Luckily for you, Tulsa has one of the best coffee scenes in the midwest. Whether you’re looking to stare […]
The 13 Attractions (and 1 Buffalo Man) Featured in Our Tulsa Safely Ad Series
Have you heard about the new Tulsa Safely unveiling? If not, take a peek! Attractions all over town are making a commitment to abide by CDC and Tulsa Health Department guidelines to ensure that you can still have fun while visiting Tulsa safely. We want you to have a glimpse into what living life on […]