Good old Arnie's Bar, a Fashionably seedy pub and a Tulsa institution. First opened by Arnie Simmons in 1956 on 15th Street, it is now located at 2nd and Elgin, literally next door to the old Blue Dome service station and across the street from the Blue Dome Diner. I used to go there back in the late 1960s and early 1970s when I was a grad student at TU and could get over in the evening after a class. I didn't have the time to be a regular although I think I would have enjoyed that. It is what is known as a shotgun bar, long and narrow with a bar along one side and tables in the back. The idea being that if you stuck a shotgun in the front door and pulled the trigger you would probably hit every one in the place. Arnie had a huge collection of jazz stored on 7 inch reels of recording tape. If you asked to listen to something in particular he would growl that he didn't take requests but 15 or 20 minutes later you would hear what you asked for. Arnie had character, and he ran a good clean bar that was a pretty laid back place except for St. Patrick's Day when all bets were off. My drinking days are over but I understand it is still a great place for a cold beer, some decent music, and a congenial crowd. There is an interesting history of the place you can read HERE.
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