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Cain's isn't just a place to go in Tulsa, it's THE place to go in Tulsa—at least where live music is concerned. An unknown musician named Bob Wills got his start here in 1935, and continued to rock the house on a regular basis for the next seven years while earning the title "The King of Western Swing." Cain's was also one of the few U.S. venues where the Sex Pistols ever played, and you can still see the hole punched in the wall by Sid Vicious—it's been framed for posterity. That's quite a history. Cain's is still a top choice of touring bands and music lovers who love the authentic dance-hall ambiance, great acoustics, cheap drinks and original wood dance floor.

James E. McNellie's Public House

Neighborhood: Downtown

Exposed brick walls and old wooden floors give this Irish pub more than a little atmosphere. Thanks to its location in a charmingly dilapidated brick building, McNellie's feels like the kind of place that's been around for a hundred years, although it just opened in 2004. Authenticity is an important foundation for any proper pub, but even more important is the beer, and McNellie's doesn't let you down there, either. They have over 350 kinds of beer from all over the world, from Lindeman's Framboise to Franziskaner Hefeweizen to Coop's Horny Toad. Most fun of all are the regional flights that let you taste five different brews at a time so you can pick your favorite.

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Crow Creek Tavern

Neighborhood: Brookside

"Let's play biker bar!" Crow Creek Tavern tries to act tough, but the Harleys parked outside are more likely to belong to a paunchy middle manager living out some secret dream than to an actual biker gang. In other words, you don't really have to worry about anything too serious going down here, but you can find live music, a decent beer menu (hooray for Shiner Bock, Guinness and Harp on draft) and a selection of bar food in case you get desperate—er, hungry.

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Cain's Ballroom

Neighborhood: Downtown

Cain's isn't just a place to go in Tulsa, it's THE place to go in Tulsa—at least where live music is concerned. An unknown musician named Bob Wills got his start here in 1935, and continued to rock the house on a regular basis for the next seven years while earning the title "The King of Western Swing." Cain's was also one of the few U.S. venues where the Sex Pistols ever played, and you can still see the hole punched in the wall by Sid Vicious—it's been framed for posterity. That's quite a history. Cain's is still a top choice of touring bands and music lovers who love the authentic dance-hall ambiance, great acoustics, cheap drinks and original wood dance floor.

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Caravan Cattle Company

Neighborhood: South Tulsa
Formerly a rock 'n' roll dance club, the Caravan Cattle Company is now a boot-scootin' country hot spot, with line dancing and yee-hawing until the wee hours. This isn't one of those enormous 40-acre dance halls you'd find in Texas, but the floor is big enough for a respectable two-step. The drinks are cheap and plentiful, and the cover charge (when there is one) is only a couple bucks. Ladies night? Of course. The ladies get special treatment on Thursday night with drink specials and single men looking to land themselves a special filly.

The Ivey

Neighborhood: Brookside

Sure, you'll have to fight your way through the 20-something girls all dressed to the nines and squealing loudly as they enact their own personal “Sex and The City” fantasies (or maybe that's part of the appeal). But when the weather's nice out, it's hard to imagine a more pleasant place to imbibe than on the Ivey's rooftop bar. Or head downstairs where the atmosphere is a little swankier, with cool graffiti art, indoor cabanas and nightclub lighting. Although they bill themselves as a wine bar, this more-sophisticated-than-most lounge does offer a full range of adult beverages.

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