Tulsa Downtown Neighborhood Guide
The 1924 Blue Dome building is the anchor of this lively namesake district. The walkable nine-square-block neighborhood is home to many of Tulsa’s favorite street festivals and events, including the annual Tulsa Tough cycling races, St. Patrick’s Day, the McNellie’s Pub Run, and the Blue Dome Arts Festival, which showcases the work of over 200 local artists each spring. The rest of the year finds artists, musicians, barflies, chefs, and foodies cruising one of Tulsa’s friendliest locales.
Food & Drink
Downtown Tulsa offers some of the city’s best in food and drink. Around the corner from Hotel Indigo, the vibrant Peacemaker Lobster & Crab—run by James Beard Award finalist Kevin Nashan—offers fresh and affordable lobster rolls, oysters on the half shell, and crab boils. In the nearby Tulsa Arts District, Chimera Cafe’s inspired American fare pleases all palates from vegan to very carnivorous. (Chimera’s buffalo cauliflower wings are an area cult classic.) Excellent cocktails are in order down the street at Valkyrie—a swanky, seductive craft cocktail bar, or at the bamboo-enshrined Saturn Room tiki bar.
A quick drive to the SOBO (South Boston) District will deliver you to the wood-floored and picnic-tabled Burn Co. Barbeque. On weekdays starting at 10:00 a.m., locals begin lining up outside for lunch. Two favorite local watering holes are nearby: DoubleShot Coffee Company and American Solera SOBO (named 2017’s Best New Brewery in the U.S. by Ratebeer). Closer to Hotel Indigo, Albert G’s Bar and Q offers slow-smoked meats and the largest selection of bourbon in town.
Having produced such legends as Leon Russel, Hanson, The Gap Band, Charlie Wilson, and J.J. Cale, Tulsa is well-known for its storied music culture. With both the Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan archives here, plus a plethora of venues, Tulsa is a mecca for American music lovers. Honoring this heritage, you can find live music every night of the week across the city. The historic dancehall-style Cain’s Ballroom is a good place to start looking. Soundpony, two doors down from Cain’s, hosts shows most nights—they’re always eclectic and always free. Both Eric Clapton and George Harrison graced the small stage at Colony, a ten-minute drive away, which today showcases musicians honing their New Tulsa Sound.
The Tulsa Arts District, situated a few blocks from the hotel, is home to galleries and museums offering everything from contemporary Native American art to public murals to chocolate art. (Pro-tip: the evening Loop Downtown Shuttle will transport you to and from the arts district.) Philbrook Downtown, an annex of the original Philbrook Museum (located ten minutes away by car) offers rotating contemporary art exhibitions. Forget yourself completely in AHHA’s immersive art exhibition, “EXPERIENCE”—a world of video art, blacklights, and bizarre atmospheres. If you happen to visit on the first Friday of the month, join throngs of locals in the district for the First Friday art crawl.
Art deco was the style of choice for the city’s figurehead architects in the early 20th century. From Boston Ave. Methodist Church in the Cathedral District to the iconic Philtower “Queen of the Tulsa Skyline” skyscraper, take a self-guided walking tour to see the city’s finest buildings. Near to Hotel Indigo, lounge on the velvet couches of Vintage Wine Bar and enjoy their modern take on art deco, created by the Brooklyn-based Workstead studio. Modern design has also come to roost at Gathering Place, Tulsa’s newest public park and the largest-ever in the country built with private funds. The 66-acre attraction has something for everyone—enormous slides, “Swing Hill,” quiet enclaves, restaurants and a bar, beautiful landscape design, and some of the most creative playground equipment you’ll ever see.
Experience downtown’s dramatic skyline, locally-inspired art, music, creative cocktails and dining experiences at Hotel Indigo Tulsa Downtown.