While much is made of the Red River Rivalry, Texans willingly embrace many of Oklahoma's finer offerings -- we're so down with Chuck Norris, we made him a Texas Ranger, and are seriously considering making him president! Bringing Oklahoma-born, Texas-beloved music to the old Poor David's Pub space, Bandera.
Owned by a pair of music-scene vets and managed by the guy behind the sadly short-lived beer haven Zymology, Bandera's an honest-to-goodness sh*t-kicker's barn decked out with exposed rafters, fired-clay kitchen-tile tables, yellow knotted pine décor, rebar-handled bathroom doors, and a pig wire-fenced covered patio -- all in the service of Stillwater-bred Red Dirt music, which marries the tradition of country with an attitude more defiant than a Mike Gundy breakdown. After a weekend local-talent showcase featuring the O's, Telegraph Canyon, and others, the plan's to host acts every Thur-Sat, plus occasional off-day performances; the lineup's still fairly up in the air, but they're aiming for genre titans such as Jimmy LaFave and Jason Boland and the Stragglers, whose watches are all set 15 minutes fast. The booze selection's regionally alcoholic, with plenty of bourbon, whiskey, and tequila (but zero rum/vodka/scotch), plus 12 taps including Texas brews from Lone Star, St. Arnold's, Shiner, and Rahr and Sons -- though sadly not their delicious pro-feminist brew, I Am Woman, Hear Me Rahr.
Food's coming in around a month, in the form of a special-menu deal with a tbd local Italian spot, most likely pizza -- which you can share with friends, or hog like a Lone Wolf McQuade.