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It was 1955 when Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical
Oklahoma won an Academy Award. Fifty-four years later, Oklahoma is still soaring-- not with melodies and songs, but with men!
Nowhere in the Midwest will you find a place like the
Habana Inn (2200 NW 39th Expressway;405-528-2221). The Habana Inn definitely lives up to its slogan stating
that they are "The Southwest's only resort hotel of its kind." With over 175 hotel rooms, two swimming pools (maintained by a full-time landscaper), three bars, and a restaurant, you may
never have to leave. And the cruising never stops. Most rooms feature a glass front with curtains that close only when privacy is needed. A continuous balcony hugs each of the two floors.
Don't plan on going to the Habana and getting some shut eye! This complex is adjacent to the gay district where many more bars are located.
The Habana Inn features three of the most popular bars in Oklahoma City.
The Copa a large, state-of-the-art dance club that sports a spacious dance floor and an ample
stage surrounded by tables and open space on two levels. Their crowd represents a cross section of Oklahoma City's gay and lesbian community. Weekly events include underwear contests,
drag acts that feature the hilarious Ginger Lamar, and male dancers. At
Finishline the country-western dance club, pool tables are well cued, and the large dance floor is the site for
spirited country dancing. The club gets really busy on weekend nights, but draws a good crowd during the week.
Ledo Cabaret and Lounge, a martini bar, is good for piano
entertainment, especially on weekends.
Boom (2807 NW 36th) has Friday "Boom Boy"dancers, and Saturday night shows emceed with caustic wit by Ginger Lamar.
Angles (2117 NW 39th) does Eye Candy Burlesque male revues, drag pageants, and Latin nights among their other events. Phoenix Rising (2120 N.W. 39th) the newest on the strip, is a neighborhood bar open nightly with leather accents and drag shows.
Other bars include, Tramps (2201 NW 39th),
The Park (2125 NW 39th),
Hi Lo Club (1221 NW 50th), Partners (2805 NW 36th), Excuses (2024 NW 11th), and Alibi's (1200 N. Penn).
For 20 years the Wreck Room (2127 NW 39th) has had Friday and Saturday dancing, no no-alcohol served, for straight and gay people of all kinds. All-ages 16+ until midnight, it's then 18+ until the people go home, with drag shows from 11pm.
Nick's (2200 NW 39th Expressway) located in the Habana Inn, features breakfast, lunch, dinner as well as late-night meals and pizza. All meals are creative and there are daily
specials from soup-and-sandwich to pastas or a Mexican dish. One of the two swimming pools is right outside offering quite a view while waiting for your meal. Be sure to try their prime rib
special on weekends.
Toys, videos, and more
Also in the Habana Inn is Jungle Red. Known for their large selection of 2Xist under gear, they also have leather goods, body jewelry, pride merchandise, adult novelties,
lube, magazines, videos, as well as gifts and cards. They have afternoon and late-night evening hours to cater to the bar crowd.
Not far from the gay district Christie's Toy Box (3126 N May and 1039 Meridian) has two locations. Christie's specializes in leather goods, shoes, lingerie, and fetish wear.
They also sell and rent videos, and offer toys, pride wear, and magazines.
For local news you'll want to explore The Gayly Oklahoman, a statewide newspaper that rolls off the press once every two weeks.