Drink in the View
One of the best downtown Tulsa happy hours happens above the Blue Dome District at Roof Sixty Six. Be mesmerized by the skyline while enjoying cocktails, beers, and small plates.
Whether you’re downtown for a casual drink, date night, catching up with friends, or stopping in after enjoying a show, Roof Sixty Six has something for everyone. On a Friday or Saturday night, you may have to wait in line to get in. But once you step across the threshold and see the stunning landscape in three directions and get a taste of the cocktails, wine, and beer on tap, you’ll be a true believer.
Jeff Hartman, the operating partner for SJS Hospitality which runs Hotel Indigo Tulsa Downtown, says Roof Sixty Six is busy throughout all seasons of the year. “It’s very popular,” Hartman says. “Even in the summer, in the heat, people come. It’s amazing.” And with fall and winter chills on the horizon, the bar can keep its patrons warm with a firepit, rooftop heaters, and throw blankets.
It’s easy to see why the spot is so popular. The bar has a fantastic view directly north toward ONEOK Field. There’s also a great view west toward the most iconic buildings in downtown Tulsa — the Philtower, Williams Tower, and other beautiful examples of Tulsa’s architecture. You can also see south toward Hillcrest. The spot is ideal for gazing at sunsets.
Even from inside, the open views are stunning. But if you want to feel even more a part of the landscape you’re overlooking, you can step onto the outside patio area, which is suspended off the building and creates a feeling of floating on air. There’s even an old-style set of tower viewing binoculars to add charm.
The bar’s drink selection is generously stocked with whiskey, because the oil workers who inhabited the Blue Dome district in the 1920s–30s, where Hotel Indigo Tulsa takes its inspiration from, favored whiskey. Locally made Oilfire is available at the bar, along with Jack Daniel’s, Jim Beam, and Maker’s Mark, as well as others you may not have tried yet, like Spitball Cinnamon and Snake River Stampede.
Plenty of vodkas, tequilas, bourbons, scotches, rums, cognacs, and even a baijiu (a Chinese grain liquor that can be hard to find) are available too. You’ll find selections from Oklahoma distilleries at the bar. The beers include selections from Oklahoma breweries such as Dead Armadillo, Welltown, Cabin Boys, Prairie, Marshall, Iron Monk, and others.
Cocktails cleverly draw on local inspiration for their names and flavors. Consider tasting the indulgent Oil Fire Chocolate Martini, made with SelvaRey cacao rum, Oilfire liquor, and Bailey’s Irish cream; the Mother Road Mule, a mint-infused drink of Bedlam vodka, Fever-Tree ginger beer, and lime; or a Blumer Sooner, crafted with Blumer’s Apple Pie Moonshine, apple juice, cinnamon sticks, peppercorns, and orange for a spicy bite of autumn.
Everything on the menu is designed to be unique. “We’re boutique wines and boutique whiskeys. We try to stick to that,” says Hartman. Because Hartman is a sommelier, the wine selection is well-curated, including Montinore Riesling, Voix de la Vigne Pinot Gris, Maipe Malbec, Boomtown Merlot, and many other options, both by the glass and by the bottle. If you want a deal on your drinks, stop by for Wine Down Wednesdays, when wines are half-price — both glasses and bottles.
The bar menu was recently re-crafted, and now features many tasty options sourced with local ingredients. You’ll enjoy pulled pork with honey barbecue sliders, roasted potato skins with cheddar cheese and pulled pork, pretzel bites served with a selection of mustard dips, and more.
If you have a special occasion to commemorate, the bar is a great spot for special moments. “We get a lot of people getting engaged up here,” says Hartman. The views make a great backdrop for photos and selfies. It’s also a great place to watch downtown events like Tulsa Tough, the fireworks at ONEOK Field, and more.
If you’re interested in reserving a spot in the bar, you can ask about it. But the bar itself is never entirely closed to the public for private events, something Hartman and SJS Hospitality have made a deliberate choice about — they want everyone to have access, not just a select few.
“We made a decision not to rent out the entire bar,” Hartman says. “We’ll take a portion of the bar and save it, but still leave the bar open to the public. The public is our bread and butter. They come here every day.”
Of course, when you visit Roof Sixty Six, make time to check out the rest of Hotel Indigo as well. The hotel’s design is intensely detailed, and as authentically linked to the neighborhood story of the Blue Dome District as possible. You’ll see T-Town’s oil history in the rust reds of the hotel, the oil-inspired fabric patterns, the hanging decorations, the industrial lights, the menu items and more — giving guests a unique experience that is both high-end and boutique.
“We got to know a lot about the Blue Dome area back in the 1920s and ‘30s,” says Hartman of the research that went into the hotel’s overall design and feel. “The Blue Dome was a lot different then. It was a very blue-collar oil worker vibe. There’s some cool history. So we took a lot of that and implemented it.”
Another cool feature that the hotel’s roof sports, in addition to a bar, is beehives. Yes, beehives. “I always wanted to do urban bees on the roof,” says Hartman. “We have four beehives, filled with rescued honeybees, which is cool. We just had our first harvest. We got 42 pounds of honey, and we’re going to be doing some honey cocktails, plus using it in our restaurant, and sell little jars of it in our gift shop.”
Roof Sixty Six
Hotel Indigo | 121 S. Elgin Ave. | Tulsa
Monday-Thursday: 3:30 p.m.-Midnight
Friday: 3:30 p.m.-2 a.m.
Saturday: Noon-2 a.m.
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