Poolside in Paradise
Make some memorable moments with a splash of fun before the sun sets at the relaxing and party-hearty environment at River Spirit Casino Resort’s amenity heavy Landshark Pool Bar.
Are you ready for a Tulsa staycation that is so decadently delightful, you’ll feel like you’re on a cruise to Mexico or on the beach in Belize? Then it’s time for you to jet over to River Spirit Casino Resort to visit their always happening Landshark Pool Bar and Margaritaville’s Tiki Bar and Tiki Grill.
Billed as an oasis on the Arkansas River, the resort pool at River Spirit is lined with palm trees, tiki style thatched roofs, comfy cabanas and lounge chairs, all designed to give you that beach getaway feel without having to invest the time and money of traveling. It’s an affordable way to treat yourself all summer long. And the star attraction is the Landshark Pool Bar.
“The Landshark Pool Bar is actually a swim-up bar in the resort pool,” says Sheila Curley, representative for the resort. “It’s on a lower level, and the resort pool winds down to it. It has tables and stools actually in the water around the bar as well.” Yes, you read that right — the bar is literally in the pool, so you don’t even have to get out of the water to get a drink.
If you’ve been to a high-end resort in the Caribbean or Mexico, you may already be familiar with the concept of a swim-up bar. Bartenders wait behind a bar that bumps up against the poolside. Simply walk or swim over, order your drink and then sip to your heart’s content, never having to get out of the pool until you’re really ready to call it a day.
It’s a luxurious, fun way of spending time that you and your friends will enjoy treating yourself to, especially in the hot, hot Oklahoma summer. And the pool is even heated, so that when chilly weather strikes in spring or fall, pool guests can still enjoy the water and the bar area.
But that’s not all you’ll experience with a stop at River Spirit’s resort pool area. Opposite the swim-up bar, there’s a patio where guests of the resort can relax, enjoy drinks and a meal poolside, while people watching.
Even if you’re not a guest of the resort, you can enjoy some time at the pool and bar area by purchasing a day pass. Access to the Landshark Patio can be had by walking through the casino resort, or by the trail that winds behind the casino along the Arkansas River, making it easy for those who love to run or bike to stop in for a drink, dip in the pool or a eat a snack.
“You can ride your bike or run, jog or walk down the trail, park your bike, walk it in, step up to the Landshark Pool Bar, have some lunch, enjoy the patio,” says Curley. “There’s a beautiful fireside lounge and seating area so you can enjoy the beautiful vista of not only the pool but also the Arkansas River.”
As for the drink menu, patrons can expect the beachy feel of any Margaritaville resort. “From a drinks standpoint, it’s packed not only with Landshark Lager, of course,” says Curley, “but also all of the boat drinks for which Margaritaville is incredibly popular and known for.”
Among popular choices are the frozen concoctions — the boat drinks — such as the Margaritaville Silver Rum (blended with blackberry and banana purées, topped with Myers’s Dark Rum, served frozen), or the Havanas and Bananas (Cruzan Aged Dark Rum, Bailey’s Irish Cream, crème de banana and coconut purée). “It is dreamy; it really is,” says Curley.
For mixed drinks, you can choose favorites like the Where’s the Party (Corazon Blanco Tequila, triple sec, wildberry purée and house margarita blend), or any of the other tasty mixed drinks, wines and beers on the menu. You can also opt for a nonalcoholic watermelon lemonade or daiquiri.
For food, the Tiki Bar and Grill are a part of the resort pool area, and you won’t regret a meal there. “You’re able to order lunch there on the patio,” says Curley. “Or you can step on up to the Tiki Dining area and order there as well. It’s a fabulous menu.”
Meal options are much like you’d find at a resort on a Caribbean beach — light, fresh and breezy items like shrimp ceviche, buffalo sriracha shrimp, turkey avocado wraps, salads, chips and dip, and 10-inch personal pizzas like the Spicy Hawaiian (ham, pineapple, jalapenos, pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese) and the BBQ Chicken (chicken, Asian barbecue sauce, roasted corn, red onion, mozzarella cheese, cilantro).
The resort pool, with its swim-up bar, grill, exercise trail, cabanas and more, is unlike any other in Green Country, or indeed, the state. “This is truly the only resort pool of its kind in Oklahoma,” says Curley. “You’re sitting alongside palm trees and soaking up the sun along the Arkansas River. The vista of it is beautiful every which way you look. You’ll feel like you’re at a resort in Florida, New Orleans, Phoenix or Las Vegas.” In fact, she says, many patrons say exactly that: They feel like they’re in Vegas, without the flight time.
“We’re talking about a top-tier experience,” Curley says. “It’s really a party every day.”
There are pop up concerts planned for the summer, such as the surprise concert by Flo Rida that took place at the resort recently. “You can never tell who’s going to show up and possibly do a pop up concert like that,” she says. “And there are plans to hold specific pool parties at night with DJs, so that the party can continue past dusk.”
To find out the latest information on these pop up concerts and other special events, follow River Spirit on social media.
Children are welcome, though the bar area is ages 21 and up.
Landshark Pool Bar, Tiki Bar and Tiki Grill
River Spirit Casino Resort
8330 Riverside Parkway | Tulsa
888-748-3731 or 918-299-8518
Monday-Sunday: 10 a.m.-Dusk
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