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Where do you feel comfortable? That’s really the point of most watering holes. Beyond the bartender and the alcohol, the true function of a bar is as a meeting place where we feel at ease. That’s why we chose these LGBTQ-friendly bars for Pride Week and the rest of LGBT Pride Month.

By Greg Elwell Photos Emmy Verdin and Erick Perry

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Copa

2200 W. Interstate 44 Service Road

facebook.com/copaokc

405-525-0730

If you want to dance and like your music loud or if you hanker to catch a drag queen show, find all of that and more at Copa, a bar that has become an Oklahoma City legend. Whether your preference is mild or wild, it’s hard to find a more diverse and welcoming crowd than this one. If you look better the less you’re wearing, stop in on Tuesday nights for the amateur strip contest.

Partner's bar staff serves up "Adios Mother Fucker" in Oklahoma City, Monday, June13, 2016. - EMMY VERDIN
  • Emmy Verdin
  • Partner's bar staff serves up "Adios Mother Fucker" in Oklahoma City, Monday, June13, 2016.

Partners and PartnersToo

2805 and 2807 NW 36th St.

facebook.com/partnerstoo.okc

405-942-2199

Partners and the adjacent PartnersToo are a lesbian dance club and bar but welcome all. Lovers of darts, Thunder basketball and beer pong will find that Partners is a great place to be whether you have a partner or not. It features live music, trivia and speed dating, too. Drinks (like the Thunder Up, pictured), dancing, a patio for lazy summer nights and an atmosphere that lets everyone know they belong might be just what you need.

Alibi bar staff serves their signature drink, "Sweet Poison".  Oklahoma City, Monday, June 13, 2016. - EMMY VERDIN
  • Emmy Verdin
  • Alibi bar staff serves their signature drink, "Sweet Poison". Oklahoma City, Monday, June 13, 2016.

Alibis

1200 N. Pennsylvania Ave.

405-605-3795

Maybe it’s called Alibis because you’ll see everyone you know there. Though it’s especially hopping during Pride Week — Friday features live music and karaoke; Saturday has “lube wrestling,” a burlesque show and bobbing for sex toys; and Sunday features a Drag King show and giant paint Twister — it’s a year-round neighborhood favorite. If you’re looking for a drink to share (try a Sweet Poison, pictured), check out its signature fishbowl cocktails.

Ledo Limon-ade is served at Gusher's Restaurant in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. - EMMY VERDIN
  • Emmy Verdin
  • Ledo Limon-ade is served at Gusher's Restaurant in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, June 14, 2016.

Ledo Lounge

2200 NW 40th St.

405-528-2221

Dancing is fun and all, but so is just sitting down for a relaxing drink and a bite to eat with friends. If the bluster and boisterousness of other bars gets to be too much, you might prefer a stop at Ledo Lounge. Inside the famous Habana Inn, this quiet, classy bar is a good place to get a respite from the noise and enjoy a Lido Limon-ade (pictured) in a laid-back, welcoming atmosphere. And if you do decide to boogie, it’s a quick walk to the dance floor.

Liquid Marijuana cocktail is served at Tramps Bar in Oklahoma City, Monday, June 13, 2016. - EMMY VERDIN
  • Emmy Verdin
  • Liquid Marijuana cocktail is served at Tramps Bar in Oklahoma City, Monday, June 13, 2016.

Tramps

2201 NW 39th St.

405-521-9888

When people talk about Tramps, they might mention the packed patio or the interior that glows red like a homing beacon. But everybody will tell you it’s the place to be if you like drinks like the Liquid Marijuana cocktail (pictured) tasty, strong and inexpensive. It might be smoky inside, so be prepared. And it doesn’t accept credit cards, but there is an ATM inside. As the sign inside says, “Have a heart.” At Tramps, you’ll also have another drink.

Gusher's Restaurant serves up Fried Shrimp, loaded mashed potaotes and vegetable medley in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, June 15, 2016. - EMMY VERDIN
  • Emmy Verdin
  • Gusher's Restaurant serves up Fried Shrimp, loaded mashed potaotes and vegetable medley in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

Gushers Restaurant

2200 NW 40th St.

405-528-2221

Some bars are smoky, so if the haze gets to be too much, find your way to smoke-free eatery and bar Gushers. Not only is this restaurant welcoming to all, it’s a good pit stop before charging back into the club for another loop around the dance floor. Prime rib is its specialty and its fried shrimp is popular (pictured), but Gushers also is well-loved for its late-night service and Saturday night breakfast buffet.

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Finishline

2200 W. Interstate 44 Service Road

facebook.com/finishline.okc

405-525-2900

Put on your spurs and saddle up for a fun ride at Finishline. Another Habana Inn spot, this cowboy bar is a rootin’, tootin’, shootin’ (from a shot glass) nightclub where country mice and city mice get along with ease. There’s salt on the floor for line dancing and margaritas at the bar for lime drinking.

 

(Cover by Erin DeMoss / Oklahoma Gazette)

(Cover by Erin DeMoss / Oklahoma Gazette)

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