The Fur Shop, Tulsa…
Got a text at the end of the day on Friday and a good/best friend was wanting a drink. I stirred us towards The Fur Shop in downtown Tulsa. It is the closest thing to a full-blown craft beer DIVE bar I have been to in Tulsa. If you have others you would like to suggest please post a comment below.
The Fur Shop historically (see Tulsa World article) was a hard-drinking, big party, live venue bar. I have been told stories of block parties setup around the bar with outdoor stages. It was all during a time when I was outside of that scene so unfortunately I do not have tails to tell. Others tell stories of the multitude of festival like weekends, hosting of bands, and other entertainment goings-on happening around the site and sponsored by the bar.
The Fur Shop name reopened a couple of years ago. The sign had been left in the basement during past reincarnations so it was resurrected. The focus was to have ongoing live bands again and they have managed to continue in that arena. I don’t think they have been able to get back the past atmosphere (the bar’s surroundings have changed), but they have added a few new things to the mix, mainly a Craft Beer Focus. The bar has dedicated its beer selection to local and regional craft brews. Not all beers are of this flavor, but a large percentage. So for the dive bar/craft beer lovers this is a place to go hang out.
The bar does have three stages used for various types of bands. The first is indoors to the right of the front door when entering and works for small bands on a compact stage. The second is a small upstairs area more attuned to the quiet ensemble/duet. Lastly is the outdoor stage in an open space behind the bar. It provides an open air festival atmosphere for when a band is playing.
On a typical day there are multiple areas in the bar open for drinking. Many times there is only 1 person working so no table service. The drinking areas include:
- The Bar Area
- Tables on first floor
- Upstairs that is usually nice and quiet, good for an informal meeting
- Outback in Beer Garden
No food but the Lone Wolf Banh Mi (see article or look up on Google) food truck has made the front of the bar home for the past year or so.
The Fur Shop has recently been keeping its Facebook page (click here) current with new events, new beers, and tasting events. If you are looking for something different from a regional brewery I would suggest looking or asking there. On Friday I had the following beers (drafts) over the hours sitting and BS’ng with my buddy:
- Roughtail’s 3rd Anniversary Ale (See Review Here)
- COOP Ale Works F5 IPA (See Review Here)
- Black Mesa Brewing Co.’s Endless Skyway Bitter (ESB)
- Marshall’s Black Dolphin Stout
Watch for reviews to follow. They also use the live drink list app on Facebook (click here).
I like The Fur Shop for its atmosphere, friends I know that drink/work there, and obviously the beer. They do have some events/regular weekly occurrences that should be observed. I will let you make up your mind if you want to patronize the bar. It is just one of many places for me to go, and a lot, lot more places in T-Town now are offering Craft Beer. To that end I am always on the search to find new places to go and enjoy my favorite malted beverage.
So go drink, relax and have ABigBeer.
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