Back in 1878, a local looking to unwind after a busy day could head over to the local saloon and enjoy a drink or two, a bite to eat and the chance to hear some music and do some socializing. Here in 2018, OKC residents have – well, pretty much the same opportunity, only cleaner and with air conditioning. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s weekly Saloon Series is back, giving visitors a dose of the Western life each Thursday evening in July and August.
Participants will pay a $25 entry fee to receive a flight of three selected whiskies with expert insights on the particular type of spirit featured that week, plus a food and beverage ticket and the chance to enjoy the live music and explore the museum. Chief public experience officer Inez Wolins calls the whiskey-based event “an ideal fit for a Museum about Western culture. Plus, we already had a recreated frontier town with a saloon in it, so we turned it into the bar and the Saloon Series just took off from there.
“Saloons in the old West became a community’s gathering place,” she continues. “After the terrific response to last year’s four-week series, we knew we were well on our way to becoming a gathering place in the new West. The Saloon Series [gives] friends and co-workers a chance to mingle with new people, and an entertaining way to learn about different types of whiskeys.”
Even if you’re not looking for a few slugs of quality bourbon, for a $5 cover you can get admission to the museum, the whiskey class, a more varied cash bar and the musical guests: The Dalbys July 5, Casey & Minna July 12, Grassland Caravan July 19 and Mallory Eagle July 25. Visit nationalcowboymuseum.org for more information, and plan to go – it should be a hoot.
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