What would Tulsa be without you? Certainly less fun, certainly less interesting. While its strip of Main St. in the Tulsa Arts District has undergone a full-on renaissance since it opened in May 2006, Soundpony has proudly remained its shaggy, boisterous self, booking acts that run the musical spectrum and erupting each June in a wild party for Tulsa Tough.
A 21-and-up dive bar with a diverse crowd and a heart of gold, Soundpony’s ownership, staff and regulars were instrumental in elevating Tulsa Tough to international prominence in the cycling community by coining the name Crybaby Hill and popularizing the annual party around it. Cycling is huge in Tulsa and cycling is integral to the Soundpony ethos as well. Go to any race around the region and it’s practically guaranteed that you’ll spot Team Soundpony’s iconic neon-yellow kits standing out in a sea of racers.
Live music is big at Soundpony as well. The bar books a variety of acts with a penchant for underground and up-and-coming hip-hop, do-it-yourself punk rock and metal. Head over there Tuesday evenings at 9:30 for Trivia with Jack, one of the city’s few if only independently operated trivia nights.
And do mark your calendar for Soul Night. For years local record store veteran DJ Sweet Baby Jaysus has taken over Soundpony on the first Saturday of every month to spin real, live vinyl. His selection of 45s from the heyday of disco, soul and funk is unparalleled and always turns the front of the 1,500-square foot space into Tulsa’s most welcoming dance floor.
409 N. Main St. Tulsa, OK 74103