Dating in the District: Brookside Keo, Rbar, and a Beer Chugging Canadian

By on July 23, 2014

NicciI didn’t expect to meet a guy that night, but like most single people in the Tulsa dating scene, I’ve always got at least one eye open. Really, my whole purpose for heading to Vintage Wine Bar after work that night was to introduce two friends and then skidaddle and leave them to their date. I didn’t anticipate the guy bringing a wingman. As I sat there sipping my prosecco, it struck me that the wingman was attractive, funny, and single. And I – was on a date…

For our first official date, he suggested something low key on Brookside: dinner at Keo. You learn a lot about a person just by where they choose to eat. This was obviously a great start for Mr Wingman. Keo is definitely a fave with it’s comfortably sophisticated atmosphere and the simple, tasty, straight forward Thai/Asian fusion. 
After we were seated and got into a little conversation my date confidently ordered 4 dishes and bottle of Pinot Grigio. You know that thing that guys do to impress you? Well it works. His decisiveness with his selections and generosity in selecting multiple items sent signals of masculinity that he may or may not have been conscious of. But I certainly noticed.

And then came the food…


Shrimp dumplings with scallion, bamboo shoots, carrot and garlic.
Papaya salad with green papaya, shrimp carrot and spicy lime dressing.
Yellow Curry with potato, long beans, peas, onion, yogurt and duck.


Thai sweet basil with ground chicken, fresh basil, garlic, onion, bell peppers and chili.


After dinner, we were in strong agreement that this evening was young and this date had just started. So we casually strolled down the block on over to R Bar. We moseyed up to the bar and he ordered a vodka soda while I ordered one of their signature cocktails, a Moscow Mule in a cold copper cup. We were fortunate to find two empty seats and sat next to a guy who looked like he could be Matthew Perry’s older brother, pre rehab. We quickly learned of his recent messy and bitter divorce and his current disdain for all women, everywhere. Which you know, makes for great first date convo.
R bar

As we were trying to be what encouragement we could to “Perry”, we heard a ruckus brewing from across the bar. We looked over and saw a giant Canadian dude with beer spilt down the front of his shirt boisterously challenging any willing participant to a chugging contest. “I can beat that guy,” said my multi-talented date. Apparently, a skill left over from his college days. “You really should”, I dared him. He then walked to the other side of the bar and much to everyone’s surprise, beat Goliath at his own game not once, but twice as me and everyone else at the bar were cheering. Note to self: he’s competitive, can hold his alcohol and is perhaps a little bit nuts. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of the whole thing but figured it was better to be the girl with the winner and not the losing Canadian.

r bar keg

What a great date on Brookside! So, when Mr clever-foodie-hot-funny-confident-competitive asked for a second date? I didn’t hesitate to say “yes please”. And the adventure was set to continue.


(918) 794-8200
3524 S Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK 74105

R Bar & Grill
(918) 392-4811
3421 S. Peoria Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74105

Nicci Atchley

About Nicci Atchley

Nicci Atchley graduated from Oklahoma State University and is an accomplished newspaper columnist, blogger, and local business owner. Her PR and digital marketing work with celebrities, professional athletes, the entertainment industry, luxury brands and international non profits frequently expose her to cutting edge trends. She loves writing, fashion, wine and all things Tulsa. TulsaFood is excited to welcome Nicci as one of its newest Staff columnists.