Weighing about 2,000 pounds and powered exclusively by 10 sets of bicycle pedals, the Bricktown Bike Bar isn’t the fastest way to get around downtown Oklahoma City, but it might have the best refreshments.
With a nice tail wind, the bike bar can reach speeds of up to 10 mph, said Nick Oxford, manager of Bricktown Bike Bar.
“It’s 100 percent pedal-powered — there’s no motor on there,” Oxford said. “Some people say ‘there’s a motor, right?’ and some people are really excited to power the thing the whole time. Everyone always has a blast.”
The Bricktown Bike Bar recently began offering beer tours that feature a 30-minute guided beer tasting with a beer expert aboard the bike bar, as well as stops at Bricktown bars. Bar cyclists can order a beer flight for the tasting from the local liquor store Broadway Wine Merchants once the Bricktown Bike Bar tour has been booked. The flights include Oklahoma beer, as well as selections from national and international brewers like Chimay, Roughtail and Sierra Nevada.
The bike bar is owned by the Colorado company Denver Outdoor Media, which also operates four bike bars in Denver. The firm was looking to expand to other states and added the Oklahoma City bike bar last year.
The bike bar has grown in popularity since it arrived in Oklahoma City and tours, which range in price from $295 to $370, are booking up on the weekends a week or two in advance.