Resources to Assist the Oklahoma Service Industry During COVID-19

bartender before COVID-19 shutdown

As we all know, this situation is developing quickly and there is a lot of misinformation and anxiety surrounding the health and economic impacts of COVID-19. Most significantly for Tulsa, the executive order in which Mayor GT Bynum declared a civil emergency, leading to the immediate closure of bars. This order also required restaurants, coffee houses, and more to close by 11:59 p.m. on March 17. (Full list of closures here.)

For accurate information on COVID-19, please refer to the CDC’s official page. John Hopkins also has an excellent dashboard if you’re into tracking cases, recoveries, and such. The state of Oklahoma has also set up a resource page with links to unemployment aid, small business aid, etc..

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Spirit of Inclusion – A case for Zero-Proof Cocktails

two zero-proof cocktails

Someone walks into a bar and orders a non-alcoholic drink. Immediately, assumptions begin to fly. Guests assume they’re a teetotaler. Bartenders worry they won’t tip well. Others assume they’re on the wagon, or pregnant. It’s only human to construct these narratives, but there is a problem with them.

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Distinctly Deco – DecoDrinks Combines Local Sources with Global Inspiration

Alex Coffey making tea

From the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church to the Philcade, Tulsans are familiar with the influence of Art Deco on the architecture downtown. The design movement’s popularity intersected with an oil industry boom in the early 1900s, resulting in Tulsa’s high concentration of Art Deco-inspired architecture. What’s perhaps lesser known is that the Art Deco movement borrowed inspiration from a variety of aesthetics and cultures with the intent of creating a modern unified theme.

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Nothing Sacrificed – St. Vitus Beseeches us to Drink Well and Play Often

the dance floor at St. Vitus

You know the tired club scene all too well. Bass thumps loudly from the inside as you wait in line to get in. Finally, the bouncer checks your ID and accepts your cover fee—a small toll paid to be seen at such a trendy spot. Once inside the dark chasm, you’re presented with mediocre drink options, sold on bottle service, and forced to dance to a spasmodic playlist because you’d rather not think about the time and money wasted if you’d just leave.

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It’s just me, and I’m like you.

Andrew Saliga

Since launching this site 5 years ago, it has continually evolved and the focus has been refined. Now I need your input.

The articles I write are a reflection of my interests at that particular time. I constantly turn down opportunities from brands offering free products because I only want to share articles about the people and products that I truly care about. Don’t worry–I don’t need money from you to continue writing. I write because I enjoy it. (However, I do make a small commission when you make purchases through Amazon links on this site.)

In addition to the content being a reflection of my interests, it’s also a reflection of how much available time I have. My main gig is commercial video production and photography, and this year has been a whirlwind of projects with clients including NASA, The Pioneer Woman, and Cancer Treatment Centers of America, to name a few.    As a freelancer, this often leaves little time to focus on creating quality content for The Humble Garnish, but I’m back at it!

Here is what you can expect from The Humble Garnish moving forward. 

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Museums and martinis (A conversation Robert Simonson)

Robert Simonson by Lizzie Munro

This is a conversation that I recently had with award-winning cocktail writer Robert Simonson. Simonson was in Tulsa to judge the annual MIX cocktail competition. I also had the honor of hosting a live Q&A with him at Magic City Books as part of his book tour. Though some of this content is specific to Tulsa or MIX, there are other noteworthy bits.

Cheers!

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5 o’clock, Tulsa Time – Inside Blue Dome’s Newest Watering Hole

Whether designed intentionally or occurring through happenstance, bars have character, and developing that character requires time. When well-executed, it’s not that a single style of bar is better than another, rather that they all have a time and place. When envisioning The Tulsan, the owners settled on a simple concept—tailor the bar towards real, everyday people. The path to ensuring The Tulsan embodies that ethos has been anything but rushed.

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