Day 82: A Smokey Place to Drink

March 23: Local flavor
Write a piece about a typically “local” experience from where you come from as though it’s an entry in a travel guide.

So, your plan just landed and you’ve taken the taxi to your destination, Norman, Oklahoma. Now that you are here, bags unloaded where you are staying, what should you do? Grab another taxi, or if you are close enough, just start walking toward the University and the part called Campus Corner. On opposite ends of this area, are two landmarks, Joe’s and Royal Pipes. Joe’s, an old dive bar has been around since the early 1990’s. Not frequented all that often by the thousands of college kids that work their way around all the bars, it has survived thanks to a staunch local following. One of the few places on Campus Corner that allows smoking inside, however it rarely fills up with smoke. Cheap drinks and a great crowd really make you feel as though you have been in Norman most, if not all of it.
Once you finish up there and enjoy the company of the after work crowd, make the about fifteen minute walk to the opposite side of Campus Corner close to the University and step into Royal Pipes. Originally a tobacco and cigar shop, the owner decided to add an adjacent bar and business has been booming ever since. Again, this place has built up quite the following of locals since adding the bar, but it also benefits from a mixed crowd of working class and college class. Friends come in to start the night with a good cigar before hitting the other bars, while others come in to unwind with a good single malt and good company.
Both of these places have quickly become staples in the Norman community and should be set to stay around for the long haul. If you are ever in town, check them out, you wont be disappointed.


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