Oklahoma lake bars range from holes in the wall to rowdy college-style fiascos, but there are few more simple pleasures in the Sooner state than sitting with an ice cold beer and watching the sunset. Such is the draw at Mooney’s, which for three decades has proven a favorite among locals and curious tourists who stroll in or boat up for the simple pleasures of a stiff mixed drink, a big fat burger, and that immaculate island sunset, best experienced on slightly rowdier nights when rock and country acts take the stage. The patio here is massive, perfect for perching and watching the Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees turn amber. And if those drinks leave you craving something wilder, you can always wander out into the wilds of the marinas. But who would want to do that when there’s a cozy hotel room on site waiting at Mooney’s?
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