by: Douglas Mayberry
Entering the second level for a 10 pm Saturday opening act, I arrived early to take in the allure of one of Oklahoma's more genuine breweries. Daunting walls of stainless steel greeted me behind glass panes. The room was divided into two easily maneuverable areas, with accompanying bars for both smoking and non-smoking sections. As I continued past the hip-level bar tables and stools, the room opened up into its back half, and there stood the place where the magic happens. Immediately, I noticed the lambent character of the stage. From the worn green carpet to the neon lights above, it radiated tradition.
On this eventful Saturday, I had the pleasure of watching Norman duo Hosty perform a gamut of features, ranging from melodic rock to heartfelt country seamlessly. By 10:30, as couples two-stepped in front of the stage, the bartenders rushed to fill orders, and the doors kept swinging open for new ears. Unabated, Hosty performed long into the night, winding down with favorites such as “Oklahoma Breakdown” to a lively crowd. By the bar, a married couple told me the story of how they had met seven years ago to Hosty playing the same song, stating, “Hosty never ages.”
Belle Isle welcomes guests with open arms, effortlessly growing its family with each weekly, live music performance. It’s more than just pub food, more than just a watering hole. It’s a cornerstone of OKC tradition that keeps live music thriving. One thing is for sure—the allure of a brewery is not lost at Belle Isle.