A dimly lit ambience greets patrons with small blue Christmas bulbs highlighting the bar, ceiling and stage. In the entrenching depth of the dark walls sits a firm bar culture complete with dual pool tables, mirrors of various domestic beers and a drink selection one would expect from a rising mixology scene on either U.S. coast. Behind the bar, a fully mirrored wall with the phrase "A recent study shows that vaping causes cervical cancer" scrawled across it hints to the flair of the staff. If the extensive drink menu is too daunting, specials flank either side of the bar’s mirror and touch on the eccentricities that make Blue Note unique.
Along the back wall, painted-on chalk murals of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse, along with news clippings of their morbid passings, depict a strong collective counterculture essence that is essential to Blue Note. It reflects not only the bar's nonchalant attitude towards its patrons but also the open-mindedness of its live music curation.
The luminous stage, with its black velvet curtains detailed by a string of faint blue bulbs, acts as the focal point to the bar. With four outward studio monitors and two amber spotlights, the performance space resides at hip level to the floor and gives artists a complete overview of the room. This angle also enables spectators to see the show no matter where they stand.
The long-standing Blue Note Lounge has become a crucial part of OKC's musical renaissance over the last decade and has featured a spectrum of artists in genres varying from blues to punk rock. With its culturally diverse decor, the bar hosts a unique diversification of clientele and promotes a broad sense of community, helping to foster the continued growth of Oklahoma's wide-reaching music scene.