The Eleanor OKC: Life is “la vie en rose” on Uptown 23rd Street. 

Like myself, you might have missed the fact that just a couple of months before a global pandemic began threatening to close down the local dining and bar scenes, a trendy new OKC hotspot opened its doors.

The space that not long ago used to be home to vintage ’70s decor and a larger-than-life image of Burt Reynolds on the wall as the Rockford Cocktail Den has been completely transformed. Shades of pink, florals, all of the selfie opportunities you could ask for – along with the honor of being the largest Champagne lounge in Oklahoma – are what you will find at the Eleanor. 

Owner Amanda Bratcher named her chic lounge after Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of England and France, and provides a list of Champagnes and bubbly-inspired cocktails fit for a queen, while still offering options for those of us on a less royal budget. 

In addition to sparkling wines and bubbly cocktails, other libations include still wines, spirits and other house cocktails. 

After you’ve selected your drink, check out the bites and sweets menu, where you’ll find truffle-Parmesan popcorn, baked goat cheese, tiny grilled cheese sandwiches, plus a cheese and charcuterie board. 

If you have a sweet tooth, opt for the macarons, raspberry cheesecake, or the chef’s selection of “something chocolate.” If you’re the brunching type, they offer both sweet and savory options in small and large formats. Specialty brunch drinks are available as well. 

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The Eleanor offers a private room for special events, happy hours and weekly live music.