Looking at online reviews of Ned's Bar (possibly named after Oklahoma Cherokee outlaw Ned Christie) in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, I came across a review from the New Zealand Herald (because, of course, New Zealand) that people feel "like an ashtray when they leave, yes this is typical of a bar BUT it is BAD in there," so we had a bit of trepidation heading out, not wanting to offend our hosts with our stinkiness upon our return, but before we entered Ned's we saw a "No Smoking" sign on the door.
Tom Collins without the cherry because she remembered liking them when she was younger (she doesn't particularly like the cherry). I went with a Gilligan's Island because those scrappy castaways never gave up in spite of their many setbacks.
Take Me to Church" which, if you don't know, is not actually pro-church.)
I asked Armando what makes for a good church, and he said he looks for a small church where people are sincere about their faith. He likes good preaching and he said he "had to feel it". He was raised in a small, "homegrown" Baptist church. He said his faith had grown through his work in hospice, and he'd met many people of great faith. But his job did keep him from going to church many Sundays.
the bar, so we approached them and told them about our bar and church in every state project. They happily agreed to talk to us. When we asked what made for a good bar, Kathlene, Cindy and J said, in unison, "Family!"
Kathlene hadn't been much of a bar person before, and Ned's was her first bar in Tahlequah. It became her place. She said that when her daughter turned 21, she wanted to go with her mom to Ned's.
Compton. When she moved back to Tahlequah, she felt judged by church people. She was a waitress and was told by some church folks, as she served them their after-church dinner, that it was wrong for her to work on a Sunday. She believes there is a definite divide between church goers and non-church goers in town. She still attends church with family on the holidays, but quite obviously feels more comfortable in Ned's than any church in town. We understood that feeling of comfort, leaving Ned's feeling like we'd made new friends.
Our rough count: 15
Snacks: little bags of chips for sale
Visitor Treatment: Swain the bartender was very friendly, rounding up a couple of menus for us when Mindy was uncertain about her order; once we'd started talking with people, others joined the conversation.