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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

OKC districts 101

Plaza District

You don’t have to read our blog very long to figure out local districts are a big deal in Oklahoma City. Whether you are getting funky in the Plaza, living it up in Bricktown or getting adventurous in the Adventure District there is a corner of the city that is perfect for you.

We will be the first to admit that getting to know the districts in OKC can be a little overwhelming for newcomers. Getting to know your Midtowns from your Uptowns might take some time. Luckily that is why we are here. Over the next month or so we will be giving you in-depth looks at each district. Until then here is a quick snapshot of each district:

  • Adventure District- the most aptly named district in OKC, home to the Oklahoma City Zoo, Remington Park, Science Museum Oklahoma, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and more.
  • Asian District- a vibrant enclave of Asian culture in the heart of OKC. You’ll find some of the best Asian food in the region here.
  • Automobile Alley- Just north of Downtown, this district used to be the primary location of the city’s car dealerships. Today it is home to local dining and shopping.
  • Boathouse District- home to future Olympians, this district features stunning architecture and is an outdoorsmen’s dream.
  • Bricktown- this former warehouse area is OKC’s prime entertainment district.
  • Classen Curve- located in NW OKC this district features great shopping and dining.
  • Deep Deuce- the center of urban living in OKC.
  • Film Row- what was once home to the film distribution industry for the region is now one of the metro’s quickest developing districts.
  • Midtown- the perfect mix of local retail and historic homes.
  • Paseo Arts District- eclectic art and great restaurants are the name of the game for this district.
  • Plaza District- the epicenter of funky local retail in OKC.
  • Stockyards City- this district is a blast to the past and pays homage to the metro’s western heritage.
  • Western Avenue- an eclectic mix of local restaurants and bars, retail shops and boutiques, antique and furniture stores and fine art galleries make up Western.
  • Uptown 23rd- anchored by the historic Tower Theater, you'll find great locally-owned restaurants and bars, as well as fun boutiques
Paseo District, Plaza District, Stockyards, Adventure District, Uptown 23, Asian District, Western Avenue, Automobile Alley, Bricktown, Classen Curve, Deep Deuce, Film Row, Midtown
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Better know a district

OKC Skyline

You don’t have to read our blog very long to figure out local districts are a big deal in Oklahoma City. Whether you are getting funky in the Plaza, living it up in Bricktown or getting adventurous in the Adventure District there is a corner of the city that is perfect for you.

We will be the first to admit that getting to know the districts in OKC can be a little overwhelming for newcomers. Getting to know your Midtowns from your Uptowns might take some time. Luckily that is why we are here. Over the next month or so we will be giving you in-depth looks at each district. Until then here is a quick snapshot of each district:

  • Adventure District- the most aptly named district in OKC, home to the Oklahoma City Zoo, Remington Park, Science Museum Oklahoma, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and more.
  • Asian District- a vibrant enclave of Asian culture in the heart of OKC. You’ll find some of the best Asian food in the region here.
  • Automobile Alley- Just north of Downtown, this district used to be the primary location of the city’s car dealerships. Today it is home to local dining and shopping.
  • Boathouse District- home to future Olympians, this district features stunning architecture and is an outdoorsmen’s dream.
  • Bricktown- this former warehouse area is OKC’s prime entertainment district.
  • Classen Curve- located in NW OKC this district features great shopping and dining.
  • Deep Deuce- the center of urban living in OKC.
  • Film Row- what was once home to the film distribution industry for the region is now one of the metro’s quickest developing districts.
  • Midtown- the perfect mix of local retail and historic homes.
  • Paseo Arts District- eclectic art and great restaurants are the name of the game for this district.
  • Plaza District- the epicenter of funky local retail in OKC.
  • Stockyards City- this district is a blast to the past and pays homage to the metro’s western heritage.
  • Western Avenue- an eclectic mix of local restaurants and bars, retail shops and boutiques, antique and furniture stores and fine art galleries make up Western.
  • Uptown 23rd- anchored by the historic Tower Theater, you'll find great locally-owned restaurants and bars, as well as fun boutiques
Midtown, Paseo District, Plaza District, Adventure District, Stockyards, Asian District, Uptown 23, Automobile Alley, Western Avenue, Boathouse District, Bricktown, Classen Curve, Deep Deuce, Film Row
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Wild, wild West(ern) Avenue

Western Avenue

When you hear the word ‘Western,’ the image that comes to mind may be that of an old black and white, gun toting, horseback riding western film. Or, if you’re an OKCitian who knows their way around, you probably imagine food, retail and a fun-filled day in a certain section of town.

Ranging from contemporary to classic, the Western Avenue district has a little something for everyone. Classen Curve, located at the northern edge of the Western Avenue district, contains some of OKC’s most fashionable shops, including national retailers like Lululemon Athletica, Anthropologie, Cos Bar, Kendra Scott and West Elm. If local retail is more your style, Balliets, Bebe’s, CK & Co., On a Whim, Red Coyote Running and Fitness and Liberté are a few great options. The momentum at Classen Curve is not slowing down as retailers like Athleta, Bassett Furniture and Francesca’s have stores opening soon.

Foodies will also take heart in the number of restaurant options throughout the district, from upscale options like West to fast-casual concepts like All About Cha, The Wedge, Sushi Neko, Musashi’s, The Drum Room, Tucker’s Onion Burgers, and Café 501. There’s plenty to see and do on Western Avenue, so go out and explore all there is to offer like you’re John Wayne on horseback riding feverishly into the Oklahoma sunset.

restaurants, shopping, Western Avenue
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Go West(ern)

Western Avenue

Ranging from contemporary to classic, the Western Avenue district has a little something for everyone. From local dives on Western Avenue to the chic shops along Classen Curve, this district has you covered for shopping and eating.

Classen Curve, located at the northern edge of the Western Avenue district, contains some of OKC’s most fashionable shops. National retailers lululemon athletica, Anthropologie and West Elm call the stretch of Western between Northwest Grand and Classen boulevards home. If local retail therapy is more your style, Balliets, On a Whim and Liberté provide good options. This area is also known as a destination for curated treasure hunting in its many antique shops. Guestroom Records is ideal for audiophiles, offering new and old vinyl albums for your listening pleasure.

Foodies will also rejoice at the restaurant options dotting the district, including upscale options like West, fast-casual concepts like All About Cha, Tucker’s Onion Burgers and Café 501, and local favorites like The Drum Room, The Drunken Fry and The Sandwich Club. There are plenty more ways to experience all that Western Avenue has to offer, so get out and explore!

bar, Classen Curve, nightlife, restaurants, retail, shopping, Western Avenue
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

What are we thankful for? Local Districts

Louie\\\'s in Midtown

Partying in the Plaza and Paseo. Singing in the Stockyards. Boogieing in Bricktown. You get the picture, in Oklahoma City we love our local districts. Ask a random stranger walking down the street and they will probably agree with us, local districts are something we should definitely be thankful for in OKC.

The local districts have done a great job of carving out unique niches with eyes towards the future while celebrating their history. Food, shopping, music and fun are great ways to sum up these Oklahoma City hotspots.

  • Adventure District- A zoo, science museum, race track … yeah, this district is appropriately named.
  • Asian District- Oklahoma City has a rich Asian heritage and it is on full display in this district. Of course you already knew that if you are a fan of Pho.
  • Automobile Alley- Especially stunning this time of year with the fabulous light display.
  • Boathouse District- Just when you think the river couldn’t get any better, it does.
  • Bricktown- OKC’s original district success story.
  • Deep Deuce- This district is bursting with history and is quickly becoming the hub for urban living.
  • Film Row- An up-and-coming district that was once the center for film distribution in the region.
  • Midtown- This district is a great microcosm of Oklahoma City’s modern-day renaissance.
  • Paseo Art District- A hub of arts, history and great food.
  • Plaza District- A great place to get funky with food, local shops and live entertainment.
  • Stockyards City- Our city’s Western heritage come to life.
  • Western Avenue- Trendy food and shopping in abundance can be found on Western.
  • Uptown 23rd- Already home to some of OKC’s favorite restaurants this district is one to watch the next couple of years.
Paseo District, Plaza District, Stockyards, Adventure District, Uptown 23, Asian District, Western Avenue, Automobile Alley, Boathouse District, Bricktown, Deep Deuce, Film Row, Midtown
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The City is Alive With The Sound of Music

Crowd at Twilight Concert

We’ve covered places where you can check out some live music in town before, but the great thing about summer in OKC is that there are also plenty of chances to take in some totally free music outdoors with programs like Art Moves, Noon Tunes, OKC’s Friday district extravaganzas and other regularly recurring events. And what’s better than free? Not much, except maybe if they’re paying you… unfortunately, that’s not usually how it works. Wah-wah. Who do you think you are, The Bruce Dickinson? Sorry, you’re not. But still! Get those eardrums in earshot of the events below—and let us know what we’re missing.

  • First Friday of every month – Paseo First Friday Art Walk – 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Art / Gallery Receptions and live music in the Paseo District
  • Second Friday of every month – LIVE on the Plaza – 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. – Plaza District merchants open late with live music and special events
  • Third Friday of every month – Premiere on Film Row – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Art exhibitions, food trucks, film screenings and live music
  • Last Friday of every month – H&8th Night Market – 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. – “Family- and pet- friendly street festival built around a lineup of the city’s top gourmet food trucks and live music…”
  • Every Sunday – Sunday Twilight Concert Series at the Myriad Botanical Gardens (one of our TBL staff’s favorites) – 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – bring a lawn chair or blanket, some foodstuffs and beverages and stuff yourself with edible and aural goodness.
  • Every Thursday – Noon Tunes at the Norick Downtown Library – 12:00 p.m. (naturally) – 1:00 p.m. – “musical performances from local musicians” in the cool comfort of the atrium of the downtown library
  • First Thursday of every month – Western Avenue on the Lawn Summer Series at 62nd and Western Ave. – 5:00 p.m. – 8 p.m. – “free live music for the whole family” along with food trucks and COOP beer
  • Third Thursday of every month – Auto Alley Shop Hop in Automobile Alley – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – giveaways, extended shopping hours, activities for kids and live music
  • Every work day (that’s right!) – Art Moves at various locations downtown – 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., generally – music and occasional other live acts while you munch and mingle
  • Every Thursday night – concerts “in the park” in Midwest City (Joe B. Barnes Regional Park), Edmond (Hafer Park), and Yukon (Chisholm Trail Park)
  • Every other Sunday – Norman’s Summer Breeze Concert Series – 7:30 p.m. – Lions Park at the corner of Flood and Symmes
  • Select Fridays during the summer -- FAA Credit Union Summer Movie Series at the Boathouse District – head on down to the Oklahoma River with a blanket or lawn chair for live music, food trucks and a beer garden along with free family-friendly movies projected on the side of the Chesapeake Finish Line Tower. Music and festivities begin at 6 p.m., with films rolling at 8:30 p.m.
Western Avenue, Automobile Alley, family-friendly, festivals, Film Row, live music, music, Norman, Paseo District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Festival Fulsomeness

Crowd at Charlie Christian Jazz Festival

Speaking of summer and free live music, OKC offers an exorbitance of opportunities to coalesce with your fellow fun- and music-loving humans in the coming weeks and months as those summer temperatures get more temperate. Check out just a smattering of our free festival calendar below:Charlie Christian Jazz Festival

Bricktown Blues and BBQ Festival – Friday and Saturday, June 20-21, Bricktown
I mean, what’s not to like? Live music? Good. BBQ? Good. Beer? Good. Don’t “trifle” with anything less than the true festival trifecta at the Bricktown Blues and BBQ Festival.

LibertyFest Concert in the Park – Thursday, June 25, in front of UCO’s Mitchell Hall Theater in Edmond
Check out this year’s edition of this popular event as the 88-person-strong band conducted by UCO Wind Symphony Conductor Dr. Brian Lamb fires up “a mixture of light classics, marches and patriotic music… that will appeal to all.”

SandRidge Energy Starts & Stripes River Festival – Saturday, June 27, Boathouse District
In addition to dragon boat racing, corporate league 500m sprint rowing races, a 5k run/500m kayak duathlon and other exciting athletic events, the Stars & Stripes River Festival features live music and entertainment (including fireworks!) suitable for all ages.

West Fest – Saturday, September 19, Western Avenue District
The website says, “music + food trucks + beer.” Again, that’s quite the pulchritudinous potpourri for us festival lovers. Details are still being worked out, but you can follow their Twitter for updates.

Plaza District Festival – Saturday, September 26, Plaza District
What else is coming up? What are we missing? What are your favorite festivals of the summer? Let us know via social media or in the comments section.

Boathouse District, Bricktown, Edmond, festivals, free, Plaza District, Western Avenue
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Sushi Salvation

If you’re like us, sushi is super hard to beat for a fun feast or evening out with friends. There are plenty of great places to get your fresh fish fix in OKC, but a couple of our favorites are Sushi Neko on Western Avenue and In The Raw in Bricktown. If the very thought of sushi leaves you woozy, fear not, gaijin. These restaurants have much more than just sashimi (fresh raw fish) on offer. We say, why not try some negimaki (strips of rolled broiled beef marinated in teriyaki) and pork gyoza with a Sapporo or some sake before calling it a day with the edamame? We may be “land-locked,” but we’ve got lots of places to feed your fresh fish frenzy. Go ahead, order the boatload!

SUSHI NEKO / MUSASHI'S 
Restaurants
4318 N. Western Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Phone: (405) 528-8862

IN THE RAW 
Restaurants
200 S. Oklahoma Ave., Suite 130
Oklahoma City, OK 73104-2488
Phone: (405) 702-1325

Bricktown, restaurants, Western Avenue
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Looking for a great way to spend time with your girlfriends? Here’s an itinerary filled to the brim with pampering, shopping, dining and more.

Start your morning off right with a delicious brunch (and maybe even a mimosa or two). Oklahoma City’s brunch offerings are vast, but you can’t miss Kitchen No. 324. It’s the perfect blend of classic and modern both in décor and dining. Enjoy the Fried Green Tomato Benedict alongside a Rose Mojito (it’s probably wise to also throw in a cup of coffee) and your day will be off to a fantastic start.

We know you want to look spectacular as you make the rounds so before the day gets away from you, head over to the Dry Shop in Midtown, one of OKC’s blow-dry bars and boutiques. Once you’re pampered and styled, get in the car and head over to Western Avenue where you’ll find some of OKC’s best antique shopping. The antique shops lining Western are intermixed with restaurants, a coffee shop and more in case you need nourishment.

Head a little further north to Classen Curve. Here you’ll find shopping galore. Need new running shoes? Head to Red Coyote. Looking for threads to take home to your youngsters? Uptown Kids has just what you need. Need a new dress to wear to dinner tonight? Stop by LIBERTÉ or On a Whim. The possibilities are endless.

Since you’re already on Western Avenue, why not stay and enjoy a glass of wine (along with an amazing meal) at Café 501, Flip’s Wine Bar and Trattoria or one of the other many dining options in the area?

Where’s your favorite OKC destination for a girls’ night out? Let us know in the comments!

Classen Curve, kids, Midtown, nightlife, restaurants, shopping, Western Avenue
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Thank You for Being a Friend

If you’ve got some long-distance friendships going on, now is the time to show them how much you care! Oklahoma City’s retail scene has plenty of options to please even the pickiest pal. Check out some ideas to get you started below!

Boathouse District, retail, shopping, Thunder, Western Avenue
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Bundled Up

There’s definitely been a chill in the air and if you’re like us, you may be experiencing some cabin fever. Thankfully, there’s no reason to feel all cooped up. No matter the temperature, there are always great things to do and experience in Greater Oklahoma City. Here are just a few suggestions:

Visit a museum.
Warm up inside the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory.
Check out one of OKC’s great districts, filled with plenty of eating, drinking or shopping options. 
Do a little holiday shopping.
Curl up with a good book.
Catch a movie, in the not-so-usual way.

parks, shopping, Western Avenue, Adventure District, downtown, food, library, Midtown, movies, museums, Myriad Botanical Gardens
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Be Wowed on Western Avenue

Whether you’re looking to find new places to explore – a great new restaurant to try, a cool shop to, well, shop, and so much more – Western Avenue is a unique entertainment district in OKC with it all. Western Avenue’s shops and businesses are vibrant aspects of OKC living. You can have a bite at any number of yummy restaurants – Café Nova, Café 501, The Coach House, Deep Fork Grill, Earl’s Rib Palace, Flip’s Wine Bar & Trattoria, Iron Starr Urban Barbecue, Musashi’s, Pearl’s Oyster Bar, RePUBlic Gastropub, Sushi Neko, The Metro Wine Bar & Bistro, VZD’s Restaurant & Club, West or The Lobby Café & Bar. Maybe you’ve already got dinner in mind at home. No problem. Check out Big Sky Bread Company or the Savory Spice Shop to help you round out your meal. If you’re in the market for some retail therapy, Balliets, Liberte, On a Whim, Ruth Meyers, Spencer Stone Company and Uptown Kids have you covered. So go on. Spend some time on Western Avenue. You won’t regret it.

food, restaurants, shopping, Western Avenue
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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