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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

A good day to pie hard

OKC Pot Pies

This story originally ran on VelocityOKC.com.

Can you feel it? Fall is in the air. With the changing colors of leaves, bonfires, flannel and pumpkin everything comes another fall favorite—comfort food.

In my book, it doesn’t get more comforting than chicken pot pie. And OKC has plenty to choose from that will leave you completely satisfied. I tried several places in my quest to find the best, traditional chicken pot pie in OKC. Here is the inside scoop on places that won’t disappoint.

Café 7: Pocketed in a delicious buttery crust, the perfectly seasoned veggies (including new potatoes) and chicken form a creamy mixture that you’ll no doubt enjoy.

Kitchen 324: If fried chicken and pot pie got married, this dish would be their child. Aside from the inventive presentation with a fried chicken leg atop the buttermilk crust blanket, the fried chicken nestled into the creamy goodness puts this comfort dish over the top.

Paseo Grill: The presentation is great, coming in its own little cast iron skillet, but the flavor is even better. Rich with a crust that covers both soft and crispy, this savory dish has a hint of curry that will not disappoint.

Pie Junkie: This Plaza District hotspot has several take and bake options and guys…this is not a drill…they have one made with COOP Ale Works beer called Veggie Ale Pot Pie. It is a true vegetarian dish and has mushrooms, brussels sprouts, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onion, garlic, lemon and rosemary. However, for this round, it was the tried-and-true traditional chicken pot pie I tried. At first glance, it appears to have a beautiful crust. But then you bite into it and realize it’s not just pretty to look at, it’s perfection. The ratio of sauce to veggie and meat was just right. Priced at a reasonable $6.75, this pot pie is a solid choice.

Sweets & Eats: A downtown favorite for many, this version might very well take you back to your childhood when you bite into the biscuit-y pie crust. Catch their creamy pot pie most Wednesdays as their blue plate special.

As the weather cools you might find yourself craving something warm and hearty. Throw on some stretchy pants and use this guide to pick what’s for dinner.

food, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

POPS

Pops on Route 66

No soda connoisseur can be a true soda connoisseur until they’ve been to POPS. Located on scenic Route 66 (you really can’t miss it, there’s an enormous, multi-colored light up statue of a soda bottle in front) and lined from wall to wall with colorful bottles of more kinds of soda than you probably thought existed. Visit on a day you’re feeling classic and pair some of their renowned food with a new brand of old favorite flavors like strawberry, lemon-lime, orange, root beer, whatever suits your fancy. Or visit on a day where you’re feeling a little more adventurous—perhaps in the mood to try something truly unique—and try flavors like ranch, celery, chocolate, buffalo wing, or corn (yes, you read those all correctly). Indeed, no drive across Route 66 is complete without a stop—and more importantly, a soda—from POPS.

Arcadia, day-trip, restaurants, Route 66
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Sweet tooth

Kitchen 324 Pie

OKC’s pretty sweet; literally and figuratively, of course. Yes, it’s pretty sweet that we live in a city on the rise, but you know what else is sweet? Cake. Ice cream. Candy. Cupcakes. Pastries. Indeed, as sweet as it can be to live in OKC in the midst of its renaissance, it’s much sweeter when you have a massive slice of cake just begging to be eaten right in front of you. So never fear, TheBetterLife is here to help you satisfy your sweet tooth from the comfort of your own city. This is by no means an exhaustive list, just some of the local favorites! If you don’t see your favorite(s) on here, be sure to let us know!

Cakes, Cupcakes, and Pies: Brown's Bakery, Cuppies and JoeKitchen No. 324, Green Goodies, Ingrid’s, Leo’s Cakery, La Baguette, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Pie Junkie, Pinkitzel, Sara Sara Cupcakes

Ice Cream: Braum’s, Capitals Ice Cream, Roxy’s Ice Cream Social

Fudge and Specialty Candies: Russell Stover Chocolates, Woody Candy Co, Kernels & Kandies, Stockyards Sarsaparilla, Sweet Prairie Home

Cookies: Brown's Bakery, Cuppies and Joe, Eileen’s Colossal Cookies, Ingrid’s, Insomnia Cookies, Roxy’s Ice Cream Social

Donuts: Brown's Bakery, Humble Donuts, Kitchen No. 324, Best Donuts, Holey Rollers, Hurts Donut, Sweet Mini’s Donut Company

Our friends at the CVB have just as big of a sweet tooth so check out their videos of the best cookies and pies in OKC.

   

food, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Live music in OKC

There’s a certain voice to OKC. It wavers in a rekindled vibrancy, as an old man that’s come back to his church choir. Wherever you go here, there’s someone around the corner singing gospel about the best and the worst parts of life and experience.

Back in 1919 over on Second Street, the Aldridge Theater opened and hosted the best jazz musicians in the nation. Now, the building is gone and that music spills onto the streets. Every last Saturday of the month, the historic Deep Deuce District lives again in the Deep Deuce Sessions, a music walk where artists invade local venues and fill the air with gospel, jazz and acoustic sounds.

The Jones Assembly is OKC’s newest spot for music and food, opened in 2017. Pulling big name artists and offering classy food and drink options, this young establishment does its home district of Film Row proud. Down on 23rd Street, the historic Tower Theatre stands proud again with its neon marquee. Sporting a history back to 1937 as an original movie house, this renovated venue hosts up-and-coming regional artists from hip-hop to Americana.

Swing over to the Plaza District where it bleeds with color and creativity. If the Plaza Walls are this district’s bare heart, then Saints Bar and Lounge is its illustrious voice in Saints Sessions. Every Thursday evening, talented, local acoustic and jazz musicians play at this intimate setting where the people are friendly, the drinks are strong and the music is stellar.

At Bleu Garten in Midtown OKC, culture stays local with table games, great drinks, seasoned food trucks and live, local music every Thursday night. With its outdoor setting, Bleu arguably has one of the best atmospheres in town. On the lively Bricktown canal, Michael Murphy’s Dueling Piano Bar is a true star of the city, with pizza by the slice and drinks galore. Open Thursday through Saturday, blisteringly skilled musical performers get their kicks taking requests and razzing audience members.

Just outside the Paseo District lies The Blue Door, a venue that offers a different experience than all the bars and restaurants. The Blue Door doesn’t offer drinks or food (although drinks are BYOB): it offers a quiet, close-knit listening room for the veteran and novice musician alike. Named simply after the color of its doors, this venue makes folk, rock and blues its cornerstone.

This old man doesn’t speak the words the same way as once, nor does he bellow as loud as he could in younger years, but he still finds a hunger for harmony. Etching an echo in kindred hearts, the man and his chorus, the city and its people, keep making this music, onward and ever upward.

restaurants, Bricktown, Uptown 23, Deep Deuce, festivals, Film Row, food, live music, nightlife, Oklahoma City history, Paseo District, Plaza District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Ethnic food

Bowl of Pho

As far as food in OKC goes, we’re pretty well known for our steaks, barbecue and burgers. But what you might not realize is that we’re much more than that. Oklahoma City has an emerging reputation as a pilgrimage all foodies must make—a pilgrimage that involves stops with steaks, bahn mi, tacos, bratwurst and so much more. So, to help you on your culinary conquest, we’ve assembled a list of some of our favorite ethnic eateries across OKC. Obviously, this isn’t a complete, exhaustive list of all the ethnic food to be found in OKC, just some local favorites! If you don’t see your favorite haunt on the list, let us know because all of us here at BetterLife HQ love to eat and to try new hot spots in OKC!

Mexican: Ted’s Café Escondido, San Marcos, Iguana Mexican Grill, Big Truck Tacos, Abuelo’s, Mama Rojo Mexican Kitchen, On the Border
South American: Café DO Brasil, Café Kacao, La Brasa
African: Queen of Sheba
Italian: Stella, Patrono, Victoria’s, Bravo Cucina Italiana
European: Ingrid’s (German), La Baguette (French)
Middle Eastern: Couscous Café, Nunu’s Mediterranean Café, Zorba’s
Chinese: Chow’s Chinese Restaurant, Golden Phoenix, Kwan’s Kitchen
Indian: Sheesh Mahal, Taj Cuisine of India, Gopuram Taste of India
Japanese: Sushi Neko, Tokyo Moon, Tamashii Ramen, Goro Ramen
Korean: B Won, Gogi Go, Taste of Korea
Thai: Panang Thai Restaurant, Sala Thai, Suphattra’s Thai Kitchen
Vietnamese: Golden Phoenix, Lee’s Sandwiches, Pho Cuong, Pho Lien Hoa, VII Asian Bistro

Didn’t see your favorite on here? Let us know through the comments and via social media!

food, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Frozen favorites

Capitals Ice Cream

Summer is in full swing here in the Sooner State. If you are anything like us, the hot temps make you crave your favorite frozen treats. If you are new to the area and need some ideas check out the 5 to Try-Frozen Favorites video our buddies at the Oklahoma City CVB recently put out. Was your favorite frozen food not included? Hit us up in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter and let us know.

food, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Deep (Deuce) end

Deep Deuce sign

The Deep Deuce district is the heart of Oklahoma City in more ways than just its central location. Deep Deuce, one of the most historically significant areas of Oklahoma City, was the home of African-American culture in the 1920s and ‘30s and, during that time, it gave birth to a vibrant jazz music scene. The district was home to jazz legends Charlie Christian and Jimmy Rushing, to name a few. Fans of great works of American literature will recognize another famous resident – Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man, was born there in 1913.

The vibrancy of Deep Deuce is still alive and well today. The district has reinvented itself as a hub of urban living and includes local favorite restaurants, bars and coffee shops. It’s also home to downtown Oklahoma City’s grocery store, Native Roots Market. Even if you don’t call the district home, it’s the perfect place to meet friends for a weekend drink or to enjoy Deep Deuce Sessions, a monthly night celebrating OKC’s best musicians at venues throughout the district.

Deep Deuce, festivals, live music, nightlife, Oklahoma City history, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The curve of Classen

Classen Curve OKC

Located just five minutes from downtown, Classen Curve is a local hot spot for OKC shopping. Classen Curve is the combination of three shopping centers in one with trendy and upscale shopping to meet the needs of those in the heart of the city. The popular assortment of nationally recognized and locally owned concepts includes Cycle Bar, Cos Bar and Red Coyote, as well as Anthropologie, Lululemon and Barre3.

Classen Curve also offers a wide variety of delicious and delightful dining experiences. Café 501 is the culmination of the owner’s love of travel and has grown from its humble beginnings as a “little lunch spot” to become synonymous with experienced taste in good wine and great foods. Upper Crust is an uptown pizzeria & wine bar specializing in wood-fired thin-crust New-York style pies at a reasonable price. Enjoy one of the best audio visual systems in the country to watch your favorite sporting event at Republic Gastropub, a contemporary American pub house with emphasis on craft beer and an imaginative menu to compliment your beverage.

Whether your grocery list includes items from around the globe or just around the corner, Trader Joe’s has you covered with great quality at great prices. Stocked with Oklahoma-grown produce and other gourmet items in a beautiful store, Whole Foods Market is perfect for a quick healthy lunch at their buffet or for grabbing ingredients for a unique meal.

Other notable amenities include Pops, where you can experience their record-breaking selection of ice-cold sodas & beverages while enjoying classic comfort food-fare, and Boardroom Salon for Men to enjoy the nostalgia of an old-time barbershop with outstanding client service while you confidently enjoy the ultimate relaxed grooming experience for men.

shopping, Classen Curve, restaurants, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Check us out on YouTube

OKC Chamber YouTube

Sometimes selling someone who has never been to Oklahoma City about how great of a community we have can be tough. How do you describe the funkiness of the Plaza, the thrill of the Thunder or the serenity of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum? Sometimes the right words are just hard to find.

The good news is we have a ton of video that can help you show off your hometown to any curious friend or family member. Just visit the Chamber’s YouTube channel for more. Need something in-depth that shows off all the aspects of living in OKC? Check out our relocation video. Want to know what it is like to move to OKC? Check out our Oklahoma City testimonials. Want to show off the restaurant scene in the metro? Yeah, we’ve got a video for that. We could do this all day so just visit the site to see more.

moving, Oklahoma City, restaurants, social media
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Bricktown: fun for all ages

Bricktown Nightlife

Adjacent to downtown Oklahoma City is one of the most well-known entertainment districts in the Southwest – Bricktown. With its large concentration of high-energy night clubs, casual lounges and list of restaurants covering a multitude of culinary cultures, Bricktown has something for every taste. And, when you factor in its picturesque setting, which embraces a mile-long canal lined with eateries, clubs, a movie theater, a bowling lounge, the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark and beautifully landscaped gardens and public art, you'll discover something the whole family can enjoy! Vibrant melodies can be heard coming from the American Banjo Museum and the Academy of Contemporary Music. You can also see some of the hottest acts in music at the Criterion. Take a Bricktown Water Taxi cruise along the canal and discover the history of this energetic district. And while the weather is warm, be sure to hail a pedicab or one of several horse-drawn carriages that can be seen ferrying customers all over Bricktown. It's the perfect place for you to choose your own adventure.

nightlife, restaurants, Bricktown, family-friendly, live music, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Better know a district: the Asian District

Super Cao Nguyen

One thing newcomers to our great city are sometimes surprised of is the vibrant Asian community that permeates our city. The epicenter of the community and culture is the Asian District, located around NW 23rd and Classen.

Oklahoma City experienced an influx of Vietnamese immigrants in the 1970s who were looking to escape religious and political persecution. Those new citizens helped establish OKC as one of the most underrated centers of Asian cuisine in America. We aren’t kidding when we say our city has some of the best and most authentic Vietnamese food this side of the Pacific. Of course we’ve been known to succumb to hyperbole at times so don’t take our word for it. Check out this article on Vietnamese food in Oklahoma City from the New York Times.

The Asian District is not just limited to Vietnamese food though. You can also find Tokyo-style sushi, Taiwanese bubble tea, Hong Kong-style dim sum and so much more.

One of the newest additions to the district is the Vietnam War monument that was dedicated last summer. The monument is located in Military Park and features an American Soldier and South Vietnamese soldiers standing together.

The bustling district is also home to shops, nightclubs and Super Cao Nguyen, one of the largest Asian grocery stores in this part of the United States.

Asian District, nightlife, restaurants, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Nothing middling about Midtown

Midtown Plaza Court

Over the past decade, Oklahoma City’s Midtown has developed into a bustling district with local retail and that momentum doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

Midtown District is centered around Walker Avenue and 10th Street, near St. Anthony Hospital, the city’s first hospital. Midtown connects the energy of downtown with beautiful, historic neighborhoods to its north.

The lively area continues to develop for people who want to live, work and play in the heart of Oklahoma City, and features housing, retail, night life, hotels and history, with many of its original buildings being brought back to life. The heart of the district is Plaza Court, an 84-year-old building that features some of OKC’s favorite restaurants, bars and local shopping options.

Public and private investments have created a thriving district of diversity within its 387 acres. The city’s first grocery store and kindergarten were located in Midtown, while surviving territorial Victorian homes and a strong restaurant and night-life scene comprise the current district. Midtown continues to be an urban center in its current-day renaissance as it is one of the hubs of downtown living with a plethora of urban housing recently opened, under construction or announced.

nightlife, restaurants, retail, bar, housing, Midtown
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Film Row is blending the past with the future

Film Row OKC

While many of Oklahoma City’s urban districts have undergone unbelievable changes over the past decade, Film Row might take home the prize for most improved.

Starting in 1907, what is now known as Film Row was home to film exchange distribution offices, a place where movie theater owners could return old films and exchange them for new releases. By the 1960s, every major film studio was represented in the area (along with theater supply stores), but changing technologies caused the industry to disintegrate, leaving Oklahoma City with the last remaining film exchange district in the U.S.

Thankfully, Film Row has experienced a rebirth that deeply respects its cinematic history. Boasting a unique mix of creative companies, restaurants and retail means that this district has plenty of opportunities to enjoy. Today, you can catch a live music at The Jones Assembly (as well as enjoy their great food and drinks), buy succulent plants while sipping on coffee at the Plant Shoppe/Okay Yeah Co., or grab a drink and view the art galleries at 21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City.

The most exciting thing about this district? It’s just getting started. The West Village development is currently under construction and will bring a mix of housing, retail, office space and another live music venue to the area. Nearly 350 housing units are part of the project and will bring even more life to this thriving district.  

arts and culture, Film Row, housing, live music, restaurants, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Plaza District

Plaza District Festival

Dramatic changes in the past 15 years brought new life to the Plaza District. The district was first developed in the 1920s at the end of the city’s trolley line. For the next 40 years the area served as a bustling commercial district for the growing neighborhoods that surrounded it. The district started to decline through the 70s, 80s and 90s, but new development since has turned it into a thriving hub of creativity.

The Plaza District, located on NW 16 between Classen Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue, is one of the city’s most walkable corridors. The district contains art galleries, a tattoo shop, restaurants, collaborative work spaces and Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, which includes the Thelma Gaylord Academy and a performance space in the 1935-era Plaza Theatre, which has been newly rebuilt and is home to professional performance productions and other events. Lyric Theatre was one of the first entities to invest in the district, playing a crucial role in the Plaza’s rebirth.

The District is home to monthly events such as Live! On the Plaza and the Plaza District Festival in September. It is a popular place for visitors who want to find that unique gift, enjoy a drink and soak in an area that now has a hipster, modern vibe. Almost any night of the week you can find something interesting going on in the Plaza.

arts and culture, festivals, Plaza District, restaurants, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Paseo Arts District

Paseo Arts District

What do you get when you combine the oldest planned commercial shopping district in Oklahoma City with a creative community? The Paseo Arts District, of course. The winding streets and original Spanish-style stucco buildings are home for the art galleries and studios that give this district so much artistic flair. Perfect for a meandering walk, the Paseo Arts District is also home to some of Oklahoma City’s best restaurants and bars, including Paseo Grill, Sauced on Paseo and others. Its proximity to the Uptown 23rd District and the historic housing options available nearby, including single-family homes and apartments, make this a walkable neighborhood with a community atmosphere.

Each May, the district holds its annual Paseo Arts Festival which routinely draws more than 60,000 visitors to enjoy art, music and food. The 42nd annual Paseo Arts Festival will take place May 26 – May 28 this year.

On the first Friday of each month, the Paseo cranks up the hospitality with the First Friday Gallery Walk, in which more than 80 neighborhood artists show off their wares amid a blocks-long party of music, food and fun.

arts and culture, bar, festivals, housing, nightlife, Paseo District, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Stockyards City

Stockyards City

If you’ve read the blog before, you know we are guilty of bragging about the momentum and future of Oklahoma City from time to time. That might be true, but it doesn’t mean we don’t also like to embrace our past and heritage. Stockyards City is a place where that heritage comes alive.

The district was home to one of Oklahoma City’s first major industries, with a rush of meat processors and packing plants, and was known affectionately here as Packingtown. When the original plant closed in 1961, a cattle auction was added to secure the district’s future. The Oklahoma National Stockyards, the world’s largest stocker and feeder cattle market, is open to visitors so you can experience the action firsthand every Monday and Tuesday.

If you have cowboy needs (even of the urban cowboy variety), Stockyards City is the place to be as some of the businesses date back to the early 1900s. Boot and hat repair, western wear and even the Rodeo Opry make up the district.

Of course, talking about the district wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the world-famous Cattlemen’s Steakhouse. The steakhouse opened in 1910 and has been serving hungry ranchers and cattlemen ever since. Heck, if it is good enough for John Wayne and a sitting president, you might want to give it a try.

shopping, Stockyards, Oklahoma City history, restaurants, retail
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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Ready for the uptown funk?

Uptown 23 Street Art

Teeming with flavor, color and life, Uptown 23rd is one of the latest neighborhood revitalizations gaining a well-deserved reputation. Uptown 23rd is one of OKC’s oldest retail corridors with historic buildings such as the Gold Dome building, a Buckminister Fuller-inspired geodesic dome on the corner of Classen Avenue and Northwest 23rd Street. The attractions in Uptown are casual, accessible and largely owned by local proprietors.

Must-visit bars and restaurants in the area include Big Truck Tacos, Cheever’s, Pizzeria Gusto, known for their authentic Neapolitan pizza; The Drake, a seafood restaurant served family style; the Pump Bar, a former Texaco station turned bar that serves up drinks in a friendly atmosphere; and the 70s-themed Rockford Cocktail Den. You can also test your detective skills at The Escape OKC, a live-escape game where you have 60 minutes to solve the puzzles of a locked room.

The most recent additions to 23rd’s thriving restaurant and bar scene include the Bunker Club, Scottie’s Deli, UR/BUN and more.

The jewel of 23rd might be the Tower Theatre. Built in 1937, the theatre was one of Oklahoma City’s premier movie houses for nearly four decades but closed in the ‘80s. It was renovated last year and reopened as a live music venue and has attracted popular acts from across the country.  

Whichever district you are visiting, find out even more about what to eat, enjoy or experience there online at the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website at www.visitokc.com

Uptown 23, concerts, live music, nightlife, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Festive with PlazaFest

Plaza District Festival

Looking for a fun, exciting day out with family or friends? With live music, incredible food and beautiful art, there’s a lot to see and do at the upcoming Plaza District Festival.

Celebrating local arts, culture and the revitalization of OKC’s Plaza District, the Plaza District Festival will feature art from more than 30 Oklahoma-based artists in addition to an all Oklahoma lineup of musicians and performers on three stages. There will also be a kid’s area with activities like face painting, hula hoops and bubbles, and firehouse art activities throughout the festival so your little ones can harness their own creative genius.

The Plaza District is an enclave of locally owned shops, galleries and restaurants and has become a hub for creativity and a magnet for local businesses. It is a popular place for visitors who want to find that unique gift, enjoy a drink and soak in an area that now has a hipster, modern vibe. Grab a cup of coffee at District House, a slice of pizza at Empire or a grilled cheese at the Mule. You can also get a drink at Oak and Ore before heading over to DNA Galleries to buy some clothes or art. How about ending the evening with a performance at Lyric Theatre and then running over to Roxy’s for some ice cream or Pie Junkie for the best pie around. Get the picture? There is something for everyone in the Plaza.

The Plaza District Festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

live music, nightlife, Plaza District, restaurants, theater, arts and culture, family-friendly, festivals, food
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

What to see OKC

Our friends over at the Convention and Visitors Bureau create a lot of great content. And, contrary to popular belief, their website isn’t just for visitors!

VisitOKC.com features all the latest happenings in OKC, from the latest events to the best local restaurants even some locals don’t know about. They even have monthly “What to see in OKC” videos filled with the biggest shows, events and other attractions taking place in the City that month in under 2 minutes. In fact, the one for September can be found here, highlighting the Oklahoma State Fair, Disney on Ice, upcoming concerts and more.

So, if you’re interested in being “in the know” and have some serious FOMO (Fear of missing out… We millennials have some odd phrases), just check back in to the VisitOKC website each month or follow them on Instagram @VisitOKC to stay updated with the latest.  

Visit OKC, attractions, concerts, restaurants, State Fair Park
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The neon lights of Broadway

Automobile Alley at Night

When we say “neon” and “Broadway,” you might have another city in mind. But no longer! Just north of the central business district in downtown Oklahoma City is Automobile Alley, a district centered on Broadway and aptly named for its history as the hub of auto dealers starting in the 1910s. That history is brightly on display today with the neon signs that shine over the district.

While some dealerships still call this area home, it is now known for its restaurants and retail options. Along this stretch of street, you’ll find everything from breakfast and coffee to whiskey and wine. And if shopping is your objective, some of the most unique stores in the metro are located along Automobile Alley and the nearby Ninth Street. For the full list of all to do and see, visit www.automobilealley.org, and be sure to follow Automobile Alley on Twitter at @AutoAlleyOKC.

retail, Automobile Alley, downtown, Oklahoma City history, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Lights, camera, nightlife

Film Row

Roll out the red carpet, because this district knows how to give you a star-studded time. Starting in 1907, what is now known as Film Row was home to film exchange distribution offices, a place where movie theater owners could return old films and exchange them for new releases. By the 1960s, every major film studio was represented in the area (along with theater supply stores), but changing technologies caused the industry to disintegrate, leaving Oklahoma City with the last remaining film exchange district in the U.S.

Thankfully, Film Row has experienced a rebirth that deeply respects its cinematic history. Boasting a unique mix of creative companies, restaurants and retail means that this district has plenty of opportunities to enjoy. Today, you can catch a classic film or live music at Paramount, an old Paramount Pictures screening room, buy succulent plants while sipping on coffee at the Plant Shoppe/Okay Yeah Co., or grab a drink and view the art galleries at 21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City. Follow the district on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay updated on all there is to do in the district.

restaurants, retail, arts and culture, film, Film Row, Oklahoma City history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Get artistic

Paseo District

What do you get when you combine the oldest planned commercial shopping district in Oklahoma City with a creative, inclusive community? The Paseo Arts District, of course! The winding streets and original Spanish-style stucco buildings are home for the art galleries and studios that give this district so much artistic flair. Perfect for a meandering walk, the Paseo Arts District is also home to some of Oklahoma City’s best restaurants and bars, including Paseo Grill, Sauced on Paseo, Piccaso Café and The Other Room. Its proximity to the Uptown 23rd District and the historic housing options available nearby, including single-family homes and apartments, make this a walkable neighborhood with a community atmosphere.

On the first Friday of each month, the Paseo cranks up the hospitality with the First Friday Gallery Walk, in which more than 60 neighborhood artists show off their wares amid a blocks-long party of music, food and fun. Be sure to check out the next one this Friday, July 7.

arts and culture, bar, festivals, housing, nightlife, Paseo District, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Lasso up some fun

Stockyards City entrance

There’s no better place to experience a piece of Oklahoma City’s past than Stockyards City. This district is a living testament to one of Oklahoma City’s first major industries, packing plants, and the cattle trade that accompanied it. When the original plant closed in 1961, a cattle auction was added to secure the district’s future. Today, that auction operates as the Oklahoma National Stockyards, and it is the world’s largest stocker and feeder cattle market. (You can see it in action on Mondays and Tuesdays starting at 8 a.m.)

The original business district is still intact, housing stores that can meet all your western wear and gear needs. Once you work up an appetite, a trip to Cattlemen’s Steakhouse is in order. This OKC staple has been feeding hungry cowboys and ranchers since 1910 and has welcomed John Wayne, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Charles Barkley, to name a few.

Oklahoma City history, restaurants, Stockyards, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Craft beer explosion

Friends drinking beer

With so much brewing in the OKC, it’s kind of hard not having a beer jubil-double-E every now and then. Fall for your favorite fermentables at taprooms and restaurants all over town. Like to get your craft beer straight from the brewer’s fermenter? Some of our favorite spots include Anthem Brewing Company, COOP Ale Works, Elk Valley/Mustang, Roughtail and Twisted Spike. Want food while you imbibe (pro tip: usually not a bad idea.)? Restaurants like Bricktown Brewery and Belle Isle Brewery brew their own awesome stuff on-site, and many of our local establishments pride themselves on their local craft beer selection, like McNellie’s, Urban Johnnie, Republic Gastropub and more. Due in part to OKCitians’ thirst as well as a recent change in Oklahoma law, even more brewery taprooms have been announced. There’s certainly no dearth of excellent craft beer in Oklahoma City, so get out there and enjoy (responsibly)!

beer, food, nightlife, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

OKCRetail.com

Grocery Shopping

What makes OKC a prime place for retailers? It is actually pretty simple. When you combine a low unemployment rate with a low cost living, people simple have more buying power. Retailers love OKC and we, of course, love the steady stream of new shopping and dining options.

Whether you just like to keep up with the latest retail headlines or you need some handy tools to open up your own shop of restaurant, visit okcretail.com. It is a website dedicated to helping the world know about how easy it is to find retail success in OKC. Scout for locations, pull demographic reports, find out about permitting and even peruse property listings from the literally anywhere. You can also hear success stories from others who are proud to have a retail presence in OKC.

restaurants, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Your newest guide to OK (See) attractions

Whether you’re just visiting Oklahoma City or you’re a long-time resident, the Visitor’s Guide is a great resource to learn the ins and outs of OKC. Published and updated twice each year, the Visitor’s guide can give you ideas for dining, shopping and recreation with a map to help get you where you need to go. The Oklahoma City Visitors Guide is available in magazine version by request or as a digital version online.










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attractions, restaurants, shopping, Visit OKC
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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HefnerFest

Lake Hefner Lighthouse

Beautiful sunsets, a 10-mile trail and iconic lighthouse in the middle of the state make Lake Hefner a must see travel destination for visitors and residents alike. Instead of simply driving by this iconic lake again on Lake Hefner Parkway, why not stop by for a fun-filled day?

Hefner Fest is a free event for people of all ages taking place April 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Experience all that Lake Hefner has to offer with free sailing experiences, stand up paddle board rentals, kayak rentals, tailgate games and so much more. Hefner Fest will also feature live music, food trucks and a beer garden.

Most people see Lake Hefner as a great place to take a stroll or ride your bike but Lake Hefner also offers all kinds of water sports fun. In fact, plans were just released to enhance the historic Lake Hefner Boathouse to help increase the amount of activity on the lake.

After the event, take a stroll along the 10 mile trail that surrounds the lake or stop by one of the many restaurants along Lake Hefner’s waterfront to enjoy a beautiful sunset that only Lake Hefner can provide. Lake Hefner is more than just that pretty lake next to the highway, so be sure to stop by and experience all that it has to offer. 

beer, cycling, food, Lake Hefner, live music, restaurants, running, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Plaza District

Dramatic changes in the past 15 years brought new life to the Plaza District. The district was first developed in the 1920s at the end of the city’s trolley line. For the next 40 years the area served as a bustling commercial district for the growing neighborhoods that surrounded it. The district started to a decline through the 70s, 80s and 90s but new development there since has turned it into a thriving hub of creativity.

The Plaza District, located on NW 16 between Classen Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue, is one of the city’s most walkable corridors and contains art galleries, a tattoo shop, restaurants, collaborative work spaces and Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, which includes the Thelma Gaylord Academy and a performance space in the 1935-era Plaza Theatre, which has been newly rebuilt and is home to professional performance productions and other events. Lyric Theatre was one of the first entities to invest in the district, playing a crucial role in the Plaza’s rebirth.

The District is home to monthly events such as Live! On the Plaza and the Plaza District Festival in September. It is a popular place for visitors who want to find that unique gift, enjoy a drink and soak in an area that now has a hipster, modern vibe. Almost any night of the week you can find something interesting going on in the Plaza so keep up an eye on their events page.

arts and culture, festivals, nightlife, Plaza District, restaurants, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Midtown

Midtown

To see OKC’s renaissance in action, you don’t have to look any farther than the Midtown District, centered around Walker Avenue and 10th Street, near St. Anthony Hospital, the city’s first hospital. Midtown connects the energy of downtown with beautiful, historic neighborhoods to its north.

The bustling area continues to develop for people who want to live, work and play in the heart of Oklahoma City, and features housing, retail, night life, hotels and history, with many of its original buildings being brought back to life. The heart of the district is Plaza Court, an 84-year old building that features some of OKC’s favorite restaurants and bars.

Public and private investments have created a thriving district of diversity within its 387 acres. Midtown included the city’s first grocery store and kindergarten, surviving territorial Victorian homes and a strong restaurant and night-life scene. Midtown continues to be an urban center in its current-day renaissance as it is one of the hubs of downtown living with a plethora of urban housing recently opened, under construction or announced.

restaurants, retail, housing, Midtown, nightlife
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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