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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Anthem Brewing grows with OKCís craft beer scene

Anthem Beer

This story original ran on VelocityOKC.com.

It’s tough to argue with the success and explosive growth of OKC’s craft brewing scene as of late, and don’t think we here at VeloCityOKC HQ haven’t noticed. With all the new offerings “on tap,” so to speak, we thought our readers might enjoy a look inside the goings-on of one of Oklahoma City’s most successful craft breweries. Chamber member Anthem Brewing Company not only makes some fantastic and popular “core beers” that you may already be familiar with, but also features a rotating cask cast of seasonal, experimental and just plain “why-the-heck-not?” beers in their taproom. On your behalf, we tried some (yes, it’s a tough job and all that.) Watch the videos below for a look at Anthem’s brand, taproom and brewery, some of the small-batch beers you can only get in the taproom, future plans and more, and read on for our impressions, tasting notes and pairing suggestions.

Recently, members of the Chamber’s Marketing & Communications staff took an afternoon to visit Anthem Brewing Company's taproom, 908 SW 4th St., to test, taste, rate (on a scale of 1 to 10) the experimental and seasonal offerings available only on-site, and then do our best impression of craft beer experts by channeling our inner cicerones (AKA a beer sommelier) and putting pen to paper. Enjoy!

You can read the results of the taste results here.

nightlife, beer
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Opening Night 2019

NYE OKC

For more than two decades, Opening Night has been the place to ring in the New Year in Oklahoma City. Put on by Arts Council Oklahoma City, Opening Night features great food and music for the whole family in Downtown OKC.

This year’s entertainment includes Take Cover, The Allie Lauren Project, Edgar Cruz, OKC Improv, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, OKC Philharmonic and more. Also several of the metro’s best food trucks will be there.

Party favors can be picked up inside the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Also, those who are 21 and older can keep warm with adult beverages in certain tents.

Wristbands are $8 in advance and can be purchased at MidFirst Bank and 7-Eleven stores around town. The night of wristbands are $10 and kids under five get in free.

family-friendly, festivals, food, holiday, live music, nightlife
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Changes in the liquor laws

Friends enjoying beer

On October 1, a whole bunch of new liquor laws went into effect that loosened restrictions on where and how you can buy your favorite suds. Frankly, the amount of changes can make your head spin. Here is what you need to know:

  • The headliner that everyone has been talking about is that wine and beer can be “full strength” or 6 percent like our neighbors down south.
  • Grocery and convenience stores can sell beer and wine from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. ANY day of the week.
  • Liquor stores can sell chilled beer and chilled wine (if you’re into that).
  • Liquor stores can sell other items other than just alcohol – think mixers and snacks – but it has to be under 20 percent of sales.
  • Small breweries can crank their production 65,000 barrels instead of the measly 25,000 they were capped at previously.
  • Breweries can now operate their taprooms until 2 a.m. instead of closing the doors at 9 p.m. which means you no longer have to miss out on your football!
  • Some really great news for those of you who enjoy spiked grape juice, wineries can now ship directly 30 nine-liter cases per person.
  • An owner can now own two entire liquor stores instead of one.
  • Small wineries (15,000 gallons annually) can now ship and sell directly to restaurants and retailers rather than a wholesaler if they would like to.
  • You can now drink your choice of alcohol at movie theaters as long as they have the appropriate license.
  • Good news, advertising happy hours and specials is now legal.
  • SB 211 allows counties to hold elections to see if liquor stores can be open on Sundays.
  • Finally, clerks selling high-point beer and wine at grocery stores now have to be at least 18 instead of 16; however, to work at a liquor store you still need to be 21 for selling the hard stuff.
beer, nightlife, wine
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Riverscream

KJ103 RiverScream

We all want to make memories with our family, right? We want something we can look back on 10 or 20 years from now to smile, laugh and reminisce. KJ103’s Riverscream is the perfect answer to that need. They have a zombie zip line and zombie-themed laser tag. There is a pirate’s zone for the younger children, ages 2-7, and whitewater rafting. There are a plethora of options available to make memories for the entire family. You can find all the information here.

All of this is great, the kids are important and memories with your family and kids are something you never want to lose, but what about us adults? When do we get to be a little loose and have a little fun without the kids? We love them, but we all need time apart to breathe. Once again, Oklahoma City has your back.

Haunt the River in downtown Oklahoma City provides a relaxing boat ride. The boat is decorated for the holiday, provides haunting music and light appetizers, but maybe most importantly alcohol is available. There is a cash bar on board, which can certainly help you relax and ease into the holiday season. Cruise privileges are not valid for groups of eight or more though. You can find all the information you need here.

Boathouse District, family-friendly, holiday, nightlife, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation
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.

Paseo District, Plaza District, restaurants, Bricktown, Uptown 23, Deep Deuce, festivals, Film Row, food, live music, nightlife, Oklahoma City history
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

Bottoms up

Friends enjoying beer

Oklahoma has undergone a recent renaissance of craft breweries finding their niche in OKC. This can be traced to a new wave of favorable legislation allowing breweries to sell their beer directly to customers at the breweries’ location, and an upcoming extension (October) of sale hours until 2 a.m. rather than closing at 9 p.m. Some of the nationally known local breweries include Coop Ale Works, Anthem Brewing Company, Black Mesa Brewing Company and Prairie Artisan Ales. Coop, Anthem, Prairie and Twisted Spike Brewery each have local taprooms located throughout OKC.

Oklahoma brewers have been working in unison to keep the momentum going in establishing The Brewers Union taproom in west OKC, where you can sample a wide variety of the beers brewed at the facility. Among the up-and-coming brewers associated in the Union’s taproom are Elk Valley Brewing, Vanessa House Beer Co. and Angry Scotsman Brewing, all three of which have their own future local taprooms “on tap” and in development.

Further options of both widely popular local and national brews in OKC can be experienced at Bricktown Brewery, Belle Isle Restaurant & Brewery, McNellie’s Pub House, Fassler Hall, TapWerks and others.

beer, breweries, nightlife
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Live music in May

Concert at the Criterion in OKC

With the opening of several new venues in Oklahoma City, there has never been more live music options in the metro. Just about any night of the week you can find an exciting performance at a top-notch venue. Here is a quick preview of some the concerts going down in May. Of course this is far from a complete listing. What show did we miss that you are excited about? Let us know in the comments or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook.

  • Ben Folds- May 1 at the Civic Center Music Hall: A special treat as Ben Folds will play with the OKC Philharmonic.
  • Primus/Mastadon- May 8 at the Criterion: Get your metal fix as Primus and Mastadon rock the Criterion.
  • Spoon- May 17 at the Jones Assembly: Indie stalwarts Spoon will be taking over the Jones Assembly for a can’t-miss show.
  • Toadies- May 19 at the Diamond Ballroom: The 90s will never die as the Toadies come to town.
  • James Taylor with special guest Bonnie Raitt- May 25 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena: Just your run-of-the-mill concert featuring a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member with 15 Grammy wins.
  • American Aquarium- May 25 at the Tower Theatre: Favorites among the Oklahoma/Texas touring scene, American Aquarium shows rarely disappoint.
concerts, live music, nightlife
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.

Bricktown, family-friendly, live music, museums, nightlife, restaurants
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.

bar, housing, Midtown, nightlife, restaurants, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Adventure District

Adventure District

If there is one thing you can say about the Adventure District, it is that it lives up to its name and then some.

The Oklahoma City Zoo is one of the crown jewels of the city and features more than 1,800 animals spread over 119 acres. We recommend the Great escAPE (get it) exhibit where you can watch gorillas, orangutans and chimpanzees monkey around. The newest addition to the Zoo is a baby gorilla born on Dec. 13. The baby is a girl and her name will be revealed soon.  

Next door to the Zoo is Science Museum Oklahoma which has been entertaining and teaching generations of kids about science since the late 50s. The museum is home to a must-see Science Live performance and a planetarium. On Feb. 9, the museum is launching its first-ever Late Nite Lab.

Nearby is the world-renowned National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum where you can find exhibits on cowboy heritage and one of the largest collections of western art in the known galaxy. 

There is also fun to be had for sports fans at the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame & Museum. Not just a place for history, the Museum welcomes thousands each year for the annual Women’s College World Series.

Last, but not least, if you need a break from the kids head over to Remington Park Racing & Casino which is not only the region’s top race track, but the city’s only casino.

You can read more about the Adventure district here.

zoo, Adventure District, arts and culture, family-friendly, live sporting events, museums, nightlife, racetrack, western heritage
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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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

And the Oscar goes to

Tower Theatre in Uptown 23rd

In our humble opinion, one of the coolest things about the renovation of the historic Tower Theatre is how the building’s history as a film house has been kept front and center. If you didn’t know, the Tower Theatre originally opened in 1937, and served as the premier movie house in Oklahoma City for almost 40 years. While the renovation of the historic theatre has mainly focused on the facility as a live music venue, you can also catch some of your favorite films there as well. “Home Alone”, “This is Spinal Tap”, “Christmas Vacation” and “Shawshank Redemption” are just a handful of the movies playing between now and the end of the year. The Tower even offers a full bar for movie showings. Check out their schedule to see when your favorite movie is playing.

The Tower Theatre is far from the only unique place to see a movie in Oklahoma City. On the third Friday of each month, the 21c Museum Hotel features a movie screening as part of their Filmography series, a partnership with deadCenter Film and OKC Film Society. These screenings are absolutely free.

Finally, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art has been the metro’s art house cinema for years. Their film program mainly focuses on independent cinema but occasionally sprinkles in films such as “Die Hard” for special holiday screenings. They even offer special ticket packages that include dinner at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art Cafe.

museums, nightlife, film, free, history, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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

concerts, live music, nightlife, restaurants, Uptown 23
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.

arts and culture, family-friendly, festivals, food, live music, nightlife, Plaza District, restaurants, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Out West

Yukon Flour Mill

Oklahoma City’s next door neighbor to the West is Yukon. Yukon is a fast-growing community with roots in agriculture and a Czech history. Yukon is known as the “Czech Capital of Oklahoma” and features the historic Czech Hall, which is a national historic site and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since 1925, the hall has hosted Czech dances every Saturday night, which you should totally go Czech out, because you knew we were going to go there with that pun, and also because you can enjoy dancing, Czech snacks, beers and meeting some new people. The famous Yukon Czech Festival occurs on the first Saturday of October, so mark your calendars now to get your hands on some of those kolaches or klobasy sandwiches you love.

Yukon also hosts the Chisholm Trail Crawfish Festival in June, which seeks to integrate a celebration of the historic Chisholm Trail with a little dash of Cajun charisma (why not?). Go get your Yukon on!

day-trip, festivals, history, nightlife, Yukon
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

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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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, 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.

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

Bricktown

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. 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, arts and culture, baseball, Bricktown, family-friendly, museums, music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Farmers Market District

Farmers Market

Although many would classify the district as up-and-coming, the Farmers Market District can trace its history back nearly a century.

Located in the southwest portion of downtown, the centerpiece of the district is the Farmers Public Market building, a grand example of Colonial Spanish architecture. Opened in 1928, the building was used by farmers to sell fresh produce and by locals for events, including concerts and boxing matches. Legends such as Bob Wills and Hank Williams, Sr. played the auditorium.

The building was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Today, after extensive renovations, the building is once again a hub of local retail and events. More than a dozen independent retailers operate out of the building.

To call the district funky and eclectic might be cliché, but it happens to be true. Urban Farmhouse Designs uses reclaimed lumber to create custom furniture and has become one of the go-to-places in the metro for that one-of-a-kind, must-have piece. Anthem Brewing Company is also located in the district and has quickly become one of the best craft breweries in the state (their Arjuna is a big hit at Better Life HQ).

The district also features a yoga studio, speakeasy and much more, making it the perfect visit for a Saturday afternoon stroll.  You can read more about the district in a past issue of VeloCity.

beer, Farmers Market District, nightlife, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Adventure District

Elephants at the Zoo

If there is one thing you can say about the Adventure District, it is that it lives up to its name and then some.

The Oklahoma City Zoo is one of the crown jewels of the city and features more than 1,800 animals spread over 119 acres. We recommend the Great escAPE (get it) exhibit where you can watch gorillas, orangutans and chimpanzees monkey around. This is also where you can find the Zoo Amphitheater, the premier venue for outdoor concerts in the metro.

Next door to the Zoo is Science Museum Oklahoma which has been entertaining and teaching generations of kids about science since the late 50s. If you were raised in Oklahoma City, you know all about the shadow wall. The museum is home to a must-see Science Live performance and a planetarium. Also you still have a couple of months to check out the Red Dirt Dinos exhibit. In this one-of-a-kind experience, the dinosaurs who used to roam the Sooner State come back alive.

Nearby is the world-renowned National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum where you can find exhibits on cowboy heritage and one of the largest collections of western art in the known galaxy. 

There is also fun to be had for sports fans at the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame & Museum. Not just a place for history, the Museum welcomes thousands each year for the annual Women’s College World Series.

Last, but not least, if you need a break from the kids head over to Remington Park Racing & Casino which is not only the region’s top race track, but the city’s only casino.

As you can see the Adventure District has a ton to do (even more than we listed), but if you want to see it all you are going to need more than a weekend.

museums, nightlife, racetrack, western heritage, zoo, Adventure District, concerts, family-friendly, kids
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Deep Deuce

Deep Deuce neighborhood

Located in the heart of downtown, the Deep Deuce District is one of the most historically significant areas of Oklahoma City and now a key urban center for the metro.

First the history, as the Deep Deuce was the home for African-American culture in Oklahoma City for decades. The district was a regional hub for jazz music in the 40s and home to legends like Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Charlie Christian and Jimmy Rushing. Oklahoma City native and literary giant Ralph Ellison even wrote a tribute to the district in his poem entitled “Deep Second”.

Recently the district has seen remarkable investment and redevelopment. Today you can find great restaurants and much of the city’s urban housing developments, making it the center for urban living in OKC.   

nightlife, restaurants, Deep Deuce, downtown, history, housing
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Haunt the River River Cruises

Oklahoma River Curise

If you’ve ever thought, “Hey, this Halloween party would be a lot better if it were on a boat,” you’re in luck. Consider the Haunt the River river cruises, leaving from the Exchange boathouse and arriving at scary-but-fun town, baby. Check out the schedule, grab your costume (or not), have your ID handy (it’s 21 and up) and get ready for a cruisin’ good time down at the river.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Distinct downtown districts

Film Row

Fancy a night out on the town or local shopping just steps away from the central business district? Oklahoma City’s downtown area is made up of districts that each have their own unique flavor and fun.

  • Bricktown - Showcasing Oklahoma City’s renaissance comes naturally to this entertainment district. The former warehouses that once housed industrial goods now offer some of Oklahoma City’s best restaurants and nightlife. The easiest way to see all this district has to offer is by way of the MAPS-funded canal. This time of year, canal rides on the Bricktown Water Taxi take place every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (weather permitting).
  • Film Row - Film Row is just west of downtown and is on the cutting-edge of Oklahoma City developments. Equal parts historic and revitalized, Film Row was once home to the film distribution offices for Hollywood’s major studios. It’s now a mix of artistic businesses, locally-own restaurants and more. Be sure to check out the eclectic art collection of the recently-opened 21c Museum Hotel.
  • Automobile Alley - Located north of downtown along Broadway Avenue, Automobile Alley got its name from the number of automobile dealerships that were originally located here in the first half of the 20th century. Now local shops and restaurants make up this effortlessly walkable district. And the fact that the future Oklahoma City Streetcar will stretch through this district makes it even more exciting.
restaurants, retail, streetcar, arts and culture, Automobile Alley, Bricktown, downtown, Film Row, museums, nightlife
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Uptown funk

Uptown 23rd

Uptown 23rd is home to one of the latest neighborhood revitalizations in Oklahoma City and is gaining a well-deserved reputation for a fun place to dine, drink and shop. The attractions in Uptown are casual, accessible and largely owned by local proprietors. Architecture buffs should also note that it is home to the historic Gold Dome building, a Buckminster Fuller-inspired geodesic dome on the border of Classen Avenue and Northwest 23rd Street.

Must-visit bars and restaurants in the area include 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.

Have additional recommendations for the Uptown 23rd District? Let us know in the comments!

bar, nightlife, restaurants, Uptown 23
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Asian District

One thing newcomers to our great city are always 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.

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, food, nightlife, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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