TOP 10 DISTRICTS IN OKLAHOMA CITY'S URBAN CORE
TOP 10 DISTRICTS IN OKLAHOMA CITY'S
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With a great economy and a growing population, Oklahoma City is seeing the birth of the District. Shopping, Dining, Adventure, Entertainment and Art there is a District for everyone. We compiled a list of our Top 10 Districts, along with a few suggestions. We hope this list will give you the urge to get out of the house and enjoy a District today!
Boathouse District – With a unique architecture the City has seen, this district is for the kid and athlete at heart. Everything from kayaking, rock climbing and flying down a zip line is available here. You will also find from time to time the world’s Olympic athletes. Next week is the Oklahoma Regatta Festival, you do not want to miss this fun time for the whole family! Next for this area, the White Water Riversport Rapids.
Western Avenue – A soon to finish road renovation will open up the sidewalks and make it easier for everyone to find their favorite bar or restaurant. You have your classics like VZD’s to your newbie The Barrel. You can also spice up your life a little with Savory Spice Shop or you could tone it down with a coffee at Lobby Bar. Shops include A Date with Iris, Weldon Jack, and Guestroom Records. When they say there is something for everyone, they mean it.
Classen Curve – When thinking about this district, you should always ask, “Do I like shopping?” If the answer is yes, this is your district. With popular national chains like Whole Foods, Anthropologie and West Elm you can bet you will keep with the current trends. It is also quite easy to Keep It Local in Classen Curve. Onion Burgers at Tucker’s. Running shoes at Red Coyote. Kid’s fashion at Uptown Kids. It is basically a shopper’s paradise!
Asian District – This has been a district for many years before we even started calling places a district. It has also been the best place for all things Asian Cuisine. Pho Lien Hoa, Lido and Super Cao Nguyen for those who like to make their own. Everyone has a favorite spot in this District. It is also a great place for sandwich lover’s with Neptune’s Subs, Lee’s Sandwiches and for the Vegetarians, you can grab a Sloppy Jane with your coffee at The Red Cup.
Deep Deuce District – Once a prominent African American community, this small but significant district was a powerful jazz community and Ralph Waldo Ellison even wrote about it in his book Trading Twelves. Now it is having a rebirth of dining, shopping, and living. You have The Wedge Pizzeria, home to some of the best pizza in the state. There is WSKY Lounge, where you can have a great cigar and just about any whiskey you can think of. You might even run into NBA All-star Kevin Durant. New kids on the block Anchor Down for your corn dog fix and Slaughter’s Hall. If you eat to much, you can always step into Slim Menswear to get measured for a new pair of pants.
Uptown District – the 23rd street was and always will be a street filled with potential. With the Tower Theater being renovated and the Gold Dome soon to find new life, Uptown is quickly becoming the district to start a new local business. You can’t start this conversation without bringing up Cheever’s Cafe. It has been a staple for many years. Now there are many new places that will likely be around for years. Guyutes, Pizzeria Gusto, The Drake, The Pump Bar, Mutts, Big Truck Tacos, Cuppies & Joe, Backdoor BBQ, Basil and Pizza 23 just to name a few. It seems there is so much now, yet there is so much more to come from this district.
Automobile Alley – Cool shops like Plenty Mercantile and Sara Kate Studios mixed with a great cup of joe at Coffee Slingers, Auto Alley is experiencing a resurgence. Experience fine dining at the Broadway 10 Chop House or Red Prime Steakhouse. Be sure to check it out on the 3rd Thursday every month for Shop Hop. Verbode included!
Midtown District – If you work downtown you are more than likely going to stop in Midtown before heading home. Happy Hour is no joke in Midtown. Newly opened Fassler Hall serves up mini bratwurst with your giant German beer. After that, you can go downstairs and bowl until your hearts content at Dust Bowl. You don’t always have to go after work, if you are an early riser there
is a donut at Brown’s Bakery or a European pastry at Prairie Thunder Baking Company. Don’t forget about the new shops in Midtown like Black Scintilla, Trade Men’s Wares and Chirps & Cheers. You are bound to find something to spend your hard earned money on.
Paseo Arts District – It could be argued that the Paseo Arts District was the birthplace of Oklahoma City’s art culture. Lined with 22 art galleries you can find just about any media. The Project Box opened last year as space for artists in all disciplines to share and further their skills through interactive workshops and performances. The Elm’s gallery was one of the first galleries in the area opened in 1920, now JRB Art at the Elm’s it has become one of the most important galleries for any local artist to show their work. The Paseo is also home to very artistically delicious food from Picasso Cafe, Paseo Grill, and Sauced. Best time to see everything and your favorite artists, First Friday art walk.
Plaza District – A couple of years ago there were only a few businesses on a run down the street that was once a hub for business. When Lyric Theatre chose to renovate a building on this street it seemed to cause chain reactions. Businesses started popping up slowly, like No Regrets Tattoo and DNA Galleries. Today as soon as a building comes available, there are many entrepreneurs jumping on the chance to open their ideas on The Plaza. With a mentality of working together and not creating competition, The Plaza District has grown quickly and each new business becomes the new success story. Like Kasum Gallery, Out on a Limb and Maverick. If you are hungry, there is plenty to indulge your grumbling belly. The Mule, Empire Slice House, Chiltepe’s, Oak & Ore, Saint’s and District House. For dessert there is Roxy’s Ice Cream, Pie Junkie or you can sip wine at Urban Wineworks. So much to choose from with so little time in the day.
Up and Coming Districts
Film Row District – Film Row has been reborn from a love of its amazing past, and development and new construction abounds. The creative presence at the heart of Film Row’s Sheridan and Lee Avenues includes a plethora of artistic businesses, a movie house, law firms, locally-owned restaurants, and so much more. The future looks even better as more and more learn about Film Row and its amazing legacy, making it one of Oklahoma City’s brightest stars!
Farmer’s Market District– Quickly becoming the place to see your favorite local musicians, creatives and entrepreneurs, the Farmer’s Market is not only home to fresh local produce anymore. You now have bars, restaurants, food truck lots, and creative spaces being filled. Pick up your fresh local goods and stay for a spicy cocktail at the Power House