A Guide to Oklahoma City's Bricktown

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One of the most popular areas of the city, the ever-expanding Bricktown region of downtown Oklahoma City has quickly become the hottest district of the metro. With a number of great things to see and do such as restaurants, sports, entertainment and shopping, Bricktown is an OKC hot spot for residents and visitors alike.

This status is quite a change from the once run-down downtown warehouse district.

The MAPS development initiatives in the early 1990's accelerated attempts to revitalize the area and resulted in the construction of the canal as well as the Bricktown Ballpark.

Location & Directions

Bricktown is located on the eastern side of downtown Oklahoma City between E.K. Gaylord Avenue on the west and Stiles Avenue on the East. Reno Avenue is a major Bricktown street on the south side, and Main Street is considered the north border.

Parking

The parking situation has long been a hotly debated topic. Though there are several lots in and around Bricktown, many are controlled by a small group of property owners and some residents believe Bricktown parking should be free. Nevertheless, spots are available in lots, the Bricktown Parking Garage (222 E. Sheridan) and the Sante Fe Parking Garage (2 S. Santa Fe).

Attractions

There's so much to do in Bricktown. See the top Bricktown attractions.

Among them:

  • Take a romantic horse-driven carriage ride.
  • Visit the American Banjo Museum.

Note: Be aware of the Bricktown curfew code for minors.

Restaurants

Bricktown has a nice mix of eating options within just a few blocks. There are theme restaurants such as Toby Keith's and KD's, casual spots such as Earl's Rib Palace and fine dining at Mickey Mantle's or the Mantel. Get much more information and reviews on some of the best Bricktown restaurants.

Shopping

Whenever metro residents talk about improvements to the Bricktown area, one of the first topics to enter the discussion is retail. There aren't a lot of shopping establishments in Bricktown right now, but there are a couple. The Painted Door has unique specialty gifts, the Red Dirt Emporium has Oklahoma collectibles and, of course, Bass Pro Shop is a huge outdoors establishment.  Also check out Coco Flow for excellent edible gifts.

Nightlife

In addition to the selection of quality restaurants noted above, Bricktown has become a destination for the bar and club crowds as well. Enjoy bars such as Whiskey Chicks, Coyote Ugly, Captain Norm's or Cosmopolitan.  As far as clubs, popular spots include Candy Nightclub, Club One 15 and more.