OKLAHOMA CITY

Oklahoma, United States

Oklahoma City is the capital and largest city of the state of Oklahoma. The county seat of Oklahoma County, he city ranks 27th among United States cities in population. The population grew following the 2010 Census, with the population estimated to have increased to 631,346 as of July 2015. As of 2015, the Oklahoma City metropolitan area had a population of 1,358,452, and the Oklahoma City-Shawnee Combined Statistical Area had a population of 1,459,758 (Chamber of Commerce) residents, making it Oklahoma's largest metropolitan area.

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Oklahoma City is the capital and largest city of the state of Oklahoma. The county seat of Oklahoma County, he city ranks 27th among United States cities in population. The population grew following the 2010 Census, with the population estimated to have increased to 631,346 as of July 2015. As of 2015, the Oklahoma City metropolitan area had a population of 1,358,452, and the Oklahoma City-Shawnee Combined Statistical Area had a population of 1,459,758 (Chamber of Commerce) residents, making it Oklahoma's largest metropolitan area.

Oklahoma City's city-limits extend into Canadian, Cleveland, and Pottawatomie counties, though much of those areas outside of the core Oklahoma County area are suburban or rural (watershed). The city ranks as the eighth-largest city in the United States by land area (including consolidated city-counties; it is the largest city in the United States by land area whose government is not consolidated with that of a county or borough).

Oklahoma City, lying in the Great Plains region, features one of the largest livestock markets in the world. Oil, natural gas, petroleum products and related industries are the largest sector of the local economy. The city is situated in the middle of an active oil field and oil derricks dot the capitol grounds. The federal government employs large numbers of workers at Tinker Air Force Base and the United States Department of Transportation's Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center (these two sites house several offices of the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Department's Enterprise Service Center, respectively).

Oklahoma City is on the I-35 Corridor and is one of the primary travel corridors into neighboring Texas and Mexico. Located in the Frontier Country region of the state, the city's northeast section lies in an ecological region known as the Cross Timbers. The city was founded during the Land Run of 1889, and grew to a population of over 10,000 within hours of its founding. The city was the scene of the April 19, 1995 bombing of theAlfred P. Murrah Federal Building, in which 168 people died. It was the deadliest terror attack in the history of the United States until the attacks of September 11, 2001, and remains the deadliest act ofdomestic terrorism in U.S. history.

Since the time weather recordshave been kept, Oklahoma City has been struck by thirteen strongtornadoes: eleven F/EF4s and two F/EF5.

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POPULATION :• City 579,999
• Urban 861,505 (US: 51st)
• Metro 1,459,758 (US: 42nd)
FOUNDED : Founded April 22, 1889[4]
Incorporated July 15, 1890[4]
TIME ZONE :Time zone CST (UTC−6)
Summer (DST) CDT (UTC−5)
LANGUAGE : English
RELIGION : 
AREA :• City 620.34 sq mi (1,606.67 km2)
• Land 601.11 sq mi (1,556.87 km2)
• Water 19.23 sq mi (49.81 km2)
• Urban 410.6 sq mi (1,063.5 km2)
ELEVATION :1,201 ft (366 m)
COORDINATES : 35°28′56″N 97°32′06″W
SEX RATIO :
ETHNIC :White: 62.7% (56.7% Non-Hispanic White)
Black or African American: 15.1%
Native American: 3.5%
Asian: 4.0% (1.7% Vietnamese, 0.7% Indian)
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 0.1%
Some other race: 9.4%
Two or more races: 5.2%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race): 17.2% (14.2% Mexican, 0.7% Guatemalan)
AREA CODE : 405
POSTAL CODE :Zip codes
73101-73132, 73134-73137, 73139-73160, 73162-73165, 73167, 73169-73170, 73172-73173, 73178-73179, 73184-73185, 73189-73190, 73194-73196, 73198, 74013
DIALING CODE : +1 405
WEBSITE :  City of Oklahoma City

Tourism

Understand

Oklahoma City is the largest city in the state, as well as its political, cultural, and economic engine. The city is the nation's third largest city in land area (608 sq miles), just behind Jacksonville FL (759 sq miles) and way behind Anchorage AK (1698 sq miles). The city is the 29th largest city in population in the nation (506,132 in the 2000 census), and the largest city in the 5 "plains states" (Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and North and South Dakota). After decades of suburban sprawl and an ill-fated downtown "urban renewal", a 'sudden' burst of investment in the 1990s has given the city additional big city attractions as well as a pleasant quality of life that often is the envy if not surprise of visitors from other cities, making Oklahoma City more of a tourist destination in and of itself. Oklahoma's state capitol building is the only capitol in the world with an oil well under it. Although its legal description is Capitol Site #1, it is referred to as Petunia #1 because it was originally drilled in the middle of a flower bed.


THINGS TO SEE

Many of the attractions are located near downtown or on the north side of town. Highlights in downtown are Bricktown, the city's fast growing entertainment district and tourist showpiece, the new Oklahoma City Museum of Art, home to the largest collection of Chihuly glass in the world as well as an arthouse/revival theater and a restaurant, and The Myriad Gardens, an impressive urban park with a 7 story botanical garden. North of the museum is the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. The memorial is both one of the most visible attractions in the city as well as its saddest, which has posed some problems for the city's tourism department. The outdoor symbolic memorial is free and open 24 hours a day, while the very well done Memorial Museum (located in the former Journal Record Building next door) can be visited for a small fee.

Many of the neighborhoods in the immediate vicinity of Downtown are textbook examples of urban blight, but to the northwest of downtown is a cluster of interesting early 20th century neighborhoods near the campus of Oklahoma City University. The most notable are The Paseo, a ramshackle artist colony located in a 1930s era urban neighborhood, and "Little Saigon" or as it's officially known,Asia District, home to the city's large Vietnamese and East Asian community. The Paseo was built in conscious imitation of Kansas City's Country Club Plaza in the early 20th century, but has since developed a gritty bohemian character that can feel like a breath of fresh air. Dozens of art galleries, restaurants, clothing stores and other related businesses are clustered in the area. Technically the Paseo is only comprised of a single street lined with deco Spanish revival buildings, but it has grown to encompass much of the surrounding neighborhood, including a stretch of storefronts on NW 23rd street, sort of the main street of the Northwest side.

West of The Paseo along Classen Boulevard is the Asia District, home to the city's majority Vietnamese Asian community. After the fall of Saigon in 1976, one of the cities picked by the US government for the relocation of refugees was Oklahoma City. Since then, these initial refugees have been joined by later immigrants from both Vietnam and other southeast Asian nations, as well as by Vietnamese Americans from elsewhere in the country. The district is home to many great restaurants, too numerous to mention, as well as Super Cao Nguyen Supermarket, the largest Asian market in the state.

Just West of Asia District is Oklahoma City University which features a small art museum and a variety of cultural events and programming.

To the North of Oklahoma City University is the "NW 39th Street Enclave" the largest GLBT neighborhood in the state, Crown Heights and the Western Avenue District, which are home to businesses and restaurants catering to young urbanites (Sushi Neko, a fine sushi bar and Will's, a coffee shop, both inside the restored art deco Will Rogers Theater complex, are worth a look).

On the Northeast side of the city is the capitol complex, which is interesting in itself, and the Oklahoma History Center. There is a medical research cluster northeast of Downtown centered on the OU Health Science Center that is large and growing, but unless you're a patient, a doctor, or a scientist, you're unlikely to spend much time there. (However the historic Lincoln Terrace neighborhood that is between the OUHSC and the state capitol is worth looking at if you enjoy historic architecture.) The Harn Homestead is also located nearby on NE 16th street.

North of the capitol is the "Adventure District" with the highly ranked Oklahoma City Zoo, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, and the Kirkpatrick Center (which features a children's science museum, an air and space museum, a photography museum and more), Remington Park and Casino a thoroughbred and quarter horse racing track with a Casino and off-track betting.

The Southside is notable primarily for Capitol Hill, a large Hispanic district, and the Stockyards, a neighborhood built around one of the largest cattle markets in the world. Cattle are still bought and sold there every Monday morning, much to the dismay of PETA and other local activists who can sometimes be spotted protesting nearby. The Stockyards resembles in some ways a wild west themed amusement park, sans rides. There are stores selling just about anything western themed that you could imagine, from saddles to belt buckles to truly giant hats. One of the few places in the city where your newly purchased giant hat will go mostly unremarked upon is the venerable Cattleman's Steakhouse, which has been serving up hearty steaks and "lamb fries" (a polite term for fried bull testicles) for over a century.

History

Oklahoma City was settled on April 22, 1889, when the area known as the "Unassigned Lands" was opened for settlement in an event known as "The Land Run". Some 10,000 homesteaders settled the area that would become the capital of Oklahoma. The town grew quickly; the population doubled between 1890 and 1900. Early leaders of the development of the city included Anton Classen, John Shartel, Henry Overholser and James W. Maney.

By the time Oklahoma was admitted to the Union in 1907, Oklahoma City had surpassed Guthrie, the territorial capital, as the population center and commercial hub of the new state. Soon after, the capital was moved from Guthrie to Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City was a major stop on Route 66 during the early part of the 20th century; it was prominently mentioned in Bobby Troup's 1946 jazz classic, "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66", later made famous by artist Nat King Cole.

Before World War II, Oklahoma City developed major stockyards, attracting jobs and revenue formerly in Chicago and Omaha, Nebraska. With the 1928 discovery of oil within the city limits (including under the State Capitol), Oklahoma City became a major center of oil production. Post-war growth accompanied the construction of the Interstate Highway System, which made Oklahoma City a major interchange as the convergence of I-35, I-40 and I-44. It was also aided by federal development of Tinker Air Force Base.

In 1950, the Census Bureau reported city's population as 8.6% black and 90.7% white.

Patience Latting was elected Mayor of Oklahoma City in 1971, becoming the city's first female mayor. Latting was also the first woman to serve as mayor of a U.S. city with over 350,000 residents.

As with many other American cities, center city population declined in the 1970s and 1980s as families followed newly constructed highways to move to newer housing in nearby suburbs. Urban renewal projects in the 1970s, including the Pei Plan, removed many older historic structures but failed to spark much new development, leaving the city dotted with vacant lots used for parking. A notable exception was the city's construction of the Myriad Gardens and Crystal Bridge, a botanical garden and modernistic conservatory in the heart of downtown. Architecturally significant historic buildings lost to clearances were the Criterion Theater, the Baum Building, the Hales Building, and the Biltmore Hotel.

In 1993, the city passed a massive redevelopment package known as the Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPS), intended to rebuild the city's core with civic projects to establish more activities and life to downtown. The city added a new baseball park; central library; renovations to the civic center, convention center and fairgrounds; and a water canal in the Bricktown entertainment district. Water taxis transport passengers within the district, adding color and activity along the canal. MAPS has become one of the most successful public-private partnerships undertaken in the U.S., exceeding $3 billion in private investment as of 2010. As a result of MAPS, the population living in downtown housing has exponentially increased, together with demand for additional residential and retail amenities, such as grocery, services, and shops.

Since the MAPS projects' completion, the downtown area has seen continued development. Several downtown buildings are undergoing renovation/restoration. Notable among these was the restoration of the Skirvin Hotel in 2007. The famed First National Center is being renovated.

Residents of Oklahoma City suffered substantial losses on April 19, 1995 when Timothy McVeigh detonated a bomb in front of the Murrah building. The building was destroyed (the remnants of which had to be imploded in a controlled demolition later that year), more than 100 nearby buildings suffered severe damage, and 168 people were killed. The site has been commemorated as the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. Since its opening in 2000, over three million people have visited. Every year on April 19, survivors, families and friends return to the memorial to read the names of each person lost.

The "Core-to-Shore" project was created to relocate I-40 one mile (1.6 km) south and replace it with a boulevard to create a landscaped entrance to the city. This also allows the central portion of the city to expand south and connect with the shore of the Oklahoma River. Several elements of "Core to Shore" were included in the MAPS 3 proposal approved by voters in late 2009.

Climate

Oklahoma City has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen: Cfa), with frequent variations in weather daily and seasonally, except during the consistently hot and humid summer months. Prolonged and severe droughts (sometimes leading to wildfires in the vicinity) as well as very heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding and flooding occur with some regularity. Consistent winds, usually from the south or south-southeast during the summer, help temper the hotter weather. Consistent northerly winds during the winter can intensify cold periods. Severe ice storms and snowstorms happen sporadically during the winter.

The average temperature is 61.4 °F (16.3 °C), with the monthly daily average ranging from 39.2 °F (4.0 °C) in January to 83.0 °F (28.3 °C) in July. Extremes range from −17 °F (−27 °C) on February 12, 1899 to 113 °F (45 °C) on August 11, 1936 and August 3, 2012; he last sub-zero (°F) reading was −5 °F (−21 °C) on February 10, 2011. Temperatures reach 100 °F (38 °C) on 10.4 days of the year, 90 °F (32 °C) on nearly 70 days, and fail to rise above freezing on 8.3 days. The city receives about 35.9 inches (91.2 cm) of precipitation annually, of which 8.6 inches (21.8 cm) is snow.

Climate data for Oklahoma City

MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °F (°C)83
(28)
92
(33)
97
(36)
100
(38)
104
(40)
107
(42)
110
(43)
113
(45)
108
(42)
97
(36)
87
(31)
86
(30)
113
(45)
Average high °F (°C)49.7
(9.8)
54.6
(12.6)
63.4
(17.4)
72.3
(22.4)
80.2
(26.8)
88.1
(31.2)
93.9
(34.4)
93.4
(34.1)
84.7
(29.3)
73.4
(23)
61.5
(16.4)
50.6
(10.3)
72.2
(22.3)
Daily mean °F (°C)39.2
(4)
43.7
(6.5)
52.2
(11.2)
61.0
(16.1)
69.9
(21.1)
78.0
(25.6)
83.0
(28.3)
82.4
(28)
73.9
(23.3)
62.5
(16.9)
50.7
(10.4)
40.6
(4.8)
61.4
(16.3)
Average low °F (°C)28.8
(−1.8)
32.8
(0.4)
41.0
(5)
49.7
(9.8)
59.6
(15.3)
67.8
(19.9)
72.2
(22.3)
71.3
(21.8)
63.2
(17.3)
51.6
(10.9)
40.0
(4.4)
30.6
(−0.8)
50.8
(10.4)
Record low °F (°C)−11
(−24)
−17
(−27)
1
(−17)
20
(−7)
32
(0)
46
(8)
53
(12)
49
(9)
35
(2)
16
(−9)
9
(−13)
−8
(−22)
−17
(−27)
Source: NOAA 

Geography

Oklahoma City lies along one of the primary corridors into Texas and Mexico, and is a three-hour drive from the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. The city is located in the Frontier Country region in the center of the state, making it an ideal location for state government.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 620.34 square miles (1,606.7 km2), of which, 601.11 square miles (1,556.9 km2) of it is land and 19.23 square miles (49.8 km2) of it is water. The total area is 3.09 percent water.

Oklahoma City lies in the Sandstone Hills region of Oklahoma, known for hills of 250 to 400 feet (120 m) and two species of oak: blackjack oak (Quercus marilandica) and post oak (Q. stellata). The northeastern part of the city and its eastern suburbs fall into an ecological region known as the Cross Timbers.

The city is roughly bisected by the North Canadian River (recently renamed the Oklahoma River inside city limits). The North Canadian once had sufficient flow to flood every year, wreaking destruction on surrounding areas, including the central business district and the original Oklahoma City Zoo. In the 1940s, a dam was built on the river to manage the flood control and reduced its level. In the 1990s, as part of the citywide revitalization project known as MAPS, the city built a series of low-water dams, returning water to the portion of the river flowing near downtown. The city has three large lakes: Lake Hefner and Lake Overholser, in the northwestern quarter of the city; and the largest, Lake Stanley Draper, in the sparsely populated far southeast portion of the city.

The population density normally reported for Oklahoma City using the area of its city limits can be a bit misleading. Its urbanized zone covers roughly 244 sq mi (630 km2) resulting in a density of 2,500 per square mile (2013 est), compared with larger rural watershed areas incorporated by the city, which cover the remaining 377 sq mi (980 km2) of the city limits.

Economy

The economy of Oklahoma City, once just a regional power center of government and energy exploration, has since diversified to include the sectors of information technology, services, health services and administration. The city is headquarters to two Fortune 500 companies, Chesapeake Energy Corporation and Devon Energy Corporation, as well as being home to Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, which is ranked thirteenth on Forbes' list of private companies.

As of July 2014, the top fifteen employers in the city were (with the number of employees in parentheses):

  1. State of Oklahoma (46,900)
  2. Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center (7,500)
  3. Integris Health (6,000)
  4. City of Oklahoma City (4,840)
  5. University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (5,000)
  6. Hobby Lobby Stores (5,100)
  7. Chesapeake Energy Corporation (3,500)
  8. Mercy Health Center (4,300)
  9. OG+E Energy Corp (3,400)
  10. Devon Energy Corporation (3,200)
  11. OU Medical Center (3,200)
  12. SSM Health Care of Oklahoma, Inc. (3,100)
  13. AT&T (3,000)
  14. Sonic Corp. (2,000)
  15. LSB Industries, Inc. (1,880)

While not in Oklahoma City proper, other large employers within the MSA region include: Tinker Air Force Base (27,000); University of Oklahoma (11,900);University of Central Oklahoma (2,900); and Norman Regional Hospital (2,800).

Other major corporations with a large presence (over 1000 employees) in Oklahoma City include: Dell, The Hertz Corporation, United Parcel Service,Farmers Insurance Group, Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Cox Communications, The Boeing Company, Deaconess Hospital, Johnson Controls,MidFirst Bank, American Fidelity Assurance, Rose State College, and Continental Resources.

According to the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, the metropolitan area's economic output grew by 33 percent between 2001 and 2005 due chiefly to economic diversification. Its gross metropolitan product was $43.1 billion in 2005 and grew to $61.1 billion in 2009.

In 2008, Forbes magazine named Oklahoma City the most "recession proof city in America". The magazine reported that the city had falling unemployment, one of the strongest housing markets in the country and solid growth in energy, agriculture and manufacturing. However, during the early 1980s, Oklahoma City had one of the worst job and housing markets due to the bankruptcy of Penn Square Bank in 1982 and then the post-1985 crash in oil prices.

In 2013, Forbes ranked Oklahoma City No. 8 on its list of the Best Places for Business and Careers.

In 2014, Forbes ranked Oklahoma City No. 7 on its list of Best Places for Business.


Business districts

Business districts, and to a lesser extent, neighborhoods tend to maintain their boundaries and character through the application of zoning regulations and business improvement districts (districts where property owners agree to a property tax surcharge to support additional services for the community). Through zoning regulations, historic districts, and other special zoning districts, including overlay districts, are established. Oklahoma City currently has three business improvement districts, including one encompassing the central business district.

Subdivisions

Adventure District

A thriving tourist community; Oklahoma City Zoo, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Science Museum Oklahoma, National Softball Hall of Fame and Stadium, and Remington Park Racing & Casino.
 

Asian District

The largest Asian population in the state and also a cultural area. Along Classen Blvd from about 22nd Street to N.W. 30th. Businesses include the Super Cao Nguyen market, Lido restaurant, and a number of Pho soup kitchens.
 

Bricktown

Warehouse district that has been converted into a restaurant and night club hot spot adjacent to downtown. This area is home to the Bricktown Ballpark, several live music venues, the Harkins movie theatre, and Mickey Mantle's steakhouse.

 Downtown

Central Business District.
 

Arts District

Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Civics Center Music Hall, Oklahoma City National Memorial, and the Myriad Botanical Gardens. The Museum of Art includes an upscale restaurant and the glass sculpture of Dale Chihuly. On Thursday evenings in the Spring and Fall, the museum opens its rooftop for cocktails and music.
 

Northwest

Trendy, gentrified area lined with cobblestone
 

Midtown

Located near NW 10th and Walker in Midtown, this area is currently under development but already boasts Brasilian, Latin, and American food restaurants, as well as OKC's oldest boutique ice creamery and a bakery. On weekends, a rooftop bossa nova bar offers a beautiful view of this area's interesting architecture. A Sushi restaurant and Irish Pub are slated to open sometime in 2008.
 

Paseo Arts District

Arts district with galleries beginning at NW 30th & Paseo to NW 27th & Walker. It also offers a sidewalk cafe, two full service restaurants, and craft shops. Paseo Arts District celebrates "First Friday" each month with an open house and outdoor music. Paseo Arts Festival takes place each Memorial Day weekend with an outdoor carnival and attractions.
 

NW 39th Street Enclave

The largest GLBT community in the state and a thriving entertainment area with dance clubs and bars and the largest gay resort in the Southwest.
 

Western Avenue

A stretch of Western Avenue from NW 36th to Britton Road that features locally owned restaurants, bars, retail shopping, and live music venues.
 

South

Located in the borough of Gustavo A. Madero in
 

Capitol Hill Historic District

Hispanic downtown of Oklahoma City, located on the Southside.

Internet, Comunication

Prices in Oklahoma City

PRICES LIST - USD

MARKET / SUPERMARKET

Milk1 liter$1.06
Tomatoes1 kg$3.00
Cheese0.5 kg$6.00
Apples1 kg$4.30
Oranges1 kg$4.75
Beer (domestic)0.5 l$1.38
Bottle of Wine1 bottle$10.60
Coca-Cola2 liters$1.80
Bread1 piece$1.63
Water1.5 l$1.43

PRICES LIST - USD

RESTAURANTS

Dinner (Low-range)for 2$23.00
Dinner (Mid-range)for 2$40.00
Dinner (High-range)for 2$
Mac Meal or similar1 meal$7.00
Water0.33 l$1.20
Cappuccino1 cup$3.70
Beer (Imported)0.33 l$5.00
Beer (domestic)0.5 l$3.60
Coca-Cola0.33 l$1.60
Coctail drink1 drink$9.00

PRICES LIST - USD

ENTERTAINMENT

Cinema2 tickets$22.00
Gym1 month$45.00
Men’s Haircut1 haircut$15.00
Theatar2 tickets$80.00
Mobile (prepaid)1 min.$0.10
Pack of Marlboro1 pack$5.65

PRICES LIST - USD

PERSONAL CARE

Antibiotics1 pack$12.00
Tampons32 pieces$6.20
Deodorant50 ml.$3.10
Shampoo400 ml.$5.60
Toilet paper4 rolls$3.00
Toothpaste1 tube$2.80

PRICES LIST - USD

CLOTHES / SHOES

Jeans (Levis 501 or similar)1$42.00
Dress summer (Zara, H&M)$32.00
Sport shoes (Nike, Adidas)1$85.00
Leather shoes$95.00

PRICES LIST - USD

TRANSPORTATION

Gasoline1 liter$0.50
TaxiStart$2.90
Taxi1 km$1.25
Local Transport1 ticket$1.25

Tourist (Backpacker)  

66 $ per day

Estimated cost per 1 day including:

  • meals in cheap restaurant
  • public transport
  • cheap hotel

Tourist (business/regular)  

199 $ per day

Estimated cost per 1 day including:

  • mid-range meals and drinks
  • transportation
  • hotel

Transportation - Get In

Transportation - Get In

By plane

Will Rogers World Airport (IATA: OKC) offers over 180 flights a day including non-stop service to over 30 cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Washington DC. The International airport (originally built in the 1960s) has completed the first phase of a major expansion and modernization project and is attracting additional non-stop flights to the city.

Transportation - Get In

By Train

Amtrak offers daily service to Fort Worth, Texas aboard the Heartland Flyer line, which can be boarded at Santa Fe Depot, located along E.K. Gaylord Blvd between Sheridan Ave and Reno Ave in Bricktown. The Flyer has multiple connections to other regional Amtrak lines in Fort Worth. Plans have been proposed to expand the line north to Newton, KS and onward to Kansas City. The City of Oklahoma City recently joined other cities in voicing its support for such a connection.

Transportation - Get In

By Bus

Greyhound has service to the Union bus station in downtown Oklahoma City, as well as the suburbs of Guthrie, Edmond, Norman, Shawnee, Midwest City, El Reno, and the International Airport.

Transportation - Get In

By Car

Oklahoma City is located at the intersection of two of the nations longest continuous interstate highways, I-40 and I-35, as well as I-44. It is also on historic Route 66.


Transportation - Get Around

Getting around Oklahoma City is easy by car. If you're coming to OKC, you will likely want to either rent a car or plan on staying around downtown, because public transportation is rather limited. There is a pretty good bus system around downtown with service to the airport and the cluster of museums and attractions in the northeastern part of the city, but if you want to really explore without renting a car, you'll either have to use the not too stellar bus system or call a cab.

If you happen to have or rent a car, then getting around OKC is very simple. The streets are laid out in a grid, with named streets running north and south and numbered streets running east and west. The main thing to remember when driving the city is that when you're on the north side, the numbered streets increase from south to north, while on the south side they increase from north to south. (NW 23rd street is a very different place from SW 23rd street, and you don't want to get them confused.) Aside from that minor issue, navigation is a breeze- there are very few one way street mazes or "Texas Turnarounds" to worry about, and the interstates in town are usually not congested, except during rush hour and construction.

The city is reasonably bicycle-friendly in the Midtown areas of Oklahoma City due to the numerous through residential low-traffic streets. In other areas of the city, bicycle travel is more difficult due to the lack of low-traffic through streets.

By bus: Embarkok provides local bus service. The most helpful bus for tourists are:

  • Route 050 Downtown Discovery runs from the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum to Bricktown with stops near the downtown transit center, Red Earth Museum, Myriad Gardens and Amtrak station.
  • Route 003 N Kelly goes to the Zoo and Science Museum from the downtown transit center.

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Shopping

  • The Colonial Art Gallery and Co.1336 N.W. 1st St. Open since 1919, Colonial is a full-service gallery, buying and selling investment-quality artwork, as well as framing, restoring, and appraising art.
  • Size Records8915 N. Western. Oklahoma City's best independent record store.
  • Guestroom Records3701 N Western Ave. Another good independent record store
  • Blue Seven5028 N May Ave. Modern furniture, unique gifts, and vintage clothes.
  • Full Circle Bookstore50 Penn Pl (North Penn and Northwest Expressway). A great local independent book seller. They have great service and a very decent selection of everything from children's books to the latest news.
  • 30 Penn Books (NW 30th & Penn). A great used book store.
  • Book Beat and Company. Describes itself as "an independent bookstore. specializing in Beat Generation And Counter Culture Books, High & Low-Brow Art Books, Political Thought, Radicalism, Anarchism, Communist & Socialist Literature, Poetry, Philosophy, Sci-Fi, Metaphysical Studies, Classics, Avant-Garde Literature, Fiction, Eastern Religion, T-Shirts, Compact Discs, Vinyl, Videos & DVDs, Posters & Prints, as well as unique handcrafted gift items from the local artists of Oklahoma."
  • Route 6650 Penn Pl. Rare and hard to find gifts and personal care products as well as several lines of women's clothing. Also located at (Penn and North West Expressway)
  • The Lime Leopard (Northpark Mall).
  • Bohemian Spirit Vintage913 W. Britton Rd,  +1 405-885-5994. Generally open Wed & Thurs 11AM-7PM and Fri & Sat 1PM-6PM. Miss Amy has been providing locals with vintage wearables and wares and art for over 24 years and is now able to offer new lower pricing. C.1900's thru 1980's - the real deal!
  • Wilshire Village. Located on Western, north of 63rd, at the intersection of Wilshire and Western. Has a great variety of shops, such as:
    • The Learning Tree. Toy store offering lots of educational toys and much more.
    • The Makeup Bar. Good makeup that you might not be able to find in Dillard's at any of the malls. Very popular for boutique buyers.
    • Gil's. Hip, modern clothing. Great jeans selection.
    • The Lingerie Store. Carries good brands of lingerie, very soft bathrobes, and good pajamas.
  • Village Park South. Located on North May Avenue, between hefner and Britton. It has the best resale shop in the village, a local Curves, Hi Performance Sporting goods, and many other shops.
    • Jo Anns Classic Consignment. Great Clothing and accessories. Say Hi to Jo Ann!
    • Hi Performance. Scuba Diving Gear, and other high performance sportting goods.
    • Mail Room. Send mail, and pick up your drivers license and tags at one location.
    • Audio Dimensions. Set up your home theater and sound systems with the best in Oklahoma City.

Restaurants


American

  • Beef & Bun-Mr Catfish2741 NE 23rd St. Awesome locally owned joint.
  • Boulevard Cafeteria525 NW 11th St,  +1 405-239-6861.
  • Bunny's Onion Burgers (N.W. 50th & N. Meridian). 
  • Cheever's, 2409 North Hudson Ave (Uptown). Specializing in American cuisine with Southwestern influences.
  • Cattlemen's Steakhouse1309 S. Agnew. Listed in Patricia Schultz's 1,000 Places To See Before You Die.
  • Deep Fork Grille5418 N. Western. Excellent upscale seafood, steaks, and pasta.
  • Luby's Cafeteria9410 N. May Ave (At NE corner of May and Britton). Beautifully prepared entrees beef, chicken and fish with a wide variety of salads, sides, and gorgeous desserts. To go and catering available.
  • The Haunted House7101 N. Miramar Blvd
  • Irma's Burger Shack, 1035 N.W. 63rd St
  • The Museum Café415 Couch Dr.
  • Nichols Hills Drugstore6411 Avondale Dr.
  • Ranch Steakhouse, 3000 W. Britton Rd,  +1 405-755-3501.
  • Saturn Grill6432 Avondale Dr.
  • VZD's Club & Restaurant4203 N. Western.
  • Chuck House4430 NW 10th St. The best chicken fried steak in town.

Barbecue

  • Banta's Ribs & Stuff1200 N. Meridian.
  • Big D's B-B-Q1701 W. Britton Rd.
  • Earl's Rib Palace6816 N. Western. A local favorite, voted Best BBQ by readers of Daily Oklahoman and Oklahoma Gazette
  • Leo's Bar-B-Q3631 N. Kelley Ave.
  • Swadley's Smokehouse824 SW 89th St.
  • Rib Crib. Various locations. Excellent BBQ.

Brazilian/Argentinean

  • Cafe Do Brasil, 440 NW 11th St (MidTown),  +1 405-525-9779. Brazilian bakery and deli with live jazz on Saturdays.

Chinese

  • Dot Wo3101 N. Portland Ave. Great Chinese restaurant specializing in seafood.
  • Grand House2701 N. Classen. A classy and authentic Chinese restaurant in the heart of Oklahoma City/Asia District. Features Dim Sum on the weekends.
  • Fung's Kitchen1500 Nw 23rd St. Across from Oklahoma City University, has become very popular for the college crowd.
  • Nothing But Noodles2410 W. Memorial Rd.
  • Snow Pea6600 N. Western Ave.
  • Chen's Buffet. Windsor Hills Shopping Center, N.W. 23rd and Meridian. A full buffet.
  • Golden Dragon5934 NW 122nd St. Authentic Chinese Restaurant.

Delis

  • Gourmet Deli7300 N. Western Ave
  • Someplace Else Deli and Bakery2310 N. Western Ave.

Ethiopian

  • Queen of Sheba2308 N. MacArthur Blvd. Great selection of vegetarian options.

Fine Dining


French

  • La Baguette7408 N. May Ave.
  • Le Cep Bistro231 S. Coltrane

German


Greek

  • La Greek Restaurant2839 S Douglas Blvd, Ste 102, Midwest City.
  • Akropolis Greek Restaurant1809 S. Air Depot Blvd.
  • Mediterranean Imports and Deli5620 N. May Ave.
  • Ole'Town Gyros & Kabob402 E. Main St, Norman, OK.
  • Zorba's Mediterranean4621 N. May Ave.
  • Sweis' Gyros & Pita1901 NW Expressway ST.
  • Gyro City Cafe7300 NW Expressway.

Ice Cream


Indian

  • Ajanta Cuisine of India11921 N. Pennsylvania Ave
  • Gopuram4559 NW 23rd St,  +1 405-948-7373. Indian cuisine, themed dining rooms, and belly dancing.
  • KhaZana4900 N. May Ave. Excellent buffet with many vegetarian options. North and South Indian cuisine.
  • Taj Indian Cuisine5801 NW Expressway
  • Tandoor Indian Cuisine & Indian Grocery1901 E Reno Ave (JRS Travel Center MLK Ave and I-40),  +1 405-270-0379.

Irish


Italian

  • Italian Jim's Pizzeria342 S. Mustang Rd. South. Of I-40 on Mustang Rd about 3 blocks - Great Pizza and pasta - Lots of Blown glass!
  • Bravo! Cucina Italiana13810 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
  • Caffè Pranzo9622 N. May Ave.
  • Cascata Ristorante Italiano801 Signal Ridge Rd.
  • Mama Lucia's12325 N. May Ave.
  • Othello's1 S. Broadway, Edmond.
  • Papa Dio's10712 N. May Ave.
  • Sophabella's7628 N. May Ave. A great local Italian restaurant.
  • Vito's Ristorante7521 N. May Ave.
  • Flip's Wine Bar & Trattoria5801 N. Western Ave.
  • Zio's Italian Grill. South of Reno and Meridian or in Bricktown
  • Nomad II7301 N. May Ave.

Japanese

  • Musashi's Japanese Steakhouse4315 N. Western Ave
  • Okura Sushi and Grill7502 N. May Ave. In the old Samurai Sake House building.
  • Sushi Neko, 4318 North Western
  • Tokyo Sushi Bar7516 N. Western Ave.
  • Yamato Japanese Restaurant7101 N. W. Expressway.
  • I Love Sushi1900 NW Expressway St Ste R.
  • Shogun Steak House of Japan11900 N. May Ave.
  • Mr. Sushi214 S Sante Fe Ave.

Korean

  • Bwon Korean Restaurant4517 S. Sunnylane
  • Korean House4813 S. E. 29th St.
  • Bon-Jom Korean Restaurant4428 SE 44th St.
  • Seoul Garden Korean Restaurant6012 SE 15th St.

Mexican

  • Adobe Grill5102 North Shartel.
  • Birriera Aguascalientes601 S. Western Ave.
  • Casa Juanito4718 S.E. 29th St.
  • Chelino's Mexican Restaurant5900 N. May Ave. 1 of 10 metro locations.
  • Los Palomas2329 N. Meridian.
  • Los Mariachis3655 NW 39th St.
  • Margarita's Mexican Restaurant7800 N May Ave. Not the fanciest dining experience in the city, but it's an absolute hidden gem. Quality, delicious food with a friendly staff.
  • San Marcos Mexican Restaurant12201 N Rockwell Ave. Includes live music on some Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Tacos San Pedro2301 S.W. 44th. This is real Mexican food, not Taco Bell.
  • Ted's Cafe Escondito2836 NW 68th St (just off N. May Ave.),  +1 405 848-8337.You may have to wait to get into Ted's, but it is worth the wait. Some of the best Mexican food in Oklahoma City.

Pizza

  • Sauced2912 Paseo.
  • Joey's Pizzaria (Film Row). 
  • The Wedge Pizzeria. Gourmet Pizza in a brick oven style
  • Hemi's Pizza (Uptown). Delivery area.

Seafood

  • Fish & Pies1309 NE 23rd St. Great family owned place.
  • Pearl's Oyster Bar5641 N. Classen Blvd+1 405-848-8008.
  • Pelican's291 N. Air Depot Blvd.

Thai

  • Bangkok Restaurant7906 N. MacArthur Blvd.
  • Sala Thai1614 N.W. 23rd St. This is one of the city's finest restaurant, and is completely vegetarian-friendly.
  • Tana Thai Bistro10700 N. May Ave
  • Thai Garden3913 S Western Ave.
  • Thai Garden II1801 S Air Depot Blvd.
  • Thai Kitchen Cafe327 Dean A Mcgee Ave.
  • Lai Thai7419 NW 23rd St.
  • Thai House4548 NW 23rd St. Serves the best crab fried rice in town.
  • Thai House II500 NW 23rd St.

Vietnamese

  • Banh mi Bale2426 N. Classen Blvd (Asia District).
  • Lang Bakery2524 N. Military Ave. #110 (Asia District).
  • Lido2518 N. Military #110 (Asia District).
  • Minh Deli2800 N. Classen Blvd Suite 104 (Asia District).
  • Pho 89 Café2800 N. Classen Blvd (Asia District).
  • Mr. Pho Noodle House1133 NW 25th St. Next to Super Cao Nguyen asian grocery in Asia District.
  • Pho HoaNW 23rd St (Asia District). You will find this spot crowded with local Vietnamese.
  • Pho Thai Nguyen3221 N Classen Blvd (Asia District).

Coffe & Drink


Coffee Houses

  • Cafe Bella9018 S. Pennsylvania Ave. Mo-Th 7AM-7PM, Fr 7AM-8PM, Sa 8AM-8PM, closed Su. Coffee, tea, bubble teas, and Vietnamese sandwiches, po' boys, red beans & rice from their New Orleans family recipes. Proudly serving fine, locally roasted, certified organic fair trade espresso & coffees. Also featuring a selection of teas and a bubble tea bar. They also serve vacuum brewed siphon pots of coffee. Free Wi-Fi.
  • Cafe Oasis1135 NW 25th St. Next to the Super Cao Nguyen Asian grocery. This cafe is really more of a bubble tea house although they serve coffee as well. They also serve a variety of Chinese food. It feels like you are stepping into a modern Japanese hot spot. Free Wi-Fi.
  • Coffee Slingers1015 N Broadway. Coffees roasted in-house, espresso bar and french pressed coffee 7 days a week
  • Cuppies & Joe727 NW 23rd. Tues-Thur Noon-9PM, Fri-Sat Noon-11PM. Great coffee and tons of cupcakes.
  • Full Circle Bookstore Cafe1900 NW Expressway (Inside 50 Penn Place). Nice cafe with free Wi-Fi inside an excellent independent bookstore.
  • Java Dave's, 10 NE 10th St. 6025 W. Reno Ave. Suite C., 7936 N. May, 9101 S. May. Big, with a diner atmosphere. Free Wi-Fi.
  • The Red Cup3122 N. Classen Blvd+1 405-525-3430. Funky atmosphere, veggie food and free Wi-Fi. An OKC gem.
  • Elemental Coffee815 N Hudson. High quality coffees roasted in-house, espresso bar, pour overs, vegan pastries, breakfast and lunch served 7 days a week
  • Will's Coffee Shop4322 N. Western Ave. Inside the art deco Will Rogers Theater complex. Features locally roasted fair trade and organic coffee. Serving Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Free Wi-Fi.

Sights & Landmarks

Many of the attractions are located near downtown or on the north side of town. Highlights in downtown are Bricktown, the city's fast growing entertainment district and tourist showpiece, the new Oklahoma City Museum of Art, home to the largest collection of Chihuly glass in the world as well as an arthouse/revival theater and a restaurant, andThe Myriad Gardens, an impressive urban park with a 7 story botanical garden. North of the museum is the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. The memorial is both one of the most visible attractions in the city as well as its saddest, which has posed some problems for the city's tourism department. The outdoor symbolic memorial is free and open 24 hours a day, while the very well done Memorial Museum (located in the former Journal Record Building next door) can be visited for a small fee.

Many of the neighborhoods in the immediate vicinity of Downtown are textbook examples of urban blight, but to the northwest of downtown is a cluster of interesting early 20th century neighborhoods near the campus of Oklahoma City University. The most notable are The Paseo, a ramshackle artist colony located in a 1930s era urban neighborhood, and "Little Saigon" or as it's officially known, Asia District, home to the city's large Vietnamese and East Asian community. The Paseo was built in conscious imitation of Kansas City's Country Club Plaza in the early 20th century, but has since developed a gritty bohemian character that can feel like a breath of fresh air. Dozens of art galleries, restaurants, clothing stores and other related businesses are clustered in the area. Technically the Paseo is only comprised of a single street lined with deco Spanish revival buildings, but it has grown to encompass much of the surrounding neighborhood, including a stretch of storefronts on NW 23rd street, sort of the main street of the Northwest side.

West of The Paseo along Classen Boulevard is the Asia District, home to the city's majority Vietnamese Asian community. After the fall of Saigon in 1976, one of the cities picked by the US government for the relocation of refugees was Oklahoma City. Since then, these initial refugees have been joined by later immigrants from both Vietnam and other southeast Asian nations, as well as by Vietnamese Americans from elsewhere in the country. The district is home to many great restaurants, too numerous to mention, as well as Super Cao Nguyen Supermarket, the largest Asian market in the state.

Just West of Asia District is Oklahoma City University which features a small art museum and a variety of cultural events and programming.

To the North of Oklahoma City University is the "NW 39th Street Enclave" the largest GLBT neighborhood in the state, Crown Heights and the Western Avenue District, which are home to businesses and restaurants catering to young urbanites (Sushi Neko, a fine sushi bar and Will's, a coffee shop, both inside the restored art deco Will Rogers Theater complex, are worth a look).

On the Northeast side of the city is the capitol complex, which is interesting in itself, and the Oklahoma History Center. There is a medical research cluster northeast of Downtown centered on the OU Health Science Center that is large and growing, but unless you're a patient, a doctor, or a scientist, you're unlikely to spend much time there. (However the historic Lincoln Terrace neighborhood that is between the OUHSC and the state capitol is worth looking at if you enjoy historic architecture.) The Harn Homestead is also located nearby on NE 16th street.

North of the capitol is the "Adventure District" with the highly ranked Oklahoma City Zoo, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, and the Kirkpatrick Center (which features a children's science museum, an air and space museum, a photography museum and more), Remington Park and Casino a thoroughbred and quarter horse racing track with a Casino and off-track betting.

The Southside is notable primarily for Capitol Hill, a large Hispanic district, and the Stockyards, a neighborhood built around one of the largest cattle markets in the world. Cattle are still bought and sold there every Monday morning, much to the dismay of PETA and other local activists who can sometimes be spotted protesting nearby. The Stockyards resembles in some ways a wild west themed amusement park, sans rides. There are stores selling just about anything western themed that you could imagine, from saddles to belt buckles to truly giant hats. One of the few places in the city where your newly purchased giant hat will go mostly unremarked upon is the venerable Cattleman's Steakhouse, which has been serving up hearty steaks and "lamb fries" (a polite term for fried bull testicles) for over a century.

Capitol Hill to the east is one of the city's great contradictions; rife with poverty and violence, it can also be one of the liveliest and most welcoming neighborhoods in the city. Capitol Hill's main street along SW. 29th Street is full of bustling Mexican owned shops and restaurants, as well as the somewhat out of place seeming Oklahoma Opry.


Performing Arts

Museums & Galleries

The Donald W. Reynolds Visual Arts Center is the new downtown home for the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. The museum features visiting exhibits, original selections from its own collection, a theater showing a variety of foreign, independent, and classic films each week, and a restaurant. OKCMOA is also home to the most comprehensive collection of Chihuly glass in the world including the 55-foot Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick Memorial Tower in the Museum's atrium. The art deco Civic Center Music Hall, which was totally renovated in 2001, has performances from the Oklahoma City Ballet, the Oklahoma City Opera, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and also various concerts and traveling Broadway shows.

Other theaters include Lyric Theatre, Jewel Box Theatre, Kirkpatrick Auditorium, the Poteet Theatre, the Oklahoma City Community College Bruce Owen Theater and the 488-seat Petree Recital Hall, at the Oklahoma City Universitycampus. The university also opened the Wanda L Bass School of Music and auditorium in April 2006.

The Science Museum Oklahoma (formerly Kirkpatrick Science and Air Space Museum at Omniplex) houses exhibits on science, aviation, and an IMAX theater. The museum formerly housed the International Photography Hall of Fame (IPHF) that exhibits photographs and artifacts from a large collection of cameras and other artifacts preserving the history of photography. IPHF honors those who have made significant contributions to the art and/or science of photography and relocated toSt. Louis, Missouri in 2013.

The Museum of Osteology houses more than 300 real animal skeletons. Focusing on the form and function of the skeletal system, this 7,000 sq ft (650 m2) museum displays hundreds of skulls and skeletons from all corners of the world. Exhibits include adaptation, locomotion, classification and diversity of the vertebrate kingdom. The Museum of Osteology is the only one of its kind in America.

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum has galleries of western art and is home to the Hall of Great Western Performers. In contrast, the city will also be home to The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum that began construction in 2009 (although completion of the facility has been held up due to insufficient funding), on the south side of Interstate 40, southeast from Bricktown.

The Oklahoma City National Memorial in the northern part of Oklahoma City's downtown was created as the inscription on its eastern gate of the Memorial reads, "to honor the victims, survivors, rescuers, and all who were changed forever on April 19, 1995"; the memorial was built on the land formerly occupied by the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building complex prior to its 1995 bombing. The outdoor Symbolic Memorial can be visited 24 hours a day for free, and the adjacent Memorial Museum, located in the former Journal Record building damaged by the bombing, can be entered for a small fee. The site is also home to the National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism, a non-partisan, nonprofit think tank devoted to the prevention of terrorism.

The American Banjo Museum located in the Bricktown Entertainment district is dedicated to preserving and promoting the music and heritage of the banjo. Its collection is valued at $3.5 million, and an interpretive exhibit tells the evolution of the banjo from its roots in American slavery, to bluegrass, to folk and to world music.

The Oklahoma History Center is the history museum of the state of Oklahoma. Located across the street from the governor's mansion at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in northeast Oklahoma City, the museum opened in 2005 and is operated by the Oklahoma Historical Society. It preserves the history of Oklahoma from the prehistoric to the present day.

Things to do

  • Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum620 N. Harvey St+1 405 235-3313. M-Sa 9AM-6PM, Su 1PM-6PM, but the last ticket is sold at 5PM. The outdoor memorial is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year and security is always on-site. A three-acre site memorializing the 1995 bombing of the Alfred F. Murrah Federal Building--the most devastating act of terrorism on US soil until September 11th, 2001--the memorial includes the remnants of the federal building, as well as a reflecting pool, a collection of 168 hand-cast bronze chairs (one for each person who died in the blast), and the Survivor Tree, a 100-year-old American elm that survived the blast. Admission to the outdoor memorial is free. The museum, which boasts an impressive collection of artifacts pertaining to the Murrah building site, the bombing, and the investigation and recovery efforts.
  • Frontier City (Amusement Park) (I-35 between NE 122nd and Hefner Road),  +1 405 478-2140, e-mail: . Saddle up for some good ol' Wild West fun at Frontier City. You'll find over 50 thrilling rides and attractions to explore, featuring ErUPtion!, Oklahoma's tallest thrill ride, four nail-biting roller coasters, fantastic water rides, and hours of fun for tthe kids. Buy your tickets online for just $19.99, a savings of $8 off the full-price admission! And with Print-N-Go, you can print them at home then visit the park.
  • Museum of Osteology10301 S Sunnylane Rd (Located in Oklahoma City south of I-240), +1 405 814-0006, e-mail: . Mon-Fri 8AM-5PM / Sat 11AM-5PM / Sun 1PM-5PM. The Museum of Osteology displays over 300 real animal skulls and skeletons! $5 Adults, children three and under are free.
  • American Banjo Museum9 East Sheridan,  +1 405-604-2793. Mon-Sat 11AM-6PM / Sun noon-5PM. The American Banjo Museum's interpretive exhibits tell the history of the banjo which included its African roots, jazz era, Bluegrass, and folk. The American Banjo Museum houses one of the largest collections of banjos on public display anywhere in the world. $6 Adults.
  • Reduxion Theatre Company3000 General Pershing Blvd (City Arts Center at Fair Park),  +1 405-651-3191. Classical and contemporary theater company.
  • Red Earth Museum2100 NE 52nd St (Located inside Science Museum Oklahoma, 2nd Floor),  +1 405 427-5228, e-mail: .
  • Nona Jean Hulsey GalleryNorick Art Center, Oklahoma City University, 2501 N Blackwelder,  +1 405 208-5230. 10AM – 4PM Monday through Friday 2PM - 5PM on Sunday. Art gallery on the campus of Oklahoma City University. See website for current exhibitions. Free.

Nightlife

Please be advised that "last call" is 2AM in Oklahoma City and its environs. Also, strong beer (i.e., greater than 3.2% alcohol by weight, or 4.0% by volume) and wine can only be purchased in liquor stores, and liquor stores are only open from 10AM to 9PM Monday through Saturday (closed every Sunday and every major holiday, such as Christmas, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving). Also, by state law, all alcoholic beverages sold for off-premises consumption, except for "3.2 beer", must be sold at room temperature. Wine CANNOT be purchased in grocery stores or convenience stores, so if you need wine, strong beer, or hard liquor you must purchase it before 9PM or you will be out of luck. On the plus side, Oklahoma's prices for spirits and wine tend to be lower than that of nearby states, including Texas.

  • Bin 73 Wine Bar7312 N. Western Ave.
  • Catchers Sports Bar & Grill501 N. Mustang Rd. Serving greater Oklahoma City metro with every televised sport on lots of big screens, live music, full bar, tasty menu, dancing, juke box, karaoke, pool, darts, poker tournaments, and friendly staff and crowd.
  • The Conservatory8911 N. Western Ave. Punk club, featuring out of town acts, as well as local. And an amazing record store next door.Size Records.
  • Galileo Bar and Grill3009 Paseo. Galileo's is closed now, but has been replaced by the Picasso Cafe-similar vibe but new menu and new owners.
  • Henry Hudson's. Locations throughout OKC and surrounding suburbs offers a casual bar atmosphere with occasional karaoke. Also, monthly drink and appetizer specials.
  • Hi-Lo Club1221 NW 50th
  • Edna's5137 Classen Cir. Known for their 'lunchboxes' and for the owner's dance moves.
  • SideCar5500 N. Western.
  • Junior's2601 N.W. Expressway St.
  • Tramps2201 NW 39th St. Strongest drinks on the gay strip (and likely the entire city), with pool, great jukebox and drag shows. Lots of fun!
  • UCO Jazz Lab100 East Fifth St.
  • VZD's4200 N. Western Ave. Great place for a pint of Guinness, and listening to live music.
  • TapWerks Ale House & Cafe121 E Sheridan Ave,   +1 405 319-9599. 5 stars. Want to try a new drink or an unsual beer, this is the place for you.

Safety in Oklahoma City

Stay Safe


A little bit of common sense goes a long way. On the whole, the city is quite safe, but you shouldn't take that as a cue to be careless. If you're downtown or in what looks like a sketchy neighborhood, nothing will probably happen to you, but you should still lock your car door, keep your valuables secure, and not put yourself in potentially dangerous situations. Some of the worst areas are in the inner-city districts just surrounding downtown, particularly parts of Mulligan Flats (SE-SW 15th Between I-35 and Western), NE 23rd St., NE 36th Street, Martin Luther King Boulevard, NW 10th Street, South Central Avenue, South Shields Boulevard, and South Robinson Avenue; you might want to avoid being there especially after sundown. Also steer clear of particularly seedy-looking bars, although not all are created equal. Keep your wits about you and you'll be fine almost anywhere in Oklahoma City.

You might want to check the Tornado safety page if you are visiting Oklahoma City, as it sits in the heart of "Tornado Alley" but the local media are always all over any developing severe weather. Peak tornado season is in the spring, with April and May being the months with the most severe storms. Summertime heat is also a concern, as average high temperatures during July and August are typically in the mid 90s though humidity levels are usually not as high as parts of the adjacent deep south. Temperatures over 100 are also very common during the summer months, but all businesses are air conditioned, as well as hotel rooms and other public places. While snow is not uncommon in the winter, it typically falls only a few times and in small amounts, but be advised just a few inches of snow can be enough to cause much more havoc than in more northern locations...drive safely!

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