Bricktown: OKC’s Premiere 24/7 Entertainment Area
February 19, 2019
Continuing with our look at Oklahoma City’s various districts, this week’s focus is on Bricktown. Now proclaimed by many to be OKC’s premiere entertainment area, Bricktown is a former warehouse district that is just a short walk to the east of downtown OKC hotels, event venues and dining options. In addition, at Bricktown’s northern border, historic Deep Deuce offers even more terrific nightlife and eating opportunities. A favorite destination of locals and visitors alike, Bricktown offers family-friendly recreation in the form of cruises along the Bricktown Canal, watching the Oklahoma City Dodgers play at the Chickasaw Bricktown Baseball Ballpark, viewing movies at Harkins Theatre, and enjoying the laser tag, miniature golf and arcade games available at Brickopolis Entertainment. More adult night-on-the-town options include the rock-and-roll dueling pianos at Michael Murphy’s, which is an equal parts comedy and concert venue. Additional bar and nightlife options abound. In fact, some 50 square blocks in size with true 24/7 attractions, Bricktown is home to more than 45 restaurants, bars and retail shops. Galleries, businesses, educational institutions, housing, and—in the summer—an urban beach are located here too. Home of an annual arts festival in mid-July, Bricktown additionally contains a number of permanent murals and public sculptures, including the Centennial Land Run Monument, a large bronze sculpture created by Paul Moore. A commemoration of Oklahoma’s Land Run of 1889, this monument is located at the south end of the Bricktown Canal and the area surrounding it is now a city park that is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with no admission fee. Bricktown Water Taxis offer the perfect way to tour the area. The mile-long, 40-minute trip extends from the eastern edge of downtown to the northern edge of the Oklahoma River. Taxi crew members narrate points of interest along the way, in addition to discussing the unique history and culture of the district. Next, as our OKC-districts series continues, we’ll take an in-depth look at historic Deep Deuce.