Bricktown is Oklahoma City's attempt at getting some of its luster back. In the era of the “land run” thousands of people flocked to the area as they were giving land away. For Europeans, it was perhaps the very foundation of the hope that America offered to a class of people that felt locked out of such things in their own countries. Bricktown was later an area of segregation where blacks and whites worked towards prosperity in good times despite the walls built to keep them apart. As things deteriorated so did the neighborhood and it was not until the 1970s that people even thought of renovating it. Even harder financial times stymied that and not until recently was the area refurbished and earmarked as the centerpiece of the city's revitalization.
With a professional minor league ballpark, convention center, tons of shops, restaurants and pubs, Bricktown is where locals socialize and tourists come to enjoy the amenities. There is a great walking path that meanders along the river dividing the two sides of Bricktown. You can walk one way and take a boat back too.
We had a free night in Oklahoma City so we decided to go to dinner and a movie. The Bricktown area is wonderful!! You can see my Bricktown Plaza tip. The movie theatre was very nice. There were lots of choices (16 theatres). They announced if you were paying by credit/debit there were machines inside to use. I was and so I waited in NO line whatsoever.
One of the main reasons I don't go to big theatres is because of the noise that interrupts the movies. This day and age cell phones come out, children cry, etc during your movies but I had a great time here with no interruptions.
This is a pretty neat place if your looking for evening entertainment and dinning. There lots of other activities such as taking a lovely canal ride or attending a baseball game. It started as a simple wholesale commercial district began that began in the early 80's and now has developed to a wonderful tourist attraction I think many will enjoy. It is a really hangout for many during the evening. It appeared to have ample parking everywhere.
This place began from 1889 to 1904, as four main railroad companies laid many rails of steel that connected the land-locked prairie community to the rest of the world. Each of these railroad companies focused their freight operations east of the Santa Fe tracks in what is now Bricktown. To handle this ebb and flow of commerce, three generations of unique brick buildings were constructed east of the Santa Fe tracks that is part of Bricktown history.
This is the fun, social part of downtown. It is right at I 235 and I 40. Here there are restaurants, bars, movie theatre, and parking!! There is Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill, Marble Slab (Ice Cream), an Italian restaurant, BBQ, and more. This is also a fun place to get on the water taxi. We went on a nice night and could walk around, enjoy the night, eat, and catch a movie. Don't miss this part of town!
Bricktown is the downtown centre for restaurants, bars & clubs.
It's a very popular as a lunchtime destination for OKC's office workers.
Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to see it during the evening but I understand that it very active during at night.
Chain & speciality restauarants abound so you will be able to eat out regardless of your culinary tastes.
If food isn't your thing, then visit to enjoy exciting Redwings baseball (AAA affiliate of the Texas Redhawks) at the Bricktown Ballpark (see the statute of Mickey Mantle outside), to stroll along the Bricktown canal, or to just enjoy people-watching
The Bricktown area of downtown is fun. A refurbished warehouse are with restaurants, a canal, baseball stadium and shops.
Especially when the weather is good it is the place to be to meet and greet anyone.
Don't miss Bricktown! This former warehouse district just east of downtown has been revitalized over the last ten years and now bustles with dozens of restaurants and specialty shops. The two centerpieces of the Bricktown district are the Bricktown Canal (a San Antonio-style riverwalk) and the Southwestern Bell Bricktown Ballpark, a two year old 'retro-style' stadium which is the home of the Oklahoma Redhawks baseball club (AAA affiliates of the Texas Rangers)
The vitality of the Bricktown area helps give an identity to a city with a somewhat non-descript reputation. Many cities have undertaken Downtown renovation projects, but the results (and continuing work) of the downtown/Bircktown area should serve as a model for future civic projects. Festivals and concerts beckon thousands every weekend of the year to an area that was deserted just a decade ago.
There is a short canal with gondolas (!), lined with restaurants. It is too short to rent a gondola, though.
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