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Meet the Hip, Urban Oklahoma City

WORDS: Lenox Magee

 

Oh, Oklahoma City of wonder! Set in the cradle of the Great Plains, its home to professional basketball franchise Oklahoma City Thunder. Though never turning its back on its cowboy heritage, it has become more than a cow town, with a bustling city life and developing economic landscape. Often abbreviated OKC, Oklahoma City is geographically located in the center of the state and is the cultural and political capital of Oklahoma. The city will be forever memorialized as one of America’s landmarks of domestic terrorism—it is the location of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building.

 

OKC is the ideal spot for a weekend of fun and reflection. We must admit that we had our doubts about Oklahoma City symbolizing fun, trendy and hip. Boy, were we wrong! New construction in Oklahoma City has crowds stampeding once-abandoned warehouse that have now become beacons of entertainment and interest.  These new districts boast restaurants, shops, and nightlife spots.  Discover the sights and sounds of the Old West in Stockyards City, get a massage and some love at Sole’renity Spa, watch horse races at Remington Park, then have dinner at Cattlemen’s and try their calf fries, or lamb testicles, and culminate your evening in historic Bricktown.

 

Here’s our guide.

where to crash…

 

Ambassador Hotel
1200 N Walker Ave.

Oklahoma City, OK 73103

(405) 600-6200

 

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Historically elegant yet completely modernized, the Ambassador is the city’s most unique new hotel.  Experience luxury in Midtown Oklahoma City in this upscale art deco boutique hotel.  Its stylish and spacious rooms offer a mixture of modern and traditional furnishings, as well as city views, marble-countered bathrooms, free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, an outdoor pool and a rooftop bar and restaurant. No need to Uber around OKC because the Ambassador offers complimentary local transportation in a luxury car…fancy, eh. The seven-story, U-shaped art deco building has retained its 1920s-era architecture and charm. With 54 abundantly laid out guest rooms and state-of-the-art amenities, this boutique hotel is a gem.

 

 

Artesian Hotel
1001 W 1st St.

Sulphur, OK 73086

(855) 455-5255

 

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This relaxing clean casino resort gives 100% great hospitality. Located about 45 minutes outside of OKC in Sulphur, Oklahoma, The Artesian is a one-of-a-kind hotel with history and offers a distinctive hospitality experience for the discerning traveler. Built in 1906, this classy casino hotel is just outside Chickasaw National Recreation Area. It was a hotspot for celebrities, politicians and trendsetters until it was destroyed in a fire in 1962. The new Artesian restores one of the region’s most beloved hotels to its former glory.  Offering plush rooms and suites that exude elegance and charm, with vintage-style furnishings, flat-screen TVs and free WiFi.

 

 

In addition to the casino, the hotel offers one of the best world-class spa facilities in Oklahoma (I’ll get into that later), an indoor/outdoor pool, and a fitness center. It also hosts trendy retail stores, a sleek restaurant and a bar/lounge. The hotel staff unapologetically pampers its guests  and makes them feel like VIPs. The decor of the hotel is gorgeous, complete with a piano in the lobby and fresh flowers throughout; you’ll be sold just walking through the main entrance.

 

where to eat…          

 

Packard’s New American Kitchen
201 NW 10th St.

Oklahoma City, OK 73103

(405) 605-3771

 

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One of Oklahoma City’s most exciting new restaurants, Packard’s, is known for turning out modern variations of American staples, both from the kitchen and the bar. The Bloody Marys may be some of the best you’ll ever have. Located in the historic Packard Dealership building, Packard’s New American Kitchen is immersed in the heritage of Oklahoma City’s historic Packard Building. During the building process, the restaurant restored several elements of the original Packard Dealership which really brings the historical and cultural space to life. The menu is a modern take on classic American favorites using locally sourced ingredients and house-made breads. The Mac and Cheese, Sweet-Chile Glazed Salmon, Pork Chops served with Jalapeno-Cheddar Grits and the Filet served over a Red Wine-Balsamic Demi are to be indulged. Service is quick, prepared well and nicely presented.

 

Kitchen No. 324
324 N Robinson Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

(405) 763-5911

 

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There is a certain brightness that welcomes you when you arrive in this seasonally inspired café.  It’s a craft bakery and coffee curator all in one. Kitchen No. 324 is all about bringing OKC’s downtown neighborhood fresh choices and authentic hospitality. No. 324 is the actual address, but the story goes beyond its 1923 brick and limestone. It was once home to an airline company owned by sooner Paul R. Braniff’s. Rumor has it the aviation pioneer would buzz over his house daily just to let his wife know he was home for dinner. No. 324 shines with its abstract take on Fried Chicken Pot Pie, Short Rib Ragu Pappardelle Pasta served with Shishito Peppers and the hand carved Petite Filet.

Although the plush cafe & bakery offers locally sourced sandwiches & desserts, the desserts truly satisfy. The No. 324 Chocolate Mousse is a group dessert served with fresh whipped cream and chocolate syrup. Others that you must try is a slice of the Coconut Cream Pie, the Banana Brown Butter Cake and the Red Velvet Cookie. They will have to roll you out of there after you take your last bite.

 

where to turn up and meet a boo….

 

Copa
2200 NW 40th St.

Oklahoma City, OK 73112
(405) 525-0730

 

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Do your best twerking or Nae Nae at this vibrant gay club in OKC. The lively two-level dance club, part of the Habana Inn complex, is a fun and popular place for dancing, drinks and cute boys.  The Copa host a variety of events, including amateur strip contests, drag shows and male dancers.

 

 

where get your spa on…

 

Udander

131 Dean A McGee Ave., #105
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

(405) 605-0313

 

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Udander is truly a place to exhale.  From the front desk to the therapy room, everyone is kind and helpful.  Udånder is a Scandinavian steam and sauna spa set in a downtown urban setting in OKC. The facility includes an aromatherapy steam room, a dry sauna, soaking tubs, a communal relaxation area, massages stations, 3 treatment rooms and a locker room with showers.  Co-owner Andrea Mason’s friendly staff will not be the only reason you return. Its clean and relaxing ambiance fully lives up to the service rendered.

 

Sole’renity Spa
1001 W 1st St.

Sulphur, OK 73086

(580) 622-8128

 

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The path to complete wellness begins here. Hands down, we’ve dubbed this one of the best spas in Oklahoma. Located in Sulphur, Oklahoma at the Artesian Hotel, Sole’renity offers a place where you can center the essence of your being. Owner Rhonda Mordecai and her staff connect with you on a personal and spiritual level. It’s a moving experience filled with laughter, tears and hugs. This spa provides restoration and healing to the mind, body, spirit, and soul through holistic and therapeutic treatment.  It splendidly replenishes personal and family wellness, rejuvenates joy and satisfaction levels in life, and revitalizing well-being. And, Sole’renity’s facials and massages take you to a pampered space that you haven’t been to before. If you want to unwind and rejuvenate your body with an invigorating massage, and treat yourself with a luxury facial or detox, you will be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t stop by Sole’renity Spa. We can’t wait to come back here for another full day of wellness, pampering, love…and hugs.

 

where to be a wino…

 

Rusty Nail Winery
218 W Muskogee Ave.
Sulphur, OK 73086

(580) 622-8466

 

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The Rusty Nail Winery is located in an exquisitely restored 19th century saloon-style building.  Originally constructed in 1906, this former hardware store inspired the name of The Rusty Nail.  Located in Sulphur, OK, The Rusty Nail produces privately labeled wines on the premises that are absolutely delicious.  Each wine has a uniquely designed label named after a shoe, which features a rusty nail as the heel. Peep Toe, The Little Black Pump, Cinderella’s Slipper and Dorothy’s Ruby Red are crowd pleasers.  The Rusty Nail continues to cultivate creative new wines that will make you feel like you’re in the capital of Wine Country.  Make sure to stop by and raise a glass with friends, or enjoy a personal wine tasting brought to you by The Rusty Girls.

 

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