Next Great Neighborhood: Oklahoma City’s Plaza District

November 27, 2013 | By | Comments (4)
Photo by Shevaun Williams

Photo by Shevaun Williams

In the 1920s, the Plaza District was a bustling neighborhood. After flourishing for decades, the area succumbed to a period of urban decay in the 1980s. Now, the small but mighty historic area has emerged as a hub of creative energy. These days, it’s a place where you can grab a slice of pizza before catching a live theater production, or pick up a locally made Okie-themed gift. Here are some of our favorite spots.

Collected Thread
From leather feather earrings ($19) to a locket enhanced with an Oklahoma state charm ($24.95), everything in this shop is handmade or hand altered. 1705 NW 16th Street; 405/557-1141

Empire Slice House
With walls plastered in concert posters, vinyl booths, and a gleaming bar, this new joint is a favorite for its meatballs (a 1-pound monster made with pork and lamb) and pizzas like the Notorious P.I.G. ($22) with bacon, pepperoni, and capicola. 1734 NW 16th Street; 405/557-1760

Photo by Shevaun Williams

Photo by Shevaun Williams

The Mule
Three best friends run the show at this spirited grilled-cheeserie. Ask for the Fancy Pants ($8.50) with chicken, Brie, Gruyère, and basil pesto; and the Kentucky Mule ($7) with Jim Beam bourbon and Maine Root ginger beer. Don’t forget to look for your name on the community-minded “drink wall,” where generous patrons can gift a friend a drink by paying ahead of time and leaving his or her name on a chalkboard. 1630 N Blackwelder Avenue; 405/601-1400

Lyric Theatre
Dating to 1935, the 279-seat Plaza Theatre is home to OKC’s Lyric Theatre, the state’s leading professional company that puts on plays and musicals year-round. 1727 NW 16th Street; 405/524-9310

Did we skip a stop? Let us know your favorite joint in Oklahoma City’s Plaza District.


  1. Allison Bonds

    dna galleries is the best place to shop in OKC! You can pick up local art, OKC thunder gear, and very cool, one-of-a-kind items. Love it!!

    December 2, 2013 at 11:05 pm
  2. Mary Beth

    The Velvet Monkey is located in the Plaza it’s been voted OKC’s Best Salon for over 5 years! They even have a record store in the back! Lots of talented stylists & a fun atmosphere!

    December 3, 2013 at 8:12 am
  3. Shelly Landis-Scovill

    Pie Junkie!!!!

    December 3, 2013 at 3:24 pm
  4. Kathy Potts

    Saints. We went in just for drinks (while waiting for a table at the Mule) but the food smelled so good we’re headed back!

    December 4, 2013 at 8:15 pm