Western Avenue runs vertically in central Oklahoma City from Wilshire Blvd to NW 36th Street. Encapsulating Classen Curve and Nichols Hills as well, there’s a diverse set of options when deciding how to spend your day in the Western Ave District.
What to eat
With a different atmosphere in each of the three areas that comprise the Western Avenue District, there are a wide variety of dining options to satisfy everyone's palette.
If you’re looking for a calm spot to enjoy a meal or go on a date, Metro Wine Bar provides a classy ambiance and more than 300 hand-selected wines. Serving Oklahomans for more than 30 years, Metro Wine Bar sits just north of 63rd Street on Western Avenue and is open Monday through Saturday.
Those in search of a contemporary American eatery should visit Republic Gastropub, located in Classen Curve. With a casual setting and large number of TVs across the restaurant, Republic is the perfect spot to watch the big game with your friends or get a bite to eat before going out on the town. The gastropub also has a wide variety of beer on tap and is open every day for lunch and dinner.
For an upscale dining experience, head to Sushi Neko on the corner of NW 43rd Street and Western Avenue. A neighbor to the Will Rodgers Theatre, Sushi Neko has been crowned as the best sushi in Oklahoma City multiple times by the Oklahoma Gazette, The Oklahoman and Oklahoma Magazine.
Where to shop
If you’re a runner, or want to become one, Red Coyote is your one-stop shop in the Western Avenue District for everything running and fitness related. From shoes to reflective gear, this runner’s paradise has everything you need to start or continue your fitness journey. Red Coyote also holds events, usually featuring 5k, 10k and half-marathon races.
REFINERY, located on the corner of NW 67th Street and Western Avenue, is a modern clothing boutique curated by a stylish mother-daughter duo. This trendy outpost has all the clothing and accessories you’ll need to complete your wardrobe. Whether you're in search of a comfy pair of fuzzy slippers or a new cardigan, REFINERY has what you’re looking for.
For those who enjoy antiquing, Mockingbird Manor on the corner of NW 44th Street and Western Avenue is the place for you. Open 11 A.M. to 4 P.M. Monday through Saturday, this antique store has an impressive selection of beautiful, timeless pieces that could make for the perfect addition to your home.
What to see
The Howell Gallery is a fine arts gallery on Western Avenue exhibiting original works by award winning artists. The gallery has been giving artists a space to hang their pieces in OKC since the early 1990s and was founded by two artists; Ken Howell, an architect and Linda Howell, an interior designer.
The Western Avenue District also features eight gorgeous murals, each with its own spunk.
When the sun goes down, the fun doesn’t stop in Western Ave. 51st Street Speakeasy, located just off Western Avenue on NW 51st Street, is one of OKC’s premier nightlife options.
Every Tuesday through Saturday night, local musicians take the stage at Speakeasy for one of the bar’s themed musical nights. Tuesday is blues night, Wednesday serves as jazz night, Thursday is bluegrass night while Fridays and Saturdays offer a mixed bag. Speakeasy is open from 3 P.M. to 2 A.M. Tuesday through Saturday.
Where to stay
Looking to stay a night in the Western Avenue District? The Ellison, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, is on Western Ave just south of NW 63rd Street in the heart of the district. This luxury hotel features breathtaking artwork on display in the lobby and the delicious Milo restaurant, serving Native- inspired cuisine.
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