Deep Deuce is one of 12 districts in Oklahoma City that carries tremendous historical significance while keeping its old-world charm. Today, Deep Deuce consists of several low-rise apartment buildings roughly between Main Street and NE 4th Street, but don't kid yourself-there's plenty for a visitor to see and do in what used to be OKC's largest African-American downtown neighborhood.
Deep Deuce primarily is known for its significance as a metro center for jazz music and was home to legendary jazz musicians such as Charlie Christian and Jimmy Rushing. Ralph Waldo Ellison also wrote of Deep Deuce in his 1914 book Trading Twelves.
Today much of the past is gone, but the rebirth of downtown OKC gives Deep Deuce its return. As you turn the corner into Deep Deuce you'll see the new Aloft Hotel near restaurants and housing developments, with beaming lights striking the streets and it's modern architecture transforming the area. Across from the Aloft is Native Roots Market which offers local, hard-to-find, hand-picked grocery items that are always fresh. The popular Urban Johnnie restaurant, also across from the Aloft Hotel, offers great happy hours, a lively patio and sports of any kind on the TV's which take over one wall on the first floor. Their food is a must-try as they put a twist on traditional sandwiches, burgers and their famous onion rings.
Across the road from Urban Johnnie, you'll see new development in the form of storage containers set to open May 2015. These big bins will put a face-lift on some open land with dogs in mind. The containers will hold a gourmet corn dog restaurant and bar called Anchor Down and the 5,000 square foot land area will be a dog park for your furry friends to roam and play.
Down the road, dine at the popular Deep Deuce Grill which offers one of the best outdoor fire-pit patios around and food to pair. It's great for social gatherings and afternoon happy hours. Across the street, check out WSKY Lounge- a popular spot among OKC Thunder players. This vintage whiskey bar offers more than 400 spirits, more than 250 which are whisky, small plates, cigars and a walk-in humidor that faces a popular street in the district.If you're a fan of arts, [Artspace] at Untitled is a community based contemporary art center that fills the space of what used to be an empty warehouse. It was still standing after much of Deep Deuce was abandoned in the 1960s and offers plenty of charm and ambiance today.
Lastly, if you're belly isn't full enough, be sure to check out the newest restaurant to hit Deep Deuce- Slaughter's Hall Bar and Deli. With an industrial feel inside, Slaughter's Hall specializes in East Coast style sandwiches, sides, desserts and an array of local and regional craft beer. Or if you're in the mood for pizza, tucked on the back of NE 1st Street is The Wedge - a popular choice for locals and those who love wood-fired pizza.
Among the adorable housing in this popular district are these little gems just awaiting your arrival!