ENID, Oklahoma— Enid’s new downtown business, Gold Door Night Club, has been open for a week, bringing new music and energy to the downtown scene.
Gold Door Night Club, at 120 W. Randolph, features a full bar, outdoor patio, seating, and a clear dance floor.
The club opened on January 11 and was open until Sunday. Normal operating days are Thursday through Sunday.
“It was very busy the first night,” waitress Sarah Ellis said. “We opened at 9 a.m. and by 9:30 a.m. we had 20 people here. There were a lot of people very quickly.
“It was really fun. I don’t think any of the other bars in town are busy before 11pm. I wouldn’t want to go there and it would be boring, with nothing going on. Maybe we had so many people because we are new and it is exciting.
work and dreams
Owner Roberto Silva has a saying about his business – “Wake Up, Downtown Enid”.
Silva always dreamed of opening a Mexican bar.
“I started saving money,” he said. “I worked in the oil industry for 14 years. I have decided to do something for myself now.
Work on the club began in May 2021. Silva did most of the construction himself. The construction is still not finished, but the club is ready and functional for the occupants.
Natalie Rapp, executive director of Main Street Enid, said Silva approached the organization when he was looking for commercial space downtown. Main Street was able to give him contacts and other connections.
Rapp said Silva applied for Main Street Facade Renovation Grants for the patio and awning and received $1,500 for renovation costs.
“We worked closely with him throughout this process,” she said. “We saw this as a great opportunity for the city center which would also add more diversity to the area. Also, adding more downtown entertainment for adults and young adults to dance and have fun.
Although Silva’s dream was to own a Mexican bar, he said he was still able to achieve part of that dream with the club, despite some of the difficulties along the way.
“That kept changing as we went along,” Silva said. “It was like a puzzle. Someone just threw it at me and I caught it. I’m just putting the pieces of the puzzle together, bit by bit with everything to open the bar.
There were a lot of unknowns with the city and the architects as he went along, and he said the stress cost him sleep some nights.
Despite the months-long journey to opening, Gold Door employees said they were excited to see what was to come.
“I’ve talked to a lot of people, and I think the most exciting thing is all the different types of music,” bartender Katie Trejo said.
“I feel like a lot of bars in Enid play the same. For me as a Latina there was nowhere here in Enid I could go and listen to Latin music. I would have to drive all the way to Oklahoma City. It’s really cool that we have that here for the Hispanic culture.
Schedules and activities
Gold Door is open weekly Thursday through Sunday and closes at 2 a.m. every night.
Every night is a different theme party at the club. Thursday is the start of the night, opening at 6 p.m., with blues, jazz and oldies.
On Fridays, the club opens at 9 p.m. and offers electronic dance music (EDM) – the best Top 40, dance, electro and hip-hop. On Saturdays, it opens at 9 p.m., with Latin Night. Sunday open at noon for karaoke.
Silva chose to open early on Thursdays for people who might not want to stay that late. On other days, Silva said he planned to have live bands. Musicians interested in playing can message him on the Gold Door Enid Facebook page.