Following the May 2015 decision by Ohio lawmakers to allow for cities to create outdoor refreshment areas, Toledo City Council gave the UpTown neighborhood the OK to create our city’s first outdoor public-drinking area back in December of 2016.
Finally, in June of that year, bar-goers along Adams Street began drinking between the boundaries of 11th and 21st streets.
Today, our options have officially expanded.
DORA— the Downtown Outdoor Refreshment Area— was officially officially launched today at noon after being created last year by City Council.
The new district features twenty-four locations between the boundaries of Lafayette St., Erie St., Adams St. and Summit St. are participating in a new era of drinking in The Glass City.
Coupled with the Outdoor Refreshment Area (ORA) block of Adams Street, Toledoans can enjoy booze outdoors from Noon until 1am, seven days a week.
Just make sure you follow the rules:
- Both areas require designated cups, which hold up to 16 oz. of an alcoholic beverage.
- The DORA and the ORA have different cups. You cannot carry one to the other.
- You cannot carry your cup back inside— once the cup is outdoors, it must remain outdoors.
- Within the DORA, these cups are allowed between noon and midnight, seven days a week.
- Within UpTown’s ORA, the cups are permitted between 5pm and 1am, Monday-Friday and Noon-1am on Saturday and Sunday, or during special events that fall on a weekday.
The Downtown Toledo Improvement District is pushing DORA as a way to boost area tourism with booze, but Toledoans can certainly reap the benefits as well. Hit up the 3rd Thursday Art Loop and the Mud Hens game today to soak up the fun.
For more specifics, visit downtowntoledo.org/DORA