Toledo’s Opening Up: DORA for the (boozy) Explorer

Following the Ohio legislature’s decision in May 2015 to allow cities to set up outdoor refreshment areas, Toledo City Council approved UpTown in December 2016 to build our city’s first public outdoor drinking area.

Finally, in June of that year, bar-goers began drinking along Adams Street between the boundaries of 11th and 21st streets.

Today our options have officially expanded.

DORA – the downtown outdoor refreshment area – officially opened this lunchtime after being created by the city council last year.

The new district encompasses 24 locations between the borders of Lafayette St., Erie St., Adams St. and Summit St., participating in a new era of drinking in The Glass City.

Coupled with the Block Outdoor Refreshment Area (ORA) on Adams Street, Toledoans can drink outdoors from noon to 1am, seven days a week.

UpTown's Outdoor Refreshment Zone (ORA) opened last summer.  Today the Downtown Outdoor Refreshment Area was launched, which opens up more opportunities for adults with open containers. UpTown’s Outdoor Refreshment Zone (ORA) opened last summer. Today the Downtown Outdoor Refreshment Area was launched, which opens up more opportunities for adults with open containers.

Just make sure you follow the rules:

  • Both areas require special cups that hold up to 16 oz. of an alcoholic drink.
  • The DORA and the ORA have different cups. You can’t carry one to the other.
  • You can’t carry your mug back in – once the mug is out, it has to stay out.
  • Within the DORA, these cups are allowed between noon and midnight, seven days a week.
  • Within UpTown’s ORA, the cups are allowed between 5:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m., Monday-Friday and 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday or during special events that fall on a weekday.

The Downtown Toledo Improvement District is pushing for DORA to boost alcoholic tourism in the area, but Toledoans can certainly benefit from it too. Head to the 3rd Thursday Art Loop and Mud Hens game today for the fun.

For more details, please visit Downtowntoledo.org/DORA

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