Greater Cincinnati is now home to more than a dozen “Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area” districts and with the newest one opening at The Banks this week, we decided to round them up for you.
A “Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area” or Dora district is exactly what it sounds like – a spot where people can grab a drink from a local establishment and walk around.
5 things to know:The Banks Dora district is coming Thursday
Typically these are centered around downtown areas and are aimed toward getting more foot traffic to local businesses. They’re also coronavirus restriction- and spring weather-friendly.
All Dora districts require visitors to purchase a beverage in a cup from a local business; you can’t bring your own cup nor can you bring your own alcohol.
Looking for a spot to sip outside? Here’s where to go:
The Banks – The newest Dora district opens Thursday. It means you’ll be able to walk around 85 acres of Downtown Cincinnati with a drink in hand. The Dora stretches from the Heritage Bank Center (formerly US Bank Arena) to Paul Brown Stadium and from Mehring Way to Second Street.
Bellevue: The Bellevue Entertainment District located along Fairfield avenue allows people to drink on the sidewalks and between businesses. The district is on Fairfield Avenue between O’Fallon Avenue and Riviera Drive.
Cheviot: Covers a few blocks around Harrison Avenue, including Glenmore Ave, North Bend Road. You can stop by Public House, Keller’s Cheviot Cafe and Legend’s Bar and Venue and a handful of other bars.
Hamilton: Encompassing 195 acres, the Hamilton Dora includes the central business district, the German Village Historic District and historic Main Street Business District in Hamilton, which is the seat of Butler County. You can stop by Municipal Brew House and take a stroll.
Harrison: The Harrison Dora is located in historic downtown includes 1860 Taproom & Bottleshop, Heist + Co., The Coffee Peddlar, Market Street Grille and Harrison Moose Lodge 2633.
Liberty Center: The Liberty Center Dora is bounded by Liberty Way, Taylor Street, and Warehouse Row. Drinks can be purchased at Brio, Agave & Rye, Northstar Café, Pies & Pints and more.
Lebanon: This Dora encompasses a large portion of the Central Business District including businesses along Mulberry and Broadway. You can snag a drink from the Golden Lamb and other nearby businesses.
Mason: The Mason Dora spans from Dawson Street (near Wildflower Café ) to 4th Avenue throughout Downtown Mason. The city’s website said 11 locations are included in the district, including Common Beer Company and Two Cities Pizza.
Middletown: If you’re looking for a waterfront Dora, head to Middletown. Its Dora runs from the Great Miami riverfront to Clark Street in downtown Middletown. It includes the Forest Hills Country Club, West Central Wine and Rolling Mill Brewing Company. In Middletown you also need to purchase a Dora bracelet.
Milford: This Dora gets you up close and personal with the Little Miami River. The DORA runs along Main Street between Copper Blue at 900 Main St. and the Little Miami Brewing Co. at 208 Mill St. Parts of Lila Avenue and Mill and Water streets — plus all of Riverside Park on Water Street – also are in the Dora.
Montgomery: Montgomery’s Dora hits the highlights around the Heritage District, the Old Montgomery Gateway District, The Marketplace and Montgomery Quarter.
Newport on the Levee: While it isn’t a typical Dora, Newport on the Levee’s Bridgeview Box Park operates under the same premise. The open-air box park gives visitors an opportunity to walk aground after getting a drink from Kon-Tiki, Wooden Cask Brewing or Second Sight Spirits.
New Richmond: Another waterfront Dora is over in New Richmond. The Dora runs along Front Street and the town’s Historic District. Dora drinks are permitted on village and public-owned property along the Ohio River.
Oxford: The Oxford Dora is a square of nearly 21 acres in the Uptown Business District. It runs from Church Street to Walnut Street and Beech Street to Campus Avenue. It allows visitors to drink while sitting at sidewalk tables or in the Uptown parks.
Sharonville: The Sharonville Doar is located in the Downtown Loop of Sharonville along Reading Road. Participating locations include Al’s Bar, Alreddy Café, LaRosa’s and the VFW.
Wyoming: This Dora runs down Springfield Pike and Wyoming Avenue and includes areas around Centennial Park, Village Green Park, Crescent Park and the tennis and bocce courts down Springfield Pike. The Wyoming Civic Center and Wyoming community coffee are two of the handful of locations you can snag drinks from.
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