Middletown is Ohio's first city to adopt a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area

Hours of Operation:  7 days a week, 12 Noon to Midnight

How It Works: You can purchase a beverage from a liquor permit establishment within the DORA boundaries and walk around our downtown DORA district with your drink! Sip, stroll and explore! To be able to do so, you will need to purchase a $1 DORA Bracelet (one time purchase, good for the entire day at every establishment) and request that your beverage be placed within one of the designated DORA plastic cups if you wish to leave the establishment. Drinks cannot be taken out of the establishment without being in an official DORA cup and the individual must have an official, dated DORA bracelet on. No cans, no glass bottles, and no outside drinks are permitted within the DORA.


  1. Buy and wear your dated, DORA wristband, good from Noon-Midnight at every establishment.

  2. Purchase your drink at a DORA designated establishment.

  3. Drink and Stroll inside the DORA boundaries, look for signs!

  4. Please finish your drink before entering another DORA designated establishment (ie- you are not allowed to take your alcoholic DORA drink from one bar/restaurant to another establishment that serves alcohol).

Where to Buy: Current establishments authorized to sell are:

You Can:

  • Purchase a drink at an authorized location and walk around the DORA using an official DORA Cup.

  • Take a purchased drink into a non-liquor serving establishment if the owner allows [YES! DORA BEVERAGES WELCOME]

  • Drink responsibly and have fun

You Cannot: 

  • Bring your own drinks into the district

  • Walk around with a purchased drink not in a designated DORA plastic container (no cans, no glass, no outside drinks are permitted)

  • Walk around with a DORA drink without an official, dated DORA bracelet for that day

  • Take a beverage purchased at one liquor serving establishment into another liquor establishment

  • Act a fool and ruin it for everyone

Boundaries: The map below outlines the boundaries of the DORA. In short, it is from the riverfront to Clark Street in downtown Middletown. There are signs posted when you reach the edges of the districts, please keep an eye out for them.