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Grab a drink to-go & explore downtown Toledo!

Downtown Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) is one of two outdoor refreshment areas, giving Toledo residents and guests the opportunity to explore while enjoying adult beverages, exempt from Ohio's open container laws. 

The Downtown Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) launched in 2017, and was expanded in July of 2020 to include the Central Business District, Warehouse District, east and west riverfronts, The Docks and Summit Street between Cherry and Bush. DORA allows patrons of one of the 30+ participating restaurants, pubs and entertainment venues to carry up to 16 oz. of an open alcoholic beverage in a designated cup. The Lucas County Health Department Director has approved the use of DORA during the COVID-19 emergency.

The Adams St. ORA operates on Adams Street between 11th and 21st streets.

To view or download a larger version of the DORA map, click here

The Rules

  1. Cups are allowed daily between noon and midnight.
  2. Patrons cannot carry cups into another business location. They must remain outdoors.
  3. Cups must stay within the DORA. Look for the signs that indicate the boundaries.

Participating Locations

Adams Street Cafe Focaccia's Kengo Sushi & Yakitori Souk Mediterranean Kitchen & Bar
Blarney Irish Pub

Fowl & Fodder

M Osteria & Bar Table Forty 4
Bronze Boar


Maumee Bay Brewing Co. The Bay (Kobe Bay)
Chevy's Place Glass City Center Old Bag of Nails Tin Can Bar
The Chop House Hamburger Mary's Packo's at the Park Toledo Spirits Company
Club Yesterday Hannon's Block PizzaPapalis Ye Olde Cock N' Bull

Don Juan Express

Home Slice Pizza Plate One Ye Olde Durty Bird
Downtown Johnny's Holy Toledo! Tavern Real Seafood Co.    Zia's
El Vaquero Huntington Center Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel  
 Fleetwood's Tap Room ICE Restaurant  Registry Bistro  


Q: Where are Outdoor Refreshment Areas in Toledo? What are their hours?

A: Toledo has two Outdoor Refreshment Areas: DORA in the Central, Warehouse District, riverfront and Vistula area and the ORA along Adams Street in the Uptown District. The two do not overlap and operate independently. Refer to the map above. Current Hours are Noon-Midnight daily.

Q: Can I take my DORA cup to the Adams St. Outdoor Refreshment Area (and vice versa)?
A: You cannot carry a cup between the DORA and Adams St. Outdoor Refreshment Area. Cups must be thrown away at the boundaries of the districts in which they were purchased.

Q: Can I walk anywhere with my DORA cup?
A: No, you must stay within the DORA boundaries. Leaving the DORA with an alcoholic beverage breaks State of Ohio and City of Toledo open containers laws. DORA cups may not be taken on to boats or docks.

Q: Can I take my DORA cup back inside the establishment in which it was purchased?
A: No, once a DORA cup has left a business, it must be consumed before you enter any establishment other than a residence. This includes reentering the business in which it was purchased or entering a new business.

Q: Can I take an empty DORA cup into a business so I can reuse it?
A: No, you must throw away a DORA cup before entering any business.

Q: What types of alcoholic beverage can I have in my DORA cup?
A: Beer, wine, and liquor are all allowable drinks in DORA cups. Drinks must be purchased from a participating business. Cups hold 16 oz. of your chosen beverage.

Q: Can I bring my own alcoholic beverage, pour it into a DORA cup, and walk around in the DORA?
A: No, only drinks purchased from businesses participating in the DORA are allowed. No cans, glass bottles, or outside drinks are permitted within the boundaries.

Note: All State of Ohio and City of Toledo laws regarding public intoxication, impaired driving, and open containers apply to areas both inside and outside of the DORA boundaries. Please drink responsibly.

For more information on Outdoor Refreshment Areas, please refer to Toledo Municipal Code § 331.43.

Thank you to DORA sponsor Black & White Transportation | 419-536-8294

DORA is operated by The Downtown Toledo Improvement District with the support of Destination Toledo.


Check out some other Designated Outdoor Refreshment Areas throughout Toledo!