DORA Districts are popping up all over Columbus. In case you don’t know, DORA stands for Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area. These plans allow for bars and restaurants to operate, have more seating outside, provide social distancing and allow patrons to walk around in specific areas with open containers of purchased alcohol.
Be sure to use the links to refer directly to each website because the rules are different in each city and details are subject to change. Also, remember to follow the signs and stay in the designated area with your open beverages!
Check out the options around the city!
When: Wednesdays – Fridays from 4 pm – 9 pm and Saturdays from 11 am – 9 pm through August 15
Where: Old Hilliard
Website: Hilliard DORA
Additional Details: The new Center Street Market is awesome! Crooked Can occupies the largest space in the market but there are several smaller shops inside as well such as The Cheesecake Girl, bakes by lo, Rime Time (on nice days they often pull their popsicle cart outside) and Meatball Mafia. Saturday, July 25 will be Christmas in July at Center Street Market.
The upstairs patio at Otie’s has great views of the street and feels like you are on Bourbon Street in New Orleans.
When: Monday – Saturday from 2 pm – midnight, except July 26, October 31 and December 7.
Where: Within the boundaries of Grove City’s historic Town Center
Website: Grove City DORA
City of Delaware
When: Wednesday & Thursday 4 pm – 10 pm and Friday – Sunday 11 am – 10 pm. Specific dates aren’t listed on the website.
Where: Central Avenue to Spring Street and Union Street to Franklin Street
Website: Delaware DORA
When: Check their events calendar here: MORA events but some dates listed are July 24 (4 pm – 10 pm), July 25 (2 pm – 10 pm), July 31 (4 pm – 10 pm), August 1 (2 pm – 10 pm), August 7 (4 pm – 10 pm), August 8 (2 pm – 10 pm), August 14 (4 pm – 10 pm), August 15 (2 pm – 10 pm), August 21 (4 pm -10 pm), August 22 (2 pm – 10 pm), August 28 (4 pm – 10 pm) and August 29 (2 pm – 10 pm).
Where: spans 15 acres of Uptown Marysville
Website: Marysville MORA
When: July 23 & 24 starts at 4 pm and July 25 & 26 starts at 11 am. Here’s the calendar.
Where: Downtown Powell
Website: Powell DORA
Additional Details: In addition to the bars and restaurants, you’ll find that several shops have extended their hours to be part of DORA.
Canal Winchester is considering a DORA. Read the article here: Canal Winchester DORA.
Related Articles (some of these were written pre-COVID, check the links to make sure the information is current): Columbus Kid-Friendly Happy Hour and Breweries, Places to Visit Near Columbus While Social Distancing, Downtown Local Brewery Roundup and Family-Friendly Restaurants.
Enjoy being outside in these DORA districts, have fun socializing and be safe! Cheers.