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: Active 7 days per week from noon to 9 p.m. beginning June 1, 2021 through October 31, 2021. It has expanded it’s days and footprint this year!
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 May 21, May 28, June 11, July 16, August 6, October 1, for their Friday Nights Uptown!
Where: spans 15 acres of Uptown Marysville
Website: Marysville MORA
When: Thursday-Sunday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. for 2021! They have opened for the season.
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.
Worthington is in a 90 day pilot beginning on July 1, 2021 that expands the hours and footprint. The expanded hours mean the DORA will occur every day between 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Website: Worthington DORA
New! Thursday- Saturday 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m and possibly extended hours for special events beginning May 20!
Website: Dublin DORA
When: A date for opening hasn’t been released yet but there are some details on the Bexley DORA website. Monday-Friday 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Additional Details: Establishments with permits to participate are- Moshi Sushi, Rusty Bucket, Brassica, Giuseppe’s Ritrovo, Harvest Pizza, Kittie’s Cafe, Cafe Istanbul
Website: Bexley Dora
The City of Westerville just approved a DORA but hasn’t released the details yet. Look for this to open mid-June in the Uptown Westerville area.
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.