DORA | Sip, Stroll, Explore

Sip, Stroll & Explore with DORA = Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area

What To Know — Locations, Rules, Tips & More! 


Photo Credit : Todd Joyce

Did you know that the DORA Program is in Butler County? That means you can hangout and explore with your friends this summer while with alcoholic beverages... legally. What's the catch? DORA stands for Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area. The Program allows people to order an alcoholic beverage from a participating establishments and explore the city while drinking — as long as it’s in the designated areas, in the DORA plastic cups, and as long as you're 21+ of course. 

Where Can I Go?

The DORA Program is currently in areas of Hamilton, Middletown, and Liberty Center at participating establishments. For more information and for DORA Maps, check out each individual location below:

Hamilton DORA

Liberty Center DORA

Middletown DORA

Oxford DORA

DORA cups

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Who's in? 

General Rules

Rules for each DORA location vary, but generally:

  1. You can only purchase DORA beverages from participating establishments in each location (21+)
  2. One beverage is permitted per cup per use
  3. No cans, glass bottles, or outside beverages are permitted
  4. You must stay within the DORA boundaries with your beverage

DORA at Liberty Center

Photo Credit : Todd Joyce

Specific rules vary by each city — but always drink responsibly! 


1. Hamilton, Ohio

In Hamilton, your to-go alcoholic beverage can only be purchased from participating DORA establishments and must be in an Official DORA Cup that specifies the name of the business before you leave the participating business. Some of the participating places include Neal's BBQ, Municipal Brew Works, Richard's Pizza... and more! 

Hamilton DORA in the park

Photo Credit : Tano Bistro

Find all of DORA Hamilton's official rules, participating establishments, frequently asked questions, and more HERE.

Hamilton also has their very own Craft & Cocktail Quest! Sign up for a free mobile pass that will lead you through Hamilton's DORA district. Downtown businesses have sweetened your journey with secret menu specials and incredible deals. Make it to 10 of the locations and you’ll earn the coveted Top Finisher medal. 

Hamilton Craft & Cocktail Quest Medal

2. Liberty Center

Liberty Center launched it's DORA program in April of 2019. The area within Liberty Center bounded by Liberty Way, Taylor Street, and Warehouse Row are considered within the program's boundries. You can purchase a DORA beverage from places like Agave & Rye, Bar Del Mar, The Roosevelt Room...and more! 

DORA Drink

Photo Credit : Todd Joyce

Find all of DORA Liberty Center's official rules, participating establishments, frequently asked questions, and more HERE.  

3. Middletown, Ohio

In Middletown, you must buy and wear your dated DORA wristband, which is valid from noon-midnight at every establishment. The program's boundaries are marked by signs around Middletown. Participating businesses include, Rolling Mill Brewing Co., Spoken Bicycles, West Central Wine... and more! 

Middletown DORA on the street

Photo Credit : Downtown Middletown Inc.

Find all of DORA Middletown's official rules, participating establishments, frequently asked questions, and more HERE.

4. Oxford, Ohio

During the summer months enjoy a stroll around Oxford and a drink from a local business. Participating businesses will pass out compostable cups that have been provided by Enjoy Oxford. The DORA district boundaries are marked by signs around the city. Participating businesses include Church St. Social, Fiesta Charra, Fridge & Pantry, Kofenya, Steinkeller, and more!

Oxford DORA

Find all of DORA Oxford's official rules, participating establishments, frequently asked questions, and more HERE


Come on out and enjoy a sip and a stroll in participating areas of Hamilton, Liberty Center, Middletown, and Oxford. This is a must your Summer to-do list — We recommend giving it a try and becoming a BC DORA-explorer.

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