Best Of 2021

Best New DORA District: The Banks

Cincinnati has officially declared 85 acres around The Banks downtown a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area, or DORA. A DORA means you can walk around a specific space with an alcoholic drink in hand — as long as it’s in a special designated DORA cup and you’re of drinking age. The district spans from Paul Brown Stadium to the Heritage Bank Center and to the south sidewalk of Second Street and the north sidewalk of Mehring Way. (Smale Park is not included.) The city also permanently closed Freedom Way from Joe Nuxhall Way to Walnut Street. The Banks is just the latest district to join the DORA movement. Some other places you can drink while wandering? Loveland, Milford, Bellevue and Hamilton.