20 Greater Cincinnati DORA Districts for Drinking While Wandering

DORA districts — or Designated Outdoor Refreshment Areas — are a fun fact of life in Greater Cincinnati. In these specific spaces, you are able to grab an alcoholic beverage to sip while you stroll. The 85-acre DORA at The Banks is a major player, but Loveland, Bellevue and Milford (among others) also have their very own designated areas where visitors can have an open beer or cocktail, as long as they follow some simple rules:
  • Alcoholic beverages must be in specific DORA cups.
  • DORA beverages must stay within the boundaries of the district.
  • Guests may take their DORA beverages from participating businesses but are not permitted to bring their drink into another business.
  • Visitors are subject to open-container laws when outside of the district.
  • You must be 21 and up to drink.

Here’s your guide to exploring local DORA districts.

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The Banks
The DORA at The Banks spans from Paul Brown Stadium to Heritage Bank Center and to the south sidewalk of Second Street and north sidewalk of Mehring Way. (Smale Park is not included in The Banks' DORA district.) The city has also permanently closed Freedom Way from Joe Nuxhall Way to Walnut Street to make it a pedestrian pathway. The DORA is open daily from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., during which time visitors may purchase their adult beverages in DORA cups from participating businesses and traverse the district.
Photo: Game Day PR

The Banks

The DORA at The Banks spans from Paul Brown Stadium to Heritage Bank Center and to the south sidewalk of Second Street and north sidewalk of Mehring Way. (Smale Park is not included in The Banks' DORA district.) The city has also permanently closed Freedom Way from Joe Nuxhall Way to Walnut Street to make it a pedestrian pathway. The DORA is open daily from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., during which time visitors may purchase their adult beverages in DORA cups from participating businesses and traverse the district.
Westwood
Fourteen acres of Westwood are now part of a DORA, with boundaries running from "Ivory House to just beyond Wondercade on Harrison and down Epworth to Nation," per the Westwood Civic Association website. Current DORA hours are 5-11 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Photo: facebook.com/westsidebrewing

Westwood

Fourteen acres of Westwood are now part of a DORA, with boundaries running from "Ivory House to just beyond Wondercade on Harrison and down Epworth to Nation," per the Westwood Civic Association website. Current DORA hours are 5-11 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Milford
Milford joins the list with their own DORA. The district was approved on July 16, 2019 and boundaries cover Main Street, parts of Water Street and some of Lila Avenue. The entirety of Riverside Park is included in the DORA district. The Governor, 20 Brix and Little Miami Brewing Company are all participating businesses. Hours are 4-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-midnight Friday-Sunday.
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Milford

Milford joins the list with their own DORA. The district was approved on July 16, 2019 and boundaries cover Main Street, parts of Water Street and some of Lila Avenue. The entirety of Riverside Park is included in the DORA district. The Governor, 20 Brix and Little Miami Brewing Company are all participating businesses. Hours are 4-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-midnight Friday-Sunday.
Hamilton
Hamilton has one of the first DORAs in the Greater Cincinnati area, which launched in 2018. The Hamilton DORA is open 9 a.m.-midnight daily, with Richard’s Pizza, Municipal Brew Works, Pinball Garage and others serving up DORA beverages.
Photo: Provided by city of Hamilton

Hamilton

Hamilton has one of the first DORAs in the Greater Cincinnati area, which launched in 2018. The Hamilton DORA is open 9 a.m.-midnight daily, with Richard’s Pizza, Municipal Brew Works, Pinball Garage and others serving up DORA beverages.
Bellevue
Bellevue has something a bit different (the term is different because it's a different state), but the concept is the same. The Bellevue Entertainment District (BED) allows those over 21 to roam with open containers as they shop. The BED opened in November 2019 between O’Fallon Avenue and Riviera Drive on Fairfield Avenue. Hours of operation are noon-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. BED patrons must purchase a reusable cup for 50 cents from a participating business.
Photo: Liz Davis

Bellevue

Bellevue has something a bit different (the term is different because it's a different state), but the concept is the same. The Bellevue Entertainment District (BED) allows those over 21 to roam with open containers as they shop. The BED opened in November 2019 between O’Fallon Avenue and Riviera Drive on Fairfield Avenue. Hours of operation are noon-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. BED patrons must purchase a reusable cup for 50 cents from a participating business.
Deerfield Township
Deerfield's DORA district encompasses Deerfield Towne Centre. The district is open 6 p.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday and noon-midnight Friday-Sunday.
Photo: facebook.com/deerfieldtownecenter

Deerfield Township

Deerfield's DORA district encompasses Deerfield Towne Centre. The district is open 6 p.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday and noon-midnight Friday-Sunday.
Loveland
Loveland’s DORA was established almost two years ago on April 2019. The boundaries run along Karl Brown Way into Nisbet Park and around to West Loveland Avenue. Some local businesses that sell DORA drinks are Bishop’s Quarter, Casual Pint and Narrow Path Brewing. Loveland’s DORA is open noon-11 p.m. daily.
Photo: Savana Willhoite

Loveland

Loveland’s DORA was established almost two years ago on April 2019. The boundaries run along Karl Brown Way into Nisbet Park and around to West Loveland Avenue. Some local businesses that sell DORA drinks are Bishop’s Quarter, Casual Pint and Narrow Path Brewing. Loveland’s DORA is open noon-11 p.m. daily.
Cheviot
Cheviot's DORA covers three blocks of Harrison Avenue. Hours are 4 p.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday and noon-midnight Friday-Sunday.
Photo: facebook.com/cityofcheviot

Cheviot

Cheviot's DORA covers three blocks of Harrison Avenue. Hours are 4 p.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday and noon-midnight Friday-Sunday.
Montgomery
Montgomery’s DORA district runs from the edge of State Route 126 to Go Bananas Comedy Club on Montgomery Road. The DORA hours for Montgomery are 5-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday and noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Participating businesses have maps showing the limits of DORA. And locations may charge $1 for the DORA cup.
Photo: facebook.com/gobananascomedyclub

Montgomery

Montgomery’s DORA district runs from the edge of State Route 126 to Go Bananas Comedy Club on Montgomery Road. The DORA hours for Montgomery are 5-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday and noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Participating businesses have maps showing the limits of DORA. And locations may charge $1 for the DORA cup.
Mason
The district runs from Dawn Street to Fourth Avenue, and the city has signs signaling boundaries. The Common Beer Company, Two Cities Pizza and Quantman Cafe are some of the businesses taking part in the Mason DORA district. The area is open 6 p.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday and noon-midnight Friday-Sunday.
Photo: facebook.com/twocitiespizza

Mason

The district runs from Dawn Street to Fourth Avenue, and the city has signs signaling boundaries. The Common Beer Company, Two Cities Pizza and Quantman Cafe are some of the businesses taking part in the Mason DORA district. The area is open 6 p.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday and noon-midnight Friday-Sunday.