The time has come! Oxford's Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) officially launched on June 25th, 2020 (to coincide with the first Red Brick Friday). This is an exciting development for our town and one that we hope you'll enjoy, whether your a resident or a visitor passing through for the day.
DORA stands for Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area. This is a specific area, often spanning several streets, where patrons can purchase alcoholic beverages from participating businesses and then take those drinks outside to enjoy.
In Oxford, the DORA boundaries are as follows: from the East side of Beech Street from Church Street to Walnut Street, the North side of Walnut Street from Beech Street to Campus Avenue, the West side of Campus Avenue from Walnut Street to Church Street, and the south side of Church Street from Beech Street to Campus Avenue.
Or hey, just take a look at this map:
There's also street signage that lets you know when you're about to leave the DORA (and therefore cannot take your alcohol any further). So keep your eyes out and you'll be fine!
Some people think the DORA was one-night-only since it launched on the same night as Red Brick Friday. But fear not because the DORA is in effect every single day this summer from 11 AM - 11 PM.
The cool thing about the DORA is that it can be turned on and off. In Oxford, our current DORA summer schedule will continue through August 9, 2020. After August 9th, the DORA will be turned off and you will simply need to enjoy your drinks inside one of our many great establishments.
Good question! And yes, you do! When you participate in the DORA, bars and restaurants will give you a special DORA cup. You are only allowed to drink alcohol purchased from a business if it's in a DORA cup.
Right now our DORA cups have stickers on them (see below). Soon, we'll be receiving our specially made DORA cups that will have the logo printed right on the cup.
Nope! Any alcohol being consumed outdoors uptown needs to be in a DORA cup and purchased from a participating business. The purpose of the DORA is to give you an opportunity to enjoy your drink outside, but it's also to help support our local bars and restaurants! So let's show them some love by sticking to the rules.
When we receive our specially-ordered cups, they will be compostable so we encourage you to hold onto your cups and compost them rather than throw them away.
DORA cups are also single-use (for health & safety reasons) so please be prepared to properly dispose of your current cup before purchasing a new one (whether from a new business or the same one you bought the first cup from).