The time has come again! Oxford's Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) is on daily from November 27th through January 22nd for the winter term (the inaugural launch was 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 November 27 through January 22 from 11 AM - 10 PM (instead of 11 PM due to current COVID regulations).
The cool thing about the DORA is that it can be turned on and off. In Oxford, our current DORA winter schedule will continue through January 22, 2021. After January 22nd, the DORA will be turned off and you will simply need to enjoy your drinks inside one of our many great establishments until summer.
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 labeled in a DORA cup.
The specially made DORA cups will have the logo printed right on the cup. For hot beverages, the cup will be labeled with a DORA sticker.
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 (or inside shops who allow DORA beverages inside), 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).