Oxford’s Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area


Oxford’s Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) goes into effect daily from 11 AM – 11 PM. (The inaugural launch was on June 25th, 2020, coinciding with the first Red Brick Friday.) Whether you’re a resident, or a visitor passing through for the day, this has been an exciting development for our town and we hope you’ll enjoy your favorite drinks and all Uptown, Oxford has to offer. 

Wait, what is a DORA?

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:

  • The East side of Elm Street from Church Street to Walnut Street
  • The North side of Walnut Street from Elm Street to Campus Avenue
  • The West side of Campus Avenue from Walnut Street to Church Street
  • The South side of Church Street from Elm Street to Campus Avenue

Or hey, just take a look at this map:

Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) map

Provided by the City of Oxford

If you forget, there’s also street signage that lets you know when you’re about to leave the DORA zone, therefore, you cannot take your DORA beverage any further. So keep your eyes out and you’ll be fine!

When can I enjoy the DORA?

DORA originally started in Oxford the same night as Red Brick Friday. DORA is now in effect every day from 11 AM to 11 PM year-round! 

Vendor pouring a DORA cup with beer

Do I need a special cup?

Good question! And yes, you do! To participate in DORA, visit approved bars and restaurants (see list below) and ask for your drink in a DORA cup. You are only allowed to drink alcohol in the DORA zone when purchased from an approved DORA business. 

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.

So can I bring my own alcohol uptown?

Nope! The purpose of the DORA is to support our local bars and restaurants! So let’s show them some love by sticking to the rules.

Okay, I promise to follow the rules. What businesses are participating in DORA?

Serving DORA cup from vendor to patron

*Contact the business to verify hours of operation

What can I do with my cups?

DORA cups are single-use (for health & safety reasons) but, our DORA cups are compostable! We encourage you to check out the City of Oxford composting page and drop off your cup at the green compost bins located at the TRI Community Center

group of five people toasting with DORA beverages