Open Refreshment Areas in Downtown Toledo, Ohio

Looking for a To-Go Drink in Downtown Toledo? Here's What You Need to Know.

As a general rule, open containers of alcohol in public are not permitted in Ohio. However, in 2015, the Ohio Legislature passed a law stating that:

A person may have in the person’s possession an opened container of beer or intoxicating liquor at an outdoor location within an outdoor refreshment area

On April 30th, 2015, Ohio Revised Code 4301.8 was passed allowing cities with populations of more than 35,000 to create one entertainment district, or outdoor refreshment area, where people may legally walk outside with open containers of alcohol. Cities (Like Toledo) with more than 50,000 residents may create two areas. In larger cities, the districts could not be larger than half a square mile.

The law imposes certain criteria in order for an area to qualify. These qualifications include:

  • More than 4 Permit Holders in the Area
  • Zoning Approval
  • Steps to Ensure Public Safety
  • Approval of City Council

Downtown Toledo's Open Refreshment Areas

Downtown Toledo has two distinct (and disconnected) outdoor refreshment areas – which are separated by approximately 4 blocks. The two outdoor refreshment areas are referred to as ORA (Outdoor Refreshment Area) and DORA (Downtown Outdoor Refreshment Area). The boundaries of each are as follows:

ORA

The Adams St. Outdoor Refreshment Area exists along Adams Street between 11th St. and 21st St. 

DORA

The area bounded by Summit, Adams, Lafayette, and Erie streets comprises the Downtown Outdoor Refreshment Area.

Hours of Operation

ORA

Monday – Friday 5 PM – 1 AM

Weekends – 12 PM – 1 AM

DORA

Daily – Noon – 1 AM

Keep it Legal

  • Cups are only permitted during Hours of Operation
  • Patrons cannot carry cups into another business location. They must remain outdoors.
  • You must purchase a drink at a participating establishment within the ORA/DORA Boundaries –No BYOB.
  • Cups must stay within the ORA/DORA. Look for the signs that indicate the boundaries.

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