Uptown DORA

(Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area)

Uptown DORA HOURS — Monday-Friday: 4-10 pm; Saturday & Sunday: 11 am-10 pm

What’s DORA?

A Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) is an exception to the Ohio Revised Code’s open container law.

​In Uptown Westerville, locals and tourists can enjoy the Uptown District and walking between establishments with a drink from 4 to 10 p.m. on weekdays, and between 11 a,m. and 10 p.m. on weekends.

Beer, wine, & cocktails can be consumed inside DORA boundaries by purchasing drinks from participating DORA establishments.


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Are there RULES? Yes, a few …

  • Stay in the boundaries, look for the signs designating DORA boundaries and do not take your beverages beyond that point.
  • Discard of your DORA cups before going outside of DORA boundaries.
  • Keep Uptown clean! Dispose of your cups in a trash receptacle and please do not create litter!
  • Drinks CAN enter any participating retail establishment.
  • Drink CANNOT enter a participating liquor establishment (drinks purchased from one restaurant can not enter another restaurant).
  • DORA cups are single use — no refills!
  • No outside alcohol is permitted; All DORA drinks must be in an official DORA cup and purchased from a participating Uptown liquor permit holder.
  • Please drink and behave responsibly. All other liquor control laws apply!

Where can you purchase DORA beverages?

  • Asterisk Supper Club
  • Barrel & Boar Gastropub
  • Cardinal Pizza
  • DiCarlo’s Pizza
  • Fattey Beer Company
  • Good Vibes Winery
  • Jimmy V’s Grill and Pub
  • Koble
  • North Star Cafe
  • Old Bag of Nails
  • Westerville Grill
  • Uptown Deli and Brew


Where can you take DORA beverages?

You can take your drink throughout the Uptown District within the boundaries shown on the DORA Map (below) and designated by signage.

You can enter any participating retail business. Signage will let you know if DORA beverages are allowed or not.

Currently most businesses accept DORA cups in their stores, with the exception of Graeter’s Ice Cream, Music and Arts, and Whit’s Frozen Custard.


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Visit the City of Westerville website for additional information on the Uptown Westerville  DORA.