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Downtown Columbus kicks off new DORA area with two-day event

The Center City DORA in Columbus, Ohio is now in effect, connecting much of the downtown area with Franklinton to create a region where visitors and locals can sip alcohol in public via special cups.

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Clear plastic cups with the Center City DORA sticker will indicate that your drink is good to go. | Photo via Downtown Columbus

The Center City DORA is here, and Downtown Columbus is ready to celebrate with champagne on Rich Street.

The local organization is hosting “DORA at Dusk” on Friday, June 28 + Saturday, June 29 from 6-10 p.m. on both days. This trolley-themed event promises excitement, discounts, and best of all, it’s free. Let’s ride through the details.

Trolley good time

The DORA is big — in fact, it would be roughly 4.35 miles if you walked the entire boundary line. That’s why Trolley Pub Columbus will be there, offering free rides to make exploring easier. Trolley tours begin in between Bicentennial Park and Dorrian Green Park, or at The Junto Hotel. Then riders will make their way to the opposite of their starting point, presumably sipping and pedaling away.

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Typically, we’d recommend extra blankets for the Bicentennial Park Summer Concert Series, but this recent heatwave has us thinking otherwise. Maybe bring extra sunscreen to be safe. | Photo via @colsparksrec

Sounds of summer

Bicentennial Park is also hosting a summer concert series on Friday. The show starts at 5:30 p.m. with a DJ set from Tom Butler, best known for his time on CD 92.9, as well as live music from Nick Tolford & Company, a local ensemble group with a pianist, guitarist, bassist, and multiple singers. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged, and admission is free.

Hot deals

The Junto will be offering happy hour specials from 4 p.m. to close in the Trade Room + Little West Tavern will be serving poutine. Milestone 229 will also be offering specials and deals for the event.

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The Center City DORA comprises businesses like 16-Bit, Jackie O’s, Dirty Frank’s, and Wolf’s Ridge. | Map via Downtown Columbus

Exploring the DORA

This new “designated outdoor refreshment area” connects many popular downtown establishments with Franklinton, which continues to grow with local breweries, bars, and restaurants. Now, adults can buy a beer or cocktail from these spots and walk around downtown with their drink in hand in a special, designated cup. These cups can be picked up at participating businesses.

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