DORA is a designated area approved by City Council that allows patrons 21+ to purchase alcoholic beverages in a designated cup from permitted establishments and carry the beverages within a defined Downtown area. Establishing a DORA is another tool to help promote Downtown Wilmington as a destination for dining, retail, and entertainment.
Effective 12 noon to 12 midnight, 7 days a week, year round.
ENTER any liquor establishment and request your favorite adult beverage in a disposable cup with a DORA sticker.
EXIT the liquor establishment and walk the diswalks of Downtown Wilmington. Beverages must be in a cup with a DORA sticker to leave an establishment.
ENJOY your veberages while strolling through Downtown Wilmington, an at any participating merchant with the blue DORA sign.
DISPOSE of your DORA cup when empty. DORA cups are one time use and must be thrown away prior to entering any permitted establishment (business that holds a liquor license) or any business with the red DORA decal. Please respect non-participating vusinesses iwth red signs and do not brind a DORA cup inside.
STAY within the DORA boundaries.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where can I purchase a DORA beverage? A: DORA beverages can be purchased at: American Legion (140 East Locust Street) The Eagles (141 East Sugartree Street) The Escape (36 West Sugartree Street) Fiesta Veracruz (37 West Locust Street) The General Denver (81 West Main Street) Mediterranean Restaurant (53 East Main Street) TinCap Cidery (59 West Sugartree Street) Venice Wine Co. (64 West Main Street)
Q: Can I bring my own alcoholic beverage, pour it into a DORA cup, and walk around in the DORA? A: No. Only drinks purchased from qualified businesses within the DORA are allowed. No cans, metal or glass bottles, or outside drinks are permitted within the boundaries.
Q: Can I take my DORA cup back inside the establishment in which it was purchased? A: No. Once a DORA cup has left a business, it must be consumed before you re-enter the business in which it was purchased, or before you enter any other business that serves alcoholic beverages.