Photo courtesy of Hugo’s
Fayetteville’s new outdoor drinking law went into effect last week, and over 30 bars and restaurants have since signed up to participate in the program.
The district is called the Outdoor Refreshment Area, and it runs roughly from Watson Street to the north, Mountain Street to the south, and from West to East avenues in the downtown entertainment district. Several extensions, however, provide access to certain businesses in each direction (see map below).
The area is marked by a series of 50 aluminum signs so people know where outdoor drinking is allowed.
Participating businesses can sell alcoholic beverages in special cups provided by the city from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. Customers must wear a branded wristband before they can leave the business with their drinks and walk around outside.
No other alcohol is allowed inside the boundaries.
The city has ordered branded, environmentally-friendly cups, but they won’t arrive for a few weeks so the program began with blank cups. The city is adding 10 recycling receptacles in the area for people to dispose of their cups.
The cups must be kept within the boundaries and cannot be brought into any other business that serves alcohol. Bringing drinks into shops that don’t serve alcohol is permitted with permission from those businesses.
Businesses Participating in the Outdoor Refreshment Area
21st Amendment, 406 W Dickson Street
American Shaman Kava Bar, 509 W Spring Street
Axis Lounge, 25 E Center Street
Big Box Karaoke, 115 N Block Ave
Bordinos, 310 W Dickson Street
Brewski’s, 408 W Dickson Street
Bugsy’s, 526 W Dickson Street
Busters, 420 W Dickson Street
Cannibal and Craft, 212 W Dickson
Cheers at the OPO, 1 W Center Street
Cork and Keg, 509 W Spring Street
Dickson Street Pub, 303 W Dickson Street
Farrell’s Lounge Bar and Grill, 311 W Dickson Street, Suite 101
George’s Majestic, 519 W Dickson Street
The Green Room, 326 N West Ave
Hammontree’s Grilled Cheese, 326 N West Ave
Hugo’s 25 N Block Ave
Infusion, 416 W Dickson Street
Maxine’s Tap Room, 107 N Block Avenue (Reopening Aug. 4)
The Piano Bar, 230 W Dickson Street
Pinpoint Pinball Bar, 23 N Block Ave
Prelude Breakfast Bar, 509 W Spring Street
Prairie Street Live!, 509 W Prairie Street
Puritan Coffee and Beer, 205 W Dickson Street
Rogers Recreation Hall, 406 W Dickson Street
Ryleigh’s, 313 W Dickson Street
Shotz, 495 W Dickson Street
Sideways, 311 W Dickson Street
TheatreSquared, 477 W Spring Street (Coming soon)
Tiny Tim’s Pizza/West Mountain Brewing Co, 21 W Mountain Street
Tony’s Pizza, 412 W Dickson Street
Tula, 1 E Center Street
Vault, 112 W Center Street
West End, 339 N West Ave
Yeehawg, 402 W Dickson Street
Rules for Customers:
- ORA Cups must be kept within the program area–look for the boundary signs.
- ORA drinks are allowed Sunday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- You cannot take an ORA cup into another establishment serving alcohol; you cannot enter a non-alcohol serving business with an ORA cup without that business’s permission.
- Don’t litter. Cups must be disposed of in a designated recycling bin.
- Don’t loiter per (ACA 5-71-213).
- Don’t give your ORA alcoholic beverage to anyone else, even if they are 21 years of age or older.
- Don’t bring in alcoholic beverages from outside the district to consume in ORA cups. Alcoholic beverages must be purchased from participating businesses within the ORA and consumed in designated cups.
- All City and State of Arkansas laws pertaining to alcohol still apply.
- Drink responsibly and enjoy downtown Fayetteville!
Rules for Businesses:
- Patrons who purchase a drink to be consumed outside of the establishment will be I.D.’d to verify they are of legal drinking age and given a designated wrist band by the business.
- If a patron enters a bar with a wristband on which they obtained from another business, the business shall I.D. the patron to confirm legal drinking age.
- ORA Cups can only be sold during the designated times of 10AM-10PM, seven days a week.
- Businesses can charge a fee for an ORA cup and wrist band if they wish but are not required to do so.
- Alcoholic Beverages sold for the purpose of being consumed outside of the establishment shall be within a designated ORA Cup.
Source: City of Fayetteville