Outdoor Refreshment Area (O.R.A.)

ORA: Outdoor Refreshment Area, Fayetteville (sign graphic)

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Past City Council Actions:

The Outdoor Refreshment Area Open Consumption District

Fayetteville’s Outdoor Refreshment Area enables guests 21 years of age and older to carry and consume alcoholic beverages in designated cups while wearing the official wristband on public sidewalks and participating property within the boundary of the district. The Outdoor Refreshment Area is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

ORA Boundary PDF 9_15_22


Know the Rules

  • Patrons must use a designated ORA cup and wristband
  • Beverages in ORA cups must be purchased from a participating business.
  • ORA cups allowed in public daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Do not take your cup into any other alcohol-serving establishment under any circumstance. Do not take your cup into any other business, without their consent.
  • Do not loiter and do not litter. Dispose of your cup in any Recycling receptacle. 
  • Do not give your ORA cup to anyone else, even if they are 21 years of age or older.
  • Drink responsibly, support businesses safely, and enjoy Downtown Fayetteville.
  • If you are possessing and consuming alcohol at a sidewalk café or outdoor area on private property, the alcoholic beverage cannot leave the area.
  • All State of Arkansas and City of Fayetteville laws still apply.

Where can I buy an ORA cup and wristband? 

View a list of participating businesses.

Outdoor Refreshment Area Open Consumption District

The Open Consumption District Pilot Program began on July 22, 2020 and will run seven days a week from 10AM-10PM. The expansion of the dates to seven days a week came at the request of numerous businesses.  

The links below provide details and information for both patrons of the Outdoor Refreshment Area and businesses. The documents include rules, FAQs, and other useful information. 

I'm a participating ORA Business and need more cups and wristbands

Businesses that need more wristbands can contact Chung Tan with the Department of Economic Vitality at 479.575.8276. Wrist bands are available for pickup Monday - Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wristbands are not available on Fridays.

Food Loops is now the provider of cold cups for the Outdoor Refreshment Area following Bid 20-68. Businesses that have done business with Food Loops are encouraged to email Food Loops. Businesses that have not done business with Food Loops are encouraged to call 479.755.4511 to order cold cups. 

City Council adopts ordinance 6322 which designates an "entertainment district" and establishes Fayetteville’s first Outdoor Refreshment Area

On June 4, 2020 the Fayetteville City Council adopted an ordinance which designated an entertainment district pursuant to Act 812. The ordinance also included an emergency clause which enabled the law to take place immediately. 

View the "entertainment district designation" ordinance