Belleville Outdoor Refreshment Area - Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (BORA-DORA)

The BORA-DORA allows patrons of one of the participating restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues to carry up to 16 oz. of an open alcoholic beverage in a designated cup within the designated BORA-DORA boundaries, Michigan's FIRST licensed DORA District.


  • TEAL: ORDER your favorite adult beverage in a BORA-DORA cup at a participating establishment.
  • YELLOW: DRINK your beverage within the downtown BORA-DORA boundaries, and at any business with this BORA-DORA decal.
  • DISCARD your single use BORA-DORA cup when empty.
  • RED: BORA-DORA cups must be discarded prior to entering ANY participating establishment (business that holds a liquor license) OR any business with this decal.
  • ENJOY the Downtown Belleville BORA-DORA
    • Monday - Friday 4pm-10pm
    • Saturday - Noon-10pm
    • Sunday - NO BORA-DORA hours
    • *BORA-DORA hours may be extended by the Belleville City Council for special events


You can purchase a BORA-DORA cup at any of the following businesses (list is currently being updated). 

  • Bayou Grill
  • Belleville BaitShop Bar&Grill
  • Egan's Pub (Michigan's 1st licensed DORA establishment)
  • Johnny's on the Lake


1. Where is the Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) in Belleville? What are the hours?

Belleville has one BORA-DORA and it is located in downtown Belleville. Below is a map showing the Downtown BORA-DORA boundaries.  The BORA-DORA hours are Monday - Friday 4pm-10pm, and Saturday Noon-10pm.  . Click HERE or the map below to view it.


2. What is the BORA-DORA cup?

Below is an example of the Downtown Belleville BORA-DORA cup. To drink an alcoholic beverage in the BORA-DORA boundaries, you must ask for your drink in a DORA cup.  (An upcharge may apply, depending on the establishment)

3. Can I walk anywhere with my BORA-DORA cup?

No, you must stay within the BORA-DORA boundaries. Leaving the BORA-DORA with an alcoholic beverage breaks State of Michigan and City of Belleville open container laws.

Look for the BORA-DORA boundary signs similar to the ones below.

4. Can I take my BORA-DORA cup to Horizon Park?

Yes, you can carry a cup in the open area of the park located between the War Memorial and the Gazebo. Cups must be thrown away if you go beyond the Gazebo.  The part of the park beyond the Gazebo is not in the BORA-DORA district.

5. Can I take my BORA-DORA cup into the Liberty Street parking lot?

No, BORA-DORA cups are not permitted in the parking lot or in any type of vehicle.

6. Can I take my BORA-DORA cup back inside the establishment in which it was purchased?

No, once a BORA-DORA cup has left a business, it must be consumed before you enter any establishment with a liquor permit or designated with a RED "No BORA-DORA Beverages" decal. This includes reentering the business in which it was purchased.

7. Can I take an empty BORA-DORA cup into a business so I can reuse it?

No, you must dispose of a BORA-DORA cup before entering any business with a liquor permit or designated with a RED "No BORA-DORA Beverages" decal. The cups are single use.

8. What types of alcoholic beverage can I have in my BORA-DORA cup?

Beer, wine, and liquor are all allowable drinks in BORA-DORA cups. Drinks must be purchased from a participating business.

9. Can I bring my own alcoholic beverage, pour it into a BORA-DORA cup, and walk around in the BORA-DORA?

No, only drinks purchased from businesses participating in the BORA-DORA are allowed. No cans, glass bottles, or outside drinks are permitted within the boundaries.

Note: All State of Michigan and City of Belleville laws regarding public intoxication, impaired driving, and open containers apply to areas both inside and outside of the BORA-DORA boundaries. Please drink responsibly.