Social Districts in Metro Detroit

Social Districts Metro Detroit

Social Districts!!! You know…the ones where you can get your drink in a to go cup and walk down the street!?!? In the designated areas only of course!

Basic Rules: Stay within the designated area, do not bring your own booze, use the designated social district cups provided by restaurants, do not assume that each restaurant participates, do not take alcohol into non-participating establishments (They could lose their liquor license if you do!)

Each Social District has it’s own hours too! Some are open daily…some are only open for special occasions!


Livingston County


Monday-Sunday; Noon-10pm

Participating Bars & Restaurants: Brighton Bar & Grill, Bourbons, The Canopy Lounge, Casa Tequila, El Árbol, Jezebel’s Saloon, Label Kitchen + Bar, The Pound Bar & Grill, Sidecar Slider Bar, Single Barrel Social



Daily; 11am-10pm

Participating Bars & Restaurants: Abberrant Ales, Cleary’s Pub, Coratti’s Pizzeria, Howell’s Main Street Winery, Moe’s Bar Bar Shop, 2 Fogs Pub, Diamonds, Cello


Macomb County


When: Only During Special Events

Participating Establishments: Sandbaggers Sports Bar & Grill & Te Roma Grill and Beergarden


Mt. Clemens

When: Thurs-Fri, Noon-10 pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-10pm

Participating Establishments: Cellar 104, Abbibo, Gumbo’s


New Baltimore

The Social Wave

When: Year Round

Participating Establishments: Fin’s, Little Camille’s By The Bay, On the Bay, Town Pump Bar, Washington Street Wine House, Blind Owl, & The Pink House Tea Room.

Social District Rules

  • Look for the businesses below with “The Social Wave” stickers on their window

  • Order an adult beverage of your choice and it will be poured into a social district marked cup

  • Only alcohol purchased from participating establishments may be consumed within the social district.

  • You may enjoy your drink responsibly within the social district boundaries that are marked with signage

  • Please properly dispose of your cup in trash receptacles around town

  • Cups cannot be taken from one establishment into another establishment

  • Social district cups are for one-time use only


St. Clair Shores Social District


Greater Mack Ave will be closed from 9 Mile south to the 9 Mack/Cavalier Drive intersection. 

Participating Establishments: Shores Inn, Copper Hop Brewing Co, Firehouse Pub Cache Cocktail & Wine Bar

Discover Downtown

We welcome you to join us this summer at the Downtown St. Clair Shores Social District to enjoy various activities throughout our downtown, including:

  • Live Music
  • Food Trucks
  • Yard Games
  • Great Food
  • New Friends
  • …and so much more!

The Social District allows visitors to purchase alcoholic beverages from participating bars and restaurants and then enjoy them throughout the District’s Common Area.

Visitors and non-residents welcome!

scs social district


Oakland County

Clawson Social District

The Downtown Clawson Social District allows adults to purchase their favorite alcoholic beverage from social district licensed restaurants & pubs and stroll the sidewalks to window shop or find a bench to people watch.

Participating Establishments: Three Cats, Mojave Cantina, Whiskey Taco Foxtrot, Lucky Duck, Pumachug, Old Detroit Burger Bar, Weiss Distillery, Tavern on Main, Renshaw Lounge

The social district does NOT include parking lots, roadways, or non-licensed establishements.


Clarkston Social District

Participating Restaurants: The Fed, Clarkston Union, Union Woodshop, and Honcho

There are signs at each of the key border points have been placed to notify patrons that no alcohol is allowed beyond that point.

No alcohol is allowed at Depot Park.



Farmington Social District: The Syndicate

Monday – Sunday; 8am – 10pm

Join us with your adult beverage at Riley Park, Masonic Plaza, or along Grand River while you wait for a table.

Participating Restaurants & Bars: Farmington Brewing Company, Sidecar Slider Bar, Basement Burger Bar, 1 Up Arcade Bar, Masa, Mi.Mosa, Los Tres Amigos, Chive Kitchen, Browndog, & Loft Cigar Lounge


Ferndale PATIO Zones

Monday – Sunday: 10am – 10pm

Participating Restaurants & Bars: One Eyed Betty’s, 215 West, Anita’s Kitchen, Brooks Brewing, Como’s, Corner Grill & Detroit Axe, Danny’s Irish Pub, Go Comedy!, Howe’s Bayou, Imperial, J’s Penalty Box, Mezcal, Public House, The Oakland/Art Novelty Company (Speakeasy), The Rust Belt Market, Tigerlily & Mai Tiki, Traverse City Whiskey, Urbanrest, Woodward Avenue Brewers, Valentine Distilling Co


Holly Battle Alley Social District

I can’t find much info on this one! The Battle Alley Social District webpage is blank. There was a devasting fire in downtown Holly in 2022 that destroyed several historic Battle Alley businesses. So that could be affecting things. If you have any info on this one, let me know please!


Lake Orion Social District

When: Year Round; Daily from the time each participating restaurant opens until midnight.

Include all the sidewalks on Broadway from Shadbolt to M-24, on Flint and Front from Anderson to Lapeer, and the following areas:

  • Flint Street Alleyway
  • Meek’s Park at Broadway
  • and the Children’s Park bike lot area. 

Within the district,restaurants & bars obtained permits to sell Social District beverages.  The commons area is open and drinks can be sold  7 days a week from when the restaurant opens until midnight all year round.

What is bought for the social district stays in the social district!   Please do not enter any restaurant with a drink from another bar – it puts them at risk for losing their liquor license.

When you buy a drink from a Social District Venue you will get a 16 oz disposable cup with a social district sticker and the name of the venue upon it.  This is important because, as you stroll down the street enjoying the downtown,  the social district cup is what identifies your beverage as legal.

Participating Restaurants: 313 Pizza Bar, Fork N Pint, American Legion Post 233, Wine Social, Bitter Tom’s Distillery, Oat Soda Lake Orion, Johnny Black’s Lakehouse, Anita’s Kitchen, Sagebrush Cantina


Oak Park: Water Tower Social District

The Oak Park Water Tower Social District on 11 Mile Road (formal address is 14700 Kingston)

The Social District welcomes those ages 21 and above to purchase to-go alcoholic beverages from participating businesses and enjoy them in the Commons Area.

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday through Saturday: Noon-10 pm
  • Sunday: Noon- 6 pm
  • Closed on holidays recognized by the City of Oak Park

Participating Businesses (expanding soon!)

  • Oak Park Social
  • Dog and Pony Show


Pontiac Social District: The Circuit

Participating Restaurants & Bars: Exferimentation Brewing Co., Fillmore 13 Brewery, and Liberty Bar, Alley Cat Cafe, Little MO, The Lafayette Grande, and Strand Theatre.


Royal Oak Social District

11am -10pm, 7 Days a Week!

The Social District is in operation during special events such as Arts, Beats, and Eats or Taco Fest, BUT you may not enter these events with social district beverages.

Participating Restaurants & Bars: Condado Tacos, Gusoline Alley, HopCat, Lily’s Seafood, Lockhart’s BBQ, Mesa, Motor City Gas, Oak City Grille, O’Tooles, Bigalora, Pronto, Royal Oka Tap House, Smoky’s Cigar Bar, The Rock on 3rd, The Royal Oak Brewery, The Side Bar, Tom’s Oyster Bar

Common Areas include marked sidewalks, Centennial Commons, RO Farmer’s Market, Eagle Plaza. No drinks allowed on unmarked sidewalks, in parking garages, roadways, vehicles, and non-participating businesses.


Wixom: Junction

Daily; Noon-10pm

Participating Restaurants & Bars: Drafting Table Brewing Company & Wixom Station


St. Clair County

Downtown Port Huron

Participating Restaurants & Bars: Brass Rail, Casey’s, CityFlats Hotel & City Floats, Lynch’s Irish Tavern, McMorran Place, Raven Cafe, Sperry’s, Vintage Tavern, Wings, Etc.


*Coming Soon* Marine City

Marine City has so many hidden gems, and it’s right on the water! I can’t wait for this one to open!


Wayne County

Belleville DORA 

DORA = Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area

The City of Belleville website has recently changed, and I cannot locate any more info on this one! A request for more info has been sent! I will keep you posted 🙂

One of my contacts told me Liberty Street & Main down to Johnny’s on the Water. Make sure you look for signage if you go so that you stay in the designated areas!


Grosse Pointe Park

Grosse Pointe Park Social District

Boundaries: Kercheval Avenue starting at the alley between Alter Road and Wayburn street to Notthingham Street and continuing on Charlevoix Avenue from the same alley between Alter Road and Wayburn Street to the west side of Nottingham Street.

The Social District also includes two commons areas:

  • On Kercheval Avenue from the east side of Wayburn Street to the halfway point between Beaconsfield and Notthingham Streets
  • On the north side only Charlevoix Street from the boundary of the City of Detroit to Beaconsfield Street and on the south side of Charlevoix from Beaconsfield to Lakepointe.

The Common Areas Are Open:

Sun-Thurs, 5pm-10pm; Fri-Sat, 5pm-11pm Friday and Saturday.

The Social District will be closed for the following US Holidays: New Years Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas. 


Northville: The Twist

Monday – Sunday; 12pm-10pm

Participating Restaurants & Bars: 160 Main, Browndog Barlor, Center Street Grill, Exchange Bar & Grill, Genitti’s Hole-in-the-Wall, Great White Buffalo Brewing Company, Lava Grill, LeGeorge, Los Tres Amigos, Lucy & The Wolf, Marquis Theatre, Northville Sports Den, Simply Wine, Table 5, The Garage Grill & Fuel Bar, and Toria

Food Stands and Dining Pods

Located on Main Street in Town Square and on Center Street, Food Stands are open on the weekends Friday 4-8 pm, Saturday 12-8 pm & Sunday 12-4 and seasonally feature merchants or food vendors serving quick bites. Alcohol is NOT available for purchase in the food stands.

Dining pods are located on the east end of Main Street and Center Street for anyone who wants to eat their quick bites or carryout from one of the restaurants. Dining pods are first-come first-served and there is a one hour time limit.




Every Day; 11am-11pm

Participating Restaurants & Bars: Taco’s N’ Tequila, The Oak Barrel, Captain’s Bar, Dotte Pub, RP McMurphy’s, Whiskey on the Water, Wine Dotte Bistro, Brickhouse, Magdaleno’s Ristorante, Belicoso Cigar Bar, The Iron Gate, Joe’s Hamburgers, Firehouse Pub, Sports Bar & Grill, On the Rocks, Sushi Bar, The Vault, Modern Craft Winery, Frank’s Pizza, Grand Dad’s, Bobcat Bonnies, Gizzmos, H2O Seafood


Washtenaw County

Ann Arbor: Main Street Social District

Daily; 10am-11pm

Participating Bars & Restaurants: Alley Bar, Avalon Cafe & Kitchen, Black Pearl, Blom Meadworks, Blue LLama, Blue Tractor, Cherry Republic, The Chop House, Conor O’Neill’s, Frita Batidos, The Grotto, Grizzly Peak, Haymaker Public House, Jim Brady’s, Jolly Pumpkin, Nightcap, Of Rice & Men, Palio, Pretzel Bell, Ravens Club, Real Seafood Company, Regents Field


Milan: MOSA

MOSA = Milan Outdoor Social Area

Mon-Thurs: 2-8pm
Fri: Noon-8pm
Sat: 8am-8pm
Sun: Closed

Extended Summer Hours (Memorial Day – Labor Day)

Mon-Thurs: 2-10pm
Fri: Noon-10pm
Sat: 8am-10pm
Sun: Closed



Chelsea Social District

Participating Restaurants & Bars: Grateful Cow, Jet’s Pizza, Ugly Dog Distillery, Zou Zou’s Cafe


Other Distrit of Interest



Midland: The Commons

Daily; 10am-Midnight


Bay City: Feet on the Street Social District

Feet on the Street allows customers to dine and drink outdoors in social districts, enjoy entertainment, and shop. Portions of Downtown Bay City and the Midland Street Business District are expected to be part of this year’s efforts.

It sounds like there has been a lot of controversey over this one. They will not longer be closing down streets to traffic like they did for the past two years. It seems that participating businesses, the rules, and all of it is up in the air right now. 

This is another one to keep an eye on!



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