Downtown Royal Oak Adds Social District for Outside Drinking
(C. Proxmire, July 16, 2021)
Royal Oak MI- Visitors to Downtown Royal Oak can now enjoy adult beverages from participating businesses while outside in the city’s new social district.
According to the city, “Visitors can purchase alcoholic beverages from participating businesses and stroll around the designated common area, which will be located between Lincoln Avenue and 11 Mile Road, from S Lafayette Avenue to Knowles Street. The area bounded by Pingree Boulevard, N Main Street, and E 11 is also included. Designated common areas are all streets and sidewalks within the social district, including designated parks and gathering spaces. District boundaries will be clearly marked with signs, indicating if people are leaving or entering.”
According to the City of Royal Oak website there are eight participating venues thus far. Participating businesses will have a sign indicating they are part of the social district. The City of Royal Oak Social District will be open year-round, seven days a week, from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The City released the following guidelines for visitors to the Social District:
Adult beverages can be ordered at any participating establishment, and will be served to them in a plastic, social district-specific cup.
Establishments are required to add a sticker of their logo, and the date of sale to each cup.
Only alcohol purchased from participating businesses can be consumed in the social district zone.
Each cup is for one-time use – guests will not be permitted to take a cup from one establishment into another.
Cups and adult beverages are not permitted in the Downtown Royal Oak parking lots or structures.
Two different styles of plastic cups will be provided to approved, licensed businesses: A 16 ounce white cup will be used for beer and a 10 ounce cup will be used for wine or liquor beverages.
Click for a list of participating businesses.