WELCOME TO THE DOWNTOWN COLDWATER OUTDOOR REFRESHMENT AREA!
The Downtown Coldwater Outdoor Refreshment Area allows refreshments in public spaces everyday from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM EST.
Some exceptions to this include special events that have been approved for special hours of operations. Check out their web page for upcoming events and hours!
WHAT GUESTS SHOULD KNOW
WHEN GRABBING A DRINK:
All alcoholic beverages must be served in a designated Social District container and purchased from one of our approved, participating businesses within the Social District.
To find the most up-to-date list of participating businesses, take a look at the list to your right. And when you're downtown, be on the lookout! Participating businesses will display window decals, and QR codes posted throughout the district will point you to more information.
WHEN ENJOYING YOUR DRINK:
Leaving the district boundary with an alcoholic beverage is against both local and state law. Check the map below to make sure you’re familiar with the boundaries and look for signs throughout the district.
You may not take drinks served at one location into another bar or restaurant, or onto their patio space.
Some non-alcohol serving businesses located within the boundary may choose to allow you to enter their establishment with drinks – check for signage or ask if you’re uncertain.
WHILE YOU'RE IN THE SOCIAL DISTRICT:
Please treat others and businesses within our community with respect, and drink responsibly. All State of Michigan and City of Coldwater laws apply, including those prohibiting public intoxication, impaired driving, and serving alcohol to minors. We recommend keeping the receipt on hand for any to-go drinks that you purchase.
Tibbits Opera House (Ghost Light Bar)
Two Bandits Brewing Co.
El Taco Loco
WHAT BUSINESSES SHOULD KNOW
The social district provides participating business with an exciting way to serve downtown Coldwater residents and guests, who can now safely enjoy drinks outdoors.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
If you’re an eligible business located in the downtown and interested in participating, follow these steps:
Note that businesses will be required to have liability and casualty insurance listing the City of Coldwater as an additionally insured in an amount of $1,000,000 per occurrence and with an aggregate coverage of $2,000,000 for liability. On request by the City, a business will deliver a copy of the insurance policy and/or certificate naming the City of Coldwater.
The Local Government Unit Approval has been submitted to MLCC and covers all qualified licensees located in the District as of June 28, 2021. The approval is valid through December 2022.
Submit the completed application and the Local Government Unit Approval for Social District Permit to MLCC.
Once you receive notice back from MLCC, notify City staff that you have been approved.
The Downtown Coldwater Outdoor Refreshment Area will recognize requests for a temporary commons area (such as a closed street).
Events planned within the Social District may request a temporary Commons Area in conjunction with the planned event. Temporary Commons Areas may occur in public streets, if the street is closed to all vehicle traffic with the exception of emergency vehicles.
Temporary Commons Areas and requests for additional waste management services will be reviewed and approved by the City in conjunction with the standard event application. Sufficient notice will be required in order to coordinate with Public Safety and Social District permit-holders regarding the updated hours of operation for the district.
Some permanent/fixed district signage may include a QR code link to a webpage where information regarding the Social District will be available, including planned alterations to the Social District Commons areas and hours of operation.