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Downtown Social District

Social Districts were approved in Michigan recently to help boost the suffering restaurant establishments that had initially been shuttered due to COVID, and then only permitted to offer outdoor dining. Lansing now joins over 40 downtowns in Michigan with an outdoor social district. Now patrons can legally purchase and consume beverages containing alcohol in approved outdoor areas or “districts.” Social Districts are open Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

What is a Social District?

Social Districts are designated areas in which community members can #LiftUpLocal and purchase adult beverages from participating businesses, then enjoy those beverages while walking around or relaxing outside within the district. In order to enjoy adult beverages in the social districts, residents must ask participating restaurants for a marked cup and enjoy it within district boundaries (see map).

Note: Beverages may not be taken into other businesses, and may not be purchased from non-participating businesses or brought from home.

How do I know if I’m in a Social District?    

View the Social District map boundaries by clicking here: Lansing Social Districts Package. Social Districts are designated in Old Town, REO Town, and Downtown Lansing. See the Social District Maps for Social District boundaries. You can find participating businesses for each district listed below.

Which businesses are participating?

Current participating businesses:







  • Capitol City Grille Lounge (Radisson Hotel)
  • Courtyard by Marriott
  • Duke’s Saloon
  • Lansing Brewing Company
  • Lansing Entertainment & Public Faculties Authority (LEPFA)
  • Lansing Shuffleboard & Social Club
  • Michigrain Distillery
  • Midtown Brewing Co.
  • MP Social
  • Omar’s Show Bar
  • Studio @414
  • Tin Can






  • Esquire Bar
  • Ozone Brewhouse
  • Sir Pizza & Grand Café
  • The Grid Arcade & Bar
  • UrbanBeat






  • Sleepwalker Spirits & Ale

What resources are available for businesses who want to participate?

Email [email protected]