In 2023, the West Virginia Legislature enabled cities to create Private Outdoor Designated Areas, or PODAs. The City of Huntington became the first city in West Virginia to adopt an ordinance establishing a PODA in June of that same year.
The PODA in downtown Huntington occurs on Thursdays and Fridays from 5 to 11 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. between April 1 and October 31. During the PODA season, you can grab a to-go drink in a designated PODA to-go cup (a clear cup with the PODA logo) and explore the downtown with your friends after dinner or before an event.
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Want to become a PODA permit holder to sell approved alcoholic beverages during the PODA hours? Contact City of Huntington Business Services Advocate Sarah Bostic at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a permit application.
- Support local businesses by purchasing a drink at a participating PODA establishment and exploring the Downtown PODA district during the designated hours. The Downtown PODA will operate from 5 to 11 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays between April 1 and October 31.
- Drink responsibly. Rules pertaining to public intoxication, indecency, noise and driving while intoxicated still apply.
- Finish your drink and throw away your cup in a trash receptacle when you see a sign that says you are leaving the PODA.
- Have a great time!
- Bring your own alcohol into the PODA. All to-go PODA beverages must be purchased from an approved liquor-serving establishment.
- Walk around with a drink that is not in a designated PODA cup (a clear cup with the PODA logo). Cans, glass bottles, red Solo cups and to-go mugs that you brought from home are prohibited.
- Take a PODA drink from a PODA-approved, liquor-serving establishment into a non-PODA approved, liquor-serving establishment.
- Throw your trash on the ground. There are plenty of trash receptacles within the PODA. Please use them.
DECALS TO LOOK FOR IN THE PODA
ENJOY SAFELY AND RESPONSIBLY
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Source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism