Private Outdoor Designated Areas (PODAs)

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 Monday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.  During the PODA, 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.

PODA-Licensed Establishments

Backyard Pizza & Raw Bar
833 3rd Ave. 

Boots Spirits & Feed
411 9th St. 

LaFontaine's Rooftop Lounge 
420 10th St

Marshall Hall of Fame Cafe 
857 3rd Ave. 

Old North Arcade 
16 Pullman Sq.

26 Pullman Sq.

SIP Downtown Brasserie
311 9th St. 

St. Mark's 
932 4th Ave.

Summit Beer Station
321 9th St. 

The Jockey Club
938 4th Ave.

The Peddler
835 3rd Ave

Taqueria 84 at The Market
809 3rd Ave.

Taps at Heritage Station
210 11th St., Suite 9

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 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 Monday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • 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.



What is a standard drink?

Source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

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