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The City of Manistique and Schoolcraft Tourism & Commerce welcome you to the Manistique Social District! Stroll through our downtown area while waiting for a table or enjoy your eats at one of our outdoor dining areas. This program allows locals and visitors to purchase alcoholic beverages from participating bars and restaurants and then enjoy them throughout the district's common areas.

Manistique Social District: How it Works

Cheers to becoming the first Social District in the U.P.

The City of Manistique and Schoolcraft Tourism & Commerce is excited to announce the launch of the first Social District in the Upper Peninsula, expected to kick off in May of 2022. In 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed House Bill 5781 into law creating the Social District Permit. A social district is a designated area within a city in which patrons of participating bars and restaurants may carry an open alcoholic beverage outside within designated areas that are clearly outlined on a map.


“Having visited the social district on Beale Street in Memphis, it creates a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere for walking the streets, listening to musicians playing on the corners and street, and may even give our amateur artists places to play and entertain. When done right, the social district will increase our downtown traffic and put Manistique on the map as a must-stop destination, much like Munising!”, says local business owner, Mary Lou Hoffman.

One of the local businesses participating in the Manistique Social District
  • What time does the district open?
    Participating establishments are allowed to start selling Manistique Social District beverages at 12:00pm noon. The district closes at midnight and is available 7 days a week.
  • Where can I drink my Manistique Social District beverage?
    See the map for the boundary. You may consume alcohol on the sidewalks of the commons area. You’ll notice several alley and pocket parks are within the boundaries for outdoor dining options.
  • Can I take my Manistique Social District beverage into another bar or restaurant?
    No. Your drink must be finished before entering a different Social District establishment. Some non-alcohol serving merchants may or may not allow food or beverages in their stores so please be respectful of each store's policies. Look for the Social District "Sip While You Shop" Window Sticker for merchants who allow you to enter with their Social District beverage.
  • Can I bring my own alcohol to drink in the social district?
    No. Alcohol consumed in the social district must be purchased from one of the participating establishments with a social district permit. Those who have received their social district permit include: - Tap 21 Coming soon will be: - Michigan Made - Marley's Bar & Grill - Wheaty's Pub - Boardwalk Bar & Grill

All State of Michigan and City of Manistique laws regarding public intoxication, impaired driving, and open containers apply to areas both inside and outside of the Social District boundaries.


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