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.
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.
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.