Century Bar named as 1 of best 8 whiskey bars in U.S.

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Century Bar named as 1 of best 8 whiskey bars in U.S.

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Joseph Head of the Century Bar in downtown Dayton. File photo by Jim Witmer

The Century Bar was praised today as “a world-class whiskey joint” and “the Midwest’s best-kept boozy secret” in a story singling out eight great American whiskey bars by the web site TastingTable.com.

In a story headlined “Whiskey Business: Sip America’s Favorite Spirit at these 8 boozy hot spots,” dated today, Jan. 19, writer Meredith Heil sang Century Bar’s praises even while getting in a little dig at Dayton in a list that included bars in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Portland and Louisville:

“OK, OK, we know what you’re thinking. Dayton? As in Ohio?? But trust us, you’re going to want to check your doubts at the door when it comes to this world-class whiskey joint. As the Midwest’s best-kept boozy secret, this distillery-turned-saloon has been charming those in the know since 1862.

“Today, Century’s historic back bar is a testament to American spirits, with stained glass skylights; a long, gleaming copper-topped bar; and a handful of bourbon barrels re-purposed into tables and stained to match the exact hue of Maker’s 46.

“The dedicated folks behind the bar are known to put on a slew of themed tastings, brand-specific events and educational classes throughout the month, attracting locals and thirsty out-of-towners alike. Start packing your bags, whiskey fans, because this is one tavern well worth the trip.”

The Century Bar is no stranger to national acclaim. The industry publication “The Bourbon Review” in 2015 named Century to its list of “America’s 75 Best Bourbon Bars,” and the same publication honored the downtown Dayton bar as one of “America’s 60 Best Bourbon Bars” in 2014.

In February 2015, Men’s Journal magazine’s website proclaimed the Century one of the “10 Best Bourbon Bars in America.” It made the same list the previous year as well. And in October 2014, Century made a list of the 15 best bourbon bars in America assembled by travelandleisure.com.

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