You’re in for a surprise with Century Bar’s newest cocktail lineup 

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You’re in for a surprise with Century Bar’s newest cocktail lineup 

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Century Bar co-owner Joe Head pours his seasonal cocktail the Sleepy Holler. JIM WITMER/STAFF

Joe Head, Century Bar’s co-owner, encourages his crew behind the bar to take risks and channel their most creative self when concocting new cocktails.

The downtown Dayton bar, which claims it “can make a bourbon drinker from even the most discriminating of palettes,” has also been surprising guests with seasonal cocktail menus that have been anything but boring.

Joseph Head, Century Bar. (Source: Jim Witmer/Staff) HANDOUT

Last Thursday, Aug. 3, Century Bar unveiled their “Summer Part 2” cocktail menu which includes 9 brand new, hand-crafted spirits.

”Summer can be long and there’s so many flavors in the summer. So we knew all along that we would do two menus because we have so many flavors we wanted to try,” Head said. 

While the bar specializes in their top-shelf whisky and bourbon selection, they’ve been particularly into cocktail experimentation as they prepare for the highly anticipated opening of their Kettes’ Candies, Spirits & Treats cocktail speakeasy. The speakeasy is planned to be ready for opening later this fall, Head said.

“Nick likes setting stuff (drinks) on fire and I’m like, okay, now’s the time to try that if you want,” Head said.

Patrons going in to taste what the new menu is all about can expect “interesting things done with Jägermeister,” an introduction to the bar’s first “Tiki” drinks and other summery, tropical flavors. 

As always, Sundays at Century are still “Sunday Night Revivals,” where the bar whips up a different specialty cocktail each week. 

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