The St. Patrick’s Day party at The Dublin Pub is undoubtedly the biggest and baddest event celebrating the Irish holiday in Ohio.
Now on its 20th year, and with Patty’s Day falling on a Saturday, this year’s celebration is sure to be the best yet.
Naturally, an event so large comes with its fair share of questions. Here are 8 things to know about the Dublin Pub’s St. Patrick’s Day.
How much does it cost?
March 17 - St. Patrick’s Day: $10 admission or $50 VIP experience
Where to park?
- Park in the Holy Trinity lot across Fifth Street from the pub.
- Park in a public lot in the Oregon District
- Find street parking near the pub
- Park in a paid lot
- Park in the Oregon District neighborhood.
When does it start and end?
On St. Patrick’s Day itself, the Dublin Pub opens at 5:30 a.m.
It pays to get there early! There will be security checks starting as early as 4:30 a.m., and the first 100 people will get a free T-shirt.
You can get your wristband early (at 4:30 a.m.) and avoid the wait at 5:30 a.m. -- or if you came to the pre-party, your wristband will get you into the pub again on St. Patrick’s Day.
The line forms at the Big Tent entrance and will wrap around the corner of 5th Street and Wayne Avenue towards Franco’s.
The tent will do last call at 12:30 a.m. and will completely close by 1 a.m. The Dublin Pub will be open till 2 a.m., and the kitchen is open until 1 a.m.
Where to get something to eat and drink?
If you don't want to fight crowds inside the pub, the big tent will be fully functional at 5:30 p.m. There will be beer and liquor, as well as food and merchandise available. Did we mention it’s heated?
The Dub Pub makes it easy for you to find something to drink. The Big Tent will have two draft beer trucks, a Jameson bar stocked with Jameson and Absolute Vodka Bombs and cocktails.
There will also be a small bar upstairs on the deck and another in the covered patio.
Plus there will be a food area selling quick bites like hamburgers, hot dogs, Guinness brats, Pub Fries, fried pickles and fish.
Inside the pub you will find all the comforts you’re used to. Dub Pub is offering a limited menu, but with all the Irish favorites.
Where to take out cash?
All sales under the tents should be paid in cash. But the Dublin Pub has a few ATMs to accommodate. One is located within the tents, and another is located by the bathrooms inside.
The Jameson bar and merchandise booths are the only ones in the tent accepting credit cards. Otherwise, you can pay with a card inside.
When is the best time to come?
If you don’t like crowds, The Dublin Pub’s St. Patrick's Day may not be for you. But if you’re looking for the best time to come and participate in the revelry, Steve Teiber, owner of The Dublin Pub, recommends either when doors open (5:30 a.m.), late morning or early afternoon. Late night will be busy and the show is amazing. Anytime you decide to come, you’re bound to be a part of the best St. Patrick's Day revelry in Ohio!
How to keep the party going?
There is a free shuttle that starts at 10 a.m. in front of The Dublin Pub on the corner of 5th Street and Wayne Avenue. It will run every 30 minutes to Flanagan’s Pub by the University of Dayton. It is free and runs till midnight.
How to get home?
Make sure you have a safe ride home -- especially if you’ve been drinking.
- Use the FREE cab service provided by Montgomery County Prosecutor Matt Heck, Arrive Safe Program: 937-449-9999.
- Call an Uber or a Lyft.
- Have a designated driver.
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