Changing Dublin Pub into St. Patrick's Day central is no easy feat. Video by Amelia Robinson.

The BEST of the BEST Dayton St. Paddy’s Day parties

Dayton has plenty of parties on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. But these are the ones you simply cannot miss.

It’s not easy being green most days. It’s a good thing St. Patrick’s Day isn’t like most days.

Local taverns, restaurants and bars are gearing up to make this the greenest celebration Dayton has ever seen. The magically delicious St. Patrick’s Day fun is happening all weekend long.


You can celebrate just about anywhere, green beer or not. But these are the BEST of the BEST St. Patrick’s Day celebrations everyone in the Gem City should know about.

These people and places really know how to party.

>> Dayton ranked one of the 10 best cities for St. Patrick’s Day

Early morning partiers are at the Dublin Pub celebrating St. Patrick's Day. The pub is located in the Oregon District, in Dayton. DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE
Photo: Ron Alvey/Ron Alvey


The biggest and baddest St. Patrick’s Day celebration around town (and quite possibly in the state) is just now finally legal. The Dublin Pub will celebrate its 21st St. Patrick’s Day this weekend.

Don’t expect to find any green beer at this Irish pub, though. Expect only the real deal.

Co-owner Steve Tieber says he and his staff will be ready to help guests celebrate with 500 bottles of Jameson and 250 barrels of beer — none of which will be dyed green.

>> Here’s why you will never drink green beer at the Dublin Pub

The Dublin Pub’s taps will be filled with Guinness, Smithwicks and other brew from The Emerald Isle. Cider will be available, but domestic beers will not be. For the first time, Dublin Pub with serve Kilkenny beer at its St. Patrick’s Day bash. 

Shirts celebrating the fact that party is 21 and “finally legal” will be sold, Tieber said.

There will be a huge tent to extend the celebration outdoors with live music and entertainment for hours and hours and hours.

In 2014, the Dublin Pub was named one of the top 10 Irish pubs in the nation by the “Tom Horan’s America’s Top Ten Club.”

>> The biggest and baddest St. Patrick's Day party in the STATE is held right here in Dayton

The Dublin Pub will open at 11 a.m. for lunch Saturday, March 16. The St. Patrick’s Day pre-party starts at 6 p.m. that night. General admission is $10 for both the pre-party and St. Patrick’s Day. 

St. Patrick’s Day officially kicks off at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, March 17 with the “admission line pre-check” at the Wayne Avenue entrance. 

Jameson and other spirits will be sold starting at 10 a.m. thanks to the recent change in the law that allow for early Sunday liquor sales.

Want to go?

WHEN: Saturday, March 16, beginning at 11 a.m., and Sunday, March 17, beginning at 4:30 a.m

WHERE: Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave., Dayton

INFO: Website



Flanagan's Pub draws a crowd for St. Patrick's Day in Dayton each year. DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE
Photo: Tom Gilliam

Join this all-encompassing Irish party with live bands, beer, Irish dance and food. Live entertainment from Miami Valley Pipes & Drums, Ever So Mellow, Freight, Funky G & the Groove Machine, Dulahan w. the Dwyer Dancers and Spungewurthy. Free admission from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and $10 general admission after. 

>> GUIDE: Irish pubs near Dayton

INSIDER’S TIP: A free shuttle will run to and from Dub Pub from 10 a.m. to midnight so you can safely hop between both.

Want to go?

WHEN: Beginning at 6 a.m. Sunday, March 17 

WHERE: Flanagan’s Pub, 101 E. Stewart St., Dayton 

INFO: Facebook


One of Dayton’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations is in Kettering. And this year, it will span two weekends.

Harrigan’s is teaming up with ALT 103.9 and Bud Light for a two-day bash complete with tent and featuring live music with Ithika on Saturday from 7:30-11:30 p.m. followed by an all-day celebration Sunday with Father Son and Friends Celtic music and other acts. The Sunday celebration starts at 9 a.m. and runs through 11:30 p.m.

This year, Harrigan’s St. Patrick’s Day Charity 5K will take place the weekend after the holiday on Saturday, March 23, with a 9:30 a.m. start and registrations at 7:30 a.m.. This is a 5K walk/run for all ages for those who are fierce competitors or those just looking to have fun. Proceeds from this year’s race will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. The entry fee is $25 for registrations received by March 20 and $30 after, including the day of the race.

Want to go?

WHEN: Saturday, March 16 starting at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 17, starting at 9 a.m.

WHERE: Harrigan’s Tavern, 4070 Marshall Road, Kettering (corner of Stroop and Marshall)

INFO: WebsiteFacebook


This celebration is truly gonna ROCK.

WTUE's annual St. Pat-Rock’s Day is taking over the City of Fairborn. The streets will be closed for a big block party with live music, food trucks and ice cold beer! 

104.7 WTUE will be broadcasting live from the party starting at 10 a.m. 

The band lineup includes: 

10:30 a.m. Shadowlife

1:15 p.m. Latter

4 p.m. Ithika. 

Food trucks include:

Christian Bros Meat Co., EAT Food Truck, Thai1on, The Painted Pepper, Hunger Paynes Food Truck, Rock Stop N’ Roll, Philly Pretzel Factory, Lilia’s outside Cafe, Underdogs Mobile. 

The event will take place rain or shine, with tent coverage throughout street. There will be an Uber/Lyft Pick up/Drop off station at 305 W. Main St. in Fairborn.

Want to go?

WHEN: Sunday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: West Main Street in Fairborn

COST: $10 wristband for the whole day. Free parking and free WIFI on location. 

INFO: WebsiteFacebook