St Patrick’s Day is a beer-tastic tradition that has quenched the thirst of Dayton-area residents for decades at one Dayton bar.
How many decades isn’t exactly clear.
“My best guess is 35 to 40 years,” said Colin Pohlman, the owner of Flanagan's Pub. “Pat ( Flanagan) started the bar in ‘76. I think he started the party up within a few years of opening.”
Pohlman purchased Flanagan’s in 2015, two years following Pat Flanagan’s 2013 death.
He has continued the tradition his bar’s namesake started.
Flanagan’s party has grown since those early days.
Now the tavern at 101 E. Stewart St. near the University of Dayton throws one of the biggest St. Patrick’s bashes in the state.
It undoubtedly helped Dayton nab bragging rights as the 10th best city when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, according to a new report by WalletHub, a personal finance website that occasionally throws out studies on pop culture topics.
A tent is set up in Flanagan’s parking lot for the event that draws about 4,000.
“We are hoping we can get similar numbers and hopefully pack the house,” Pohlman said. “We are excited for everyone to show up and be safe.”
A free shuttle will run between The Dublin Pub and Flanagan’s from 10 a.m. to midnight on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17.
Neither bar will serve green beer, so there’s that.
Here is the rundown on Flanagan’s Party:
☘️Free admission from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.
☘️General admission after that will be $10.
☘️Re-entry is free with a wristband.
9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. — Miami Valley Pipes and Drums
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Ever So Mellow
Noon to 1 p.m. — Freight
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Funky G and the Groove Machine
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Dulahan with the Dwyer Dancers
9 p.m. to 11 p.m. — Spungewurthy