Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Bars & Nightlife

The gamers’ paradise bar called “D20: A Bar with Characters” at 2144 E. Whipp Road in the Oak Creek Plaza will host a euchre tournament and beer event at 7 p.m. next Monday, Feb. 20. SUBMITTED
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The gamers’ paradise bar called “D20: A Bar with Characters” at 2144 E. Whipp Road in the Oak Creek Plaza will host a euchre tournament and beer event at 7 p.m. next Monday, Feb. 20. SUBMITTED

Many Daytonians are fervently loyal to their watering holes.

Here are the top-voted local bars in a variety of categories, from Best Bartender to Best Karaoke.

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Mack’s Tavern, which celebrates its first birthday Friday, got a shout-out yesterday from Buzzfeed about a coupon that rewards patrons who leave their cars parked in the parking lot overnight. Photo from Mack’s Tavern Facebook page
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Mack’s Tavern, which celebrates its first birthday Friday, got a shout-out yesterday from Buzzfeed about a coupon that rewards patrons who leave their cars parked in the parking lot overnight. Photo from Mack’s Tavern Facebook page

Best Bar Bathroom

WINNER: Mack’s Tavern

381 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Washington Twp. | 937-813-7217 | mackstavern.comFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: MJ's on Jefferson, 20 N. Jefferson St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: D20: A Bar With Characters, 2144 E Whipp Rd, Dayton

Best Bartender

WINNER: Holly Henry at Mack’s Tavern

381 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Washington Twp. | 937-813-7217 | mackstavern.comFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: Bobby Harris at MJ's on Jefferson, 20 N. Jefferson St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Ashley Lewis at Mr. Boro's Tavern, 495 N. Main St., Springboro

One of the hottest parties of the year is the St. Patrick’s Day bash St. Pat-Rocks at Flanagan’s Pub in Dayton. Here are some of our favorite moments from the big celebration on Friday, March 17, 2017.
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One of the hottest parties of the year is the St. Patrick’s Day bash St. Pat-Rocks at Flanagan’s Pub in Dayton. Here are some of our favorite moments from the big celebration on Friday, March 17, 2017.

Best College Bar

WINNER: Flanagan’s Pub

101 E Stewart St, Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Tuty's Bar and Grill, 3982 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Beavercreek

THIRD PLACE: Timothy's Bar, 1818 Brown St, Dayton

Best Dance Club

WINNER: Julia’s Nite Club

8939 Kingsridge Dr, Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Club Masque, 34 N Jefferson St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: MJ's on Jefferson, 20 N Jefferson St., Dayton

Best Dive Bar

WINNER: Mack’s Tavern

381 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Washington Twp. | 937-813-7217 | mackstavern.comFacebook 

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SECOND PLACE: Adrienne's White Rabbit Lounge, 889 S Main St., Washington Twp.

THIRD PLACE: The Growler Pub & Grub, 3808 Wilmington Pike, Dayton

Jerid Martel (right) and his partner Matt Ross outside of MJ's on Jefferson. CONTRIBUTED
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Jerid Martel (right) and his partner Matt Ross outside of MJ's on Jefferson. CONTRIBUTED

Best Gay Bar

WINNER: MJ’s on Jefferson

20 N Jefferson St., Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Club Masque, 34 N Jefferson St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: The Right Corner, 105 E 3rd St, Dayton

Best Happy Hour

WINNER: Mack’s Tavern

381 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Washington Twp. | 937-813-7217 | mackstavern.comFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: The Growler Pub & Grub, 3808 Wilmington Pike, Dayton

THIRD PLACE: MJ's on Jefferson, 20 N Jefferson St., Dayton

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Best Karaoke

WINNER: Mack’s Tavern

381 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Washington Twp. | 937-813-7217 | mackstavern.comFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: Dog's Breath Tavern, 1912 E Whipp Rd., Kettering

THIRD PLACE: MJ's on Jefferson, 20 N Jefferson St., Dayton

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Best Open Mic Night

WINNER: Rip Rap Roadhouse

6024 Rip Rap Rd, Dayton | FacebookWebsite

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SECOND PLACE: Club Masque, 34 N Jefferson St., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: MJ's on Jefferson, 20 N Jefferson St., Dayton

The Yellow Cab Tavern, located at 700 E. Fourth St. in Dayton, hosted its first annual ball drop party to ring in 2018. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
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The Yellow Cab Tavern, located at 700 E. Fourth St. in Dayton, hosted its first annual ball drop party to ring in 2018. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Best Place to Hear Live Music

WINNER: Yellow Cab Tavern

700 E. 4th St., Dayton | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Oddbody's Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Rd., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: The Fraze, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd, Kettering

Best Place to Play Pool

WINNER: King’s Table

2348 Grange Hall Rd., Beavercreek | FacebookWebsite

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SECOND PLACE: Mack's Tavern, 381 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Washington Twp.

THIRD PLACE: Southern Belle, 134 N Patterson Blvd, Dayton

Best Place to Meet Singles

WINNER: The Oregon District

5th St., Dayton | Website

SECOND PLACE: D20: A Bar With Characters, 2144 E Whipp Rd., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Pour Haus, 536 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Dayton

Best Place to Watch the Game

WINNER: Bunkers Sports Bar & Grill

893 E National Rd., Vandalia | FacebookWebsite

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SECOND PLACE: Mack's Tavern, 381 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Washington Twp.

THIRD PLACE: The Growler Pub & Grub, 3808 Wilmington Pike, Dayton

Best Trivia

WINNER: Mack’s Tavern

381 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Washington Twp. | 937-813-7217 | mackstavern.comFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: Pour Haus, 536 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Dayton

THIRD PLACE: Fifth Street Brewpub, 1600 E 5th St., Dayton