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Best of Dayton 2018: Bars, Beer & Nightlife winners

Whether you need to relax after a rough day with a tall, cold Dayton brew or unwind with a hand-crafted cocktail made just for you, Dayton’s bar, brewery and nightclub scene has just what you need.

Maybe you’re looking for great new watering hole, a place to show off your mad trivia or dance skills or the diviest dive bar to feel at home with your closest friends.

These are the best breweries, brews, cocktails and bars in Dayton, as voted by the people in Dayton.com’s Best of 2018 poll.

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WINNER: The Barrel House

417 E. Third St., Dayton | 937-222-4795 | WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: MJ's on Jefferson 

20 N. Jefferson St., Dayton | 937-223-3259 | WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: Kingspoint Pub 

4660 Wilmington Pike, Dayton | 937-296-1915 | Facebook

Best Bloody Mary 

WINNER: Tank's Bar & Grill 

2033 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-252-2249 | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Bunkers Sports Bar & Grill 

893 E. National Road, Vandalia | 937-890-8899 | WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: Trolley Stop 

530 E. Fifth St., Dayton | 937-461-1101 | WebsiteFacebook

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

Best Cocktails 

WINNER: The Century Bar

10 S. Jefferson St., Dayton | 937-223-3382 | WebsiteFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: Salar 

400 E. Fifth St., Dayton | 937-203–3999 | WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: Lily's Bistro 

329 E. Fifth St., Dayton | 937-723-7637 | WebsiteFacebook

Warped Wing brewery in Dayton earned several first-place wins in the beer categories in Dayton.com's Best of 2018 contest including Best Craft Beer Selection, Best Local Brewery and Best Locally Made Beer for its Trotwood lager. CONTRIBUTED (unknown)

Best Craft Beer Selection 

WINNER: Warped Wing 

26 Wyandot St., Dayton | 937-222-7003 | WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: The Barrel House 

417 E. Third St., Dayton | 937-222-4795 | WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: Dayton Beer Company 

41 Madison St., Dayton | 937-228-2337 | WebsiteFacebook

Best Dance Club 

WINNER: Club Masque 

34 N. Jefferson St., Dayton | 937-228-2582 | WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: Yellow Rose 

854 Watertower Lane, Dayton | 937-866-7765 | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Julia's Night Club 

8939 Kingsridge Drive, Miami Twp. | 937-439-2422 | WebsiteFacebook

Tank’s Bar in a December 2015 staff file photo by TY GREENLEES (Staff Writer)

Best Dive Bar 

WINNER: Tank's Bar and Grill 

2033 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-252-2249 | FacebookWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Mack's Tavern 

381 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Washington Twp. | 937-813-7217 | WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: Red Carpet Tavern 

3301 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-258-9521 | Facebook

Best Gay Bar 

WINNER: Club Masque 

34 N. Jefferson St., Dayton | 937-228-2582 | WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: MJ's on Jefferson 

20 N. Jefferson St., Dayton | 937-223-3259 | WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: Stage Door 

44 N. Jefferson St., Dayton | 937-223-7418 | Facebook

(Photo via Bar Louie Facebook page)

Best Happy Hour 

WINNER: Bar Louie 

The Greene: 4492 Glengarry Drive, Beavercreek | 937-427-3900 | WebsiteFacebook

Austin Landing: 10267 Penny Lane #2034, Miamisburg | 937-914-4000 | WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: Trolley Stop 

530 E. Fifth St., Dayton | 937-461-1101 | WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: Mudlick Tap House 

135 E. Second St., Dayton | 937-895-4066 | WebsiteFacebook

Best Karaoke 

WINNER: Blind Bob's 

430 E. Fifth St., Dayton | 937-938-6405 | WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: MJ's on Jefferson

20 N. Jefferson St., Dayton | 937-223-3259 | WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: Sparky's Lounge 

822 Watertower Lane, West Carrollton | 937-859-1062 | Facebook

Warped Wing brewery in Dayton earned several first-place wins in the beer categories in Dayton.com's Best of 2018 contest including Best Craft Beer Selection, Best Local Brewery and Best Locally Made Beer for its Trotwood lager. CONTRIBUTED

Best Local Brewery 

WINNER: Warped Wing 

26 Wyandot St., Dayton | 937-222-7003 | WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: Yellow Springs Brewery 

305 N. Walnut St., Yellow Springs | 937-767-0222 | WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: Fifth Street Brewpub 

1600 E. Fifth St., Dayton | 937-443-0919 | WebsiteFacebook

Warped Wing brewery in Dayton earned several first-place wins in the beer categories in Dayton.com's Best of 2018 contest including Best Craft Beer Selection, Best Local Brewery and Best Locally Made Beer for its Trotwood lager. CONTRIBUTED

Best Locally-Made Beer

A specific beer from a specific local brewery

WINNER: Warped Wing Trotwood Lager

26 Wyandot St., Dayton | 937-222-7003 | WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: Yellow Springs Brewery Boat Show 

305 N. Walnut St., Yellow Springs | 937-767-0222 | WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: Warped Wing Ermal's 

26 Wyandot St., Dayton | 937-222-7003 | WebsiteFacebook

Bad Juan Margaritas at Elsa's. (Ty Greenlees/Ty Greenlees)

Best Margarita 

WINNER: Elsa's

Elsa’s On the Border, 1227 Wilmington Ave., Dayton | 937-938-7372

Elsa’s East Restaurant & Cantina, 3618 Linden Ave., Dayton | 937-252-9635

Elsa’s Kettering Sports Grill, 1216 E. Stroop Road, Kettering | 937-294-9210

Elsa’s South Restaurant & Cantina, 6318 Far Hills Ave., Centerville | 937-439-3897

Elsa’s Corner Cantina, 6204A Wilmington Pike, Sugarcreek Twp. | 937-310-1373

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SECOND PLACE: El Meson 

903 E. Dixie Drive, West Carrollton | 937-859-8229 | WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: El Toro Bar & Grill

Multiple Dayton-area locationsFacebookWebsite

 

Trolley Stop's outstanding patio (via Trolley Stop) (Contributed photos)

Best Patio 

WINNER: Trolley Stop 

530 E. Fifth St., Dayton | 937-461-1101 | WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: Little York Tavern & Pizza

4120 Little York Road, Vandalia | 937-890-6700 | WebsiteFacebook 

THIRD PLACE: The Dublin Pub 

300 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-224-7822 Website Facebook 

Best Place to Watch the Game 

WINNER: Fricker's 

Fricker's Dayton (Woodman Drive), 1818 Woodman Drive, Dayton | 937-252-9007

Fricker's Dayton (Miller Lane), 6834 Miller Lane, Dayton | 937-890-0020

Fricker's Huber Heights, 6280 Chambersburg Road, Huber Heights | 937-233-9464

Fricker’s Troy, 1187 Experiment Farm Road, Troy | 937-335-2900

Fricker’s Centerville, 1383 Miamisburg-Centerville Road | 937-434-1000

Fricker’s Vandalia, 22 Foley Drive | 937-454-9464

Fricker’s Miamisburg, 251 N. Springboro Pike | 937-866-9464

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SECOND PLACE: Buffalo Wild Wings 

Multiple Dayton-area locationsWebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: Bunkers Sports Bar & Grill

893 E. National Road, Vandalia | 937-890-8899 | WebsiteFacebook

 

Best Trivia 

WINNER: Bunkers Bar and Grill

893 E. National Road, Vandalia | 937-890-8899 | WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: Wandering Griffin Brewery & Pub

3725 Presidential Drive, Beavercreek | 937-956-5216 | WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: Bargos Grill & Tap 

588 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Centerville | 937-433-2500 | WebsiteFacebook

Sign near the entrance of the Brandeberry Winery near Enon. Staff photo by Mark Fisher

Best Winery 

WINNER: Brandeberry Winery 

5118 W. Jackson Road, Enon | 937-767-9103 | WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: Valley Vineyards 

2275 E. U.S. 22, Morrow | 513-899-2485 | WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: The Winery at Versailles

6572 State Route 47, Versailles | 937-526-3232 | WebsiteFacebook

🏆 COMPLETE GUIDE TO BEST OF DAYTON 2018 WINNERS

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