It looks like Dayton’s Oregon District was the place to be on Friday evening, March 17, 2017 for St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Raise your glass to St. Patrick’s Day at these pubs

When you think of Saint Patrick's Day celebrations, there are plenty of options — some that you've thought of and others that you probably haven't.

Here are eight spots where the beer will be flowing, toasts to good time and health will be given and music will be enjoyed. 

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Steve Tieber, co-owner of the Dublin Pub. Pictured are three entrees: (clockwise from front) Guiness Beef Stew, the Black and Bleu Salad, and the Irish Dip sandwich with fries. STAFF/FILE
Photo: JAN UNDERWOOD

☘️🍺Dublin Pub 

300 Wayne Ave, Dayton 

937-224-7822 | www.dubpub.com 

The mother of Dayton's Irish bars will be ground zero for the largest St. Patrick's Day party Dayton will see this year. The Dublin Pub embraces Irish culture from the decor to the menu to the drinks. Some of its success can be attributed to the “Craic” (Pronounced “Crack”), which is a mix of music and conversation, good food and drink, with hospitality and humor. Dublin Pub's mission statement is to embody these characteristics of the Craic. A $10 admission to Dublin Pub's festivities on Saturday also gets you in on Sunday. You can upgrade for a $50 VIP experience that includes admission for Stranger VIP Night and St. Patrick’s Day, tickets for food or drinks, and a St. Patrick’s Day souvenir cup.  

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Scenes from Flanagan’s Pub in Dayton’s annual St. Pat-Rock’s day celebration on Saturday, March 17, 2018. Irish dancing, live music and green beer were all part of the St. Patty’s Day fun. PHOTOS/TOM GILLIAM
Photo: Tom Gilliam

☘️🍺Flanagan's Pub 

101 E. Stewart St., Dayton 

937-228-5776 | http://www.flanagansdayton.com 

This UD campus favorite since 1976 brings the party every year in a big way for St. Patty's Day. The long-running Irish tavern offers basic pub fare and beers in a modest, no-frills space. There's not much on the menu that's really Irish, but if you are in the mood, go with a loaded Guinness Burger ($9.75) topped with corned beef, Swiss cheese, bacon, spicy mustard, a fried egg, and Guinness-caramelized onions. 

The Highland Stag is coming to downtown Springboro, in space that previously housed SG@75 Gastropub. This file image is from the SG@75 Facebook page.
Photo: Staff Writer

☘️🍺The Highland Stag 

75 N. Main St., Springboro 

937-751-2949 | www.thehighlandstag.com 

The Highland Stag is a traditional Scottish restaurant with a Celtic flair located in the heart of Springboro and one of our favorite new spots. The restaurant is owned by Ann McKenzie, who brought her family recipes from her grandmother's Willowplate Cafe in Gorebridge, Scotland. The restaurant is operated by her daughter, Heather and her boyfriend, Dave. Together, they have brought the friendly feel of a Scottish Pub to the Midwest. The restaurant offers great food, 20 draft beers, a huge wine and scotch selection, signature drinks and a fun atmosphere. Go with Heather's Corned Beef Supper ($15.50) made from a family recipe, the corned beef is served with sour cream mashed potatoes, sautéed root vegetables and vinegar slaw. 

3/7/05  Stever Butterfield, proprietor of O'Leary's Pub and Grub, demonstrates proper pouring technique for beer. There will be plenty of beer available at his pub on St. Patrick's Day -- green and otherwise -- as well as Irish stew, Reuben sandwiches and karoke. PHOTO BY JAN UNDERWOOD
Photo: JAN UNDERWOOD

☘️🍺O'Leary's Pub & Grub 

9450 Dayton Lebanon Pike, Centerville 

937-433-1554 | http://olearyspubandgrub.com 

This modest neighborhood bar and restaurant has shamrocks and leprechauns for days on its website. Most of the menu is typical pub fare — burgers, sandwiches, plenty of deep-fried savories, pizza and a few entrees. If you are looking to find something that embraces something more Irish, try the Reuben ($8) or go for the "Irish" clam strips ($8). We love their tagline — "Where the Blarney always flows." And at any good bar that's true. 

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This photo shows the Old Bag of Nails pub in Mason, the first outside the Columbus area. Photo from Old Bag of Nails Mason Facebook page
Photo: Staff Writer

☘️🍺The Old Bag of Nails Pub 

101 E Alex Bell Road, Centerville 

937-952-5749 | www.oldbagofnails.com 

More of a British Pub than Irish, we are going to throw this on here because they have the beer and the corned beef that you could be looking for. They also have a great happy hour that runs Monday through Friday featuring $2 domestic beer bottles, $2 off all appetizers, $2 off import drafts and $2 off well liquor and house wines by the glass that runs from 2-7 p.m. Their fish and chips are a good value at $13.99 that go great with a pint of ale. On Wednesday an all-you-can-eat shrimp and chips for $16.99 will leave you full for the next day and maybe the day after that. There's also a location in Mason that's relatively close by if you find yourself down south. 

The fish and chips recipe served at a restaurant at The Pub in the Greene Town Center has been selected as the “best in the U.S.” by a British-based brewery — and the restaurant is planning a party to celebrate. Photo from The Pub Beavercreek Facebook page
Photo: Staff Writer

☘️🍺The Pub Beavercreek 

39 Greene Blvd, Beavercreek 

937-320-1199 | http://experiencethepub.com/beavercreek 

This may be a British-inspired pub, but they have plenty of Irish beers on the menu to get you going in the right direction for your St. Patrick's Day festivities. This is a great place to start the day out with a traditional breakfast of scrambled eggs, banger (sausage), baked beans, tomatoes and mushrooms with an English muffin ($12). If you really want to load up with something heavy, opt for the Bangers and Mash ($13.50) featuring char-grilled sausages covered in an Old Speckled Hen Ale onion gravy, smashed potatoes, peas and carrots. This is an impressive bar and restaurant that can transport you to Europe during your visit. 

WORTH THE DRIVE

Dingle House Irish Pub and Grub in West Chester will be a destination that's worth the drive for St. Patrick's Day
Photo: Facebook

☘️🍺Dingle House Irish Pub and Grub 

9102 West Chester Towne Center Dr., West Chester 

513-874-PINT (7468) | www.dinglehouse.com 

This West Chester spot will have a huge celebration on March 17 with doorbusters, kegs and eggs, beer specials, bag pipers and Irish dancers. Get there early — the doors open at 8 a.m. A $5 cover charge starts at noon. In addition to a full menu, the restaurant and bar has over 60 import and craft beers in bottles plus 30 on tap, and a large selection of premium Irish, Bourbon and Scotch whiskeys. Sports fans can cheer on their favorite teams on the restaurants 20 HDTVs. 

Springfield will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday at several locations, including O’Conners Irish Pub. CONTRIBUTED
Photo: Contributing Writer

☘️🍺O'Conners Irish Pub 

2200 N Limestone St., Springfield 

937-717-6915 | http://oconnersirishpub.com 

They had us at deep fried Reuben balls ($7). Corned beef and sauerkraut rolled into a ball and lightly deep fried, served with homemade dipping sauce. This location in Springfield has been going strong since 2008. They will kick off Saint Patrick's Day weekend with Shadowlife playing on March 15 and has a full slate of entertainment and events planned throughout the weekend. 

Contact this contributing writer at alexis.e.larsen@hotmail.com.

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