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.
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.
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
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.
☘️🍺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.
☘️🍺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 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
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.
☘️🍺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.
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