Dayton is teeming with great things to do. Here are some of our favorites in downtown Dayton. Video by Amelia Robinson
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Where to eat and drink before and after the Dayton Air Show

The 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show is taking over the Dayton International Airport on Saturday and Sunday, June 23th and 24th. 

>> Insider's guide to Dayton Air Show: 7 things to know

>>Hungry at the Air Show? Check out these Vandalia-area restaurants

While concessions will be offered at the air show itself, there's a plethora of nearby food and dining options that will please your palate.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform during the Vectren Dayton Air Show held at the Dayton International Airport, Sunday, June 29, 2014. GREG LYNCH / STAFF
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Here are the top places we’d pick to visit for food, drinks and/or fun while around the Airport, and a favorite worth driving back to Dayton for.


Scene 75 is the place if you're looking for some indoor fun for the family (or just grown-ups). Head over for arcade games, laser tag, go karts, adult beverages, mini-golf and more.


Bunkers Bar and Grill in Vandalia is one of the many sports bars that are gearing up for the Flyers game Wednesday on the heels of St. Patrick's Day. JIM WITMER/STAFF
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Bunkers is another sure bet for the sports bar fan that has great wings and a fantastic selection of beers. Bunkers is a multiple-time winner in our annual Best of Dayton poll in categories including sports bar, wings, Bloody Mary’s among others.  

>> Best of Dayton 2017 winners: Food and Dining 

>> Why our readers say this sports bar is the best 

Hairless Hare Brewery

Another Best of Dayton winner, this craft brewery doesn’t fail to disappoint. 

>> Dayton area brewery wins two gold medals

>>  Makings of a brewmaster in Vandalia

If you’re looking for a quick bite:

Vandalia (near I-75 and I-70)

>> Hungry at the Air Show? Check out these Vandalia restaurants

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Englewood (near I-70)
The bar at Company 7 BBQ in Englewood features an antique fire truck. Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen
Miller Lane (off  I-75)     

Or just a short drive away, head to the Benchwood/Little York (I-75, Exit 59) area for tons of great dining options:     

Winans Chocolates + Coffees has opened a store across from Cornerstone of Centerville. Photo from Winans Dayton Facebook page
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If you’re willing to take a little drive, check out some of Dayton’s best restaurants.

These are truly considered classics around town and worth a visit. The short list includes The Pine Club in Dayton, The Winds in Yellow Springs, Jay’s Restaurant in Dayton, The Oakwood Club, Meadowlark, Coco’s Bistro, Corner Kitchen, El Meson, Coldwater Cafe and more.

>> The 12 best restaurants in Dayton

And if you’re willing to drive into the city, you can’t miss one of Dayton’s new cult classics --  best food-truck-turned eateries: Zombie Dogz .    

The whole stretch at Brown Street has undergone quite an eatery renaissance, so you’d be sure to find something for everyone, no matter what you crave.

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