Having a ‘craic’ time surviving St. Patrick’s Day

Dayton boasts an abundance of great venues that carry on the traditions of St. Patrick’s Day. Maybe you’re new to Dayton and need help finding your way to just the ‘right’ celebration. Or maybe you’re a native Daytonian that wants to visit the old stops but find a few new ones this year, too. Whatever your connection with Dayton and the day of green, this guide will help St. Patrick’s Day veterans and virgins alike.

The Irish Club of Dayton
Founded in 1933, the Irish Club of Dayton operates as a private social club. This St. Patrick’s Day they open their venue to invite the public to celebrate with them. With two full days of festivities it is certainly the place you want to be if you want an authentic Irish experience. Several bands will perform along with Dwyer School of Irish Dancers and the Celtic Academy of Irish Dance. Alongside all the entertainment will be food, beer and a sweepstakes drawing.

This 2-Day Party begins March 16th at 7 p.m. and ends at midnight the next day. Admission is free until March 17th at 4 p.m. after which there will be a $5 cover charge. The Irish Club is at 6555 Dog Leg Road, Dayton OH 45414. For more information call 937.890.5825.

Irish in the city
When you are really feeling that Irish spirit, it’s time for Dublin Pub. One of Dayton’s most popular St. Patrick’s Day stops, the party starts on March 16th and continues on through March 17th. There will be a tent to kick off the 20th annual celebration and the first 100 people on the 17th will get a free t-shirt. You can expect great beer and fine Irish music. They kick off the weekend on Friday the 16th at 8 p.m. and continue until the 18th at 5:30 a.m.

Just across Wayne Avenue, the Trolley Stop is hosting their “Leprechauns Ball” with the band Subterranean, playing their eclectic fusion of rock, jazz, blues and beyond, Saturday at 9:30.

A wee bit down the road, South Park Tavern starts their “Top O’ The Afternoon” shenanigans at 11am, with John Dubuc & The Guilty Pleasures playing at 2pm, and The Southern Ohio Boys at 9:30, followed by The G-Thang. 1301 Wayne Avenue, and no cover all day.

If you are more interested in the general drunken tomfoolery that is associated with St. Paddy’s, then we suggest the Brown Street Shamrock Shuffle Pub Crawl. Starting as soon as Wednesday, a magical wristband grants you access to Milano’s, Flanagan’s Pub, The Fieldhouse, Romer’s, R Taco, and Buffalo Wild Wings, where you will be provided with live DJs and Miller Lite Specials. You choose where you start and where you end. Registration is $5 at

While the crowd will certainly be filled with UD students and alumni out to have a good time, there’s no doubt that the friendly collegiate crowd will welcome anyone with enough green and beer. After all, it is rumored that David Letterman once said that the four best places to spend St. Patrick’s Day are Dublin, Ireland, Chicago, New York, and the University of Dayton campus.

Miamisburg Celebrates
This year the Star City Brewing Company will be hosting a party for all of Miamisburg. Starting at 6 in the morning, the day is jam packed with live music and delicious food from Son of a Biscuit and Ohio Hunger Force One. Accompanying your food will be a number of Star City’s brewed ales, stouts, and a peculiar but tasty Beermosa. For quicker entry, get a presale ticket at the brewery for just $3.50, or $5 online at http://bit.ly/StarCityStPat – Entry on Saint Patrick’s Day will be $5. 319 S. 2nd St. Miamisburg OH 45342.

Up and coming St. Patrick’s Day Musts
It’s the 11th year that Peach’s Grill (104 Xenia Ave, Yellow Springs) has observed the day, and they’ll be featuring Irish beer specials and made from scratch Irish food. With live music all day, and Irish Dancers at 5:30, it’s a family-friendly event, with just a $5 cover, and kids under 12 free. Ye Olde Trail Tavern just down the street at 228 Xenia Ave, will have the same food and drink specials, but no live entertainment.

The 2nd Annual St. Patty’s Day Bash at Mr. Boro’s Tavern is sure to be one place you don’t want to miss this year. With a special Irish food menu, the beer is sure to go down nicely. Tully girls (for Tullamore’s Irish Dew) will make appearances to pass out free swag. Mr. Boro’s Tavern is located at 495 N. Main St. in Springboro.

Rip Rap Roadhouse will also be hosting their own St. Patrick’s Day Party with Irish food, cocktails and beer. Live music and the McGovern Ceili Dancers will be there with the Dwyer Celtic School of Dance. 6024 Rip Rap Rd. in Dayton.

Outside the bars
In the course of all this drinking there are certainly alternatives to the general beer enthusiasts. Stop by the 2nd Street Market to get some delicious food and hang with the vendors while they host live music. You can even take the family to Grant Park, 501 Normandy Rd. on March 17th from 9:30 to 10:30 AM for a Follow the Leprechaun Friends and Family Hike.

Whatever your fancy, St. Patrick’s Day is a day to celebrate the foremost saint of Ireland. So do him proud. Stay hydrated, stay safe.

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