Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, all day
By Stacey Ritz
Photo: Patrons celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style at Doublin Pub; photo: Will Thorpe
St. Patrick’s Day festivities begin bright and early this year – even before the official start of the holiday. On Sunday, March 16, from 6 p.m. to midnight, the Dublin Pub will celebrate “St. Practice Day” as a warm-up for the big day of celebrations. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations will take place in and around Dayton’s Oregon District, as well as in many Dayton area restaurants and pubs. All Oregon District establishments set their own cover charges and fees individually, and with St. Patrick’s Day being the busiest and most successful day of sales for all Oregon businesses, you are sure to find a lively crowd ready for a day filled with entertainment, drinks and good company.
Planning ahead for the big day is a must! Dayton resident Taryn Ward shared, “Because the Oregon District is so popular for this night out, it is simple to get taxi service at the end of the night, or if you plan ahead, you can rent the Groove Machine Party Bus and it will pick up and drop off you and your guests.”
Plan ahead, drink responsibly and call a cab, or arrange a driving service to take you safely home. Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck sponsors an Arrive Safe free cab ride anywhere in Montgomery County, with costs up to $50. “The Arrive Safe free cab ride, coupled with special room rates at downtown hotels such as the Crowne Plaza, makes St. Patrick’s Day in Dayton uniquely safe,” explained Steve Tieber, owner of the Dublin Pub.
In addition, planning ahead using BeMyDD can assist you in staying safe. BeMyDD offers a designated driver service at just $15/hour for a minimum of three hours, or a pick-up service for $25 plus $2.95/mile for the first ten miles, then $2.45/mile beyond that. With the designated driver service, Dayton residents can reserve a driver to provide limousine-type services in their personal vehicles.
Once you have planned ahead for a responsible St. Patrick’s Day, it’s time to kick back and enjoy the holiday. The festivities begin bright and early on Monday, March 17. Let’s take a walk through what this year’s holiday has to offer.
The Dublin Pub begins check-in. “St. Patrick’s Day will officially begin at 5:30 a.m. at the Dublin Pub, offering 100 free St. Patrick’s Day t-shirts to the first 100 people in the door,” Tieber said. “In the past, we have been getting sizable crowds for opening, so we set up an ID check at 4 a.m., which checks your IDs, then you pay $10 admission and get a wristband to come in. This eliminates the need to do so at 5:30 a.m., which means as soon as we open the doors we start taking your orders.”
Grab your breakfast at the Dublin Pub as the doors officially open. In addition to breakfast, Guinness will be served, as well as their “famous Blood Molly’s (Bloody Mary’s with Jameson instead of vodka),” according to Dublin Pub owner Steve Tieber.
The Dublin Pub loves the 5:30 a.m. opening. “It is for the die-hard St. Patrick’s revelers – and every year that number grows,” Tieber said. “In 2013, we saw about 300 people come through the door at 5:30 a.m. Every band and dance group brings their own energy and excitement, which through the day keeps things very fresh. We love seeing all of the different St. Patrick’s Day costumes as well!” Dublin Pub will start the day with a prayer and then a toast just prior to opening its doors.
If you prefer to sleep in a bit, the Boston’s Bistro & Pub – the fourth largest St. Patrick’s Day venue in the Miami Valley – opens at 7 a.m., serving a specialty breakfast buffet with a full bar, including authentic Irish draught beers. The Rocky Creek Irish Band will be the featured entertainment. The establishment will offer a unique flare to a traditional holiday through live entertainment, Irish beers and Hungarian-inspired food. Boston’s offers its unique celebration with a $7 cover charge.
If you’re planning on a late night of revelry, you might want to grab your breakfast once the sun is up. Flanagan’s Pub opens at 9 a.m. and is a great establishment to celebrate with friends and family. “We have some of the most experienced people on staff that day,” said Cory Williamson of Flanagan’s, “and while the emphasis is on fun, we are fully staffed to ensure that the party-goers are in a safe and secure environment. WTUE’s continuous support and on-air personalities adds to that experience factor.”
As lunch-time approaches, you may have a tough time deciding on where to chow down in the Oregon District. Enjoy a mix of traditional Irish music, Irish dancing and bagpipes at numerous establishments. You can hop on the shuttle bus if you prefer not to walk. The Dublin Pub and Flanagan’s share a shuttle bus that takes guests to and from each establishment at no cost. It runs from 11 a.m. through midnight on St. Patrick’s Day.
“After lunch, Boston’s Bistro will have the Hungarian goulash along with the regular menu,” explained David A. Boston, publican and owner of Boston’s Bistro. “Make sure to pace yourself. Our event isn’t the typical drunken brawl. Boston’s is proud to offer true Irish style experience with great food, beverages and entertainment.”
Flanagan’s will feature an afternoon of Irish Dancers. “We invite everyone, whether it’s your first time or you have been coming for years,” Williamson said. “Come join the celebration at Flanagan’s because, let’s face it, we are all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day and there’s no better place to be than the best Irish pub in Dayton!” Flanagan’s views all of their patrons as family. “Flanagan’s was the first bar in Dayton to make the day an all-out event,” Williamson added. “We make sure to provide plenty of libations, entertainment and a chance for the whole community to come together and celebrate.”
Plan your dinner at Salar in the Oregon District or stop by the Oregon Express, where they offer half-price pizzas every Monday at 5 p.m. If you’re looking to enjoy the holiday elsewhere, try Trivia with a Twist at Beef O’Brady’s in Centerville. Ward of Dayton shared, “The Oregon District is my preferred place to celebrate in the Dayton area – it’s a convenient location for my friends and me to meet up and offers a lot of locally-owned variety. For example, you can start the night with an amazing dinner and exquisite cocktails at Salar, walk to multiple places throughout the evening, and end the night at Lucky’s Taproom and Eatery for a nighttime snack of sweet potato fries. There are shops, art galleries and a couple of dance venues along the way as well.”
If you’re celebrating festivities outside of the Oregon District, try visiting Trivia night at Chappy’s Taproom & Grill in Moraine or Trivia with a Twist at Buffalo Wild Wings in West Carrollton, offered every Monday night. Dayton resident Kyle Wymer commented, “We haven’t decided where we’ll all have dinner yet on St. Patrick’s Day, but we’re coming down to the Oregon District to celebrate in the evening, most likely with a stop at the Dublin Pub and a few others.”
During past St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Dublin Pub has hosted musical artists including The Violent Femmes, Blue Oyster Cult, Guided By Voices, and Berlin at their “night before” party. Starting at 8 p.m. this year, Dublin Pub will host Homeland, featuring members from The Temps as the entertainment. Flanagan’s, meanwhile, will feature the wild stage antics of Tim Goldie of The Menus. And don’t forget to hop on the shuttle bus again when you’re ready for a change of scenery.
Closing time for the holiday festivities comes at 2:30 a.m. Be sure to have your designated driver – the Groove Machine Party Bus or a taxi service – lined up to get you home safely at the end of the evening.
“Sometimes no one wants to be the designated driver, especially on a holiday like St. Patrick’s Day, and we understand that,” Andrew Novak, vice president of operations for BeMyDD said. “Dayton residents celebrating St. Patrick’s Day over a few pints of Guinness or some Irish whiskey should definitely plan ahead with BeMyDD. Generally speaking, we really stress placing orders 24-48 hours in advance. One of the biggest benefits of using BeMyDD is you don’t have to worry about getting your car back to your house the next morning, it will already be there!” It is important to note, there were 458 alcohol related crashes in 2012, including 20 fatalities, according to the Ohio Department of Public Safety. So, it goes without saying – plan ahead and drink responsibly.
This year, the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Dayton will be, without question, a day to remember. The holiday celebrations at Flanagan’s will be especially exceptional, as they will commemorate the recent passing of owner Pat Flanagan.
“St. Patrick’s Day has always been a day of celebration and good times,” Williamson said. “This is something Pat believed and did his best for 37 years to make sure it happened day in and day out no matter what day it was. While we are still mourning the loss of Pat in the Dayton community, he is a man that will not soon be forgotten for everything he did in the community and on a personal level for people. We are honoring him this year by making this St. Patrick’s Day one for the ages! We intend to make it a celebration Pat would be proud of.”
Reach DCP freelance writer Stacey Ritz at StaceyRitz@DaytonCityPaper.com.
No plans yet?
Check out these (sham)rockin’ events going on throughout Dayton
St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations at Dublin Pub
300 Wayne Ave. – 937.224.7822 – dubpub.com
Begins Sunday, March 16 –
$10 buys you a two-day admission.
Doors open on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Music starts at 4:30 p.m. and includes
Metal of Honor,
Renegades of Funk
and Aces High
Monday, March 17, the ID line forms at 4 a.m. Doors open at 5:30 a.m. for breakfast, Guinness and Jameson Bloody Molly’s. The first 100 people get a free T-shirt!
Entertainment begins at 7 a.m. and includes Jameson’s Folly, Celtic Academy kids,
Dulahan, Dwyer School of Celtic Dance, Father Son & Friends, Celtic Academy of Irish Dance and Homeland.
Boston’s Bistro and Pub
7500 N. Main St. – 937.461.1002 – bostonsbistro.com
Saturday, March 15 – Monday, March 17 – $7 cover.
Cosmic Coda performs Saturday. Sunday’s entertainment includes Joe & Jack Walters and Good Earth Ramblers. Monday’s entertainment includes Dulahan, Rocky Creek, Eric Jerardi and more!
St. Patrick’s Day at the Market
2nd Street Market – 600 E. Second St. – 937.228.2088
Saturday, March 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Come celebrate the wearing of the green at the 2nd Street Market! This year’s event features live Celtic music, followed by dancers from the Celtic Academy of Irish Dance.
Peach’s Bar and Grill
104 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs – 937.767.4850 – peachsgrill.com
Opening at 10 a.m. Monday, March 17 with Irish breakfast – eggs, bangers, potatoes, black pudding and Irish soda bread. Starting at noon, Peach’s offers corned beef and cabbage and Guinness beef stew. Music starts at 10 a.m. and includes Blackthorn & Laurel, Changeling, Father, Son & Friends, Miami Valley Pipe band, McGovern Ceiligh Dancers, Green Gene, Will C & F.A.M.I.L.Y and Crazy Joe and the MadRiver Outlaws. Guinness, Irish Stout/Porter and Jameson Specials! $5 cover all day.
4070 Marshall Rd., Kettering – 937.294.7474 – harrigans5k.com
Harrigan’s’ second annual 5K run begins Saturday, March 22 at 9:30 a.m. A fun run for all ages and a timed race for the competitive types. Food, refreshments, door prizes and medals for first, second and third places. Come dressed up in your favorite St. Patrick’s Day outfit. Online registration through speedy-feet.com is available until midnight, Monday, March 17.
University of Dayton Campus?
Participate at your own risk.
After last year’s St. Patrick’s Day “riot” in the student housing area known as the UD Ghetto resulted in 11 damaged cars, University of Dayton officials are taking no prisoners. The university will restrict residence hall visitors from March 13-17, and campus parking lots will be closed to non-students. UD police will be joined by officers from the city of Dayton, Sinclair and Ohio Liquor Control.