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St. Patrick’s Day Bar Guide

By Megan Garrison
Photo: Boston’s Bistro will offer a number of special events and live music during their St. Patrick’s Day celebration which runs March 15-17

Everyone loves St. Patrick’s Day. What isn’t to love? A sea of green, lots of beer and the occasional off-key rendition of any song by Flogging Molly all add up to make this one day a year the biggest party in Dayton. But with so many places to celebrate, where does one start or end or stop in the middle for a momentary nap? The answer is in the guide. After all, you should know where to go before you decide where to start.

Harrigan’s Tavern

4070 Marshall Rd. in Kettering

I feel like we should start on the outside and move inward towards the city of Dayton, which means Harrigan’s starts the St. Patrick’s Day bar guide with honors. With great modesty, a big white tent will be erected and beer will be poured all day long. Live music – which I am sure will have an Irish theme – will play in the background or before you, as you guzzle down the nectar of those great Irish across the Atlantic. It’s a great way to start the day. Or a great place to spend the day if you prefer not to venture out into the crowds of the city of Dayton as people in green travel from venue to venue.

Flanagan’s Pub

101 E. Stewart St.

Normally, I would say save the best for last and in my opinion Flanny’s is the best for the average college student, but St. Patrick’s Day is their annual St. PatROCKS festivities. This means music, green beer and, according to the staff, babes.

Doors open at 9 a.m. and two huge white tents will be set up in the parking lot to keep the party expanding. The band Latter kicks off the morning at 10 a.m. and the rest of the day features Tony “TNT” Tilford, My Three Sons, Celtic Academy of Irish Dance, Spungewurthy and the St. PatROCKS Day Lingerie Show. The final act is The Menus at 7 p.m. and then the place shuts down to take a well-deserved break.

Forewarning though, get there early if you want beer. According to staff members they run out pretty early.

Dublin Pub

300 Wayne Ave 

Another great place to get your Irish on is the Dublin Pub, appropriately. Their St. Patrick’s Day celebration lasts two days and it’s $10 for a two-day pass. On Saturday, March 16, Aces High (an Iron Maiden Tribute band) will kick the celebration off at 6 p.m.

Then when the grand ole day rolls around, the pub opens at 5:30 a.m. to begin the fun early. Jameson’s Folly opens the floor at 7 a.m. followed by the Celtic Academy of Irish Dance (boy, are they busy), Dulahan, Dwyer School of Irish Dance, Miami Valley Pipes & Drums, Father Son & Friends, Ithika and Homeland featuring members from The Temps. If you want a lot of music with your Irish beer, then this is definitely the place to hang your hat.

Boston’s Bistro & Pub

7500 N Main St.

For a whole weekend of fun, the 32nd Annual Hungarian St. Paddy’s Day Gala is the place to be. Starting on Friday, March 15, with Joe and Jack Waters Blues Plus, they kick off St. Patrick’s Day with good food and music, along with a performance from Blind Karma  and plenty of drinks will make their way around the venue.

Saturday begins bright and early at 7 a.m. with the Rocky Creek Celtic Folk Band, Big Poppa Productions DJ, Mississippi Red & The Bumble-Bee-Licious, Motown, Blues & Soul, James Rutman, McGovern Ceili Irish Dancers, Jeff White and Michael Locke & the Repeat Offenders. Sunday ends relaxed with a repeat performance of Joe and Jack Waters Blues Plus.

All of this is perfect to satisfy your music craving, but what makes the Boston’s Bistro so unique in its celebration is that is also satisfies all other cravings with an outside, heated Bier Garten tent, Bier trailer and a breakfast buffet where you can eat until your stomach is content and drink until your liver is kaput. The buffet is only on Saturday though, starting at 7 a.m., so make sure you make it there in time. If not, you can always just enjoy the numerous world-class hand crafted Irish/Irish style draught biers.

All of this is in honor of Stephen Patrick Boston’s birthday, which is why there is such a fun take on St. Patrick’s Day with the Hungarian celebration. A portion of the bier sales will be donated to the Shiloh Congregational Church Organ Fund.

Safety First

No one likes to hear about alcohol poisoning and DUIs on such a fun day, so let’s keep it safe by drinking lots of water throughout the weekend and getting safe rides home. A great way to ensure a safe ride is thanks to Matt Heck, Montgomery County Prosecutor, who has brought back the convenient program Arrive Safe to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The program offers Montgomery County residents a free cab ride (up to $50) from Friday at 6 p.m. to Sunday at 10 a.m. The program is supported by AAA, Heidelberg Distributing and Sandy’s Towing.

Also, if you are a designated driver, you get free soft drinks at many of the downtown bars with your wristband. One of those bars includes Boston’s Bistro. To get a free ride during St. Paddy’s Weekend, call 449-9999.

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Megan Garrison grew up in the small town of Lampasas, Texas, spending her time immersed in Ernest Hemingway novels and dreaming of being a journalist one day. Now she attends the University of Dayton and is hard at work studying to be a war-time correspondent. Though she is very goal oriented and works hard to achieve her dreams she also loves to have a little fun. She DJs her own radio show on Flyer Radio and makes it a point to attend great movies and local concerts. But her greatest love will always be books.

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