What’s in a bar? Hopefully, great drinks, great people, and great staff are what one would call ideal for a great bar – and having great food would be a bonus! Dayton, Ohio, home to a metropolitan population of 848,000 offers several interesting, sometimes crazy and other times laid back, places to sit back and throw a few down after getting off work or any other time. As a former, long time patron of many bars in the Dayton area, here is my personal list of favorites (and in no particular order):
1) Harrigan’s Tavern in Kettering, Ohio offers great food and great service and reasonable prices. Always a friendly staff, Harrigan’s offers a nice family feel during the day and off the wall adult fun late at night, especially during St. Patrick’s Day. Harrigan’s stocks a decent selection of draft beers and serves great fried bar food. Located in the heart of Kettering, Ohio, Harrigan’s Tavern can be a great place to hit after work.
2) Fricker’s in many locations throughout the surrounding I-75 & I-70 interchange around southwestern Ohio has “Fun-Food-Sports-Spirits” as the saying goes. Count on having a great time at Fricker’s any day and anytime. The food is excellent and the beer just seems to go down smoother at Fricker’s. The staff is amazing and friendly, and there are always sports and more sports on the many T.V.s located throughout the bar. Fricker’s wing sauce, the Frickin’ Killer is ridiculously hot, and one will need a pitcher of beer to wash down. If you are looking for a great time, day or night, Fricker’s will not bore anyone. Feel free to bring the family anytime.
3) Sure Shots in Kettering, Ohio is one of only a handful of bars that opens at 5:30am. Located near the Montgomery County/ Green County line on Dorothy Lane, don’t expect food here, except when the occasional patron brings in a crock-pot full of chili or Sloppy Joe. Sure Shots is your typical dart and pool table kind of bar. Before smoking was proscribed in Ohio’s bars, it was difficult to see across the bar at Sure Shots because of all the smoke. Occasionally crowded and out of control, Sure Shots is “the average Joe’s” type of bar around the corner. And when you finish drinking at the bar, just stop next door and pick up a bottle of booze at the state liquor store.
4) Partners in Dayton, Ohio sits between Dayton and Oakwood and just north of Kettering on Patterson Road. The bar appears small at first glance as there are only a few tables and about a dozen bar stools located in the bar area. But Partners is very unique because there is an open area outside party deck above the bar. If you want to get away for a smoke or catch a breath of fresh air to avoid regurgitating from the over indulgence of liquor, go up stairs to the party deck. Usually a friendly staff, drinks are reasonably priced too. Expect a crowd between the ages of 21 and 60, everybody enjoys Partners.
5) Buck & Stubby’s Sports Bar in Lewisburg, Ohio makes the list for being in the current city of which I live. This is a family bar owned by family. If you live in Lewisburg, Buck & Stubby’s offers several items on the menu and serves reasonably priced drinks. The outdoor patio makes the atmosphere even better as you can watch the passing cars role down state route 503. Easy to find just off I-70 in Lewisburg, Buck & Stubby’s is open daily expect on Mondays and Tuesdays. Highly recommended is the Pork Tenderloin with Fries.