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CONSTRUCTION ALERT: These bars in Oregon District, downtown Dayton closed  

Published: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 12:37 PM

The Century Bar in downtown Dayton is closed for renovations.
Photo: The Century Bar
The Century Bar in downtown Dayton is closed for renovations.(Photo: The Century Bar)

You are going to have to wait a bit for your next adult beverage at a popular downtown bar and a Oregon District tavern known for its live music and juicy burgers. 

The Century Bar, 10 S. Jefferson St. in the Fire Blocks District, and Blind Bob’s, 430 E Fifth St., are both closed for renovations. 


As we first reported, plans are underway for Century Bar’s long-awaited speakeasy Kette’s Kandies Spirited Treats.

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As part of that project, Joseph Head, the bar’s co-owner, announced in November that improvements would be made to the bar as well. 

Head said bartender stations will be added, and that the Century’s 1950s sign will be replaced with something that better reflects the business’ current goals. 

>> RELATED:  Century Bar preparing opulent speakeasy 

The bourbon bar is expected to reopen on January 12. 


Nate Mendenhall of Blind Bob’s said via Facebook message that the first part of the year is typically slow for his family’s business, and therefore a good time to make repairs. 

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 A concrete slab in the back of the house is being repaired, he said. 

Blind Bob’s is expected to reopen Friday, January 5. 

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7 bar and gaming arcades to visit in Dayton

Published: Saturday, June 03, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 2:18 PM

Drinking tasty beverages while enjoying video and board games is no longer relegated to your dining room or your mom's basement. Dayton's fully on the arcade bar scene, and we've got where you need to go. (Video by Tabatha Wharton)

While by now you’ve surely made the trip out to Scene 75 and had a mega(bit) of great time, maybe you’re looking for a more intimate gaming experience for your next outing.

Have no fear, our socially competitive friends, as we have a round up of the Dayton area’s gaming bars and arcades ready for you.

1.) D20: A Bar with Characters

The gamers’ paradise bar called “D20: A Bar with Characters” at 2144 E. Whipp Road in the Oak Creek Plaza will host a euchre tournament and beer event at 7 p.m. next Monday, Feb. 20. SUBMITTED(Staff Writer)

2144 E. Whipp Road, Dayton


If you’re looking for a distraction-free zone to get your hard core board gaming on, then you need to head over to Kettering. D20 is a bar that offers an extensive beer selection and over 300 board games that prides itself on not having a single television in the entire place. The bar is even family-friendly during the daytime hours, serving coffee and tea and “mocktails” for kids. Popular titles include Twilight Imperium, Pandemic, Joking Hazard, Apples to Apples, Cards Against Humanity, League of Legends, Settlers of Catan, Fluxx, and the more throwback favorites such as Monopoly, Chutes & Ladders and CandyLand.

>> Kettering bar has 300 board games, craft beers and no TVs

2.) Bar 145/Reset

Bar 145/Reset Bar is poised to open fully to the public on Tuesday, Nov. 22 in the Austin Landing development on Ohio 741 in Miami Twp. Its hours will be 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. The bar will feature live music as well as vintage arcade games and electronic board games. Photos by MARK FISHER/STAFF

10259 Penny Lane, Miamisburg


At the tail end of last year, Bar 145 opened at Austin Landing offering a nice-sized menu. The restaurant is attached to Reset — a bar within a bar boasting a full slate of vintage arcade games including The Simpsons, Street Fighter, Frogger and Off Road and many others. It bills itself as gastropub specializing in “Burgers, Bands, and Bourbon.” For the most part, the food is just OK, but the sides are a lot of fun if you head there for happy hour and some gaming with friends. Fried cheese curds ($7.99), tempura green beans ($6.99), buffalo chicken dip ($8.99), white truffle french fries ($6.99) and bar nachos ($6.99, with shredded pork, spicy chicken or beef added for $3 more) are good options to split and share. For families, Bar 145 has some nice built-in entertainment options for restless kids who will enjoy the novelty of these old-school hits.

>> New Austin Landing pub to focus on vintage arcade games

3.) Hole In The Wall

423 E. Fifth St, Dayton  



This Oregon District bar bills itself as Dayton’s “first barcade.”  

Hole in the Wall is the kind of dive bar where adults can go to find their inner child and a stiff drink that’s priced right. 

Fans of the Mario Brothers game will love the bar and the lighting. It’s a fun stop before or after dinner in the district if you are looking for something that’s colorful and different. If it’s packed with people (and you’re a little claustrophobic), steer clear. But if it’s early and it’s open, it’s a fun spot to schedule a stop.

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4.) Canal Street Arcade and Deli

Rob Strong stands in the former Canal Street Tavern space in November 2016.Strong will open Canal Street Arcade & Deli in the space in early 2017. MARK FISHER/STAFF(Staff Writer)

308 E. First St, Dayton 



The building that formerly housed Canal Street Tavern found new life over the summer when Canal Street Arcade and Deli opened.  

When owner Rob Strong closed his Fifth Street Wine and Deli early this year, I was sad to see his deli sandwiches go, but with the opening of Canal Street Arcade and Deli they are back and better than ever.  

Deli sandwiches served up hot come in three sizes — a small half-sandwich ($6.25), a medium full-sized sandwich ($8.25) and a large sandwich ($9.25). Wraps, subs, salads and pizzas, as well as build-your-own breakfast or grilled cheese sandwiches, are also available. This spot has quickly turned into a favorite destination to pick up a sandwich and hang-out on unprogrammed weekends. In addition to the games, this has one of the best jukeboxes in town.

>> 5 amazing sandwiches at Canal Street Arcade and Deli

>> Goodbye 5th Street Deli, hello Canal Street Arcade and Deli

5.) DK Effect

We take a look at some of the video games to be featured in DK Effect in Dayton's Huffman neighborhood.(Photo by Amelia Robinson)

1600 E. Third St, Dayton  



This Huffman Historic District hot spot that opened over the summer features 40 beers on tap, a full bar and a slew of classic arcade hits. 

Sit at the bar and play or grab a drink and make your way to the vintage gaming titles around the room.  

This venue does not have a kitchen, but pizza delivers there and it’s right across the street from the inexpensive and very tasty Taqueria Mixteca (1609 E. Third St., Dayton). 

A margarita and tacos from Taqueria Mixteca on a recent visit to DK effect in Huffman Historic District. Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen

Grab a large burrito for $6.49 and some of the best guacamole in town ($2.99) and head across the street for your margarita and some gaming. DK Effect has been doing some Tacos and Tequila events where you can purchase Taqueria tacos there and order one of seven specialty margaritas.  

Owner Tony Clark has plans to open a spot next door that will serve food, but with that happening some time away, some Taqueria Mixteca will hit the spot for now.

>> PHOTOS: See the stunning transformation of DK Effect

6.) Proto BuildBar

This LED blinking heart is a project you can easily make on a first date at Proto Build Bar in Dayton. (TABATHA WHARTON/STAFF)

While not your typical arcade, Proto is the world’s first BuildBar, a creative experience center featuring hands-on technology experimentation with 3D printing, electronics kits, and micro-computing in a full service café environment. With a stocked bar for when you need something a little stronger than coffee, Proto houses the World’s Largest Claw game and their homemade Edison vs Tesla arcade-style game with a shocking twist. If you’re looking for a more laid-back vibe, Proto is definitely your place.

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7.) Cardboard Crowns

Dayton board game cafe Cardboard Crowns, wants to be the go-to spot for family and friends to gather around the table for some holiday gaming. Contributed photo

147 N. Springboro Pike, Dayton | Facebook 

The café’s concept is part of a national and local trend to combine gaming and drinks. 

The café will offer eight craft beers on tap and a selection of 30 to 40 bottled or canned craft beers, along with wines and a limited cocktail list, Adams has said. The food menu features sandwiches, snacks and lighter fare.

The board games list is extensive. The selections ranges from lighter games to more involved, strategic games.

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Need a break from the family? Head to this Dayton bar after Thanksgiving dinner

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Canal Street Arcade and Deli held a preview party on Tuesday, June 28. The restaurant an bar are located in downtown Dayton near Fifth Third Field.
Photo by Sarah Franks
Canal Street Arcade and Deli held a preview party on Tuesday, June 28. The restaurant an bar are located in downtown Dayton near Fifth Third Field.(Photo by Sarah Franks)

We know the feeling: after a delicious meal and a post-turkey nap, you start to get the itch to get away from Uncle Joe’s political rants and Grandma’s insistence on setting you up with her friend’s grandkids. 

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What better way to do that than to head to the bar? Luckily, Canal Street Arcade and Deli has got your back.  

Canal Street Arcade and Deli held a preview party on Tuesday, June 28. The restaurant an bar are located in downtown Dayton near Fifth Third Field.(Photo by Amelia Robinson)

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According to a Facebook post, the arcade bar will open at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 23 -- just in time to chase the post-turkey blues away. Heads up, though: don’t go hungry, because the deli will be closed. 

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Know of any other Dayton-area bars open on Thanksgiving? Drop us a line at

This little dive bar in Dayton has a FREE hot dog bar

Published: Thursday, June 29, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

We take a look at one of Dayton's favorite dive bars.

One characteristic of most dive bars is how light they are on frills. Shroyer Inn located at 1028 Shroyer Rd. where Dayton, Kettering and Oakwood all converge has but a few -- and that’s alright with the regular crowd who pack the place most weekends.

“If it’s not broke, I’m not going to fix it,” owner Butch Elder said.

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Aside from a jukebox, some dart boards and a pool table, Shroyer Inn -- affectionately nicknamed “The Shroyer” -- is a bar that knows what it is and doesn’t attempt to be what it is not. So how does a bar with absolutely zero web presence, no karaoke and no trivia night become a finalist for the Best of Dayton 2016? Word of mouth and little else.

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Originally named the Shroyer Inn when it opened 65 years ago, the bar changed hands -- and names-- two times before Elder purchased the place at the turn of the century, restoring the original name. A chance meeting with an acquaintance who knew he was in the market changed everything. 

“I was looking for a bar to buy. Basically, I just stumbled across it,” Elder said. 

Aside from a fresh coat of paint here and there, new carpet every few years and updated television screens, very little has changed in 18 years. But some big developments could be on the horizon for this Little Bar That Could. Elder says he wants to expand Shroyer Inn into the vacant space next door, and has discussed the possibility with the building’s owner. However, the two parties have yet to come to an agreement.

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From outside, Shroyer Inn doesn’t look like much. Stepping inside is like a blast from the past with tall cushy chairs that look they were new when Gerald Ford was in office. All that aside, the place is clean. In fact, you can find Elder cleaning it himself every morning before the bartenders come in. 

A nice, long L-shaped bar greats you as you settle into the low-lit atmosphere.

A bar so small you might miss it, but it's considered one of Dayton's best.(Jim Ingram)


Despite not having a real kitchen, Shroyer Inn can heat up frozen pizzas, sandwiches, or a soft pretzel. But one of their best attractions is the free hot dog bar every Sunday. That’s right -- FREE.

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But, if you’ll pardon the expression, Shroyer Inn’s bread and butter is its reputation for cheap beers.

“I’ve got $2 22-ounce drafts. That’s what brings them in,” Elder said.

You might think this is a bad business model, but Elder -- who used tend bar, but now leaves it up to his employees -- says the bar has shown an increased profit every year since he took over.

“I did my time in the first 10 years. I was here 24-7. Then I got it running efficiently. (I have) good employees. It’s been great.”

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Shroyer Inn has a built-in crowd of regulars who are always friendly to newcomers. It’s a nice mix of age groups from the twenty-somethings on up. Elder said he worked hard to clear out any problem regulars when he took over and has seen few issues since. 

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As previously mentioned, the lighting is dimmed, but not to the point where you can’t see what’s going on. It’s more comforting than anything else.

When Ohio’s smoking ban went into effect, Elder had a patio built behind the building to accommodate smokers or people who just want to enjoy a drink outside.

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A view of the patio at Shroyer Inn.(Jim Ingram)


“The beers are super cheap, like stupid cheap!” one recent Yelp review reads. That’s not a lie and might explain why Shroyer Inn manages to maintain a younger crowd despite the lack of trivia or karaoke. 

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Next to the cheap beer, this is probably the establishment’s greatest asset. The bartenders treat rookies like regulars and the regulars like royalty. The staff clearly enjoys working for Elder since all of them have been at the Shroyer Inn 10 years or more.

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“I love the Shroyer Inn. The bartenders there are like family,” regular patron Patrick Berry said. “I know Butch doesn't care for the term 'dive bar', but I love dive bars and the Shroyer has been my favorite for years.”


Whether the Shroyer Inn gets to expand or not, Elder says he has no intention of selling the business anytime soon.

“I’ve got to be here a little while yet. At least I want to be,” he said.

>> Century Bar named 1 of best 8 whiskey bars in U.S.

The Shroyer Inn may not have many frills, but it has plenty of loyal patrons.(Jim Ingram)


Despite its small size, this bar is made mighty with its impeccable staff and cheap prices. It’s perfect for getting out of the house for a couple hours for a game of pool and a couple drinks. The place does get packed out on most Friday and Saturday nights, so you may want to get there earlier on those nights. 

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Overall, it’s easy to see why so many people call the Shroyer Inn the best bar of its kind in Dayton. 

This neighborhood spot is ‘Dayton’s best Browns bar’

Published: Thursday, August 10, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Is this Dayton's BEST Browns bar?

Hope springs eternal for Cleveland Browns fans as another NFL season approaches with the urgency of a gritty four-yard run by two-time Pro Bowler Kevin Mack. 

After all, this year’s team has to be at least a little better than last year’s one-win campaign, right? And just as high hopes in August are a Browns fan tradition, so are football Sundays at Patterson Pub at 970 Patterson Road in Dayton.

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Widely regarded as one of — if not the — best Browns bars in the area, Patterson Pub will be accepting members into its Cleveland Browns Sunday viewing club again this preseason. It’s a club that, for a fee, has many benefits. Members get a table for the game that week, a personalized shirt, drink specials, grilled burgers and hot dogs and entry into the various door prize drawings.

Think of it as a PSL with drink specials and more. 

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It’s a tradition that’s been going on since the Browns returned to Cleveland in 1999. Back then the bar was known as Taggart’s Pub, and the owner Mike Taggart had hoped to make it an official bar of the Browns Backers — the official fan club of the team that hosts watch parties at preferred watering holes.

Things went over like an errant Tim Couch pass, however.

The door prizes at Patterson Pub are worth the entry fee alone.(Contributed)

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“The impetus of the whole thing was the Browns Backers were looking for home bars to watch the games in the area, and I was the first person to call and say I was interested. So they said they would come check my bar out,” Taggart remembered. “A few weeks went by and I hadn’t heard anything. So I called them and I found out they selected three other bars.”

Win or lose, the Browns Club has been a successful tradition at Patterson Pub.(Contributed)

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So Taggart spent the money to get all the games on satellite (including preseason), added three high-definition projection screens, hoisted two giant Browns flags outside his business and started up his own club anyway. “A couple years later, I had 160 members and the Browns Backers were contacting me asking if they could promote their events in my bar,” Taggart said.

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Despite the bar changing hands in 2014 and operating under a different name, the tradition now continues with longtime Taggart’s patron and Browns fan Brian Rinderle — who Taggart called his “right-hand man” — now organizing things. It’s not uncommon to drive by and see a long line waiting to get in before kickoff.

Win or lose, the Browns Club has been a successful tradition at Patterson Pub.(Contributed)

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Though he doesn’t run the show anymore, Taggart has fond memories of his former business and an experiment that turned into a success that’s lasted 18 years and counting.

“I was there for almost 20 years and had a lot of fun and made a lot of friends,” he said. “But I think that became the Browns bar.” 

Fans interested in joining the Browns Club should contact Patterson Pub at (937) 296-9476 or in person.