Want to own a piece of the iconic Gilly’s? You can -- here’s how.

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

This vintage  SUNN Magna 2480 eight channel mixer w/ reverb is among the items being auctioned off at Gilly's Jazz in downtown Dayton.
Worley Auctioneers
This vintage SUNN Magna 2480 eight channel mixer w/ reverb is among the items being auctioned off at Gilly's Jazz in downtown Dayton.(Worley Auctioneers)

The contents inside an iconic Dayton business are being auctioned off.

Gilly’s Jazz, the iconic club at 132 S. Jefferson St. in downtown Dayton., closed at the end of  2017 following the Thanksgiving Day death of its legendary founder, Gerald “Jerry” Gillotti. 

>> Dayton reacts to death of Gilly’s owner Jerry Gillotti

A city worker on Monday was seen changing the locks of the space that housed the club since July 7, 1972.

Cincinnati-based Worley Auctioneers is handing the now open online-only auction.  

A preview will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Wednesday, Jan. 24.

The auction will close at 4 p.m. that day. 

Items must be removed between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25 

Items up for grabs include a 1965 Fender Guitar amp and mid-century bar stools. 

“We love auctioning landmarks, and this is a neat one,”  William Hesch, the auction’s manager, told this news organization.

This Fender Guitar Amp is among the items being auctioned off from Gilly's Jazz.(Photo: Worley Auctioneers)

Hesch said he does not know what the fate will be for Gilly’s iconic front marquee or oversized sign. 

>> RELATED: 45 years of Gilly’s 

For more information, Hesch can be contacted at 513-444-6329  or william@worleyauctions.com. 

Bids for more than 139 items — signs; barware; brass rails and partitions; bar equipment; sound and lighting equipment; tables and chairs and art  — are being accepted online at Worleyauctioneers.com. 

The items are being auctioned on behalf of the Gillotti family. 

Items inside of Gilly's Jazz are being auction. The club operated 45 years on Jefferson St. It has an iconic mural and marquee. Photo: Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The  family decided to close the club following Jerry Gillotti’s death at age 80 after a long illness.

>> PHOTOS: Jerry Gillotti through the years

The club had leased the space on a month-by-month bases for about a year. 

A jazz fanatic, Gillotti established a name for his beloved club in the music industry. 

>> 5 things to know about Gilly’s Jazz, a Dayton legend for live music

Performers booked at Gilly’s through the years include a host of local groups and a laundry list of national acts that include Tony Bennett, Diane SchuurBB King, Wynton Marsalis, Art BlakeyDexter GordonBill EvansGeorge Benson, Herbie Hancock, Count Basie and Bobby Blue Bland.

Gillotti was laid to rest Dec. 1 after a Mass of Christian burial at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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This stainless steel triple basin bar sink is among the items being auctioned off at Gilly's Jazz in downtown Dayton.(Photo: Worley Auctioneers)

This mid-century barstool is among the items being auctioned off at Gilly's Jazz.(Photo: Worley Auctioneers)

This framed print, "Art Kane Jazz Portrait Harlem 1958," is among the items being auctioned by Gilly's Jazz in downtown Dayton.(Photo: Worley Auctioneers)

This framed print is among the items being auctioned off from Gilly's Jazz in downtown Dayton.(Photo: Worley Auctioneers)

Items inside of Gilly's Jazz are being auction. The club operated 45 years on Jefferson St. It has an iconic mural and marquee. Photo: Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

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7 bar and gaming arcades to visit in Dayton

Published: Saturday, June 03, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 2:03 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.

>> The oldest bars in downtown Dayton

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)

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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

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 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.

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3.) Hole In The Wall

423 E. Fifth St, Dayton Facebook

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.

>> RELATED: What to know about Downtown’s best bars

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)

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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

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)

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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). 

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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

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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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Know of a spot we missed? Send us a note at contact@dayton.com

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5 area bars that know their Scotch whisky

Published: Friday, July 24, 2015 @ 10:07 AM
Updated: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 10:08 AM

Dayton.com reporter Vivienne Machi stopped by a couple of Dayton restaurants and bars to get a Scotch whisky lesson for National Scotch Day. Beavercreek bar King's Table and their bartender Joshua Hawker graciously obliged.

There are conveniently many bars and restaurants in the Miami Valley that have a variety of Scotches behind the bar, but we sought out the places that really know their whisky . They’re spread out, allowing you to enjoy your Scotch no matter where you live.

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Century Bar co-owner Joseph Head with the Summer Cocktail "Remember the Maine," made with Rye Whiskey, Cherry Liqueur, Bitters, Bulleit Rye and Sweet Vermouth. JIM WITMER/STAFF

Ollie’s Place

518-520 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Centerville. (937) 723-8998. olliesplacedayton.com

Ollie’s Place is known for the two “b” beverages — beer and bourbon — but the month-old Washington Twp. craft beer room and eatery also boasts over 45 Scotches on its spirit list, ranging in price from $5 for a two-ounce glass of Ballantines, to $50 to sip on some Johnnie Walker Blue. If you’re not ready to take on a neat Scotch though, ease into the flavor with their signature cocktail, “May The Schwartz Be With You,” an original created by owner Mike Schwartz created with Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch with a sample pour of Great Divide’s Yeti Stout on the side. Let your server explain the drink, but it’s well worth it!
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Jameson whiskey defines the style for many American drinkers. MUST CREDIT: Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post.(For The Washington Post)

The Dublin Pub

300 Wayne Ave. (937) 224-7822. dubpub.com

Though Jameson may be first on our minds when we head to the Dub Pub, Scotch drinkers have at least 30 options to choose from. True connoisseurs will appreciate the Macallan 25 year on the list, but there’s something for every level of knowledge and enjoyment.

Coincidentally, this month the Dublin Pub’s hosts a cigar event paired with Scotch whisky: stop by on July 28 for four courses of delish food specially paired with Glenmorangie Scotches and Altadis cigars.
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Bottles of whisky on display in the Diageo Claive Vidiz Collection, the world's largest collection of Scottish Whisky on display at The Scotch Whisky Experience on March 19, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

The Pub at The Greene

39 Greene Blvd., Beavercreek. (937) 320-1199. experiencethepub.com

The Pub is already your go-to spot for all things UK, so it makes sense that you’d gravitate toward it for scotch as well. The Pub serves 19 types of single-malt Scotch alone, and selections from each of the Scotch producing areas. For the newbies, they offer a sampler of three 1-oz. pours of any Scotches under 13 years for $16.

A special treat for the Scotch and water lovers: order a Speyside-based whisky like Balvenie, Macallan or Glenfiddich, and get it served with water from the Speyside region. You don’t even have to buy a plane ticket to have a near authentic experience.

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(Gabi Porter)

King’s Table

2348 Grange Hall Road, Beavercreek. (937) 431-1700. kingstable.co

You know what goes great with King’s Table’s tots? Well, actually probably not a glass of Scotch, but maybe after the tots. The Beavercreek tavern is known for its pool tables, beer menu and yes, those glorious tots, and their full whisky menu is often ignored. Choose from 33 different Scotches starting at $5 for Dewar’s, Famous Grouse, or Johnnie Walker Red. Your eyes might pop a bit as you scan the menu: Why yes, that is a $500 glass of Macallan “M,” a single malt containing whisky from seven different casks, the oldest distilled in 1940. CNN Money called it “the most world’s expensive whisky.” Now, that’s a glass of Scotch.

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Century Bar's summer cocktail "Remember the Maine" made with Rye Whiskey, Cherry Liqueur, Bitters, Bulleit Rye and Sweet Vermouth. JIM WITMER/STAFF

Century Bar

1o S. Jefferson St. (937) 223-3382. centurybourbon.com 

The Century Bar is nationally recognized for its extensive bourbon menu, but they know how to pour a good Scotch as well. Order a Godfather — Scotch with amaretto — and you won’t be sorry.

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Dayton Beer Company is celebrating 6 years with grand opening of outdoor biergarten and stage

Published: Wednesday, May 09, 2018 @ 10:30 AM

Dayton Beer Company held its fifth anniversary bash on Saturday, May 20 in downtown Dayton. PHOTO / Tom Gilliam
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Dayton Beer Company held its fifth anniversary bash on Saturday, May 20 in downtown Dayton. PHOTO / Tom Gilliam(Tom Gilliam)

Dayton Beer Company celebrates its 6th year in business this weekend.

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Dayton Beer Company held its fifth anniversary bash on Saturday, May 20 in downtown Dayton. PHOTO / Tom Gilliam(Tom Gilliam)

The anniversary also serves as the official grand opening of the company’s outdoor biergarten stage and bar. This summer the stage will regularly feature live music.

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Live bands scheduled to perform on DBC’s outdoor stage include Nothing But Treble (playing 1-5 p.m.) and Seventh Street (playing 7 to 10 p.m.).

>> 12 must-try Dayton beers

Dayton Beer Company held its fifth anniversary bash on Saturday, May 20 in downtown Dayton. PHOTO / Tom Gilliam(Tom Gilliam)

The event will feature beer releases, raffles, games, and according to their Facebook page — surprises.

>> PHOTOS: Dayton Beer Co.’s 5th anniversary party

Some of the brews being tapped for the party including Deep Sea Diving Sea Salt Stout Barrel Aged in OYO Wheat Whiskey barrels with Peanut Butter. JB Imperial Peanut Butter Cream Stout Barrel Aged in OYO Wheat Whiskey barrels, Hidden Paradise Tart Passion-Fruit Wheat, Hidden Paradise Blackberry Wheat and Gem City Light Lager with Jalapenos. According to a post on the event page, the beers spent 3.5 months in 30-gallon barrels. 

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Dayton Beer Company held its fifth anniversary bash on Saturday, May 20 in downtown Dayton. PHOTO / Tom Gilliam(Tom Gilliam)

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Want to go?

WHAT: Dayton Beer Co. 6th Anniversary

WHERE: 41 Madison St., Dayton

WHEN: Saturday, May 12 from 12 p.m. to midnight

INFO: Facebook

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Downtown beer house now serving cocktails on tap

Published: Thursday, May 10, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

The Barrel House  in downtown Dayton is now spotlight a cocktail as part of its menu.
Barrel House
The Barrel House in downtown Dayton is now spotlight a cocktail as part of its menu.(Barrel House)

The people who brought you Wu Tang Wednesday are now serving up cocktails on tap. 

The Barrel House, 417 E. Third St. in downtown Dayton, is now offering a specialty cocktail as part of its menu. 

>> Meet the duo whose love for craft beer brought them to popular downtown beer bar

 Co-owner Sara Levin says a specialty premixed cocktail is now being sold on tap. 

The featured cocktail will rotate. 

The Spring Sting is now being featured. It includes lemonade, OYO Honey Vanilla Vodka and Orange Bitters. 

It is a baby step for the beer and wine carryout and bar, Levin said.

“None of us are bartenders, so this is an easy temporary option,”  she said. 

>> Meet the new owners of the Barrel House (December 2017)

 Levin and her partner Gus Stathes bought Barrel House in late November. 

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Sara Levin and Gus Stathes, owners of The Barrel House in downtown Dayton. SUBMITTED(Staff Writer)

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