breaking news


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. 

>> Your guide to Dayton-area Christmas tree farms

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)

>> Lily’s Bistro is throwing out standard menus and switching to daily ones

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. 

>> This hidden restaurant in Dayton probably isn’t on your radar -- but it should be

>> 8 things you'll love about new Canal Street Arcade and Deli

Know of any other Dayton-area bars open on Thanksgiving? Drop us a line at contact@dayton.com.

Trending - Most Read Stories

Have you been to the ‘Best Dive Bar’ in Dayton yet? Here’s why you’ll love it

Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 10:17 AM

We take you inside Mack’s Tavern, a Dayton.com Best of Dayton winner. Video by Amelia Robinson.

MacKenzie Manley has no problem with hip, modern bars, but that’s not her speed. 

“They’re all bright and shiny and new school,” she said. “I wanted the bar you can’t find anywhere.” 

>> PHOTOS: Where you spotted at the 2018 Bloody Mary Showdown?

In Mack’s Tavern, Manley says she has built a place where a person can pony up to the bar, order a drink and make new friends. 

MacKenzie Manley opened Mack's Tavern in 2015. The pub is described as “a laid back neighborhood bar with amazingly good food.” It won first place in five Best of Dayton categories including, Best dive bar, best bartender and best bathroom.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

“Everybody calls it home,” Manley said of the pub at 381 Miamisburg Centerville Road in Washington Twp., Montgomery County. “It’s been a hell of a ride. I love it.” 

Described as a “a laid-back neighborhood bar with amazingly good food,” Mack’s recently celebrated its third anniversary

The adoration for Manley and Mack’s shined through in the results of Dayton.com’s Best of Dayton contest. 

>> Who were Dayton.com’s Best of Dayton Food & Dining winners?

The 5,000-square-foot tavern known for its pizzas, in-house ginger beer and award-winning Bloody Marys grabbed five first place awards in the Dayton.com Best of Dayton contest: Best Bar BathroomBest Bartender (Holly Henry), Best Dive BarBest Karaoke and Best Trivia

The bar that gets it name from Manley’s nickname, “Mack,” scored second place in Best Place to Play Pool and Best Place to Watch the Game

>> Dayton.com Best of 2017 Winners: Bars & Nightlife

Manley said she was particularly proud of victories in the sought-after Best Dive Bar and Best Bar Bathroom

MacKenzie Manley opened Mack's Tavern in 2015. The pub is described as “a laid back neighborhood bar with amazingly good food.” It won first place in five Best of Dayton categories including, Best dive bar, best bartender and best bathroom. Manley stand in the lady's restroom in this photo.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

Mack’s bathroom is an oasis of femininity with its pink paint, bedazzled soap and towel dispensers and butterfly ceiling. 

“Glitter makes everything better,” Manley said. 

Manley’s decorations haven’t survived as well in the Second Amendment-themed men’s room, but that clearly doesn’t bother Mack’s regular Johnny Sullivan, who uses a wheelchair. 

>> New bar ‘Old Mason Jar’ coming to Fairborn

He said Manley went the extra mile to make the bar and its bathroom “Johnny-friendly.” 

“It is a good place to hang out and have fun, play darts and pool,” Sullivan said of Macks. 

MacKenzie Manley opened Mack's Tavern in 2013. The pub is described as “a laid back neighborhood bar with amazingly good food.” It won first place in five Best of Dayton categories including, Best dive bar, best bartender and best bathroom. Manley (center) is pictured with bartender Andrea Russ and bar regulars Paul Erickson and Johnny Sullivan (front).(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

THE ATMOSPHERE

“Dive bar” doesn’t exactly describe Mack’s entirely, and it is clear that Manley and her staff put blood, sweat and tears into transforming the space that previously held L2 Marketing Research into a bar with such a loyal following. 

Mack’s is larger than it looks on the outside. There is a wall of TVs above the bar, a three-table pool room, foosball, about four dart boards and a front patio. The wall is filled with vintage bar signs. 

Manley wants to add a back patio as well. 

Some of the bar’s decorations are from Newtown Party Center, the carryout once owned by Manley’s parents, Bill and Kaye Manley, at Little Richmond and Union roads in Trotwood. 

Among the treasures is a can’t miss 7-Up sign. Her grandmother’s old dresser now serves as a popcorn machine table. 

THE FOOD

Speaking of food, Mack’s menu is far from typical bar food. 

Pizza specials are part of Mack's Tavern's third year anniversary party.(Photo: Mack's Tavern)

The menu includes Chewie Boar Bombs (pork short rib lollipops), a Mack and Cheese Pita Pizza, the Cheesy Roethlis Burger PizzaBianco PizzaSmurf-tastic Shrooms and Not Your Grandma’s Bread (toasted buttery naan bread smothered in special cheese, spice and sour cream).

Paul Erickson, a Mack’s regular and once-a-week cook, said the bar has great atmosphere, bartenders and regulars. 

Manley pointed out that bartender Andrea Russ, for instance, went above and beyond to help her stain Mack’s wood. 

“It is just a good neighborhood bar like Cheers,” Erickson said.

MacKenzie Manley opened Mack's Tavern in 2015. The pub is described as “a laid back neighborhood bar with amazingly good food.” It won first place in five Best of Dayton categories including, Best dive bar, best bartender and best bathroom.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

  

MacKenzie Manley opened Mack's Tavern in 2015. The pub is described as “a laid back neighborhood bar with amazingly good food.” It won first place in five Best of Dayton categories including, Best dive bar, best bartender and best bathroom. In this photo, Manley shows an image of what the space looked like before it was renovated for the bar.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

MacKenzie Manley opened Mack's Tavern in 2015. The pub is described as “a laid back neighborhood bar with amazingly good food.” It won first place in five Best of Dayton categories including, Best dive bar, best bartender and best bathroom.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

MacKenzie Manley opened Mack's Tavern in 2015. The pub is described as “a laid back neighborhood bar with amazingly good food.” It won first place in five Best of Dayton categories including, Best dive bar, best bartender and best bathroom.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

MacKenzie Manley opened Mack's Tavern in 2015. The pub is described as “a laid back neighborhood bar with amazingly good food.” It won first place in five Best of Dayton categories including, Best dive bar, best bartender and best bathroom.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

MacKenzie Manley opened Mack's Tavern in 2015. The pub is described as “a laid back neighborhood bar with amazingly good food.” It won first place in five Best of Dayton categories including, Best dive bar, best bartender and best bathroom.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

MacKenzie Manley opened Mack's Tavern in 2013. The pub is described as “a laid back neighborhood bar with amazingly good food.” It won first place in five Best of Dayton categories including, Best dive bar, best bartender and best bathroom. Mack's bathroom is pictured here.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

MacKenzie Manley opened Mack's Tavern in 2015. The pub is described as “a laid back neighborhood bar with amazingly good food.” It won first place in five Best of Dayton categories including, Best dive bar, best bartender and best bathroom.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

Trending - Most Read Stories

The best places to enjoy live local music in Dayton

Published: Thursday, May 11, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, July 07, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Some Dayton-area venues for local music.

Let’s suppose you’re new to the Dayton area and looking to catch some live local music. Or perhaps you’ve lived here all your life, but have been otherwise unaware of the existence of certain venues. 

Here is a list of places to catch local music in the Dayton area. Shows, genres and times will vary, so call ahead or research lineups and times.

BLIND BOB’S BAR

430 E. Fifth St., Dayton

937-938-6405

National and regionally touring bands share the Blind Bob's stage with local acts regularly.(Contributed)

Bob’s, remodeled and reconceived from the old Nite Owl jazz and blues club, is a bar in Dayton’s Oregon District with a strong sense of community. Not only do local musicians perform and hang out here, but many are employees. So they take their venue seriously. Regionally touring bands make Bob’s a must on their itinerary. There’s a nice gated patio to cool off on between sets, and the kitchen cranks out great food.

>> BURGER GUIDE: Blind Bob’s has one of the best burgers around town

ODDBODY’S

5418 Burkhardt Road, Riverside

937-813-4272

You can catch acts representing music of various genres at Oddbody's Music Room in Riverside.(Contributed)

Once known as McGuffy’s House of DraftOddbody’s took the old ownership’s model and ran it their way. Well-known national and regionally touring acts who are either on their way up of hanging on otherwise often headline with several local acts supporting the bill. Rock, metal, blues, funk, punk and other genres will be featured on the stage at any given time.

>> DAYTON MUSIC: Daytonian of the Week: Sharon Lane

ROCK STAR PRO ARENA

1106 E. Third St., Dayton

937-867-0183

Rock Star Pro Arena, which doubles as both a music and pro wrestling venue, attracts well-known acts while enlisting local support.(Steve Maguire)

A relatively newer venue in Dayton is Rock Star Pro Arena, which has been very good at attracting major names over the last few years, while giving local acts a place to show what they can do. Located in an unassuming industrial part of town, it may not look like a place to rock out from the outside, but trust me on this. The venue is unique in that it also doubles as a local pro wrestling arena. 

>> DAYTON MUSIC: 5 Dayton rock bands who have gone international

OSCAR’S  BAR & GRILL

320 N. Dixie Drive, Vandalia

937-890-8655

We visit Oscar's in this Digging Dayton-area dives.

Another newcomer to the list is this quaint bar and grill in Vandalia. Management has put in a lot of time and effort over the last year or so to turn Oscar’s from a dive bar that once had no stage to a favored place to perform and see shows. The menu and beer selection are great and local musicians have nothing but rave reviews for the place.

>> RELATED: Dayton Musicians Co-Op has a new home

>> MORE: Digging Dayton-area dive bars: Oscar's Bar & Grill

JIMMIE’S LADDER 11

936 Brown St., Dayton

937-424-1784

All types of bands grace the stage at Jimmie's.(Contributed)

Rebuilt from an old firehouse dating back to 1892, Jimmie’s welcomes bands of all genres. This club also has artist residencies from time to time, so if you see a group you really like on a Monday, you can see them all week if you wish. A good craft beer selection and solid menu add to the listening experience.

>> RELATED: The one must-try sandwich at Jimmie’s Ladder 11

PEACH’S GRILL

104 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs

937-767-4850

Worth the drive to Yellow Springs, Peach's Grill is a great place to catch a show and grab some grub.(Jim Ingram/Jim Ingram)

Peach’s Grill is a bit off the beaten path, but musicians seem to love playing there. Music fans seem to love going there as well. It helps that they are well known for their great food, too. It’s worth the drive to Yellow Springs.

>> RELATED: 5 things to do in Yellow Springs

JAZZ CENTRAL

2931 E. Third St., Dayton

937-254-8130

Whether it's big band, blues or free form, Jazz Central has been offering musicians and fans alike a genuine outlet since 1974.(Contributed)

For more than 40 years, Jazz Central has been just that to many music lovers. On any given night you could see a soloist on up to a big band performing. This is about as pure a jazz club as you’ll find anywhere. Their website is not always up to date, so it’s best to call ahead.

>> RELATED: Through the years: Canal Public House/Canal Street Tavern

GILLY’S

132 S. Jefferson St., Dayton

937-228-8414

Known mostly for jazz music, Gilly's has held shows featuring other types of music in recent years.(Contributed)

Also primarily known for giving jazz and blues acts a great stage over the years, Gilly’s has opened up its programming more to allow artists from different genres to perform in recent years. Owned and operated by the beloved Jerry Gillotti, the downtown Dayton club has been bringing some of the biggest names in music to town since 1972.

OREGON EXPRESS

336 E. Fifth St., Dayton

937-223-9205

The Oregon Express packs a lot of rock onto its small stage every week.(Randy Jennings)

This bar and restaurant has been operating in Dayton’s Oregon District since 1976 and shows no signs of slowing down. Every Friday and Saturday night you can find great local acts playing on the diminutive O.E. stage. Somehow, both the bands and the club make it work, so people keep coming out for the shows. While there, you HAVE to try the pizza.

>> RELATED: A look at what this former music venue is morphing into now

YELLOW CAB TAVERN

700 E. Fourth St., Dayton

937-424-3870

Harold Hensley from the Repeating Arms is the organizer of WinterFolk, which returns the “Old” Yellow Cab Bldg. in Dayton on Saturday, Jan. 16. CONTRIBUTED

What once was an abandoned old cab garage has become one of Dayton’s best success stories. Years of hard work, sweat and fundraising have transformed this one-time eyesore into a venue that tries its best to be all things to everyone. As such, the music shows are a little more sporadic. So it’s best to check the venue’s website before heading out. 

>> MORE: It’s food truck season at the Yellow Cab

TROLLEY STOP

530 E. Fifth St., Dayton

937-461-1101

Trolley Stop, known for their incredible food and having one of Dayton's best bar patios, is a great place to see everything from rock and hip hop to zydeco.(Contributed)

Another gem of the Oregon District, you can hear everything from rock to zydeco and everything in between at Trolley Stop. The patio is arguably the best in the Dayton area when the weather’s right and their food is the bomb. 

>> MORE: The BEST patios in Dayton

W.O. WRIGHTS GRILL & PUB

3979 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Beavercreek

937-427-0101

The stage at W.O. Wrights Grill & Pub is a favorite of many local musicians.(Jim Ingram/Jim Ingram)

Local bands praise the large stage, concert lights and sound system of this sports bar, which has been operation since 1989. W.O. Wrights, located within the shadow of Wright State University, boasts a menu almost as big as its stage. 

>> MORE: The best places to eat near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

HANK’S PUB

2529 Patterson Road, Kettering

937-254-7527

An unassuming venue, Hank's Pub is all about the no-frills good time.(Jim Ingram/Jim Ingram)

Possibly the unlikeliest of spots on the list to host live music, Hank’s Pub is the current home of the nomadic Brown Street Breakdown Blues Jam. But the modest no-frills bar known for cheap drinks will seemingly host just about any show despite not having a stage. Metal, folk, country, jam and cover bands all have a place to play at Hank’s as long as they have a PA on a pole. 

WINGS BAR & GRILLE

7902 N. Dixie Dr., Dayton

937-898-0280

The plane atop The Hangar greets you as you enter the Wing Walker Patio.(Jim Ingram)

Founded in 1998, this sports bar doubles as a place to see live acts, both indoors and outdoors during the warm months. The outdoor stage is part of a 7500-square foot patio that is a shrine to relaxation. Indoors is more intimate, but with three full-service bars.

>> MORE: 9 places to go in Dayton’s beer epicenter

KATZ LOUNGE

1221 E. Stroop Rd., Kettering

937-294-9554

Katz Lounge provides a mix of both original and cover bands most weekends.(Don Rose)

Some venues focus on original acts while others seem to prefer hiring cover bands. Katz Lounge in Kettering offers both, so it’s best to call ahead or go to their Facebook site when planning a night out for live music.

Trending - Most Read Stories

Popular Dayton venue expanding its schedule

Published: Thursday, August 10, 2017 @ 11:09 AM

The Yellow Cab is expanding their hours.

Dayton’s venue that has morphed to become all things to all people is expanding its schedule. The Yellow Cab Building, which hosts various music, art, food and beer events, announced a new expanded weekly schedule this month.

>>Kick off Dayton Beer Week with this epic new event at Dayton Yellow Cab

Starting Aug. 17, Yellow Cab will be open Thursdays through Sundays. Currently, the schedule varies based on special events.

“We’ve loved getting to know so many people through hosting all of the great local events that have called Yellow Cab home,” Tara Moore, co-owner of the Yellow Cab, said in a press release.

>>You won’t go hungry in August thanks to the amount of INSANE food events 

Last year’s Ladyfest, hosted at the Yellow Cab Tavern, took place over two days and featured over 30 musical acts, visual artists, burlesque dancers, comedians, an adult and children’s fashion show, and much more.  Both men and women of Dayton came together to support this celebration of women in the arts.(Allegra Czerwinski)

Recent developments involving the venue’s capacity to sell alcohol prompted the decision, according to Moore.

“Now with our full liquor license, we’re excited to become a neighborhood tavern for all of our friends.”

Yellow Cab still plans to hold special events throughout the week as they are scheduled. In addition to the new hours, the owners also announced they will be a hub for Dayton Premiere League soccer fans.

>>Your guide to Dayton food truck events in August

Local vendors set up shop with handmade wares to give and get for the holidays at the Old Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton. (TOM GILLIAM)

“If the Premier League is on, The Yellow Cab will be open. It’s basically getting an excuse to watch a ton of soccer this season with no guilt,” Mark Jeffers, co-owner of the Yellow Cab, said. “After all, it'll be my job.”

You can learn more about the new schedule and related festivities here.

The expanded schedule breakdown:

  • Thursday: 4 p.m.-12 a.m.
  • Friday: 4 p.m.-2:30 a.m.
  • Saturday: 12 p.m.-2:30 a.m.
  • Sunday: 12 p.m.-12 a.m.

>> The best places to see live local music in Dayton

Trending - Most Read Stories

Dayton’s ‘Best Dive Bar’ is having some insane food and drink specials this week 

Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Tina Hightower was one of the performers at the Dayton.com Best of 2017 party.

Why celebrate your birthday one day when there seven days in a week?

>> One of Dayton's most popular drag queens opens up about overcoming addiction

Mack’s Tavern, one of the biggest winners in Dayton.com’s 2017 Best of Dayton poll, celebrated its third birthday on Tuesday -- but it’s partying all week long. 

>> PHOTOS: Dayton.com’s 2017 ‘Best of Dayton’ party

>> Why our readers say this sports bar is the ‘Best of Dayton’ 

>> As Jeopardy contestants bomb “Dayton” question, Alex Trebek says a prayer

The bar, located at 381 Miamisburg Centerville Road in Centerville, is posting specials to its Facebook page all week long to keep the fun going.  

Pizza specials are part of Mack's Tavern's third year anniversary party.(Photo: Mack's Tavern)

>> 3 ‘hidden gem’ restaurants near Dayton you should try

SPECIALS TO LOOK FORWARD TO: 

Thursday, Feb. 8: $2.50 Miller Light and Bud Light pounders (16 ounce aluminum bottles); $3 cherry and grape bombs; $7 one-topping medium pizzas.  

Friday, Feb. 9:  99-cent domestic beers; $7 one-topping medium pizzas; $10 large one-topping pizza; $3 lemon drops and carmel apple shots. 

Saturday, Feb. 10:  $3.50 domestic pitchers; $7 one-topping medium pizzas; $10 large one-topping pizza; $3 cherry and grape bombs and Fire Bomb shots. 

When we say Mack’s Tavern won big in Best of Dayton, we are not kidding. 

>> PHOTOS: Where you spotted at the 2018 Bloody Mary Showdown?

Owned by MacKenzie Manley, the pub describes itself as “a laid back neighborhood bar with amazingly good food.”

Manley said she is thrilled by the bar’s success. The bar strives to make each customer feels welcome. 

“Come as a stranger, leave as a friend. It is that down home, old-school feel you can’t find anywhere,” she said. “It’s been an amazing ride. It really has been.”  

>> New bar ‘Old Mason Jar’ coming to Fairborn

Mack's Tavern is celebrating its third anniversary.(Photo: Mack's Tavern)

It was voted Best of Dayton in the following categories: 

First place: Best Bar Bathroom 

First place: Best Bartender (Holly Henry) 

First place: Best Dive Bar 

First place: Best Karaoke 

First place: Best Trivia

Second Place: Best Place to Play Pool 

Second Place: Best Place to Watch the Game

Want more? Find out about other Best of Dayton winners here:

>>Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Food & Dining 

>> Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Bars & Nightclubs 

>> Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Outdoors, Lifestyle & Recreation 

>> Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Culture, Music & Entertainment 

>> Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Shopping & Services

Want to go?

WHAT: Mack’s Tavern 

WHERE: 381 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Washington Twp. 

INFO: 937-813-7217 | mackstavern.comFacebook 

Trending - Most Read Stories