Dayton Dive Bar Guide

Optimal Midwestern Dive Bar Mix

There are few places better suited to dive bars than Midwestern towns with urban centers, allowing for a mix of downtown divey drinking and hidden gems strewn throughout the less populated areas of the city. Dayton is one such city, not as big as some of its Ohio neighbors but home to a bustling city core with its fair share of drinking options in addition to outskirts with neighborhood haunts.

White Sail Inn is about as ‘neighborhood haunt’ as it gets, the only business for blocks around and a seamless extension of its surroundings. The building that houses White Sail Inn looks a bit like a miniature, white barn complete with a pitched roof that makes for airy drinking in profoundly residential surroundings.

Downtown, Southern Belle Tavern provides a Dayton dive bar experience on the opposite side of the spectrum, its location among one of the older buildings in the city. The brick-lined exterior provides no hint of the hunting lodge-like dive bar experience inside, exposed brick mingling with an explosion of wood paneling and wooden beams.

Beating both in the way of historical roots, Kramer’s Party Supply can trace its lineage to a gas station opened in 1933 that eventually blossomed into a dive bar that serves most of its beer in 40-ounce bottles and specializes in well-loved pizza. In the shadow of the University of Dayton, Kramer’s is a go-to destination before and after university sporting events.

The mix is eclectic in Dayton thanks to the city’s confluence of urban options and hidden gem neighborhood offerings. That kind of assortment makes for enjoyable dive bar hunting in a city with friendly dive bar traits.

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Dayton Dive Bar Reviews

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Johnnie's Glenn Avenue Grill - Columbus Dive Bar Exterior

White Sail Inn

Review Rating: 10 out of 10
Impossible to find without already knowing it exists, White Sail Inn is the perfect neighborhood dive bar.
Johnnie's Glenn Avenue Grill - Columbus Dive Bar Exterior

Kramer's

Review Rating: 9 out of 10
Reminiscent of a small company's regional headquarters, Kramer's has been dishing out 40s for decades.
Johnnie's Glenn Avenue Grill - Columbus Dive Bar Exterior

Slyder's Tavern

Review Rating: 9 out of 10
Dayton may have no better "beer and a burger" spot than the ultra-inviting Slyder's Tavern.

Dayton Dive Bars Not Yet Reviewed

Must Visit Recommendations

Unfortunately, we have not yet been to every single dive bar in the city, but there probably a few more punch cards on our livers, so we’ll make it there soon. In the meantime, the curated list of dives below comes highly recommended by a variety of friends, online sources and drunks.

Downtown

Southern Belle

134 N Patterson Blvd
Dayton, OH 45402
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East Dayton

Clancy's Tavern

5514 Burkhardt Rd
Dayton, OH 45431
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Oregon District

Blind Bob's

430 E 5th St
Dayton, OH 45402
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Oregon District

Hole In The Wall

423 E 5th St
Dayton, OH 45402
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Other Dive Bar Options

Adrienne's White Rabbit Lounge

889 S Main St
Centerville, OH 45458
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Boone Saloon

3490 Dayton Rd
Springfield, OH 45506
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Diplomat Lounge

2766 Wilmington Pike
Dayton, OH 45419
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Flicks

707 Watervliet Ave
Dayton, OH 45420
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Frank's Tavern

1669 Webster St
Dayton, OH 45404
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G&J's Highspot

2285 E Central Ave #2281
Miamisburg, OH 45342
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Grill's Tavern

4949 N Union Rd
Dayton, OH 45426
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Hanks

2529 Patterson Rd
Dayton, OH 45420
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Katz Lounge

1221 E Stroop Rd
Dayton, OH 45429
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King's Point Pub

4660 Wilmington Pike
Dayton, OH 45440
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King's Table

2348 Grange Hall Rd
Beavercreek, OH 45431
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Laff's

2 E Center St
Germantown, OH 45327
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Mack's Tavern

381 Miamisburg Centerville Rd
Washington Township, OH 45459
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Maggie's Place

6515 N Dixie Dr
Dayton, OH 45414
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Partners

443 Patterson Rd
Dayton, OH 45419
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Patterson Pub

970 Patterson Rd
Dayton, OH 45419
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Phone Booth Lounge

1912 E Whipp Rd #2920
Kettering, OH 45440
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Red Carpet Tavern

3301 Wayne Ave
Dayton, OH 45420
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Shag's Tavern

1926 S Smithville Rd
Dayton, OH 45420
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Shroyer Inn

1028 Shroyer Rd
Dayton, OH 45419
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Sparky's Lounge

822 Watertower Ln
West Carrollton, OH 45449
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Sure Shots Inn

3121 E Dorothy Ln
Dayton, OH 45420
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Tank's Bar & Grill

2033 Wayne Ave
Dayton, OH 45410
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Taylor's Tavern

5539 Dayton Springfield Rd
Springfield, OH 45502
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The Fieldhouse

1126 Brown St
Dayton, OH 45409
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