JULY 29TH, 2022

The Oregon District is a tight knit community of people and businesses who’ve shown their passion for the city of Dayton time and time again. Glasshouse Realty Group wants to take the time to recognize some of the great businesses that have had a hand in making the Oregon District what it is today. Kicking off our “Get to Know the Oregon District” series, we’ve decided to take a trip to discover what the local bars have to offer, while focusing specifically on a few of the options available to you, assuming you are 21 years or older of course!

We’ll begin our journey with The Trolley Stop, located at 530 East 5th Street. Originally built in 1839, it has the significance of being “the oldest continuously operating tavern in Dayton,” going through several names in the process of its storied history before taking on its current name in the 1970s. The Trolley Stop offers a large variety of beers on tap from IPAs to sour fruited beers as well as bottled and canned options, all hailing from breweries local to Ohio (such as Jackie O’s and Rhinegeist to name a few), and all the way to Belgium. I tried the Peach Cider from Jack’s Hard Cider out of Gettysburg, PA, and I’d highly recommend it if you’re a fan of something like Angry Orchard. 

If beer isn’t your thing, you might take a look at their wine list offering up your choice of Prosecco to Malbec and plenty of options in between. And still they offer cocktails, with options like the Trolley Side Car, made with Jameson, Cointreau, and their house made sour, or shots like the Pink Starburst made with Stoli vanilla vodka, watermelon Schnapps, a splash of their house made sour mix, and topped with Sprite. Whatever your preference, they seem to have an option for you! And still we haven’t gotten to their food options! 

They have plenty available for either the meat lovers or vegans in your life, and they offer brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 2pm. You can find their menu here. Don’t forget to keep up with their upcoming events on their Facebook page. There, you’ll find that on August 6th at 8:30pm, Indianapolis based musician Emma Peridot will be performing live at the Trolley Stop! Definitely stop in on your next trip to the Oregon District!

Call: 937.461.1101

Our next stop is just a short walk, on the corner of Wayne Avenue and 5th Street, and goes by the name The Dublin Pub. Officially located at 300 Wayne Avenue (the former location of both a Shell Station, and the Dover building before that which had many uses over the years), the Dublin Pub opened its doors on May 15th of 1998, and since then has become a staple in the community.

Over the years, the Dublin Pub has been visited by celebrities like George Takei of Star Trek fame and director Quentin Tarantino, and hosted performances by artists ranging from Sheryl Crow to the Violent Femmes, and according to their site, they were named one of the “Top 10 Irish Establishments in the US” by the website TomHoran.com. The plans for an add-on featuring reclaimed materials kicked off in 2013, and have added both space and atmosphere to an already beautiful establishment.

When it comes to their alcohol offerings, they have a selection of both Irish Whiskeys and Scotch that is broad enough to appeal to those familiar with Whiskey and Scotch, and those who are maybe looking to find their drink of choice. Their full offerings including a beer and wine menu can be found here. There, you’ll find options like Guinness Irish Nitro Stout, and Outerbelt’s Cranberry Ginger Berliner Weisse, as well as wine options like Whitehaven’s Sauvignon Blanc, or a Louis M. Martini Cabernet.

If you happen to be looking for some food, they have a wide range of options available to you, from their Shepherd’s Pie to their Pub Burger, there are enough options to please most everyone! Personally, I would recommend entering with a big appetite, as their Poutine Fries are delicious!

And coming up in the month of August, every Tuesday they’re hosting trivia from 7-9pm as well as $4 shots of Jameson and Tullamore Dew. Every Thursday at 8pm, you’ll find live music as well as $4 Guinness; they also host Saturday and Sunday brunch from 10am-2pm. Check out their events page here for more information! With everything they have to offer, you’re bound to have a great time!

Call: 937.224.7822

Our third and final stop is just a little further down the road on Brown Street. Officially located at 1082 Brown Street, you’ll find Hickory Bar-B-Q. This location opened in 1962 as The Old Hickory Bar-B-Q when Joseph and Irene Kiss went into ownership with Irene’s brother Steve Kolb and his wife Sylvia. In 1989, Joseph and Irene bought out Steve and Sylvia, and then changed the name to Joe Kiss’s Hickory Bar-B-Q. You can find this and more information on their history page!

It has remained a family owned and operated business all this time. When it comes to their alcohol selection, they have a large choice of imports, microbrews and domestic beers to choose from! On tap, they always offer Bud Light and 5 taps that vary. You can also find a large selection of wines if you visit their drink menu! There you’ll find they offer their own Chardonnay and Cabernet, as well as options from Kendall Jackson and Mt. Veeder. Absolutely stop in with an empty stomach though, as their food selections from broiled steaks to their delicious barbecue chicken and ribs! Currently they aren’t offering lunch, but their dinner menu can be found here.

Stop in if you’re looking for a delicious meal, or if you just want to grab a drink and you just may find your new favorite restaurant in Dayton!


Call: 937.228.5252

Of course there are several other options in the area, like Toxic Brew Company, Lucky’s Taproom & Eatery, Ned Peppers Bar, Hole in the Wall, Blind Bob’s and more!

If you’re up for checking several out in one day, I’d highly recommend during the Out on 5th weekends, which are every Friday from 5-10pm, Saturday from Noon-10pm, and Sunday from Noon-10pm. Stop in and check them out, make some friends, and have a great time visiting the historic Oregon District in the great city of Dayton!

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Authored by Sean Frost

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