Who said WordCamp has to be all work and no play? And who said Dayton can’t be fun? Well, it can be (if you know where to go). Whether your drink of choice is whiskey or wine, or if you’d rather just hit up a show, there’s a place for you.
Here are seven nighttime hangouts to hit up while at WordCamp Dayton:
As the most popular spot in town to laugh the night away, Wiley’s is sure to bring in the best local talent. Wiley’s is located in the historic Oregon District right outside downtown Dayton, and features an extensive collection of comedy memorabilia and records. There are shows from Mat Alano-Martin, an indie-rocker turned stand-up comic, on Friday and Saturday night of WordCamp. Book ahead! Tickets do sell out!
World-class whiskey in Dayton, Ohio? You’ve gotta be kidding! Luckily, we’re not. Located in the heart of downtown Dayton, the Century Bar has been serving up whiskey and bourbon since 1862. The bourbon house regularly makes nationwide lists of the best bars in America. It’s a classy joint that plays only 1930s music and keeps a bar stocked with hundreds of whiskeys and bourbons to choose from. The Century Bar might be the Midwest’s best-kept boozy secret….
3) Club Masque
If your group is looking to dance, dance, dance, then Club Masque is a great stop for your night out. Club Masque is the number one gay club in town, and for good reason. Masque hosts entertainment from drag shows to wrestling on the first floor, and a live DJ with a techno light show on the second floor. Just come ready to party!
If you’re looking for a low-key night out, then the Yellow Cab Tavern is a good bet. It used to be a taxi garage, but now Yellow Cab Tavern performs many duties as a tavern, an art gallery, and an event venue. Located right downtown, you can pop in for a craft cocktail or a local brew, then stick around for a band or an art show. They also host food trucks—a lot of food trucks—so come hungry!
5) Trolley Stop
Another Oregon District gem, The Trolley Stop is the oldest continuously operating tavern in Dayton. They have a full dinner menu featuring only local ingredients. They are also open late, serving custom cocktails and craft beer until 2:00 a.m. The Trolley Stop hosts live music on most Friday and Saturday nights starting at 9:30 p.m.
The name might be a bit misleading—Newcom’s is more of a club than a tavern. But really, there’s a spot for everyone. The second floor is a dance floor with a live DJ, and there’s a patio bar out back for a more relaxed night. If you’re with a group, you can make a VIP reservation to gain access to bottle service and private balconies or booths.
The Barrel House describes itself as “a coffee shop for beer and wine,” so expect a quieter atmosphere as you kick back on a comfy couch with a cold one in hand. Knowledgeable staff will walk you through their constantly rotating drink menu. And, if you find something you like, The Barrel House sells growlers for carry-out. Some nights, The Barrel House will host food trucks, or you can bring in some snacks of your own.
We hope you have a great time at WordCamp Dayton! Don’t forget to tag us in any pictures while you’re partying down, and use the hashtag #PressOnDayton. Enjoy the camp!