Calling all lads, lasses, and leprechauns from around the region–if you’re looking to celebrate your St. Patrick’s Day with green beer, you won’t find it at Ohio’s famous Dublin Pub.
Often referred to as the “mecca for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations,” Dublin Pub has been host to one of Dayton, Ohio’s largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, offering Daytonians a customary taste of Irish culture.
Bigger, Badder, and Baddest
This year, Dublin Pub is back for its 21st anniversary of St. Patrick’s festivities, which provides an Irish-rich culture of festivities that require the wonderful service and assistance of more than 200 people, multiple police officers, and private security.
But, owners Steve Tieber and George Houser also ensure that their venue takes Irish-culture very seriously. “You’re gonna get traditional Irish bands, traditional Irish dancing, and an overall traditional Irish experience,” said Steve Tieber, co-owner of the Dublin Pub.
The Dublin Pub’s staff will be ready serving guests from Saturday March 16 through Sunday March 17, with over 500 bottles of Jameson and 250 barrels of beer, none of which will be dyed green.
The event also serves as a fundraiser for multiple charities, including Pink Ribbon Girls, a cause that hits extremely close to home for Tieber, whose wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, but has since fought it and continuing to show her strength.
What You Can Expect For The 21st Anniversary
So, for those who are new to the scene, here’s what you need to know:
#1—There Is NO GREEN BEER. We Are A ‘Guinness’ Provider
For over 21 years, the Dublin Pub has never and WILL NEVER serve green beer. But why? It’s been a tradition since before I was born. If truth be told, green beer is just flat out overrated. You want to celebrate like an Irish-man, then you better observe the traditions like an Irish-man. They wouldn’t dare be caught “red-handed” with green beer.
“We always encourage people to fill out applications to Miami University and celebrate Green Beer Day with them,” Tieber said. “We never have and we never will (have green beer). You can’t put green dye in Guinness. That doesn’t make it taste better.”
#2—It’s FULL of Lads, Lasses, and Crazy Ass Leprechauns
If you’re not a fan of crowds, this event is DEFINITELY NOT for you. But, if you’re looking for a taste of Irish-culture that you can’t find anywhere else, you might want to open yourself up to this event.
Patrons go all out here, dressing up like it’s comic-con. But, if you don’t want to fight the crowds inside the pub, the full-size tent will be fully functional, providing beer and liquor, as well as food and merchandise available for purchase.
“The Dublin Pub is the next best thing to being in Ireland!, shouted local police officer, Pat McCoy at me.
Right next to him was fellow officer, Paul Nienhaus, also shouting at me that, “Dublin Pub provides great friends, fantastic food, fine drinks, and strange clothing!”
McCoy and Nienhaus have attended every year’s event since it launched. But whether they are there as patrons or “on-duty,” you’ll never know. So behave.
#3—Go Find the Owners, Because They Are Legends
If there’s anything you take away from this, it’s that Tieber and Houser have provided more than just an Irish-rich community for patrons–they’ve provided the Dayton community with a place to just be yourself and enjoy bountiful amounts of libations, food, and sports culture.
I remember meeting them my first year attending The University of Dayton School of Law, where I knew almost nobody, and somehow they’ve still managed to ensure that I have the best experience at their venue. It’s hard to come by business owners let alone friends with that kind of character trait.
“My favorite part about St. Patrick’s Day here is seeing the many ‘Publicans’ that have become part of our family throughout the 21 years of service to our community, all at one time!”, Houser told me this past weekend.
So, don’t be greedy, go up and look for the really tall guy named Steve and thank him and George for everything they continue to do for the Dayton community.
In a recent WalletHub examination of the top 200 cities for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Dayton was named the 10th best city, thanks to the University of Dayton crowd and local Flanagan’s Pub.