Drinks and downtown life in Dayton | Photo by Soham Parikh | The Wright State Guardian
ApartmentGuide’s 2019 article, “The 10 Best Cities for Nightlife in America”, ranked Dayton at number 3 out of the top 10 cities in the nation for having the best nightlife.
The cities in the article are ranked by “nightclub businesses per resident”.
Being in the nation’s top five cities, with St. Louis, Cincinnati, Green Bay, and Cleveland for the best nightlife experiences, Dayton holds its place. Due to Dayton being a smaller city than the front runners, it may come as a surprise that its popularity has struck the country.
For each city, the number of bars, breweries, clubs, and places for live entertainment are listed to show the impact they provide for the city. The cost for a one bedroom apartment in the given city is also given, Dayton being the most affordable city in the top 10.
When it comes to entertainment, Dayton doesn’t disappoint. If you’re looking for a laugh, Dayton’s “Wiley’s Comedy Joint,” “Mic Check Comedy” and the “Funny Bone” will keep you laughing until the sun comes up.
Every hour is happy hour in downtown Dayton. “The Century Bar” on Jefferson is a go-to when it comes to wetting your whistle. “Ned Peppers Bar” and “Blind Bob’s” supply drinks and opportunity for a good time all night. “I think that Dayton’s nightlife has definitely improved, which I’ve seen especially with the bars,” says Wright State student Savannah Hulme.
Dancing the night away in Dayton is easy, with “Therapy Café,” the “Yellow Rose” and “Julia’s NightClub.”
Dayton’s night clubs each come with a personality of their own, this way you’re sure to find one that accommodates your style.
“I’ve been to the Yellow Rose a few times, it’s bound to make you move your feet,” says Logan Magoto, Wright State student.
Cincinnati was ranked in the number two spot when it comes to it’s nightlife business.
However, the Gem City provides goers with a multitude of experiences with just enough variety to keep nightlife from getting stale. Your food options seem almost endless while browsing the Dayton area.
Most pubs and bars will provide a bite to eat with your drink, however venturing out is always an option as well.
“Tank’s Bar and Grill,” “Franco’s,” “Corner Kitchen” and “Thai 9” are all local and serve what seems like unlimited options that keep Dayton locals coming back.
“I go out to eat in the Oregon District often. I always try new foods and explore my options! Dayton’s nightlife is something I really enjoy,” said WSU student, Chelsea Cremeens.
With the population and variety of things to do, it’s easy to stay busy and enjoy a night out on the town. Next time you’re out, take the chance to explore and see what the gem city has to offer.
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