>> PHOTOS: Last call for historic Century Bar at original location
Century Bar dates back to 1942 under that name and at its current location, 10 S. Jefferson St.
The Century Bar in downtown Dayton is known for a vast selection of bourbons and whiskeys. LISA POWELL / STAFF
The business, known mostly as a restaurant when co-owner Diane Spitzig purchased it 23 years ago, shifted to a bourbon bar in 2011 and has since earned national recognition.
The Century is moving next door to 18 S. Jefferson St. It is expected to reopen in early 2020.
New Year’s Eve will be its final night at the current historic location.
The Century Bar has a huge selection of bourbon and whiskeys. LISA POWELL / STAFF
The bar will close after a toast and reopen at 9 p.m. for those who reserve a $30-a-person seat for the New Year’s Eve Party with the regular offerings.
It will open to the general public at 10 p.m. Admission will be $10 a person.
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The final toast at the original location will happen around 1:30 a.m.
Carved maidens and stained glass are highlights of the historic back bar at downtown Dayton's Century Bar. LISA POWELL / STAFF
Head encourages patrons to come to Century for one last drink or photo.
A historic back bar is the centerpiece of the Century Bar in downtown Dayton. Frank Steffen is said to have purchased the back bar around 1924 for Steffenâs, a male-only âcoffee shopâ that opened in the Centuryâs space three years after the Great Dayton Flood of 1913. LISA POWELL / STAFF
“This space means a lot to people. I met my wife here,” he said. “I know lots of friends who met their wives here and then went home and had babies. I think this is an important piece of Dayton history.”