The 10 best places to go in Dayton for a memorable bourbon on Derby Day

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The Kentucky Derby is Saturday, May 3. Lily's Bistro is among the Dayton area bars throwing bashes. Manager Emily Mendenhall demonstrates how to make an easy Mint Julep.

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All bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon.

Lucky for us, Dayton could almost be considered a destination for such ventures, as we boast many charming bars with tons of bourbon options and an exclusive bourbon bar, The Century Bar, that's regularly mentioned in national bourbon "best of" lists.

Here’s some of the best places in the Gem City to grab a bourbon to kick off the new year:

10 S. Jefferson St., Dayton

Here’s the skinny on our top pick for the best place to get bourbon in Dayton. The bar moved into a bigger space this year and is most certainly worth the visit.

>> A toast to seven decades of memories at celebrated Dayton bourbon bar

Joe Head co-owns the Century Bar with Diane Spitzig. The business plans to move from its current location to 18 to 20 S. Jefferson St., the former Dayton Power and Light Building. LISA POWELL / STAFF
Joe Head co-owns the Century Bar with Diane Spitzig. The business plans to move from its current location to 18 to 20 S. Jefferson St., the former Dayton Power and Light Building. LISA POWELL / STAFF

The Century Bar is almost definitely Dayton’s best-kept secret. Although it’s not much of a secret anymore after all the recognition it has received for its phenomenal whiskey and cocktail menu. Tucked away on South Jefferson Street, the bar has a humble exterior entrance that places you in a different era once you step inside.

>> Century Bar moving to a bigger space

Century refreshes their seasonal menu many times a year, and features one-of- a-kind concoctions for their loyal patrons to try.

Century might be at the top of our Dayton bourbon destination list — and for good reason — but there are many bars in the area serving something

 
Explore🥃Oakwood Club

2414 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood

The Oakwood Club
The Oakwood Club

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The Paragon

797 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton

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ExploreLily’s Bistro

329 E. Fifth St., Dayton

Lily's Bistro Bar Manager Amber Brady with her Mule-tide cocktail. Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen
Lily's Bistro Bar Manager Amber Brady with her Mule-tide cocktail. Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen

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ExploreCoco’s Bistro

250 Warren St., Dayton

CoCo's Sweater Weather cocktail being made by bartender Nick Hunt. JIM WITMER/STAFF
CoCo's Sweater Weather cocktail being made by bartender Nick Hunt. JIM WITMER/STAFF

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Wheat Penny Oven and Bar

515 Wayne Ave., Dayton

Wheat Penny Bartender Brock McKibben with the summer cocktail Autopilot. Made with Hendrick's Gin, House Made Cucumber Mint Basil Syrup, Creme De Violette, Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice, Cucumber Garnish. JIM WITMER/STAFF
Wheat Penny Bartender Brock McKibben with the summer cocktail Autopilot. Made with Hendrick's Gin, House Made Cucumber Mint Basil Syrup, Creme De Violette, Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice, Cucumber Garnish. JIM WITMER/STAFF

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ExploreWatermark

20 S. 1st St., Miamisburg

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The Wellington Grille

2450 Dayton Xenia Road, Beavercreek

Mary Miller has quietly owned and operated  Miami Valley restaurants that are very diverse in their concepts and geography: The Barnsider in Harrison Twp., the Wellington Grille in Beavercreek,  Harrison's in Tipp City, and recently became co-founder of an Asian restaurant, Ginger & Spice, on Brown Street near the University of Dayton. This is a woman in her '70s who tried to retire once and couldn't do it, choosing to come back and work seven days a week in her restaurants.JIM WITMER / STAFF
Mary Miller has quietly owned and operated Miami Valley restaurants that are very diverse in their concepts and geography: The Barnsider in Harrison Twp., the Wellington Grille in Beavercreek, Harrison's in Tipp City, and recently became co-founder of an Asian restaurant, Ginger & Spice, on Brown Street near the University of Dayton. This is a woman in her '70s who tried to retire once and couldn't do it, choosing to come back and work seven days a week in her restaurants.JIM WITMER / STAFF

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