Bars hope to score big with St. Patrick’s Day, First Four

Flanagan's Pub celebrates St. Patrick's Day.
Flanagan's Pub celebrates St. Patrick's Day. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Bars all across the Miami Valley are prepping for the major festivities, and business owners lucked out twice.

University of Dayton’s (UD) First Four game against Boise State and St. Patrick’s Day both fall on Tuesday.

Call it luck of the Irish or whatever you please, but owners all calling it “KA CHING!”

Many are counting on the entire week for major sales, provided UD goes on to win and plays again Friday night.

At Flanagan’s Pub, a staple for St. Paddy’s Day celebrations, the tents going up and the kegs are coming in.

For most, it’s a tradition.

If you’re celebrating St. Paddy’s Day in the Miami Valley, then you’re probably at Flanagan’s.

“We are really excited. We’re very fortunate that we’re one of the closer establishments to the arena,” exclaimed Melissa Flanagan, owner of the pub. “Lots of the outside visitors that are coming form a far stop by here on their way to and from the games. And this year, obviously coinciding with Tuesday’s games, it’s perfect because they’ll get to experience a little bit of what it’s like to be Irish in Dayton on Saint Patrick’s Day.”

Flanagan assures that bigger and better celebrations come every year, and this time around, the bar has landed on a pot of gold.

Tourists along with the rest of the Miami Valley may be spending their dollars at local bars for 7 straight days.

And  Flanagan tells 2 NEWS she expects that will mean big sales.

But there’s also a bigger picture at hand: preserving her husband’s legacy.

Pat Flanagan opened the bar 40 years ago, and every year since it’s opening he sought to bring the party to Dayton.

In December 2013, he died suddenly of cancer, and now his wife hopes to keep his spirit alive.

“Living up to what he created and making it bigger and better,” that’s what she hopes to do. “And also, just making sure that we’re representing Dayton well, especially when the First Four games are around. We want, like the rest of the city, to be really gracious and friendly hosts and making sure that anybody that leaves the city says, ‘Wow, I had a great experience and part of it was being able to be at Flanagan’s and have a really good time.'”

The day of fun at Flanagan’s starts at 9 AM Tuesday in the 100 block of East Stewart.

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