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South Park Tavern

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40 Ratings
Ratings: 40
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 5.47%
Taps: 18
Bottles: 99
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1301 Wayne Ave
Dayton, Ohio, 45410-1409
United States
phone: (937) 586-9526

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(Place added by: kdogg73 on 06-29-2008)
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4.65/5  rDev +1.8%

One my my favorite go-to beer bars in the Dayton area is now South Park Tavern, which is located in the South park District where the old Pizza Factory Dine in restaurant used to be. As of right now they have 6 rotating micros on tap & a great selection of bottled micros in the cooler. The prices are great too. I can think of two other Dayton beer bars right off that bat that charge up to twice as much for the same stuff. I believe the owner is even talking about expanding the taps, which would be wonderful. South Park has really delicious pizzas along with some bar foods like wings and a few other appetizer type dishes. They also have live bands play on the weekends and they host beer tastings sometimes. One of my favorite things about South Park is the atmosphere. The people who work there are incredibly nice which makes South Park feel like your favorite "neighborhood bar". Also, a nice eclectic group of people go there which makes the joint fun, laid back and unique.

pixel, Jan 23, 2009
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4.43/5  rDev -3.1%

Visited for lunch on Halloween to talk business. Will definitely be coming back.

Atmosphere: Cozy and clean joint. Booths, bar tables, TVs - a typical small bar type atmosphere, but well lit and not at all a dive. Nice big chalkboard sign as you walk through the door showing what's on tap. Interesting to see a wide range of people in the place. Father and young college son having lunch, several businessmen, some locals, and a big crowd of friends getting together for an event. Very accommodating.

Quality: Lots of high quality beers available on tap and in bottles in a cooler behind the bar. I did see 1-2 macros, but from what I've seen of this place, it's so they have something for everyone - plenty for those who love craft beers and imports, and also something for someone who just wants a simple US macro lager.

Service: It was very crowded I think unexpectedly so for the staff in the place. There was a large crowd at the tables (a special get together) So while it took quite some time to get served, the waitress hustled as best as she could and took 10% off the bill (with no prompting from us) due to the wait. Beers were served in the proper glasses - Tulips for the Belgian ales, and Nonic glasses for the lagers that were ordered by others in the party.

Selection: I can't remember the wide range of things they had on Tap, but definitely a good range of seasonals, imports, US craft, 1 cider, and 1 macro lager (Labatts). To my surprise, they had on tap Kwak, one of my favorite Belgian ales, which was what I had with lunch. They had quite a bit from Bell's and I think a few choices from Stone, but again, I can't remember. Behind the counter I saw several Lambics, quite a few 22oz bombers, several imports (Weihenstephaner, Sam Smith, Piraat is what I remember). Honestly, something for everyone with the choices they had. I don't think you would be disappointed.

Food: Not a huge selection, but a neat selection of pizza, calzones, and sandwiches. I had the Gyro pizza which was fantastic. I will have to come back and try some more things off the menu.

Price was very good. 4 people, 5 beers, 2 calzones and one large pizza - $53 total.

damndirtyape, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of reynoldsmc
5/5  rDev +9.4%

My absolute favorite place in Dayton to enjoy a craft beer. Always have something new as the taps (18, I think) constantly rotate. Great locally owned place. Small bar but always get a seat somewhere. Side patio is nice if the weather cooperates. Staff are friendly and fun to talk with. Pizzas are the best - I won't order any other pizza in Dayton. Parking has never been an issue.

reynoldsmc, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of camartin27
4.88/5  rDev +6.8%

South Park Tavern is one of the best kept secrets in Dayton. Where else can you get a killer selection of craft beers and Pizza Factory pizza? And on Monday its 1/2 price pizza? Seriously a never miss location. There is always an excellent selection on the tap list and its a part of the growler fill with Thai9, Luckys, et all. VISIT THIS SPOT FOR SURE!!

camartin27, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of Jcefus
4.65/5  rDev +1.8%

This place is by far one of the bars/taverns in Dayton. They always have some amazing beers on tap including delicious IPA's. The Reuben pizza is the best I have ever had. If you live anywhere close around Dayton and haven't been to South Park then you are missing out.

Jcefus, May 18, 2013
Photo of speedvagen
4.08/5  rDev -10.7%

so, after hearing about this place for years, finally got a chance to go...

and man am i upset i haven't made an attempt to go years earlier. FANTASTIC pizza. decent, yet small selection of craft brews on tap, but overall well worth the trip downtown.

bonus, if you go on mondays, 1/2 price pizzas!

will definitely be going back,


speedvagen, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of laurennicholerx
4.65/5  rDev +1.8%

South Park Tavern (SPT) is a must-visit if you're in Dayton. It's a small bar/restaurant that has a small stage for bands inside and a small patio outside. (Yes, it's small, meaning if you don't get there early on a Friday or Saturday, you probably won't get a seat. You can usually tell by how packed the small parking lot is.)

If you do get in though, be ready for some delicious food and drink! The specialty pizzas are where it's at - they are made by Pizza Factory (which you should order and pick up just down the road if you can't get a table). My personal fav is the Chicken Cordon Bleu pizza, it's seriously the most delicious thing on earth. And the foccacia is great too. They have an awesome 18-tap wall that is a wooden cutout of a guitar! The beer selection is great, usually about half the taps are IPAs (Mojo Risin, Maharaja, something from Founders or Bells) then there's a good variety of other choices.

The wait staff are all nice and pretty knowledgable about the beers, and you can always ask for a sample or two. Beer prices are comparable to most other places that serve craft beer, about $6 a pint. There's always a mixed crowd there; some families for dinner when it's early, people coming in for a beer when they just got off work, craft beer enthusiasts cozying up to the bar, friends hanging out enjoying food and drinks and listening to the bands.

Overall, one of my all time favorite places to go. Never disappoints!

laurennicholerx, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of dmb1tj
4.43/5  rDev -3.1%

I heard about this place a few years ago i had to check it out! It was great to see the wide selection of delicious craft beers...i like to go at least once a week, and i usually check their beer list online to see whats on tap... One of my favorite places to drink an IPA and have some pizza! Their selection of beer is one of the best in Dayton. Cant really go wrong with pizza, craft beer, and music. Sometimes it gets a little crowded but everyone is friendly, and the patio is great when the weather is nice.

dmb1tj, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Yetiman420
4.45/5  rDev -2.6%

Stopped in around 4:15 on a Thursday evening with a co worker for a pint or two and some chow. Cozy interior with one of those old hockey foosball type games with the big plastic dome.

Sat kinda close to the bar so I could read the beer menu on the chalkboard.

A nice selection of beers on tap. I went with a black IPA and Belgian IPA from North Peak Brewing out of Michigan.

No taster flights available but the friendly server was more than willing to provide me tastes. In the end, she gave me a generous ~3 oz taster of the Flying Dog Coffee Imperial IPA.

I had a greek pizza and my buddy had fried appetizers which he really enjoyed.

Nice place that could probably get really crowded when busy.

Yetiman420, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of KevlarBrewing
4.53/5  rDev -0.9%

Great beer selection and good pizza. knowledgeable and friendly staff. Several tvs and a projector for sports. Outdoor patio with fire pit.

Continuously updating the taps with unique craft beers. Website and Facebook are regularly updated with current tap list. Beer does go in a hurry most often so if there is something specific that you want to have, make sure you get there the night that it is tapped or you might miss out.

Overall a great place that I go to frequently with friends for good beer and great conversations.

KevlarBrewing, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of rogueleonardi
4.35/5  rDev -4.8%

This is by far the best bar in Dayton, If you sit at the bar. Every time I go here it seems like eternity to get another beer. Now that I've expressed my only complaint... how about why its so good. Every Monday is half off large, and extra-large pizza's. The pizza is some of the best in Dayton. They have some very different pizza's you won't find most places. Gyro pizza, gordon blu pizza, and the seafood pizza just to name a few. The quality and taste of this pizza is well worth full price, getting at half price just let's me get more of the amazing beers they have on draft. The draft board is always changing to. I go at least once a week and have not seen the same list of beers twice. Definitely worth the trip from cinci or c-bus.

rogueleonardi, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of 2378GCGTG
4.33/5  rDev -5.3%

This is one of the few good places in the Dayton area to go. About the only other place is The King's Table on Grange Hall. The food is excellent and the prices aren't bad, especially in the case of the pizza. The selection is pretty decent especially for the fact that its one of two places in all of Dayton to get a good beer at a reasonable price, it's a good deal. Also, they sometimes have special tapings, so if you can get in there for that the selection is a different story. The atmosphere is better than most places and the staff is friendly and you can get great service.

2378GCGTG, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of beckard13
4.44/5  rDev -2.8%

Visited this place because I saw that the particular day I was traveling in Dayton, they were tapping a keg of Founders KBS. Just went for the 1 beer. The bar was pretty small, but seemed like a good local spot. Service was good. Obviously, the beer was exceptional. They seem to have a very solid selection of quality beers. Pretty cool music selection playing. They had a really nice set of turntables playing records. Wish i could have tried some of the food, but had already eaten when I went.

I would definitely check this place out again on a trip to the area.

beckard13, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Greencoat
4.45/5  rDev -2.6%

Easily my favorite place to grab a pint in town. Plenty of rotating taps, excellent food - the pizza is great, but they make a mean sammich! They've got a great patio if you don't want to deal with the band that might be playing inside. The room is a little small, but that's the nature of your friendly neighborhood bar. You can usually find quite a few interesting characters hanging out, and plenty of beer geeks to chat with.

Pro tip: Mondays are buy one get one free pizza. And their pizza means business.

In short - go to South Park Tavern.

Greencoat, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of Radome
4.08/5  rDev -10.7%

I sought this place out while in Dayton on business, based on BA reviews. It was a Wednesday night and they happened to be having an open mike night, or something similar. There were a series of small bands, solo acts and duets. The music was mostly very good, but so loud that it made it very difficult to have a conversation.

The atmosphere was comfortable, but not fancy. Definitely a traditional neighborhood bar, but that's not a bad thing. The food was very good and plentiful and seemed fresh. The service was good and our waitress seemed knowledgeable on beer, although it was tough to tell over the music.

The beer selection was fairly broad and had plenty to make me happy. It was mainly larger US craft breweries, such as Stone, Dogfish Head, Avery and Victory. I had Stone's Old Guardian and enjoyed it very much, although I did not take notes and couldn't review it from memory now. Unexpectedly, they had White Rhaj from The Brew Kettle, one of my favorite breweries.

The prices were very reasonable.

My local friend had never heard of the place, but he was glad I found it and plans to go back.

Radome, Apr 16, 2011
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South Park Tavern in Dayton, OH
99 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.