Final last call at old Century Bar to include Jager, big New Year’s bash

Century Bar’s hole-in-the-wall past will be focus of special celebration to mark end of era at original location.

Slayer and Waylon Jennings music will play and cherry and Jager bombs, Miller High Life and PBR will be served at one of the nation’s most celebrated bourbon bars as it bids adieu to the decade and its original location.

>> Century Bar announces closing date for original location 


Century Bar co-owner Joseph Head and long-time bartenders Tim Fry and Jerrod Claytor will salute the bar's hole-in-the-wall past by serving a limited menu of old favorites from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31.

Heavy metal and classic country will be on the playlist.

>> 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 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 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.

>> What will happen to the Century Bar’s famed bar?

The final toast at the original location will happen around 1:30 a.m.

Head encourages patrons to come to Century for one last drink or photo.

“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.”

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