There are times, when searching for a dive bar to visit, that doing the research makes you think twice about heading there. Then you tell people where you are planning to go, and they give you questioning looks and wish you luck. Not so much for the bar, but for the neighborhood you are entering. Fortunately, the group of people assembled for the task are intrepid adventurers and really relaxed people. Driving to the Double Deuce on a Friday night, we really had no idea what to expect. What we found shocked us all! That is a good hook, right?
The Double Deuce Bar and Pizza Place is an amazing discovery on this tour. They are Tackle-level supporters of the Dayton Area Rugby Club, one of the first things you notice when you get to the bar. The bar is not brightly lit, but you can tell it is different. It is clean. And not in a “clean for a dive bar” way. It is clearly, and proudly, well kept by the staff. Even the food prep area, which is in clear view of the entire bar, is organized and ready for a busy night. They have multiple dart boards and pool tables, with the option for playing some corn hole if the weather permits. Or if you feel the need, you can arm wrestle at their arm wrestling table. Maybe that is how you figure out who gets to choose what is being played on the juke box. That jukebox has a wide range; when we walked in it was country, and when we left it was old school hip hop. There is a little something for everyone here, even if you bring the family. The party does not really start until 9 PM on most nights, giving you plenty of time to stop in for a bite to eat with the kids.
One does not come to the Double Deuce looking for bar food. They have a menu that is growing all the time. Right now you can get a good sized pizza, subs, and their brand new wings. The next evolution to the food menu is going to be a full kitchen. They are planning on expanding the building over the course of the year, and that kitchen is going to be part of it. The pizza we had was delightful. Whatever spices they are adding to it, they should keep it up. There were plenty of toppings, from the more traditional pepperoni and sausage to black olives and jalapeno peppers. After a few beers, that pizza was just what we needed.
Craft beer bars are popping up in Dayton at a steady rate. If the thought of drinking a macro beer makes you flinch, you may want to stay away from the Deuce. There was not a craft beer to be seen. The craftiest thing they had was Guinness. The same can be said about the liquor selection. It is a solid selection; they are going to have the spirit you are seeking. They just may not have the small batch version you are expecting. The ladies behind the stick know how to make a drink. Each one of them has their specialty, and they are good at their craft. Head in different nights of the week to see which one is right for you.
Was the arm wrestling table a little different to hear? The surprises did not stop there. They have a party bus! It is a renovated school bus with bench seats that you can rent for special occasions. We mentioned renovations before. It
sounds like this year is going to be a big one at the Double Deuce. They are going to be making improvements to almost every area of the building, from adding more space for seating to expanding their already impressive patio. This new space will give them new opportunities for events, which they host on a regular basis. One of their events, a motorcycle ride they host every year, collects toys and cash for children in need. Last year, they donated thousands of dollars’ worth of toys to children in need. That is just the tip of the iceberg. Other changes are surely in the works, but we are all going to have to wait and see what they will be!
The trepidation about heading to the Double Deuce was completely unfounded. The staff we spoke with were amazingly friendly, as were some of the patrons. It was a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. We could see why people would recommend trekking a little off the beaten path to visit them. Nestled in a developing Dayton neighborhood, this is a place worth checking out before the rest of the city beats a path to its door.
The Double Deuce is located at 17 Brandt Pike, Dayton, OH, 45404. It is open 10:30 AM to 2:30 AM Monday through Friday, and 11 AM to 2:30 AM Saturday and Sunday. They can be contacted at (937) 220-9624, or through their Facebook page.