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10 bars to escape to on Thanksgiving night when your family is driving you crazy

10 bars to escape to on Thanksgiving night when your family is driving you crazy

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Sit down and tell me everything your crazy family said.

Experts say that Thanksgiving night is one of the busiest times of the year on the bar circuit because no matter how much you love your family, all that togetherness begs for a getaway.

So whether you’re cooking dinner, contending with loud-mouthed family or just looking forward to seeing folks in from out of town, if you’re in need a drink by nightfall, you’re covered. Plenty of local watering holes around town want to be your post-family recovery plan and are ready to greet you with open arms — or at least full pints.

 Plenty of local watering holes around town want to be your post-family recovery plan and are ready to greet you with open arms — or at least full pints. 

Anvil

The mixologists are serving up a festive Wild Turkey cocktail menu and free pie from the Sugar Hooker herself, Rebecca Masson. If you’re even a little familiar with the dessert maven, you’ll know that this pie will rival Aunt Wakile’s home-baked anything.

The pie-cutting and cocktail mixing begins at 8 p.m.

Grand Prize Bar

This is the place to be all week for a charitable bite at a great value. Josh Martinez from The Modular will be featuring a special menu to benefit OKRA’s upcoming Charity Saloon. So whether you’re Team Josh or Team Chris, your steal of a dish will benefit a great organization.

Houston Texans Grille

The CityCentre sports bar will be open as early as 9 a.m., and that’s (hopefully) early enough to ensure a holiday buzz before the onslaught of family and tryptophan. Plus, there’s no better place to watch our Texans beat the Detroit Lions than here, with the game starting at 11:30 a.m.

Bar Munich

Nothing wrong with grabbing for a German beer after our beloved American holiday, especially when it’s $8 a liter. This Midtown spot opens at 6 p.m. and stays open until late.

Kenneally's Irish Pub

With the doors opening at 5 p.m. and their happy hour ending at 6, p.m. you’re going to want to hit this spot before the other pubs. Their popular pizza has a paper-thin crust to soak up the holiday booze but not leave you too full after your feast.

Woodrow’s in the Heights, Midtown and Rice Village

If your family isn’t a football-watching bunch and the Texans Grille is too far west, these Woodrow’s locations have you covered all over the inner loop and will feature their usual Thursday happy hour specials.

The West End

With 50 taps from which to choose and an expansive patio on which to enjoy the cooling Houston temps, this is your best craft beer bet on Thanksgiving night. They open at 6 p.m. with special tappings of holiday brews.

Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar

No need to stand in line for hours on end at the grocery store or share dish duty in the kitchen when you can come here for a prix fixe Thanksgiving menu and stay for the bar’s holiday cocktails. Bar closes at 9 p.m., so get here before the other late-night spots.

Jackson’s Watering Hole

Stop by and enjoy the neighborhood watering hole's recent renovations. If you’ve been here before, don’t worry: They have new restrooms with plenty of stalls. The makeover also includes an expanded patio and a more indoor-outdoor feel to the overall space, which means you won’t feel as cramped when ordering at the bar.

Boheme

There's really no better season to appreciate Boheme's patios upon patios. Even if the weather remains stubbornly unholiday-like, you can fake it with a glass of mulled wine and a bowl of hot curry.