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Posted at 1:00 PM ET, 11/23/2010

Give thanks for bars open on Thanksgiving night

By Fritz Hahn

While most bars are closed on Thanksgiving night, the places that are open often have great deals. Check out these options if you need a fun place to hang out with visiting family (or a convenient escape from the in-laws). We'll be adding to this post as we hear about more bars, so keep checking back before heading out on Thursday.

Bourbon in Adams Morgan opens at 9 p.m. for the "Night of the Kicking Chicken" party. Happy hour runs until close, which means $2 off all beers. Since it's Thanksgiving, additional specials include $4 drinks made with Wild Turkey, except for the high-end Russell's Reserve, Rare Breed and Kentucky Spirit, which will sell for $2 off.

At Duffy's Irish Pub, the Thanksgiving Beerfest is an excellent deal: $20 at the door gets you unlimited draft, canned or bottled beer from 7 to midnight, whether you want Dogfish Head, Guinness or Great Lakes from the taps, Smithwick's in bottles or cans of Natty Boh. All 12 draft beers and the entire selection of bottles and cans is included.

Breadsoda will be open in Glover Park for the third Thanksgiving running. From 6 p.m. to close, pool, shuffleboard and darts will be free, and PBRs cost $3.

The Black Cat's Red Room always opens on Thanksgiving and Christmas, making it a favorite holiday refuge for orphaned punks and hipsters. Drop in for a beer and punch up a few Clash and Johnny Cash songs on the jukebox beginning at 9 p.m.

The Tune Inn is opening at 8 a.m. as usual. (Seriously, who wouldn't want a patty melt and fried okra for Thanksgiving?)

The Black Squirrel will start serving microbrews at 7 p.m. Come hungry: The bar is serving a "turkey buffet with all the trimmings" for $5 as a thank you to its loyal customers.

Much of H Street NE seems like it will be shut up tight, but Tony Tomelden of the Pug says he'll open "around 8:30 or 9 -- I'm not sure yet" and serve $2 shots of Wild Turkey all night.

John Andrade, who owns Meridian Pint and Asylum, says each bar will be opening its main floor at 8 p.m.

All branches of the Bungalow Billards chain will be open. My favorite is the Shirlington location, which opens its doors at 5 p.m. The usual long-neck happy hour will be in effect -- that's $1 bottles of domestic beer until 8.

JV's Restaurant, the Falls Church honky-tonk celebrating its 63rd birthday this year, is open at 5 p.m. The Crawstickers perform their mashup of New Orleans funk, soul and R&B at 8:30, and there's no cover.

Silver Spring residents in search of a top-quality cocktail will be happy to know that Jackie's Sidebar is opening its doors at 8 p.m., with our new favorite bartender Gordon Banks behind the stick.

In Clarendon, both Whitlow's on Wilson and Galaxy Hut will open at 8 p.m.

Freddie's Beach Bar celebrates Thanksgiving with an all-you-can-eat buffet of turkey, stuffing, gravy and all the trimmings. Dinner ($19.95) runs from noon to 9 p.m.

The Tortoise & Hare Bar & Grill won't have a live band on Thanksgiving, but the Crystal City tavern will open at 6 p.m.

If you're looking for somewhere nicer -- a place where you could take your parents or aunt and uncle for a cocktail instead of a beer-and-a-shot combo -- consider the bars at the Tabard Inn or Bourbon Steak, both of which will be open. Rasika will be serving dinner until 10 p.m., and the bar will be open. And while the W Hotel's P.O.V. rooftop bar might be the natural place to wow visitors with postcard-worthy views of the White House and Mall, be aware that it's only open from noon to 9 p.m.

And if you'd rather dance the night away, Thursday night options in our Nightlife Agenda column include the annual Soul Baby hip-hop party and Wale hitting the stage at Ibiza.

By Fritz Hahn  | November 23, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Holiday  
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Gay bars are like Denny's: They're always open. Holidays and all. Years ago, before LGBT folks had the degree of acceptance they have today, gay bars were often the only place LGBT folks could go during the holidays -- since they'd been rejected by their families and others because of their sexuality. And gay bars continue to welcome everyone on holidays. So if you're bored, check out your local gay drinking establishment. Enjoy!

Posted by: rmcnyc | November 25, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

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