Holidays are stressful. Between fielding intrusive questions from relatives, fretting over the big bird, and dealing with amped children, we could all use a good drink. Thanksgiving may be a day for togetherness, but when we have reached our limits, we are thankful these San Antonio bars are open to provide a little liquid relief.
There are already a million reasons to escape the house on Thanksgiving night, but here’s one extra. Brass Monkey’s weekly ThurszGays party is going gaga over Gaga for a special tribute night. Work off the holiday meal by dancing to sets by DJs Jimpanzee and Fubbzilla or wear a poker face while downing $2 Fireball shots. Doors open at 10 pm and there is no cover.
The Friendly Spot Ice House
Leave the dishes for later. This Southtown institution is once again welcoming holiday revelers to its annual Friendsgiving event from noon until midnight. The family friendly venue offers plenty of space for kiddos to wander about and plenty of craft beer for those over 21.
The Hangar Bar & Grille
This favorite sports bar near the airport will be open regular hours of 11 am-2 am to take care of all of your Turkey Day football needs. Cheer on your favorite NFL or college team on the flat screens or take a break with rounds of oversized Jenga or beer pong. The full food menu will also be available for pregame snacks.
The Lion & Rose
A burnt turkey doesn’t mean Thanksgiving is ruined. This British-style pub is offering a a trio of plates to accommodate various appetites, as well as its full bar menu. It’s up to you to decide if you want to get your carbs from mashed potatoes or a pint of Guinness.
This favorite bar chain is offering something called Turkey Bowling on November 22. Whether that involves frozen gobblers is anyone’s guess, but guests can compete for prizes while enjoying $4 Texas beers and $5 Lone Star liquor from 6 pm-2 am.
Grappling with what to do after the feast? Head to Southtown at 10 pm for a blowout featuring DJ Charlie spinning the hits all night. For the drink specials, El Luchador is getting into the holiday spirit with a $3 deal on its most festive spirit — Wild Turkey Honey.
Mad Pecker Brewing Co.
This local brewery is opening at 3 pm in time for the Dallas Cowboys game, but the main event is beer. The second annual Tapsgiving celebration features a huge lineup of seasonal drafts including limited releases. Stop by for a pint — and stay for the alone time.
Mi Tierra Cafe y Bakery
This always open restaurant is the perfect antidote to holiday stress. A couple of Mexican beers or a good strong margarita is sure to make even the most obnoxious relative more bearable. Pick up a treat or two from the bakery if you really want to keep their mouths shut.
Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar
Starting at 11 am, this cozy hideaway near the River Walk is welcoming Thanksgiving orphans with a holiday prix fixe, but all are welcome to come by the bar for a quick sip. Although the bistro has a full bar with a considerable cocktail list, its old world ambiance makes it the perfect place to chat while nursing a bold red wine.