Nowadays there’s a special day for everything. From talking like a pirate to eating pancakes, it seems like everything has its special time to be celebrated. There’s also one for drinking. The night before Thanksgiving is known throughout the bar scene as Black Wednesday, and for many drinking establishments it’s a bigger money maker than even New Year’s Eve. If you’re looking for a great place to throw back a few so you can make it through that meal with your in-laws the next day, here are some places you should check out.
14930 Midway Road
Addison, TX 75001
www.londoneraddison.comWith locations in Uptown, Addison, Allan and Frisco you’re never far away from an authentic English pub. Step inside and you’ll think you’ve gone across the pond. Darts, pool tables and TVs showing the latest game compliment the old English feel. Londoner’s menu is filled with favorites from the mother country. Do not miss the sticky toffee pudding — it’s to die for — as well as staples from the good old U.S. of A. Its drink menu will certainly get the job done when it comes to getting your buzz on. With a large selection of beers, ciders and cocktails you can’t go wrong with the Londoner.
14999 Montfort Drive
Addison, TX 75254
www.beerknurd.comFounded in Fort Worth in 1995, The Flying Saucer has been serving good beer to good people in both Fort Worth and Addison for years. There is truly no better place to try new beers. With more than 250 beers and 100 brewing styles to choose from, it will take you quite a while to get through them all. Flying Saucer even has a club to help you along. For an $18 fee you may join the U.F.O. Club where you’ll become a Beerknurd and get a card that you can swipe to keep track of which beers you’ve tried. Try them all and get into the Ring of Honor.Related: Best Hot Drinks in DFW
5321 E Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75206
www.trinityhall.tvThe difference between a bar and a pub is that a bar is where you go to get drunk and a pub is where you go to make new friends, socialize and enjoy a good pint or two … or more. Trinity Hall is a true Irish pub in Dallas, and you can easily spend an entire evening there. The menu consists of the traditional Irish recipes from breakfast through dinner. Beef stew with leg of lamb and fresh baked soda bread can’t be beat. Considered the home of the Irish music scene in the Southwest, Trinity Hall offers live music from Thursday through Sunday. With beer, whiskey, ciders and wine, there is something for any taste and more than enough to give you a great buzz to last you through Thanksgiving.
15201 Addison Road
Addison, TX 75001
www.thequarter.bizThough small in size, the Quarter is big in fun, food and drink. While its menu consists of the normal bar food one would expect in such a place, there are other choices as well. From the oysters to the ribs and the red beans and rice (a family recipe) there’s plenty to fill you up while you have a drink or three. For the alcohol-loving group there are 32 varieties of bottled beer, eight on tap and an extensive wine list to choose from. Watch the game on one of its big-screen TVs, or have some fun with karaoke. There’s always something happening at the Quarter.Related: Best Bartending Classes in DFW
8240 Preston Road #150
Plano, TX 75024
www.holygrailpub.comVoted Best Bar Food by D Magazine in 2011, Holy Grail quickly became a favorite after opening its doors in 2009. With food prepared from scratch daily and designed to complement the pub’s beer selection, you’re sure to find something to your liking. A carefully selected wine list, signature cocktails and an extensive whiskey menu make Holy Grail a great place to spend an evening and start your Thanksgiving celebration off right. Add in its great selection of seasonal draft and bottled beers, and this is definitely the place to go in Plano.