Do you need a drink? Maybe you want to celebrate the extra-long holiday weekend, or perhaps you need some fortification and relaxation time prior to the hubbub of the ensuing days. Whatever the reason, Black Wednesday, the night before Thanksgiving, is the night to go out. Surprisingly to many, Thanksgiving eve is second in popularity to New Year’s Eve for many bars. It’s a great chance to get out and meet some people or enjoy a drink with your own circle of friends or family to kick off the holiday season. With most bars open on Thanksgiving Eve, finding the perfect spot will only be as difficult as choosing where you want to go.
The Bar At The Pass & Provisions
807 Taft St.
Houston, Texas 77019
(713) 628-9020

The Pass & Provisions is a multifaceted dining site. The Pass offers a choice of set menus and the atmosphere of being at the chef’s table. You can see the action while you dine. Provisions is located in the same building, but it has a more traditional restaurant setting with seasonal items on the menu. The bar serves both, and you can opt to visit just the full-service bar if you like. What sets apart the bar for The Pass & Provisions is its extensive menu, which features six pages of cocktails and spirits. If you are looking for a more upscale drinking experience or if you want to wow your out-of-town guests, the bar at The Pass & Provisions is the place to do it.

1919 Washington Ave.
Houston, Texas 77007
(713) 869-4383

For something a little different this Thanksgiving eve, try Julep. This bar caters to those who want to savor the iconic flavors of drinks of the South. The cocktail menu changes with the seasons, as the mixologists experiment with different drinks. For spirits, you have the choice of drinks from around the world, including agave, rum, whisky and more. The wine list features pricier reds, whites and sparkling wines than you might find at other bars. It’s a great place to impress people with upscale wines and spirits if you want to show off to your visiting friends and family.

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Red Lion British Pub
2316 S. Shepherd Drive
Houston, Texas 77019
(713) 782-3030

If you’re tired of the traditional fare, head over to the Red Lion Pub. There you can enjoy beers, scotches, wines, cocktails and more. Though many of the drinks maintain the restaurant’s British theme, you can also find great local brews from Karbach, St. Arnolds and others made right in Houston. If you’d like more than just drinks, the food is highly celebrated for its traditional and fusion favorites. Where else can you find tandoori chicken enchiladas on the same menu with sausage rolls and Cornish pasties? If you fancy English football, this is the place to watch a game in September and October, though you’d have to get there early to watch games live due to the time difference.

Urban Eats
3414 Washington Ave.
Houston, Texas 77007
(832) 834-4417

Urban Eats is a great place to visit with a group, especially if you can get in between 3 pm and 6 pm for the happy hour specials. The best option for a group is the “Flights and Friends” option that has beers or wines for five people plus cheese, nuts and salami for everyone. Also on the menu is the can’t be missed monkey bread. This pull apart bread dish comes in servings for one or for a group. It’s frequently a dish that sells out, so getting to Urban Eats early is critical to enjoying a bit of this Italian-inspired savory appetizer. If you arrive after happy hour, enjoy cocktails for $10 each, regardless of which you order. Wine and beers, of course, also appear on the drinks menu.

3422 N. Shepherd Drive
Houston, Texas 77018
(713) 802-0410

Located in Garden Oaks, Cottonwood has more of the atmosphere of a neighborhood hangout and less that of a seedy dive. If you have family coming from out of the state who really want to try Texas fare and drinks, take them to Cottonwood. This bar has an open patio with several big-screen TVs and deck games. Live bands play at Cottonwood regularly on weekends. For your family members who insist on Texas grub, order a Frito pie and chicken fried steak bites for small plate takes on big Texas tastes. The beers on tap change regularly, so it’s a good idea to check the beer listings before heading over to see if your favorite is on tap that night. Whiskeys, wines and cocktails have more stable lists that change less frequently.

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Post Author: Crystal Hessong.

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