Top Black Wednesday Bars In Houston

November 14, 2013 6:00 AM

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If you are going to visit your relatives for Thanksgiving, you may need a little liquid courage the night before. Check out some of Houston’s best places to go on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, also known as Black Wednesday. Drink up and enjoy your night before you get down to the serious Thanksgiving holiday business of cooking, feasting and watching football.

Big Woodrow’s Bar And Grill
3111 Chimney Rock Road
Houston, TX 77053
(713) 784-2653

Big Woodrow’s features fun events on Black Wednesday. Last year, patrons had a chance to win a last-minute fried turkey or a pumpkin pie. This is the last chance to get one of these turkeys, which always sell out every year at Big Woodrow’s. While you are at the bar, try some of the dozens of draft and bottle beers, both foreign and domestic, including locally brewed brands. Try out this well-known party location for groups of friends to enjoy some drinking and relaxation in a casual atmosphere with a full menu. One of the best parts about Big Woodrow’s is the large availability of parking, unlike the many places on Washington Avenue.

2450 Louisiana St.
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 524-0004

Go to Ibiza if you are looking for a Black Wednesday wine bar. The wine list is longer than the food menu of Mediterranean, French and Spanish cuisine influences, but at this romantic locale, you can spend the evening looking at each other or at the cooks inside the open kitchen. This is a great place if you are looking for something a little more upscale than your standard sports bar or ice house. There is even a wide selection of after-dinner drinks like ports and brandies on the dessert menu.Related: Best Wine Bars In Houston
McGonigel’s Mucky Duck
2425 Norfolk St.
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 528-5999

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck is a noisy bar and food venue that also hosts live music and comedy acts nightly. This year, on Black Wednesday, you can catch White Ghost Shivers live. This group is a crazy mix of music and laughs, and you will be sure to enjoy every minute of it while dining on food from the menu or enjoying beers or wines. There are even some specialty mixed drinks to enjoy, all with an Irish flavor. To go to the Mucky Duck on Black Wednesday, you must purchase a ticket in advance, but if you get tired of the music, step outside to get some fresh air and fresh conversation on the patio.
Stats Sports Bar And Grill
10850 Louetta Road
Houston, TX 77070
(281) 257-8287

If you are not a football fanatic and want to catch some basketball instead, go over to Stats Sports Bar and Grill on the north side of town to watch the Atlanta Hawks play the Houston Rockets on one of the 36 HDTVs. Wednesdays are also trivia nights starting at 7 p.m. Try it out when you visit on Black Wednesday to add a little fun to your drinking and sports bar fare. If you tire of trivia, Stats also has darts, pool tables, beer pong and many other traditional bar games and activities for you to enjoy.You won’t find a shortage of drinks here. There are separate menus for beer, shots and martinis and, of course, a food menu.
Related: Best Bars With Drinking Games In Houston
Pub Fiction
2303 Smith St. 
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 400-8400

If you want to play it cool, you cannot get any cooler than going to Midtown’s Pub Fiction. This bar features the live music, drinks, happy hours, sports on TVs and more that you expect from any average bar, but it ups the ante by serving all of this to its guests in a sophisticated, urban-chic style with a dinner menu created with the inspiration of a professional chef. The atmosphere still remains casual, despite the surroundings, and you may even catch a live performance on Black Wednesday here, as has happened in the past.

Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. Her work can be found at