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Contributor Ellie Sharp shares some valuable holiday info.
turkey%20day%20bars.jpgA welcome respite from Thanksgiving dinner [Photo Credit]

It can be easy to bite off more family fun than you can chew, especially when surrounded by eccentric relatives and food coma-inducing table spreads—more candied yams, anyone? If your dad's nosy brother has you ready to literally cry Uncle! ('So, when are you having kids?'), prepare to embark on a private Thanksgiving pilgrimage to recharge and refuel. The following bars offer a welcomed libation-filled escape, no Mayflower required. As always, hit the tipline if we missed a place. Check out the map after the jump.


—Ellie Sharp

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hans' Bier Haus

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2523 Quenby St
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 520-7474
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For a calming respite from the day's chaos, enjoy some (hopefully) crisp autumn air and a round of bocce ball or darts with friends. A generous selection of craft brews and welcoming beer garden will make your holiday wishes come true, no matter what half of the wishbone you ended up with. Open regular hours.

2. Lowbrow

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1601 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006
The newest bar on this Montrose block is offering hot toddy specials all Thanksgiving night. Or have a local craft brew to wash down the Juicy Lucy instead.

3. Under the Volcano

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2349 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 526-5282
One can only imbibe in so much pumpkin-flavored anything and when you've reached your festive limits hop over here for the soothing flavors of normalcy. They've got your beer, your margaritas, and whatever else your stomach and mental state need to realign that precious balance. Holiday hours start at 7 p.m.

4. Anvil Bar & Refuge

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1424 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 523-1622
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While it was going to close this Thanksgiving, the staff decided to keep pouring this holiday night. The bar will be open Thanksgiving evening until 2 a.m.

5. Local Pour

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1952 W Gray St
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 521-1881
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LP's happy hour runs until 9 p.m. but stay on 'til 2 a.m. for that extra dose of post-holiday relaxation. Late night bites will fill any spots you missed at dinner while an impressive selection of beers, wines, and handcrafted cocktails will ensure your glass is never empty, which is something to be thankful for indeed.

6. 55 bar and restaurant

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5510 Morningside Dr, Ste 120
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 590-0610
Betcha I can think of 55 reasons why you should drop by this unique hangout on Turkey Day, but here are three for starters: a delicious food menu, a well-stocked bar, and enough big screens to take your mind off even the worst holiday hangover. Opening at 3 p.m. with regular happy hour specials.

7. The Ginger Man

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5607 Morningside Dr
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 526-2770
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If out-of-towners insist on accompanying you on your quest for good cheer, bring them here to drink some beer! And lots of it! Enjoy happy hour on the spacious patio from 3 to 6 p.m. and stick around for live music starting at 7 p.m.

8. Komodo's Pub

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2004 Baldwin St
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 655-1501
When the walls start closing in, it's time to get some new walls. Cozy up to the welcoming porch of this popular haunt for all day happy hour from 2pm-2am. Gobble up the surprise drink specials and click your heels together repeating, "There's no place like Komodo's."

9. The Richmond Arms Pub

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5920 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 784-7722
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The pilgrims may have fled England but that's no reason to shun our roots across the pond on Thanksgiving. Nosh on a smorgasbord of pub fare while raising a glass to salute our country's past. Embrace this locale, which opens at 2:30 with happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m., and thank us later.

10. Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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705 Main St
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 228-9472
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Grow some wings and zip on over to this favorite downtown hotspot where you'll be served enough pints to keep your feet off the ground. Opening at 5pm with a special tapping of the 2012 Saint Arnold Cask Conditioned Pumpkinator and 2012 Saint Arnold Pumpkinator Bombers starting at 6pm. Leave the whipped cream at home for these pumpkin treats. The downtown location will be tapping a different pumpkin beer each night leading up to Thanksgiving. Here is the lineup: Nov 22: Alaskan Brewing Pumpkin Porter Nov 23: Timmerman's Pumpkin Lambic Nov 24: Southern Tier Pumpking Nov 25: Saint Arnold Pumpkinator Nov 26: Cask Conditioned Karbach Krunkin Pumpkin Nov 27: Shipyard Brewing Smashed Pumpkin Nov 28: Already noted in article

11. Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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15929 City Walk
Sugar Land, TX 77478
(281) 242-7468
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Sugar Land's Flying Saucer will also be open Thanksgiving night at 5 p.m. with a special tapping at 7 p.m.

12. Little Woodrow's

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5611 Morningside Dr
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 521-2337
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(Multiple Locations) There ain't nothin' little about the options proffered by this group of establishments. Pick your location, pick your poison, and prepare to chill out. East End – Opening at 3pm; Happy Hour 'til 7pm and TVs tuned to football all day long. Heights – Open 7pm to 2 a.m. Midtown – Open 7pm to 2 a.m.; Drink specials TBA Shepherd – Opening at 6pm; NO Steak Night; Drink specials TBA Rice Village – Open 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

13. Grand Prize Bar

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1010 Banks St
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 526-4566
No need to go a day without your Repair and Lone Star. This Montrose bar will open at 4 p.m.

14. Clutch City Squire

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410 Main St
Houston, TX 77002
Regular hours and conveniently close to downtown's Super Block of bars, head here for a break from family.

15. Poison Girl

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1641 Westheimer Rd, Ste B
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 527-9929
Known for being open every day of the year, Poison Girl isn't taking a day off this Thanksgiving night.

16. Little Dipper

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304 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002
This downtown bar, like its sister establishment Poison Girl in Montrose, will be open this Thanksgiving night.

17. Bar Boheme

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307 Fairview St
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 529-1099
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There might be no better place to unwind from a family dinner than the relaxed patio at this Montrose spot. Head there for mulled wine or a hot toddy.

18. Leon's Lounge

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1006 McGowen St
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 659-5366
Get in the Christmas spirit right after Thanksgiving dinner this year with a Red and Green, one of the best cocktails in Houston.

19. Khon's

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2808 Milam St
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 523-7775
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Surround yourself with art, fun people and (most importantly) great local craft beer from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

20. D&T Drive Inn

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1307 Enid St
Houston, TX 77009
(713) 868-6165
This beer bar might be mostly outdoors, but they'll have the heaters ready to go on Thanksgiving night from 6 p.m. to midnight.

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1. Hans' Bier Haus

2523 Quenby St, Houston, TX 77005
For a calming respite from the day's chaos, enjoy some (hopefully) crisp autumn air and a round of bocce ball or darts with friends. A generous selection of craft brews and welcoming beer garden will make your holiday wishes come true, no matter what half of the wishbone you ended up with. Open regular hours.
2523 Quenby St
Houston, TX 77005

2. Lowbrow

1601 W Main St, Houston, TX 77006
The newest bar on this Montrose block is offering hot toddy specials all Thanksgiving night. Or have a local craft brew to wash down the Juicy Lucy instead.
1601 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006

3. Under the Volcano

2349 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005
One can only imbibe in so much pumpkin-flavored anything and when you've reached your festive limits hop over here for the soothing flavors of normalcy. They've got your beer, your margaritas, and whatever else your stomach and mental state need to realign that precious balance. Holiday hours start at 7 p.m.
2349 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX 77005

4. Anvil Bar & Refuge

1424 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77006
While it was going to close this Thanksgiving, the staff decided to keep pouring this holiday night. The bar will be open Thanksgiving evening until 2 a.m.
1424 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77006

5. Local Pour

1952 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019
LP's happy hour runs until 9 p.m. but stay on 'til 2 a.m. for that extra dose of post-holiday relaxation. Late night bites will fill any spots you missed at dinner while an impressive selection of beers, wines, and handcrafted cocktails will ensure your glass is never empty, which is something to be thankful for indeed.
1952 W Gray St
Houston, TX 77019

6. 55 bar and restaurant

5510 Morningside Dr, Ste 120, Houston, TX 77005
Betcha I can think of 55 reasons why you should drop by this unique hangout on Turkey Day, but here are three for starters: a delicious food menu, a well-stocked bar, and enough big screens to take your mind off even the worst holiday hangover. Opening at 3 p.m. with regular happy hour specials.
5510 Morningside Dr, Ste 120
Houston, TX 77005

7. The Ginger Man

5607 Morningside Dr, Houston, TX 77005
If out-of-towners insist on accompanying you on your quest for good cheer, bring them here to drink some beer! And lots of it! Enjoy happy hour on the spacious patio from 3 to 6 p.m. and stick around for live music starting at 7 p.m.
5607 Morningside Dr
Houston, TX 77005

8. Komodo's Pub

2004 Baldwin St, Houston, TX 77002
When the walls start closing in, it's time to get some new walls. Cozy up to the welcoming porch of this popular haunt for all day happy hour from 2pm-2am. Gobble up the surprise drink specials and click your heels together repeating, "There's no place like Komodo's."
2004 Baldwin St
Houston, TX 77002

9. The Richmond Arms Pub

5920 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77057
The pilgrims may have fled England but that's no reason to shun our roots across the pond on Thanksgiving. Nosh on a smorgasbord of pub fare while raising a glass to salute our country's past. Embrace this locale, which opens at 2:30 with happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m., and thank us later.
5920 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77057

10. Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

705 Main St, Houston, TX 77002
Grow some wings and zip on over to this favorite downtown hotspot where you'll be served enough pints to keep your feet off the ground. Opening at 5pm with a special tapping of the 2012 Saint Arnold Cask Conditioned Pumpkinator and 2012 Saint Arnold Pumpkinator Bombers starting at 6pm. Leave the whipped cream at home for these pumpkin treats. The downtown location will be tapping a different pumpkin beer each night leading up to Thanksgiving. Here is the lineup: Nov 22: Alaskan Brewing Pumpkin Porter Nov 23: Timmerman's Pumpkin Lambic Nov 24: Southern Tier Pumpking Nov 25: Saint Arnold Pumpkinator Nov 26: Cask Conditioned Karbach Krunkin Pumpkin Nov 27: Shipyard Brewing Smashed Pumpkin Nov 28: Already noted in article
705 Main St
Houston, TX 77002

11. Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

15929 City Walk, Sugar Land, TX 77478
Sugar Land's Flying Saucer will also be open Thanksgiving night at 5 p.m. with a special tapping at 7 p.m.
15929 City Walk
Sugar Land, TX 77478

12. Little Woodrow's

5611 Morningside Dr, Houston, TX 77005
(Multiple Locations) There ain't nothin' little about the options proffered by this group of establishments. Pick your location, pick your poison, and prepare to chill out. East End – Opening at 3pm; Happy Hour 'til 7pm and TVs tuned to football all day long. Heights – Open 7pm to 2 a.m. Midtown – Open 7pm to 2 a.m.; Drink specials TBA Shepherd – Opening at 6pm; NO Steak Night; Drink specials TBA Rice Village – Open 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
5611 Morningside Dr
Houston, TX 77005

13. Grand Prize Bar

1010 Banks St, Houston, TX 77006
No need to go a day without your Repair and Lone Star. This Montrose bar will open at 4 p.m.
1010 Banks St
Houston, TX 77006

14. Clutch City Squire

410 Main St, Houston, TX 77002
Regular hours and conveniently close to downtown's Super Block of bars, head here for a break from family.
410 Main St
Houston, TX 77002

15. Poison Girl

1641 Westheimer Rd, Ste B, Houston, TX 77006
Known for being open every day of the year, Poison Girl isn't taking a day off this Thanksgiving night.
1641 Westheimer Rd, Ste B
Houston, TX 77006

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16. Little Dipper

304 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002
This downtown bar, like its sister establishment Poison Girl in Montrose, will be open this Thanksgiving night.
304 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002

17. Bar Boheme

307 Fairview St, Houston, TX 77006
There might be no better place to unwind from a family dinner than the relaxed patio at this Montrose spot. Head there for mulled wine or a hot toddy.
307 Fairview St
Houston, TX 77006

18. Leon's Lounge

1006 McGowen St, Houston, TX 77002
Get in the Christmas spirit right after Thanksgiving dinner this year with a Red and Green, one of the best cocktails in Houston.
1006 McGowen St
Houston, TX 77002

19. Khon's

2808 Milam St, Houston, TX 77006
Surround yourself with art, fun people and (most importantly) great local craft beer from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
2808 Milam St
Houston, TX 77006

20. D&T Drive Inn

1307 Enid St, Houston, TX 77009
This beer bar might be mostly outdoors, but they'll have the heaters ready to go on Thanksgiving night from 6 p.m. to midnight.
1307 Enid St
Houston, TX 77009

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