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They're Open: Bars Offering Holiday Respite if You Need an Escape Come Thanksgiving Night

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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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Hans' Bier Haus

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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.

Lowbrow

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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.

Under the Volcano

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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.

Anvil Bar & Refuge

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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.

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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.

55 bar and restaurant

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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.

The Ginger Man

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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.

Komodo's Pub

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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."

The Richmond Arms Pub

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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.

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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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

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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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.

Little Woodrow's

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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.

Grand Prize Bar

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No need to go a day without your Repair and Lone Star. This Montrose bar will open at 4 p.m.

Clutch City Squire

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Regular hours and conveniently close to downtown's Super Block of bars, head here for a break from family.

Poison Girl

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Known for being open every day of the year, Poison Girl isn't taking a day off this Thanksgiving night.

Little Dipper

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This downtown bar, like its sister establishment Poison Girl in Montrose, will be open this Thanksgiving night.

Bar Boheme

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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.

Leon's Lounge

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Get in the Christmas spirit right after Thanksgiving dinner this year with a Red and Green, one of the best cocktails in Houston.
Surround yourself with art, fun people and (most importantly) great local craft beer from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

D&T Drive Inn

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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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Hans' Bier Haus

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.

Lowbrow

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.

Under the Volcano

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.

Anvil Bar & Refuge

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.

Local Pour

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.

55 bar and restaurant

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.

The Ginger Man

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.

Komodo's Pub

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."

The Richmond Arms Pub

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.

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

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

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

Sugar Land's Flying Saucer will also be open Thanksgiving night at 5 p.m. with a special tapping at 7 p.m.

Little Woodrow's

(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.

Grand Prize Bar

No need to go a day without your Repair and Lone Star. This Montrose bar will open at 4 p.m.

Clutch City Squire

Regular hours and conveniently close to downtown's Super Block of bars, head here for a break from family.

Poison Girl

Known for being open every day of the year, Poison Girl isn't taking a day off this Thanksgiving night.

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Little Dipper

This downtown bar, like its sister establishment Poison Girl in Montrose, will be open this Thanksgiving night.

Bar Boheme

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.

Leon's Lounge

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

Khon's

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

D&T Drive Inn

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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