Thanksgiving marks the official start of the holiday season so why not celebrate the night before? Here are five bars that are ringing in this festive time of year with open bars, happy hour specials, and delicious bites. By Carly Petrone.
Boulton & Watt
5 Avenue A
Looking for a fun way to kick off the holidays? Head over to Boulton & Watt and grab a $10 boiler maker with an IPA and a shot of a Glenfiddich Single Malt that’s finished in IPA casks. Of course, you can always take advantage of their weekly happy hour from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m., which includes $6 draft beers, $6 wines, as well as $9 cocktails. Order a side of pickled goodies like the pineapple with habanero, mint, and basil or the cauliflower with curry and cardamom. Bottoms up!
210 Smith St.
Step into Clover Club from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. and sip on $8 crafted cocktails. Get in the holiday spirit with a traditional Moscow Mule, or try something fall fruit-inspired like the Apple Jack Old fashioned (apple brandy, maple syrup, orange and Angostura bitters.) Start your feast early with tasty discounted bites like Deviled Eggs three ways, Steak over Toast with spicy horseradish cream sauce, or crisps tossed in duck fat and served with truffle crème fraiche. Now that’s some serious eating before 7 p.m. Stick around until 8:30 p.m. to listen to live jazz with Michael Arenella.
10 Hope St.
New York, NY 11211
Whether you’re a beer drinker or a wine lover, Belle Shoals has got you covered the night before Thanksgiving. Grab their “Buds 4 Lyfe” package for $45 and enjoy all-you-can-drink Budweiser cans as well as an order of buffalo wings. If rose is more your thing, opt for the Country Club Membership, which gets you all-you-can-drink rose and an order of jalapeno hush puppies. Now grab some friends and get over there!
NYC Thanksgiving Eve Bar Crawl
Everyone knows that two drinks are better than one. Sign up to take part in Barcrawls.com NYC Thanksgiving Eve Bar Crawl starting at 5 p.m. and feast on an abundance of Thanksgiving cocktails, spiked cider, and autumn-inspired beer. Indulge and celebrate the holiday season with friends and family during this almost 12-hour party (if you can make it until 4 a.m., we salute you). For more information and ticket prices, click here.
Public House NYC
140 E. 41st St.
It’s easy to “get basted” this Thanksgiving Eve at Public House NYC. For $45 you can enjoy an open bar for three straight hours – just make sure to pace yourself so you can be Thanksgiving ready the following day. This sports bar is also serving up plenty of appetizers and entrees to help soak up all that alcohol. Nosh on typical bar bites like nachos, spinach and artichoke dip, and wings — or test out unique items like Stuffed Mac n’ Cheese Sliders and Burrata with mashed English peas, prosciutto, and lemon oil on garlic bread.