11 Dark Bars to Hide in After You're Stuffed: The 2013 Guide

The Windmill Lounge
The Windmill Lounge
Jay Barker

OK, turkey revelers, it's about time for elastic pants, pie and plates of regret. But, before we get too deep in the holiday mood, let's pull back a little. Don't hit the season too hard. Walk in softly. After hours of being stuffed like a turkey in a small house with your bestest relatives, it's totally natural to feel the need to escape get a little fresh air.

So, we've put together a list of the best dark bars to hide in, which are all Hark-the-Herald-Angels-Sing open on Thanksgiving!

Good news, this list is even better than last year's. Yeah 2013! There are some newbies and a few classics. Bless them.

The Windmill Lounge is open on Thanksgiving! See, the angels are singing. Or is that karaoke? No matter, the front door should be unlocked by 7 p.m.

If you're feeling a hipster/cowboy-ish, or have relatives to bring along from ... anywhere ... head down to Adair's Saloon in Deep Ellum, which opens at 8 p.m.

Lakewood Landing, recently anointed to Thrillst's list of 33 best dive bars in 'Merica! opens at 8 p.m. and will stay that way until 2 a.m. (No kitchen, just booze.)

This year's Best New Bar,Twilite Lounge, in Deep Ellum will celebrate its first Thanksgiving with doors wide open from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

And Jason Boso didn't open the Truck Yard so he could sit on a stuffy couch. They will have regular operating hours (no, it's not a dive bar, but it has a bar in a tree so it exceeds categories).

Ten Bells Tavern in Oak Cliff will pull down the bar stools at 6 p.m. The kitchen will be closed, but there will be ample stories about the owner's recent trip across the pond. Cheerio!

Cosmo's Bar and Lounge on Skillman will open at 7 p.m. and the kitchen will be cooking in case you hit your stride again.

The Goat? Of course. Don't ask silly questions. They open at 7 a.m. (Not a typo. Yes, just after sunrise.)

If you feeling like kicking back in grandma's recliner, then The Grapevine Bar on Maple will open at 8 p.m. Gobble. Gobble.

Some days call for a good beer paired with good music. The Dallas Observer 2012 winner for Best Bar Music, Strangeways, will be pouring pints and spinning tunes from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The Slip Inn opens at 9:30 p.m., but after midnight is probably the best place to start.

You're welcome. Be safe.

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Related Locations

Windmill Lounge

2624 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75226-1402


Lakewood Landing

5818 Live Oak St.
Dallas, TX 75214


The Twilite Lounge

2640 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 75226

Ten Bells Tavern
Cosmo's Bar and Lounge

1212 Skillman St.
Dallas, TX 75206


The Goat
The Grapevine Bar

3902 Maple Ave.
Dallas, TX 75219


The Slip Inn

1806 McMillan Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206


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