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10 Dark Bars to Hide in After You're Stuffed

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Spending time with family on Thanksgiving is awesome, but just like gravy, there’s a point at which you can have too much of a good thing. You know you’re getting close when Grandpa ditches the wine for a glass of whiskey and your great aunt starts complaining about Syrian refugees. After the pie is sliced and after the dishes are piled by the sink, make your escape to one of these bars on Thanksgiving. Don't forget to pour a little on the floor for Ships and Club Schmitz.

Lakewood Landing (pictured above)
Open at 8 p.m. with no kitchen. Of course there’s no kitchen, but the Guinness beer will be flowing, and the jukebox will be ready to take all of your quarters.

Industry Alley
Charlie Papaceno’s new Cedars bar will open at 8 p.m., with the man himself arriving later in the evening. Abandon your usual and let Charlie make you something off the cuff. The holidays call for something special.

Twilite Lounge
Doors open at 7 p.m. with Good Luck Karaoke kicking off at 10 p.m. If the singing isn’t your thing, just escape to their back patio.

Windmill Lounge
You’re never alone when you’re at the bar at Windmill Lounge. The drinks are stiff, the lighting is low and the conversation flows as freely as the cocktails. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Ten Bells Tavern
Oak Cliff's best pub is closing the kitchen but the bar will be open at 5 p.m. 

Eight Bells Alehouse
Fair Park newcomer Eight Bells Alehouse will also open at 5 p.m. with a closed kitchen. If you're starving (is that possible?) and you ask nicely, they'll give you a can of tuna and some crackers.

Grapevine Bar
Thanksgiving is shaping up to be a cold, damp holiday, but the weather has never stopped Dallasites from drinking outside at Grapevine. Doors open at 8 p.m. and blackouts begin shortly after.

Cosmo’s Lounge
The best cocktail spot on Skillman Street will open at 7 p.m. and the kitchen will be open too, in case you hit your stride again.

Armoury D.E.
Not only is this Deep Ellum newcomer open, but the kitchen will be operational too. I don’t know why anyone would want a csavargo after a turkey dinner, but if you do, the option’s there for you.

The Goat
You already knew the Goat was open on Thanksgiving, and probably knew they unlocked the doors at 7 a.m. This is how the goat rolls. Always will.

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