Hate Your Family? 10 Dark Bars to Find Joy In Dallas

Well, OK, "hate" is a strong word. Besides, love is close to hate. Indifference is actually the bad place. Anyhoo! The holidays are upon us. And remember, it's healthy to release the pressure created after stewing for hours in a crowded room, breathing in dank, hostile air.

So, perhaps you'll need just one drink to take the edge off. Then, another for good measure. Here are 10 bars with dark corners, lovely people (who aren't related to you) with reliably cold and/or strong drinks.

Ships Lounge (1613 Greenville Ave). Scott Reitz penned an ode to Ships Lounge and, particularly, why you should go there to watch the Cowboys game (which is at 3 p.m.,of course. I feel silly even writing that, but just in case you're new to Earth). Ships opens at their regularly scheduled time of 10 a.m. Thursday and will have some turkey, ham and other dishes too. New family?

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Lauren Drewes Daniels is the Dallas Observer's food editor. She started writing about local restaurants, chefs, beer and kouign-amanns in 2011. She's driven through two dirt devils and is certain they were both some type of cosmic force.