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

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Suffocated by your dinner host's pretentious Martha Stewart-style thanksgiving? Head over to Adair's Saloon in Deep Ellum (2624 Commerce St.). I'm pretty sure we create the category "Best Honky-Tonk" just for this gem and it sufficiently deserves its own category. Saddle up to the bar with a Lone Star and cry in your beer, if that's your thing. It's a honky-tonk, so it's basically expected. Adair's will get things rolling at 8 p.m.

The Idle Rich Pub (2614 McKinney Ave.) and its sister bar across the street the Black Friar Pub (2621 McKinney Ave.), both open at 8 p.m. If you need fresh air, I'd go for the latter. Need a dark corner? I'd nab a small booth near the dart board in the back of the Idle Rich.

The Fillmore Pub (1004 E. 15th St., Plano). Because people in Plano need to get out too. So we hear, anyway. The Fillmore Pub has a lot of local craft beer, including Peticolas' Velvet Hammer, Revolver Brewing and an entire book of others. They'll gladly pour you a pint from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday.

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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.

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