Thanksgiving Eve is practically a holiday in and of itself. By Wednesday, your old friends are back in town, and they’re sure as heck not spending the evening helping make the gizzard stuffing for tomorrow. No, they’re looking to spend some quality time hanging out with you. Based on anonymized trip data, these are the top 10 bar destinations for Uber riders over the Thanksgiving holiday in 2016. If you’re looking for fun, look no further than this list.
Boston bars to visit on Thanksgiving Eve
Some folks say Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant serves up the best pizza in Boston, and there’s nothing like sharing a hot ‘n’ delicious pie with old friends. The spacious digs are packed with high-spirited revelers most nights, so snag a table early and enjoy signature cocktails and delicious beers on tap late into the night.
When: Mon – Fri, 10am – 1am; Sat – Sun, 9am – 1am
Where: 425 W Broadway, South Boston
2. The Harp
The Harp is a beloved Boston spot where you can grab a bite to eat and catch up with your pals in style. This is the place to get primed for your Thanksgiving feast, what with its oversized burgers, ginormous sandwiches, super-deluxe mac’n’cheese, and flatbread pizzas concocted by celebrated chef Mike Gracie. A high-energy atmosphere keeps things lively at The Harp.
When: Mon – Thu, 11:30am – 12am; Fri, 11:30am – 2am; Closed Sunday
Where: 85 Causeway St
If you’re looking for a little live entertainment to keep things interesting, drag your friends to Bell in Hand Tavern the night before Thanksgiving to get an earful of Josh David and the Funeral Puppets, a foot-stompin’ folk-pop band with rockin’ riffs and danceworthy drumbeats. Eat a little, drink a little, and be merry a lot at this famous tavern that poured its first drink in 1795.
When: Daily, 11:30am – 2am
Where: 45 Union St
This cool, quirky pub is decked out with ancient brick walls dotted with works by local artists, and it’s a comfy, cozy place to hole up with your people for some pre-feast celebrating. Free live jazz, blues, and R&B keep your toes tapping and make the exotic cocktails and delectable beers go down that much more smoothly.
When: Mon – Wed, 5pm – 12am; Thu, 5pm – 1am; Fri, 5pm – 2am; Sat, 9:30am – 2am; Sun, 9:30am – 12am
Where: 541 Tremont St
Beer lovers unite at Harpoon Brewery, a spacious spot flooded with light from floor-to-ceiling windows in the daytime and lit with gigantic chandeliers at night. Get your fill of delicious potables brewed on-site, including favorites like Harpoon Hoppy Adventure Double IPA and the Harpoon Ehop, a thirst-quenching oatmeal pale ale. Be sure to pick up a six-pack or growler on your way out to take to your Thanksgiving feast.
When: Sun – Wed, 11am – 7pm; Thu – Sat, 11am – 11pm
Where: 306 Northern Ave
You can always count on daily specials, nightly entertainment, and spirited crowds at Howl at the Moon, a favorite Boston hotspot for dancing ’til you drop. Order up a gigantic bucket full of your favorite cocktail to share with your mates, and you’ll soon understand where Howl at the Moon got its name.
When: Tues – Fri, 4pm – 2am; Sat, 5pm – 2am; Sun, 7pm – 2am
Where: 184 High St
Brick walls, blood-red damask wallpaper, and ornate tin ceilings give Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar a deeply gothic and intimate vibe, perfect for long and lively, tequila-soaked conversations with your besties. Soak up all that booze with some delicious bites from the creative kitchen. Sample the famous tacos, or nosh on snacks like crispy empanadas or avocado toast.
When: Daily, 4pm – 2am
Where: 271 Dartmouth St
Elegantly appointed with wooden ceilings and sculptural lighting, Barcelona Wine Bar offers an enormous wine selection including local and global favorites. Executive Chef Marcellus Coleman whips up some stunning, artful fare, influenced by South American and Asian cuisines.
When: Daily, 4pm – 2am
Where: 525 Tremont St
9. Club Cafe
Supremely elegant but wholly approachable, Club Cafe is the kind of feel-good joint you’ll want to populate until closing time. Dance your booty off in the Moonshine Dance Club, or enjoy Thanksgiving Eve entertainment from pianist and show-tune aficionado Brian Patton in the Napoleon Cabaret Room, where you can take the stage and sing along with your favorite numbers.
When: Daily, 11am – 2am
Where: 209 Columbus Ave
Ornate tile floors, ancient brick walls, modern pendant lighting, and super comfy seating give Clerys the edge over other South End establishments. Sidle on up to the long mahogany bar and order your party some pints, and wash ’em down with a Jumbo Pile of avocado toast, nachos like you’ve never seen ’em, or a spicy, savory buffalo pizza.
When: Daily, 11am – 2am
Where: 113 Dartmouth St
This year, kick off your long holiday weekend the right way. Assemble the gang, and spend Thanksgiving Eve sipping, noshing, and catching up in one of Boston’s fine establishments.