Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what matters most and spend the day with people you care about. Whether you’re eating turkey with your extended family or you’re getting together with your friends, Thanksgiving tends to take on a relaxed vibe as everybody gathers around the table for dressing and pie.
The night before Thanksgiving is a different story. As one of the busiest nights for bars, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is a time to catch up with old friends and raise a glass (or two) to the holiday season. We took a look at anonymized trip data and here’s where Orlando riders caught up over drinks last Thanksgiving Eve.
Orlando bars to visit on Thanksgiving Eve
You’ll never get bored at the Wall Street Plaza. With eight different bars to choose from you can easily get lost in the massive complex that spans 2 city blocks. Grab a microbrew, hand-crafted cocktail, or an imported glass of wine along with a variety of food options for everyone.
Where: 25 Wall St, Orlando, FL 32801
This LGBTQ friendly establishment is part of a hotel and set directly on the Rock Lake shoreline area, making it a unique venue for cocktails. Get your drink on at Parliament House if you’re in the mood for a club-like environment where it can get busy in a hurry.
Where: 410 N Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32805
The Knight’s Pub is a sports bar that showcases a dozen different sporting events almost every night of the week. Large and raucous, this is a must-stop establishment for sports fans who like their bars loud and their drinks strong.
The Knight’s Pub also serves dinner and an assortment of bar specialties if you get the munchies mid-drink.
Where: 3910 N Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32826
Like Knight’s Pub, Casey’s on Central is a sports bar, although one that’s a little more low-key and unassuming. Grab a table or sit at the bar at Casey’s on Central for a stiff mixed drink or your choice of go-to beer options. Casey’s features a large food menu if you need a snack or full meal during the game as well.
Where: 50 E Central Blvd D, Orlando, FL 32801
Designed to look just like an old-west cowboy bar, Saddle Up All-American Bar is a fun, whimsical place to grab a drink with friends. Perfect for your jeans and boots attire, it’s also a casual spot where you can enjoy line dancing classes with your beer and cocktail. Live music, DJs, and a patio make Saddle Up an all-night destination.
Where: 100 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801
If it’s not obvious from the name, World of Beer is a place where unique brews rule the roost. Stop in for live music, beer and nightly specials. You’ll find a rotating cast of beers only on sale for a few days or a week too.
Where: 431 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801
An LGBTQ bar and dance club, theme nights are the big draw at Southern Nights Orlando. Come for live DJs playing the hits loud and a dance floor that never quits. Drag shows and an oversized patio make Southern Nights a spot you can spend hours at with ease.
Where: 375 S Bumby Ave, Orlando, FL 32803
An upscale bar that serves American fare in a well-designed Mediterranean space, Ember is an excellent place to start or end your night with a drink and fine meal. The wine list is also top-notch at Ember, which is a big plus for many regulars.
Where: 42 W Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801
With multiple live music spaces, dance floors, and bars, Independent Bar is a spot you can spend a whole night without getting bored. Go for the mixed drinks here as the bar can get busy, especially if you’re taking your refreshments right to the dance floor. You’ll find rotating specials like $3 PBR cans a few nights per week at Independent Bar.
Where: 70 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801
10. Knight Library
Knight Library is a sports bar with a college vibe, but you don’t have to be in college to hang out here. Stop into Knight Library for a game on TV, beer by the pitcher, or a well-mixed cocktail. The menu also features drink specials like discounted buckets of beer that are perfect for big groups.
Where: 11448 University Blvd, Orlando, FL 32817
Thanksgiving is all about the turkey for most people, but the night before is an excellent time to get your crew together for a drink. Check out any of these bars in Orlando for an awesome night out before you stuff your face the next day.