For the DFW party crowd, Thanksgiving Eve is as big a deal as Thanksgiving — maybe bigger.
While New Year’s Eve is often considered the biggest “party” night of the year, the night before Thanksgiving is essentially the biggest “bar” night of the year. Factor in that most everyone has the following day off and that there are so many people in town for the holiday weekend and heretofore have only the Dallas Cowboys game as a break from obligated family time, and Thanksgiving Eve is the perfect storm for the bar crowd.
Here is a random sampling of some of the hotter spots for Thanksgiving Eve in DFW.
Texas Republic Bar & Kitchen is the newest hot spot in Fort Worth’s popular West 7th corridor is hosting its ‘1st Annual Pre Thanksgiving Day Bash’ starting at 10 p.m. with entertainment from DJ Technic. 941 Foch St, Fort Worth; @TexasRepublicFW on Facebook
Trophy Ranch will have Houston rapper Paul Wall performing beginning at 11 p.m in its exclusive Club Roar area located in the back of the bar. There is no cover, so expect big crowds. Arriving early is recommended. Table reservations/bottle is available by texting 469-708-0661. 2800 Bledsoe St. No. 100, Fort Worth; thetrophyranch.com
Varsity Tavern will host a Thanksgiving Eve party featuring DJ Wiki. The bar will have drink specials and VIP table service. Doors open at 10 p.m. and there is no cover. 1005 Norwood St., Fort Worth; varsitytavern.com
Landmark Bar & Kitchen will host what they are dubbing the “BIGGEST Pre Thanksgiving Bash” beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Happy-hour specials include $3 Crown, Tito's, frozens and domestics and free pizza. “Gobble Gobble” shots will be available all night for $3. Karaoke gets underway at 8 p.m. and a live DJ will go on at 11 p.m. Landmark will also raffle off a $300 Black Friday shopping spree. 3008 Bledsoe St., Fort Worth; landmarkfw.com
The Whiskey Garden is known for its swimming pool scene, but its Thanksgiving Eve party will be packed regardless of the weather. The party known as “Black Wednesday Thanksgiving Eve Party” kicks off with its 8-11 p. m. Wednesday “Surf and Turf Night” featuring a 10-oz. sirloin, jumbo Gulf shrimp, and stuffed baked potato bar for $9.99 Jesse Jennings will perform at 9 p.m., followed by DJ Traxx. 2800 Bledsoe St. No. 150, Fort Worth; thewhiskeygarden.com
Reservoir Bar-Patio & Kitchen will have a Pre-Thanksgiving party with special guest DJ Danny West. 1001 Foch St., Fort Worth; bar-reservoir.com
Bar Louie will host “Relative Relief” for Thanksgiving Eve. The party begins at 9 p.m. with spiked hot chocolate, signature martinis, full menu until close and Christmas movies on the patio. 2973 W. Seventh St., Fort Worth; barlouie.com
Poag Mahone’s Irish Pub’s Thanksgiving Eve specials begin with happy hour from 3-8 p.m. and continue with $3.50 domestic beer cans for the rest of the night. 700 Carroll St., Fort Worth; @poagmahones on Facebook
BoomerJack’s in Bedford will host its Wednesday Poker Night with $1.95 domestic longnecks, $3 Tito’s, $3 Sam Adams pints, $3 house wine and 50-cent boneless wings. 2300 W. Airport Freeway, Bedford. boomerjacks.com
Hooligan’s Pub in Arlington will host “Friendsgiving” for Thanksgiving Eve. Party-goers can bring in canned-food items that will be donated to Mission Arlington. 310 E. Abram St. Suite 150, Arlington; hooliganspub.net
The Brixton at the Shops at Legacy will host a Onesie party beginning at 8 p.m. with live music by popular ‘80s band Awesome Sauce. 5800 Legacy Drive, Suite C-11, Plano; thebrixton.net
Candleroom will host its 14th annual Thanksgiving Eve Bash. Since this legendary Dallas ultra lounge has owned Wednesday nights for well over a decade, this is a sure-fire bet to be one of the best spots for this big night. RSVP and table reservations are required at 214-370-4155 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 5039 Willis Ave., Dallas; candleroomdallas.com
Shakertins will host “Winter Onesieland” for Thanksgiving Eve with half off flatbreads and wine for those wearing onesies. Entertainment will be provided by Las Vegas resident DJ Dre. No cover. 6910 Windhaven Parkway, The Colony; Shakertins.com
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