Thanksgiving Eve is ‘the biggest bar night of the year’. Here are some places to party

A file photo from the grand opening of Fort Worth’s Varsity Tavern, expected to be one of the busiest nightspots on Thanksgiving Eve, the biggest bar night of the year in DFW.
A file photo from the grand opening of Fort Worth’s Varsity Tavern, expected to be one of the busiest nightspots on Thanksgiving Eve, the biggest bar night of the year in DFW. Star-Telegram archives

Thanksgiving Eve, aka.“the biggest bar night of the year,” is coming up, the party scene will be on fire on Nov. 21. across DFW.

Most people have the next day off from work, add many people in town who are looking for any excuse to get away from their families. That translates into massive crowds at essentially every establishment that specializes in serving adult beverages.

Here is a random sampling of hot spots for everyone to go after the Dallas Mavericks game on Wednesday night that will all-but ensure sleeping in until the Dallas Cowboys game on Thursday afternoon.


The Yard in the West 7th corridor will host “Let’s Get Basted” from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday. There will be $3 shot specials, $4 domestics and $5 wells all night. VIP and bottle service is available. 3017 Morton St., Fort Worth,

Texas Republic Bar & Kitchen will have its Second Annual Let’s Go Ham Pre-Thanksgiving Bash, which will get underway at 7 p.m. and go until 2 a.m. Specials include $3 Gobble Gobble shots, $4 Tito’s and $200 Tito’s bottles. Tables reservations are recommended, call 817-887-9797. 941 Foch St., Fort Worth,

Varsity Tavern is the place for the “Drinksgiving Turkeys on the Turf” party. For a chance to win a free bottle-service giveaway for Thanksgiving Eve, text “Turkey’”to 31996. Doors open at 9 p.m. 1005 Norwood St., Fort Worth.

Landmark Bar & Kitchen will host the ‘Gobble Gobble Pre-Thanksgiving Bash’ with $3 Gobble Gobble shots and a chance at a $300 Black Friday shopping spree. There will be karaoke beginning at 8 p.m. and a live DJ at 11 p.m. 3008 Bledsoe St., Fort Worth,

The Whiskey Garden is always packed on Wednesday nights with its popular “Surf and Turf” event that runs from 8to 11 p.m. The night includes a 10 oz. sirloin, jumbo Gulf shrimp and a “stuff your own’”baked potato bar that is $9.99, dine-in only. There is also a live DJ. 2800 Bledsoe St. No. 150, Fort Worth,

World of Beer in Fort Worth will have PubGuys Thanksgiving Eve Trivia, spotlighting Austin’s Independence Brewing Co., from 6 to 10 p.m. 3252 West 7th St., Fort Worth,

Troy’s, Troy Aikman’s burger joint/beer hall at Texas Live!, will have a free concert from the Keith Mitchell Band beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday. 1650 E. Randol Mill Road No. 100, Arlington,

Bar Louie will host “Friendsgiving” all day Wednesday (11 a.m.-2 a.m.) with $5 Jameson all day and happy-hour specials ($3.50 select drafts (14 oz), $4.50 select wine, $5.50 signature martinis and half off appetizers). (Note: the Bar Louie in Crockett Row in Fort Worth has the same Friendsgiving specials). 2973 W. 7th St., Fort Worth; 4001 Bagpiper Way, Arlington; 1101 Melbourne Road Suite 6600, Hurst;

Hooligan’s Pub in Arlington will host its annual Friendsgiving event from 6 p.m. until close. Drop off canned food items to be donated to Mission Arlington and with your canned item, you get a free Hoolie shot. 310 E. Abram St. No. 150, Arlington, @hooliganspubarlington on Facebook

What’s On Tap Keller will have a Thanksgiving Eve extravaganza, tapping a special firkin of Peticolas Brewing Company’s The Duke with peaches at 5 p.m Wednesday. Neighbor restaurant Boca 31 will be on hand, serving food for purchase all evening. 201 Town Center Lane., Keller,

Hooky in the West 7th area will present its “Pre-Turkey Day Party” with specials including $5 Jager, Rumple and Tuaca shots; $125 bottles of Moet Rose; and $150 bottles of Absolut. Sounds provided by DJ Panic. 2800 Bledsoe St. No. 125, Fort Worth, @hookybar on Facebook

Malone’s Pub in downtown Fort Worth will have a Thanksgiving Eve special: $3 well drinks all night. 1303 Calhoun St., Fort Worth.


Happiest Hour in the Harwood District will have its $4 Craft Beer Day from 11:30 a.m. to midnight. Each week features a new beer poured in a limited-edition glass; Fort Worth’s Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. will be the featured brewery Nov. 21. With the Dallas Mavericks-Brooklyn Nets game at nearby American Airlines Center, expect a big crowd before and after the game. 2616 Olive St., Dallas,

Toyota Music Factory will have “Pour Some 80s on Me: A Pre-Thanksgiving Bar Crawl” from 6 p.m. to -midnight. With a donation of your choice, you’ll receive a commemorative Toyota Music Factory T-shirt with boxes for each of the 13 bars and restaurants to sign on the back. Participants who get all boxes checked will have a chance to win the “Toyota Music Factory Experience,” which includes tickets to a show of their choice to The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, restaurant gift cards and free valet. All proceeds will go to Irving Cares, whose mission is to offer focused assistance and effective human services to Irving residents to address financial crises. 316 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving,

The Altitude Lounge on the 33rd floor of the W Dallas-Victory Hotel is the site for the Fourth Annual Thanksgiving Eve Affair from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday. Admission starts at $10 for general admission; table packages are $100-$150. Free admission with a canned good before 11 p.m. and discount admission all night. Further details and RSVP at or call 972-365-1364. 2440 Victory Park Lane., Dallas,

2513 Deep Ellum will host The Throwback Thanksgiving Eve 90s Bash. 90s attire is encouraged and there will be a ‘Best Dressed’ contest. The party also includes drink specials and free event photos. Tickets range from $5-$300 at For tables, group packages, and questions, email 2513 Main St., Dallas, @2513deepellum on Facebook.

Candleroom has long owned Wednesday nights on the Dallas scene, so its 15th Annual Thanksgiving Eve Bash will undoubtedly be a place to see and be seen. Entertainment will be provided by DJs John Feezy and Jonathan Revelle. RSVP and table reservations are required at 214-370-4155 or 5039 Willis Ave., Dallas,

Status Nightclub is the spot for Dallas Mavs Dennis Smith Jr. Official Pre-Thanksgiving Birthday Bash.” According to the Facebook event page, you can join the Mavericks point guard and “his celebrity guests for a star studded night to remember!” Bottle service is encouraged but not required. Ladies are 18 and up, men are 21 and up. Party is from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Valet parking is available. Further details are available at 469-737-0385. 2019 N. Lamar St. Dallas, @StatusDallas on Facebook.

Playground Bar in Uptown will host its Pre-Thanksgiving Bash with drink specials including $3 Gobble Gobble shot and a live DJ. 2908 McKinney Ave., Dallas,

Townhouse, the two-story nightclub in downtown Dallas, will host what it dubs the ‘BIGGEST Thanksgiving Eve party,’ #EVE from 10 p.m. to2 a.m. The exclusive fireside rooftop patio will have its tent up and be covered and there will be complimentary Hennessey samples from 10 p.m to midnight. 723 N. Pearl St., Dallas,

Shakertins in the Austin Ranch community will host a Drinksgiving Party with entertainment by DJ Nivek beginning at 9 p.m. 6910 Windhaven Parkway No. 101, The Colony.

Jay Betsill is a DFW-based freelance writer. Follow him on Twitter at @TheFamousJay