After the big holiday feast (or a big holiday fight), Austinites need a post-Thanksgiving escape plan. It’s good to be know there are places to rely on. These quality neighborhood spots offer all the beer and booze to get through the day — and no crazy uncles yelling at the TV in the background.
Make a run to this classic Airport Boulevard dive where — as its motto proclaims — the “drinks are cheap so you don’t have to be.” While knocking back a Lone Star or two, get in a game of pool and be sure to pump dollar after dollar into their jukebox. The hand-picked selection of both current and classic albums is one of the best in Austin. Doors open at 8 pm.
Barton Springs Saloon
Still reeling from yet another attempt at discussing politics with the family? Get some fresh air on the dog-friendly covered patio at this Barton Springs Road and South Lamar Boulevard watering hole. Open from 3 pm-midnight, the bar offers a deep selections of local craft brews and ciders and spirits for those who need something stiffer. Plus, there are a few screens scattered on the walls to catch football highlights.
Black Sheep Lodge
Options are aplenty at this popular South Lamar Boulevard spot, which will be bustling from 11 am-midnight. In addition to adult beverages, it boasts a full food menu featuring one of the juiciest burgers in town. For entertainment, the numerous TVs offer prime football viewing and pool tables, darts, and other games keep the metabolism chugging after a huge meal.
Deep Eddy Cabaret
Rally after Turkey Day at this classic West Austin spot that’s been open since 1951. True, it’s not the type of place to order a daiquiri in a crystal coupe, but holidays call for a cold longneck.The doors aren’t set to open until 5 pm, but that just means guests have plenty of time to rest up for the Thursday Night Football match between the Saints and Falcons.
Frazier’s Long & Low
For a good hang off Riverside Drive, swing into this spot from 6 pm to 2 am. Park the pup on the patio, then belly up to the bar for late night snacks like giant corn dogs, wings, and burgers. Unlike many neighborhood bars, it also has a solid cocktail list, especially the punchy Uncle Frankie’s Old Fashioned.
Poutine isn’t exactly a Thanksgiving standard, but gravy is gravy in any form. Wash down the Canadian staple with an extensive collection of craft beer or buy a round of shots to get the party started. Since Haymaker is also one of Austin’s most popular sports bars, there’s also always a screen in sight. The festivities run from 11 am to midnight.
When the tryptophan has worn off, go on an adventure to this rambling Sixth Street stalwart. From 4 pm to 2 am, take advantage of deals on boozy hot chocolate, hot toddies, and appropriately themed Wild Turkey and cranberry shots. Though holiday revelers will want to leave the car at home, the chili-smothered waffle fry nachos are a surefire way to sober up before the rideshare comes.
Lala’s Little Nugget
Transition directly from Thanksgiving into Christmas via this little nugget in Crestview. The sparkly holiday decorations, which stay up year-round, aren’t the only reason to visit this bar, though. There’s also a killer jukebox full of old-school tunes, a patio to kick back on, and the heady Santa’s Irish Coffee made with locally made cold brew. Doors will open at 7 pm.