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Local bars make for nice spots on Thanksgiving eve

As Thanksgiving break nears, the thoughts of turkey dinner, college football and family cheer will cross our minds,

The night before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest nights, so be sure you don’t get your drinks at the wrong bar. |

but we must not forget Thanksgiving eve is the biggest night of the year. Yes, St. Patrick’s Day, New Year’s Eve and Halloween are all holidays we like to celebrate in style, but the day before Thanksgiving is the biggest of them all.

This is the season that old high school buddies come back into town, and friends reconnect with each other. With nothing to do on Thanksgiving other than to stuff your face with turkey and pie, it’s OK to sleep in and go out Wednesday night. With so many bars, restaurants and clubs in Houston, it can be an overwhelming feat to decide where to go. Knowing where the best places to go will make your holiday a lot easier.

Here are four great spots to check out (ranked in order of importance).

4. Everybody has been to Buffalo Wild Wings, but not everybody has been there on Wednesday to partake in its $2.50 and $3.75 Big Beer Night. In honor of Thanksgiving, it will still be running its amazing beer specials. Situated near the corner of Richmond Avenue and Wesleyan Street, its convenient location is great for everybody. With Buck Hunter Pro, Golden Tee Live 2011, continuous sports coverage and its accessible location in Greenway Commons, it is no wonder Buffalo Wild Wings is a top choice on this special night.

3. STATS Sports bar, located at 10850 Louetta Road, is the perfect place to enjoy the night out. For one thing, one of the bar’s owners is Jessica Statlander, who happens to be a former UH student and Buggy Beauty.

She knows that many students are on a budget, so the bar will be featuring $2.50 Big Beers and its shot special, “The Angry Pilgrim.” For those that are already dreading turkey sandwiches, the bar has a $13.50 grilled steak special which includes fresh cut green beans and potato casserole. Not to mention the bar will have the Crown Royal girls out to give you some holiday cheer. It has several big screen televisions, Golden Tee, pool and Buck Hunter to keep your night going strong. This place is the perfect place to let go before Thursday’s dinner with the family.

2. Brian O’Neill’s Irish Pub and Restaurant in Rice Village is always a good place to go out, but for special occasions, it is the best. The bartenders are fast, friendly and knowledgeable. It always has amazing drink specials, and this Wednesday, they will also have a disc jockey to spin the latest and greatest mixes. With its large patio and spacious bar, this is the perfect place to meet your longtime and long-lost friends.

1. Everybody knows that The Washington Strip is the new place to party on the weekends. There is no doubt that all along Washington Street will be a zoo, but the top choice to partake in the madness is Taps House of Beer.

It has more than 90 beers on draft from around the world. Its extensive list of bottled beers, ranging from light lagers to dark porters, is also nothing to sneer at. Though this place is going to be packed Wednesday, it’s bartenders are so fast that your beer will always be cold.

Do not miss out on the yearly ritual that begins here in college, and continues into your adult years. If you need to escape your parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents’ annoying questions on graduation or future grandchildren, this is your time to do it. So have a great Thanksgiving Break and remember to always have a designated and sober ride.

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