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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Need an Escape? 8 Bars Open on Thanksgiving (and 5 More Open the Day After)

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  • Cheers to heading somewhere where no one knows your name, your recent professional setbacks, and that one embarrassing incident in the kiddy pool in first grade.

Ahhh, Thanksgiving! Another opportunity to spend time with your friends and loved ones, look back on what you're grateful for in the past year, and be driven absolutely insane by questions about your job/finances/love prospects coming from all sides. If you've reached the end of your rope or just need a space to get away for a few hours, we've done the heavy lifting for you by compiling a list of bars that will be open on Thanksgiving Day (and beyond). All you have to do is jog down there and drink until you're grateful again. (On a side note, when I was compiling this list at least two bars that planned to be closed on Thanksgiving informed me that AA meetings happen 365 days a year, so that's something to be grateful for, too.)

Places Open on Thanksgiving Day:

Fireside: This bar in the Inner Sunset is never overcrowded, features well-crafted beverages, and has a delightfully cozy fireplace to warm even the coldest of hearts. It's also got an internet jukebox which will allow you to play Yaz's "Only You" over and over as you drink your gin and tonic and contemplate grad school. 603 Irving St.

Hockey Haven: No-frills divey sports bar in the Richmond. No one's going to judge you and no one's going to make you tell your life story. Bonus: Clientele is usually over 30 and knows what's up. 3625 Balboa St.

Trad'r Sam's: Depending on what level of insufferable your family is aspiring to this year, you may just want to head here for a giant bowl of alcohol. They give you four straws, but you can drink even quicker if you tip the contents straight down your throat. 6150 Geary Blvd.

Tommy's Joynt: Full bar, food everywhere, unlimited pickles. The perfect place for your second dinner and fifth alcohol. 1101 Geary Blvd.

Vesuvio: Open every day of the year and steeped in history. You're not drinking, you're researching history. 255 Columbus Ave.

Elixir: Historic bar, fancy cocktails, zero guilt. 3200 16th St.

Dirty Trix: I came here on Christmas Eve last year (don't ask) and found the bar to be a delightful dive. The drinks are fairly priced and well-poured, the staff and clientele are welcoming and there's plenty of space to sit. 408 Clement St.

Trax: This Upper Haight bar will be open all evening. The atmosphere is low-key, the music is good, and the owner promises to keep the bar open until "whenever." That means you should get there early, because "whenever" could be closer to 1 a.m. than 2. 1437 Haight St.

Places Open on Friday:

The Lone Palm: Classy and dark. Candles on tables! The best part: There are usually snacks. 3394 22nd St.

El Rio: This dive generally has some amazing music going (you don't have to talk to family! or anyone!) and if you're into spending more time outside, you can drink your beer on a patio. 3158 Mission St.

15 Romolo: If you're out and about in North Beach, you should stop by this bar to eat its food and drink all of its liquor. I'm not biased or anything, but the Three Hour Tour is probably the best thing I've ever had. 15 Romolo Pl.

Martuni's: Strong drinks and a piano. Bust into "Reflection" or "Part of Your World" whenever someone asks you about your future. 4 Valencia St.

Kells: Are you into seeing Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving? Head over to Kells for their extensive selection of food and drinks. Perfect to bring your entire family (maybe not the kids). And if you need a little more merriment in your life, The Purple Onion is just downstairs and you can see hilarious comedians four nights a week, including this weekend. Send your mom down there! 530 Jackson St.

Good luck with the holidays!

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