With Thanksgiving almost upon us, it's time to prepare yourself for over-drinking uncles, over-affectionate grandmas, and over-achieving siblings. Luckily for you, there's something we can all be thankful for: this handful of St. Louis bars that will be opening their doors on the evening of Thanksgiving.
So, whether you're celebrating the success of your Thanksgiving spread, needing a break from your well-meaning but clueless relatives, or just skipping the whole thing in lieu of a liquid Friendsgiving feast, head out to one of these bars and take part in St. Louis's favorite holiday (or pretty much anytime) tradition -- getting drunk.
If you're looking to get out in the Grove on the evening of Thanksgiving, you'll have a few options from which to choose. Both Atomic Cowboy (4140 Manchester Avenue, 63110) and HandleBar (4127 Manchester Avenue, 63110) will be opening at 9 p.m. to accommodate those in need of a nightcap.
Rehab (4100 Manchester Avenue, 63110), on the other hand, will be opening at 11:00 a.m. to serve a free Thanksgiving dinner, and will be open for drinks until 3:00 a.m. Friday morning, as usual.
Those in need of a little respite from relatives in Dogtown have two choices for late Thanksgiving drinks. Felix's (6335 Clayton Avenue, 63139) will be open regular hours, offering the usual selection of pizza and drinks, while the Fox & Hound Tavern at the Cheshire Lounge (6300 Clayton Road, 63117) will be open for drinks from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
For Soulard revelers, there are two options for drinking on the night of Thanksgiving. Nadine's Gin Joint (1931 South Twelfth Street, 63104) will keep the booze flowing all evening, and the neighborhood's International Tap House location (1711 South Ninth Street, 63104) will open its doors to beer connoisseurs in need of a break from family between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and midnight.
Denizens of south city will have several options available for their drinking pleasure on the evening of Thanksgiving. Around Tower Grove East, both Mangia Italiano (3145 South Grand Boulevard, 63116) and Tower Pub (3234 Morgan Ford Road, 63116) will be open their regular hours, with Friendly's (3503 Roger Place, 63116) opening for bar service (no kitchen, however) at 5:00 p.m.
Elsewhere in south city, Sandrina's (5098 Arsenal Street, 63139) will be opening up around 9:00 p.m. to serve Thanksgiving night owls, Foam (3559 South Jefferson Avenue, 63118) will be opening the bar at 8:00 p.m. and Blank Space (2847 Cherokee Street, 63118) will be opening late at 10:00 p.m. for its inaugural "Fourth-meal" Thanksgiving potluck.
In keeping with its years-long tradition of remaining open 365 days a year, both the bar and kitchen at Blueberry Hill (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City, 63130) will be open regular hours to serve Wash-U students who have chosen to stay on campus for the holiday as well as University City residents who've had their fill of cranberry and would like to supplement it with some Chuck Berry.
Those staying downtown this Thanksgiving will have ample options for both eating and drinking out, since Lumiere Place (999 North Second Street, 63102) and all the restaurants and bars it contains will be open regular hours on the holiday, as will the casino's gaming tables. So, if you'd like to celebrate your Thanksgiving with sushi, slots and spirits you can do exactly that.
Regardless of where in the St. Louis area you'll be staying, if buffets, booze and baccarat sound like your kind of holiday, then you're in luck. In addition to Lumiere Place, all of the area's casinos, including the Casino Queen (200 South Front Street, East St Louis, Illinois 62201), River City Casino (777 River City Casino Boulevard, 63125), Hollywood Casino (777 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights 63043) and the Ameristar Casino (1 Ameristar Boulevard, St. Charles, 63301) will be offering all the usual options for dining, drinking, playing and staying.
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