The nght before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest bar nights of the year, only rivaled by New Year’s Eve. It even has a few names for it, some call it Black Wednesday, and others refer to it as Amateur night due to the large amount of younger crowd’s home from college, and non-frequent bar goers. Many people do travel to visit family or have off the following day for one of the top 3 holidays of the year. So if you want to go out for some nostalgia with friends, a good time and maybe something a little more interesting here are 5 different options to have a fun night before Thanksgiving.
1114 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA.19125
(215) 634-4400

A top pick for a place to get together with friends and relive the good parts of your childhood is Barcade. Barcade is located in Fishtown and is part bar and part arcade (hence the name). It could possibly be one of the most fun places to visit on Thanksgiving eve for those who love arcade games. You can enjoy some classic arcade games like Donkey Kong and Frogger, plus many more. Beer is a big seller and there is plenty of variety including a craft beer selection. For food Barcade serves delicious bar food such as tacos, nachos and quesadillas. The place itself is large enough to give plenty of elbow room.

Prohibition Tap Room
501 N.13th St.
Philadelphia, PA.19123
(215) 238-1818

Maybe you want to get your taste buds warmed up for the biggest eating event of the season, and if so consider Prohibition Tap Room. This is one of the largest tap micro brews in the city. (much of their beer comes from local Yards Brewery). Besides the fantastic beer selection the food is excellent as well. Customers rave about the Chinese Red Neck (crispy duck) which consists of succulent- duck meat with chili sauce over pork fried rice.  They also serve fun dishes such as pork belly fries, and a Smoked Turkey Benedict for you to get ready for more turkey. For dessert don’t miss the coffee glazed donuts.

The Trestle Inn
339 N.11th St.
Philadelphia, PA. 19107
(267) 238-0290

If you love the funk of the ’60s and ’70s you may wish to go dance and groove over to the Trestle Inn. On Thanksgiving Eve the Trestle Inn is hosting its annual “Jive Turkey” party with Connie Love and Lola Gold. This is a dance party but with Whiskey specials. The party runs from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.. From 7 to 10 you can have Black Power Whisky Sour specials for $5  And all night long there is a  Turkey Wide Yuengling can special with Wild Turkey bourbon for $5. A screening of the 1974 film “Foxy Brown” will take place at 10 p.m. The Trestle has been around for over 100 years and is described by many as “hipster.”

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Chickie & Pete’s
1526 Packer Ave.
Philadelphia, PA.

Perhaps you prefer to be somewhere there will be a lot of people. A long time Philly favorite is Chickie & Pete’s. Here you can enjoy your favorite sporting events and grab their famous crab fries. Chickie & Pete’s is also fairly massive in size so even if it’s very busy (it will be) you may not feel smothered in their 24,000 square feet. If you want to eat crabs or watch TV you can enjoy both. Here they have a 14 ft. television. Chickie & Pete’s has 3 bars in the building and is a regular winner for Best Bar or Best Sports Bar from several media outlets over the years.

Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant
247 S.17th St
Philadelphia, PA. 19103
(215) 545-9473

Maybe you are more of a wine drinker, or like a cozier atmosphere. The Black Sheep Pub is a cozy Irish pub that may best suit your eve of Thanksgiving wish list. Here they serve up Irish dishes such as shepherd’s pie but also carry typical bar bites, like fries, mac-n-cheese bites, and mini tacos. They also carry a popular mulled wine called “The Smoking Bishop”. For beer lovers in your group they do have an extensive beer list.

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Post Author: Christina Dagnelli.