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Best Bars Open On Thanksgiving In LA

November 14, 2013 4:00 AM

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(credit: The Thirsty Crow)

(credit: The Thirsty Crow)

(credit: The Thirsty Crow)

(credit: The Thirsty Crow)

After spending quality time with your relatives on Thanksgiving Day, you may want to hit the streets to check out some of the more interesting bars that will be open on this national holiday. Most drinking establishments located within Los Angeles’ major tourist destinations plan to help make your excursion meaningful and gratifying. Those that are spending this day of recognition alone may want to visit bars and lounges that offer more than a cornucopia of alcoholic beverages and food offerings. Here is a select list of pubs in and around L.A. that plan to serve a slate of social activities and photo-worthy uniqueness on this traditional day of counting blessings.

credit: Mom's Bar

credit: Mom’s Bar

Mom’s Bar
12238 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 820-6667

A popular neighborhood hangout, Mom’s Bar ranks high as one of the leading places in town to play table tennis. While sampling a thirst-quenching selection of adult beverages, try your hand at a game of ping pong against some of the more competitive players in your family. The pub, that’s been an L.A. fixture since the 1950s, also features a pool table and classic photo booth. Its cocktail menu stirs up such exotic tastes as cucumber vodka mixes, Kahlua blends and fruit liqueurs at yesterday’s prices. Should the guest DJ decide to take a break, music played on the vintage jukebox will likely take you back in time to a memory-provoking period. Don’t forget to peek inside the back room, where stand-up comedy or another live show could be in full effect.

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(credit: Joy Bitonio)

The Gaslite
2030 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 829-2382

If you and your family members and friends are in the mood to sing, you will want to place The Gaslite on your radar. This neighborhood hot spot is a party mash-up that overlays a sports bar with a karaoke club. All guests that enter before 9 p.m. receive $2 off all beverages, including $12 buckets of beer. Its cocktail offerings include special deals for stiff margaritas and other favorite spirits to help keep you in the mood. In lieu of a food menu, the staff hands out a fat notebook packed with cuisine listings from nearby eateries that will deliver, including pizza parlors and Asian restaurants. This is a favored meeting place to hold a reunion, network with new acquaintances and attempt some hidden or long-lost skills on the bar’s anything-goes dance floor.

(credit: The Thirsty Crow)

(credit: The Thirsty Crow)

The Thirsty Crow
2939 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 661-6007

After filling up on turkey and playing checkers with your relatives, you will certainly want to check out The Thirsty Crow when its doors open at 9 p.m. A retreat for whisky lovers, the bar carries a hefty selection of more than 100 whiskeys and dozens of bourbons. The site’s cocktail presentation utilizes techniques and recipes of bar masters from the days of yore when juices were squeezed and infusions were natural and prepared on the spot. It is a nice place to spend a few hours among hipsters that enjoy listening to all types of music styles, from blues to rock. The bar offers live music on select nights. Connoisseurs of grain or malt whiskey may want to re-visit this informative place on Sunday when whiskey education classes are taught by the venue’s resident bartenders and mixologists.

Related: Champagne Drink Recipes From An LA Mixologist

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(credit: Thinkstock)

Mixology 101
6333 W. 3rd St., Suite 020
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 370-6561

At this trendy bar and lounge at The Grove, visitors get a chance to learn more about the adult beverages they enjoy consuming. In command is multi-award-winning mixologist Salvatore Calabrese, an expert on vintage cognacs and blending classic cocktails. It’s the place where tourists will likely run into some of their favorite television personalities, including Mario Lopez and Christina Milian. In addition to an impressive selection of champagne, pre-dinner, martini and after-dinner libations, Mixology 101 offers a roster of non-alcoholic cocktails and an appetite-inducing food menu. Since this unique location overlooks one of L.A.’s more popular tourist destinations, it presents a memorable people-watching experience. Consider joining The 101 Club to gain access to the bar’s legendary cocktail recipes.

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(credit: Luau Larry’s)

Luau Larry’s
509 Crescent Ave.
Avalon, Catalina Island, CA. 90704
(310) 510-1919

Anyone seeking an exotic experience away from the hustle and bustle of urban life may want to take a short scoot across the Pacific Ocean to hang out at this picturesque locale.Located just a few steps from the beach, this colorful spot offers spectacular views of the harbor in a tropical environment. For more than two decades, Luau Larry’s has opened its doors on Thanksgiving Day, offering world-famous alcoholic beverages, succulent food items and live entertainment. Some of its more popular concoctions include buffalo milk blends and some of the most concentrated cocktails west of the L.A. bay area. The bar and restaurant’s tiki-themed setting creates an atmosphere of being on a Hawaiian vacation. If you’ve ever wanted to don a straw hat and an Aloha shirt during autumn, you’ll feel right at home.

Related: Best Tiki Bars In Los Angeles

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Sharon Raiford Bush is an award-winning journalist who covers topics of social interest in greater Los Angeles. Some news articles she has authored have been archived by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Sharon also contributes to
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