Thanksgiving is a day of celebration for those Americans willing to gather with friends and family for food and drink. But sometimes your friends and family are far away and you just want a cold, stiff drink to give thanks to. Use these bars to either drown your holiday sorrow or to find new things to give thanks for, especially if turkey isn’t your favorite meat and mashed potatoes make you sick. Pull up a stool and visit these bars on Turkey Day, and don’t forget to say thanks to the designated driver.
Good Ol’ Boys Saloon
10624 Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92804
www.mcambellg.wix.comIf the holiday time is not your favorite time, head down to Good Ol’ Boys Saloon for some fun and drinks. Half biker bar, half divey paradise, this bar offers a great selection of drinks, has some killer happy hour deals and will be open on Turkey Day so you can escape the rat race of Black Friday traffic. If the drinking and talking isn’t enough, take a break from fraternizing at the bar and try your hand at some shuffleboard. The recent change in ownership and prime location on Katella makes for a killer hole in the wall to spend your time on a special Thursday in November.
17428 Beach Blvd.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
www.johnnyssaloon.comIf there is one bar in Orange County that embodies giving thanks and is open on holidays like Thanksgiving, it is Johnny’s Saloon. This place lives and breathes respect and honor, as soldiers are honored on the daily. Its motif is one of punk rock and rebel country, so give this place a whirl if the average bar is a little too soft for your liking. Putting on a Johnny Cash tune while ordering any of Johnny’s zillions of drinks on tap will give you all of the thanks possible from your fellow patrons.
2300 W. Oceanfront
Newport Beach, CA 92663
www.muttlynchs.comMutt Lynch is a killer beachfront bar and grill with some bodacious burgers and a large beer selection. Schooners run you about a dozen dollars but do the trick. Don’t let that tryptophan kick in, as you will need all of your energy to get down just one of the big glasses. If you think Mutt Lynch is being anti-Puritanical about the whole thing, just think about one of those 10,000 gallons of alcohol brought over on the Arabella. While you won’t be drinking that much, the friendly staff and excellent scenery will keep you stoked from the first drop until the last. Come early as Mutt’s will be open from 7 a.m. until around 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
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601 Bar And Grill
601 S. Raymond Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92831
www.the601club.comWhat once was Bananas is now 601 Bar and Grillbringing, a rock and roll flair to Fullerton. The beer selection covers a wide gamut, the food is tasty and the vibe is a bit cooler than older bars. The televisions on the wall will help you keep up with the Thanksgiving sporting events, from both football and baseball, and you can play a game of your own on the fresh pool tables. This will be 601’s first time going through the Thanksgiving swing, but its former bar served dinner on Turkey Day. If you’re sick of turkey and mashed potatoes, give its old fashioned burger and fries a shot instead.
151 S. Kraemer Blvd.
Brea, CA 92821
www.shadynookbar.comShady Nook serves two masters at the same time: bikers and everyone else. Placed near the entrance (or exit) of a popular canyon that motorcyclists use quite often, this “neighborhood” bar serves cold beer of all types and offers live music for you and your friends. While Shady Nook’s hours might be a bit shorter on Thanksgiving, it still plans on staying open and showing the games on its TVs.
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