Thanksgiving isn’t just about gluttonizing with your family. One of the best parts about the waistline-stretching holiday is going out the night before. If stuffing your face and watching football are your only responsibilities next Thursday, let loose Wednesday night with these late-night specials.
606 Washington Av. N., Mpls. • 612-340-0010 • www.theloopmpls.com
This North Loop bar makes pre-Turkey Day partying a little bit cheaper with its late happy hour from 9 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday. Enjoy $3 wells, $3-$4 taps, $4 house wines and half-priced pizzas, and save $3 on martinis and apps. There’s no hangover a heaping pile of mashed potatoes can’t cure.
1300 Lagoon Av., Mpls. • 612-825-2525 • www.barabilene.com
Uptown’s veteran Tex-Mex joint might be more guacamole than gravy, but the quesadilla slingers can help you drink cheap before Thanksgiving’s pumpkin-pie bonanza. From 9 p.m. to midnight Monday through Wednesday, Bar Abilene knocks $2 off all drinks and pushes $1.50-$3.50 tapas. Rehash your inebriated exploits around the dinner table the next day. Or don’t.
2922 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. • 612-821-0101 • www.theherkimer.com
This Lyn-Lake brewpub is padding its standard happy hour specials around Thanksgiving. In addition to the Herk’s 10 p.m.-to-close Sunday-through-Thursday routine of $3.50 taps and wells and $2-off wines, it’s offering $4 Wild Turkey and cranberry juice shots, $4 Big Gingers and an $8 beer/select whiskey shot combo Wednesday and Thursday.