With all of your friends and family in town, there’s no better time to party it up than the night before Thanksgiving. Start your holiday weekend right with a night out at one of these D.C.-area hot spots that promise perfect libations for you and yours this season.
1101 17th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
With its all-glass facade, modern lounge and street-level heated patio, Barcode is the place to be to let loose this black Wednesday. Enjoy delicious foods, including avocado dip, lobster bisque and grilled lamb chops, comfy seating and delicious cocktails. The bar menu features 12 beers on tap, more than 30 bottles of red, white and sparkling wine, more than 30 can and bottled beers plus VIP bottle service. Barcode also features plenty of televisions to catch the game, local and internationally known DJs, valet parking, hookahs and the best signature cocktails. Wednesday nights feature the hottest in Latin and Caribbean tunes plus free cover all night. Age 21 and older only.
1103 Bladensburg Road NE
Washington, DC 20002
If the thought of spending an evening in a room full of sweaty, gesticulating bodies makes you cringe, then head over to Jimmy Valentine’s. The completely non-descript bar (don’t bother looking for a sign or a phone number) features an eclectic collection of ghoulish paintings and other spooky works of art, a full-service bar and plenty of seating. Jimmy Valentine’s features more than 30 handcrafted beers, including Young’s double chocolate stout and the Great Lakes Burning River pale ale. Friday nights bring you $1 PBR Tallboys that increase $1 in price every hour until midnight plus the latest in dubstep and techno music. The bar also features the infamous Mr. Lethal, an alcohol-infused root beer slushie that’s guaranteed to knock your socks off.
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827 Slaters Lane
Alexandria, VA 22314
For food that’s just as good as mom’s, stop by Rustico in Old Town Alexandria. Featuring organic products and locally produced ingredients, the menu at Rustico is as varied as it is simple. Enjoy tasty rotisserie chicken, delicious brick-oven pizzas and yummy sweet treats. The bar and lounge area features couches and communal tables, dimmed lighting and plenty of televisions. Choose from 30 beers on tap or more than 330 (that’s right, not a typo) different types of can or bottle beers from all over the world. Rustico also offers larger sized bottles and six packs for purchase, the perfect accessory to continue the holiday celebrations at home or a friend’s house.
13999 Metrotech Drive
Chantilly, VA 20151
If a casual watering hall is more your style, then the Backyard Grill is your pre-Thanksgiving go-to place. Enjoy a nice, quiet meal inside or yuk it up with the locals on the large outdoor patio. The full-service restaurant and bar features more than half a dozen flat screen televisions, free electronic trivia and fun special events including live entertainment, DJs and dancing, cornhole and party pong nights. Wednesday nights feature discounts on baby back ribs and karaoke. Don’t forget to stop by before heading back home to enjoy the popular Sunday brunch buffet including eggs benedicts, pancakes, French toast and a omelet/waffle station.
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29 S. Main St.
Bel Air, MD 21014
Located in the heart of downtown Bel Air, Main Street Tower features daily food and drink specials, dinner theater and live entertainment. Head upstairs to the rooftop deck and enjoy dinner and dancing with a view, relax with your family and friends in the front bar or dance up a storm in the back bar. Main Street Tower also features special events, including a seven-course wine dinner and costume contests on Thursdays, plus 49-cent wings and happy hour from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving also features a happening Thanksgiving Eve party featuring the area’s best DJs and bands all night long. The fun starts at 9 p.m.