Whether you need a few drinks before spending the day with family, have old friends to party with now that you’re home for the holiday, or just want to celebrate the mid-week vacation, Black Wednesday is a great night to go out. Of course, it’s also the night cops are looking to catch you drinking and driving. Luckily, all of these bars are centrally located, so you won’t have trouble taking public transit, or catching a cab. Here are the best places to enjoy Thanksgiving Eve in Minnesota.
1115 2nd Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 886-1297

Long gone are the days when shot after shot followed by beer after beer seemed like a good way to spend a night off. You’re older now, and more sophisticated. Or you just want really, really great cocktails and one of the best $5 burgers (and plenty of other snacks) you’ll find anywhere. It’s an elegant setting, low-lit and underground, making it the perfect place to hide out for a few drinks before spending the day with grandma and grandpa and aunt Sue and uncle Larry and cousin George.

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Clubhouse Jager
923 Washington Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 332-2686

The annual Thanksgiving Eve bash, presented by Transmission, is always a sure bet for a good time the night before Turkey Day. You can dance the night away, or sit back and catch up with old friends. This year it’s being held at Club Jager (it was at Varsity last year, perfect for those with friends at the U of M). It might turn a little drunk, a little busy a little wild, but if you’re looking for a fun place to spend a Wednesday Night, you probably won’t do better than this.

Grumpy’s Bar And Grill
1111 Washington Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 340-9738

The Death Comedy Jam? Well at least you won’t be so full yet that your sides split. That’s tomorrow. Grumpy’s is a good place anyway to have a few drinks and hang out, but the addition of one of the most consistently funny stand up comedy shows makes it even better. You can even sign up if you think you’ve got what it takes. If you’re in town visiting your folks for Thanksgiving, it’s not like you have to see any of these people again anyway right? Right. Or just go throw some darts, drink some drinks, and enjoy the show.

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Lee’s Liquor Lounge
101 Glenwood Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 338-9491

Lee’s is always fun. And when your parents and their generation want to celebrate too it’s even better. Plus, an Electronic Light Orchestra tribute is on Black Wednesday, so it’s guaranteed to be a good time. E.L.O. transcends generations. Lee’s Liquor Lounge “Good music. Cold Beer. And plenty of Jack.” is just the place you want to be for a few pre-Thanksgiving drinks. No pretense, no worrying who might see you out and about, just pure fun and maybe a little dancing to boot.

Billy’s On Grand
857 Grand Ave.
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 292-9140

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If you’re from, or went to school in, St. Paul, chances are you’ve been to Billy’s. Probably more than once. Probably more times than you’d care to remember. What better way to celebrate being back in town, or seeing friends who are, than by visiting the old hangout? And if that’s not not enough to entice you maybe the happy hour specials, from 9 to 11 p.m., where you can get discounted beer, rails, and wine, as well as $5 apps, will do the trick.

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