Black Wednesday, perhaps better known to some as Black-out Wednesday, is more than just the day of running errands for the holiday. In fact, the night before Thanksgiving has become one of the biggest drinking days of the year as college students come home, kids are out of school and many hard workers let loose for a long weekend. With another year of things to be thankful for, there’s plenty of excuses to celebrate and no better place to go than these bars listed below. Each bar has a wow factor that will make you and your family or friends appreciate each other more. And if needed, cabs are just a phone call away. Looking for even more bar stops? Then try this list of best Black Wednesday bars in Baltimore from 2012.
8049 Main St.
Ellicott City, Md. 21043
For the widest and best selection of Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers around, as required to properly celebrate the holiday, Phoenix Emporium is your bar stop. Try local microbrew favorites like DuClaw Double Spiced and Mad Bishop or Flying Dog Dogtoberfest, or opt for Germany’s finest including Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier or Hofbrau Oktoberfest. Even if these brews aren’t for you, the bar carries over 160 bottled beers from all around the world – leaving plenty of options for a large group. On Wednesdays, drink specials are $1 Miller Light, Bud Light, Yuengling and rail drinks, plus $3 shooters and $5 bombs, so everyone can go home happy with a few bucks left to spend on Black Friday.
520 Washington Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21230
Serving up Baltimore tradition for 25 years, Pickles Pub is more than just a fun sports bar – it’s a place where friends and family feel at home, even if they’re from out of town. Treat yourself and guests to some local and craft beers while enjoying crab pretzels, a Baltimore specialty. Then before things get too hectic for the Thanksgiving holiday, sit back, relax and catch up on the latest Ravens news. After all, you’re likely to be surrounded by fans. At the end of the night there are T-shirts for purchase so everyone can say they remember getting “pickled at Pickles” on Black Wednesday, even if they don’t really remember it.
The Golden West
1105 W. 36th St.
Baltimore, Md. 21211
A personal, quirky environment that delivers delicious southwestern cuisine in addition to an interesting bar experience, The Golden West in Hampden is, well, golden. The “Long Bar” menu is open from 10 p.m. until last call, and there are plenty of options to keep you drinking until the holiday. The bar’s famous, refreshing Bloody Mary tops the must-try list of beers, cocktails and red and white wines that are available. Plus, there’s not many places that offer a breakfast burrito past midnight – a great way to prep your stomach for all the turkey to come.
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Liam Flynn’s Ale House
22 W. North Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
There’s something about celebrating American holidays in an Irish pub that makes people truly appreciate the diversity of culture in America. Located in the Charles North neighborhood, Liam’s has 15 taps, two for local brews, a specialty list of whiskeys and ciders and British Isles Ales that are guaranteed to warm your belly and put a smile on your face. The best part is that every Wednesday features live traditional Irish music, which proves to be the perfect setting for a relaxed conversation and merry making. There’s no better formula for celebrating one of America’s biggest drinking holidays.
Rocket to Venus
3360 Chestnut Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21211
The atmosphere of Rocket to Venus is not only out of this world, but visitors will love to launch out of time into this space/diner-themed restaurant before returning to Earth in time for the holiday. The menu is full of tasty oddities like roasted Brussels sprouts and grilled Korean gyros that will make choosing just one item quite difficult. Further, the exceptional bar menu selections and daily drink specials can easily lead to more than a few – so come prepared with a designated driver. Wednesday’s are half-price bottles of wine and $5 for select premium whiskeys, certainly something worth celebrating.
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