Bars open on Thanksgiving and Christmas
Raise a glass of holiday cheer.
Wed Nov 9 2011
Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson
Spread over a mammoth 5,000 square feet, this former warehouse offers a reprieve from pesky relatives. Grab a pint of Smuttynose IPA ($6) and hightail it to the clay bocce courts, or catch a live music or comedy show downstairs. If you're in the mood to just kick back by the fireplace in the front room, gather a few friends and drape yourselves on one of the vintage couches. 702 Union St between Fifth and Sixth Aves, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-638-4400, unionhallny.com). Open Thanksgiving and Christmas, hours TBD.
Brooklyn Ale House
This neighborhood pub is a local go-to for a mellow evening spent shooting pool or darts. After fulfilling your obligatory holiday duties, unwind with one of 16 brews on tap—common drafts include Old Speckled Hen ($6) and Blue Point Toasted Lager ($6)—and a fistful of gratis chips. 103 Berry St at North 8th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-302-9811, brooklynalehouse.com). Open Thanksgiving and Christmas evenings 7pm--4am.
Pencil Factory Bar
The low-key and dimly lit drinkery draws artsy regulars who'll gladly commiserate with you about any seasonal drama you've had to endure. Snag a stool at the hardwood bar and order one of the many Scotches or whiskeys available, or ask a friendly barkeep to pull you a perfect pint. Twenty-four beers ($4--$6) are on tap at any given time, so you should have no problem finding something to dull the roar of carols echoing in your head. 142 Franklin St at Myrtle Ave, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (718-609-5858, pencilfactorybar.com). Open Thanksgiving and Christmas evenings 7pm--4am.
The Basement at Macao Trading Co.
With crimson walls, Asian erotica and opulent fixtures, this subterranean lounge channels the sultry side of 1930s-era Macao. Toast the holidays with a few rounds of Chinese- and Portuguese-inspired cocktails: The Bashful Maiden ($15) combines Hendrick's Gin with St. Germain elderflower liqueur, Velvet Falernum, lemon juice and pureed striped melon for a smooth, almost tropical libation. 311 Church St at Walker St (212-431-8750, macaonyc.com). Open Christmas 5pm--4am.
Hell Gate Social
A sleek, blink-and-you'll-miss-it exterior belies the bustling vibe inside this energetic bar. Throngs of young Astorians frequent the laid-back spot to socialize and peep work by local artists while sipping affordable wine ($8--$9), beer ($5--$7) and specialty cocktails ($7--$9). 12-21 Astoria Blvd between 12th and 14th Sts, Astoria, Queens (718-204-8313, hellgatesocial.com). Open Thanksgiving and Christmas 6pm--4am.