Thanksgiving bars

You can't make it home to visit your overbearing, guilt-inducing family on Turkey Day? Lucky. Drown your so-called sorrows at one of the watering holes that won't be closed for business.

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Brandy's Piano Bar

Upper East Side: Brandy’s Piano Bar
There’s nothing like music to lift your spirits—at 9:30pm, listen to the pianist, waitress and bartender perform cheery songs like Billy Joel’s “Piano Man.” Okay, maybe that one’s not so uplifting, but it’s better than drinking alone. 252 E 84th St between Second and Third Aves (212-744-4949, brandysnyc.com); 8pm--4am

Park Slope: Pacific Standard
Relive the cozy memories of Thanksgivings past with family-friendly board games, minus your super-competitive little sister. Play Scrabble or Jenga, read a novel from one of the bookshelves, or just slam down one of the 18 microbrews on tap (starting at $4). 82 Fourth Ave at St. Marks Pl (pacificstandardbrooklyn.com); 12pm--4am

East Village: International Bar
Screw blood ties—create your own clan at the family-style potluck dinner. Cheap thrills include a Genesee lager with a shot of Evan Williams whiskey for $4, or a snifter of Basil Hayden or Old Forester for $10. 120 First Ave between 7th St and St. Marks Pl (212-777-9244); 12pm--4am

Upper West Side: The Dead Poet
Lessen Thanksgiving stress as early as 9am with dead poet--themed drinks, like an Edgar Allen Poe (Grey Goose, triple sec and Chambord served in a martini glass; $9), for breakfast. Whew, no wonder writers die young. 450 Amsterdam Ave between 81st and 82nd Sts (212-595-5670, thedeadpoet.com); 9am--4am

Astoria: Hell Gate Social
Devour a Turkey sandwich with cranberry fixings ($7) and buy Wild Turkey cocktails ($5--$8), then watch the bar’s screening of A Christmas Story at 8pm. Mull over what’s more dysfunctional: dressing children up like bunny rabbits or boozing on a family holiday. 12-21 Astoria Blvd at 14th St (718-204-8313, hellgatesocial.com); 7pm--4am

Murray Hill: Tonic
Watch the Giants beat the Broncos (knock on wood) on one of 56 televisions, then join the inebriated crowd on the dance floor. Pop your collar for plenty of ’80s and pop music blasting on all three stories of the bar. 411 Third Ave at 29th St (212-683-7090, toniceast.com); 3pm--4am

Lower East Side: bOb Bar
An extended happy hour from 8pm to midnight ($3 beers and half-priced well drinks) and a DJ spinning old-school hip-hop and reggae music makes this the spot to boogie away the tryptophan coma. 235 Eldridge St between E Houston and Stanton Sts (212-529-1807, bobbarnyc.com); 8pm--4am

Williamsburg: Brooklyn Ale House
Bartenders serve up free hot cider with oranges and coriander for Thanksgiving; purchase a shot of your choice to pour into the cider or chug $4 Brooklyn Lagers. Then shoot pool, play darts, and check out artist Geralyn Shukwit’s photos of the old East River Park before Billyburg’s mass gentrification. 103 Berry St at North 8th Street (718-302-9811, brooklynalehouse.com); 7pm--4am

Long Island City: The Creek
Foster your inner artist at a spot where drum circles often form and someone is sure to bust out a guitar. The night starts off with a potluck Thanksgiving feast followed by plenty of groovy Pink Floyd from the assembled musicians. 10-93 Jackson Ave at 11th St (718-706-8783, creeklic.com); 7pm--4am

Harlem: Mobay Uptown
Grab a seat at the bar for a Harlem Mojito (mint, sugar, rum and a shot of cognac; $12) or a glass of spiced eggnog ($8) while you live vicariously through the happy families in the restaurant feasting on turkey and pumpkin pie. 17 W 125th St at Fifth Ave (212-828-3400; mobayuptownnyc.com); 11am--12pm

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