Thanksgiving Eve — or “Black Wednesday” or “Drunksgiving Eve” — is known as the biggest drinking night of the year.
It stands to figure as more Americans will be on the road and in the air this week, making their ways home than at any other time of the year.
While some people may wish to prolong the annual pleasantries of arguments regarding politics and that one thing the weird cousin did that one time years ago, other families like to go out and spend time together the night before the big feast.
The family that drinks together stays together, right? Sure.
Fortunately, there are bars in the Dayton area more than happy to accommodate your family as you brace yourself for Turkey Day. But here are five classics the whole family can enjoy.
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1018 Irving Ave., Dayton
A classic Dayton beer hall, Kramers has been slinging up suds longer than most of us have been alive.
Known for their 40-ounce bottles and thick-crust pizza, it's not uncommon to see entire families gather there for a few hours.
This bar has been such a big part of University of Dayton student (and likely faculty) life for generations that they return year after year for informal class and family reunions. About the only thing that's changed with Kramers in the last decade is their ability to take credit and debit cards.
The bar will be open this Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., but you'll want to get there early as they expect to be near capacity long before sundown. Before you ask, no, they will not reserve you a table.
2. Clancy's Tavern
5514 Burkhardt Road, Dayton
If great bars worthy of your entire family were based solely on curb appeal, you might not think much of Clancy's, located in a nondescript strip mall at the corner of Burkhardt and Spinning roads.
But you'd be denying your family and yourself a great place to grab a drink and a great meal.
Sure, they have nearly 30 beers on tap and tons of screens to get almost any sporting event you could want to casually watch out of the corner of your eye, but the menu is chock full of hearty options. Personally, I suggest the hot shots, which may very well be the best in town.
Beer not your thing? Clancy's serves up a bevy of imaginative concoctions to get you in a thankful mood. They tell me their most popular creation is the Green Tea, which is a sweet boozy treat without going overboard on the sugary taste other drinks of its ilk often provide.
Despite having a spacious bar, Clancy's often fills up fast on a regular Friday or Saturday, and they're preparing for a capacity situation on Wednesday. They'll be open from 11 a.m. until 2:30 a.m., with the kitchen closing at 10 p.m.
3. Tank's Bar and Grill
2033 Wayne Ave., Dayton
I keep telling anyone who will listen that Tank's has the best damn cheeseburger in Dayton. And while there are certainly many valid contenders to the throne, I've yet to be convinced otherwise.
But if that's not enough to get you interested, Tank's offers a wide variety of tasty options, including serving all-day breakfast items that don't skimp on the quantity or quality. They also have a ridiculous selection of craft and domestic beers.
Tank's is the place I take friends who are visiting from out of town. It's also the perfect place to just sit and catch up with people you haven't seen in awhile. They're not much for bells and whistles. They just offer great food and drinks in the right kind of atmosphere to reconnect.
Tank's will be open Wednesday from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. (kitchen closes at 10:30 p.m.).
4. Double Deuce Tavern and Family Pizzeria
5186 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights
Having recently relocated from their original Dayton spot, Double Deuce has worked to create a family-friendly environment, while allowing the adults to have a few grown-up beverages as well.
The new location has space for about 100 patrons with a mini video arcade for the young at heart. I just had to try their pizza (I mean, it's in the name after all) and came away pleased with their sweet sauce.
Their menu also offers a variety of subs, salads, wings and appetizers. What about the beer? Well, they have 10 taps with eight of them devoted to craft beers.
Double Deuce is planning a special evening this week with drink specials and a live band. They'll be open Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., with the kitchen closing around midnight.
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5. Kings Table Bar and Grill
2348 Grange Hall Road, Beavercreek
The staff here tell me the night before Thanksgiving is always their biggest day of the year.
It's easy to see why with nearly 60 craft beers on tap and more than 130 bottles and cans every day. They are a beer lover's oasis in a desert of pretenders.
Of course, we've long been fans of their tots, but the rest of the menu is no slouch either.
With several pool tables and plenty of space, Kings Table is the kind of atmosphere built for families to congregate, chow down and drink up before getting the designated driver to get you home for more of the same the following day.
They will operate on their full regular schedule Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.