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11 Bars That Are Open on Thanksgiving in Austin

For drinks before or after turkey dinners

A shot glass of brown liquid and a can of Lone Star beer.
A shot and a beer at the Cavalier.
The Cavalier
Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Ah, Thanksgiving: It’s a time to gather with friends and family while eating really great food. If you’re sticking around Austin, returning home, or coming to the city for the holidays, you might be in search of an excuse to go out for a drink by yourself or with friends and family.

With that in mind, here are nine bars that will be open on Thanksgiving day without any or at least much Thanksgiving hoopla on Thursday, November 24, all listed in alphabetical order.

For related Thanksgiving guidance, there are Eater Austin’s Thanksgiving takeout guide, Thanksgiving takeout pie guide, and Thanksgiving dine-in meals map.

5420 Airport Boulevard, North Loop
A dive bar that is open for every holiday, including Thanksgiving. Its Thursday hours are from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Ego’s Lounge
510 South Congress Avenue, Bouldin Creek
The karaoke bar will open for Thanksgiving day with singing, drinks, and food starting at 5 p.m.

The Driskill Bar
604 Brazos Street, Downtown
It’s always a guarantee that the hotel bar will be open for the holiday. Sit back and enjoy Texas-themed drinks in a classy space.

The Cavalier
2400 Webberville Road, East Austin
The bar and restaurant will be open for Thanksgiving day, with the full bar serving from 6 to 10 p.m. The kitchen will be operating with a limited menu of gumbos, one with chicken and andouille sausages, and the other a vegan lentil one.

The Grackle
1700 East Sixth Street, East Austin
The whiskey dive is open from noon to midnight on Thanksgiving.

The Little Darlin’
6507 Circle South Road, Far South Austin
The patio bar with indoor space and a pool table will be open for the holiday starting at 4 p.m.

2207 Justin Lane, Brentwood
Another early Christmas spot, the very festive holiday-every-day bar is open for Thanksgiving, open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Miracle on Fifth Street
The Eleanor, 307 West 5th Street, Downtown
Get a head start on winter holiday vibes with the Austin location of the national Christmas pop-up. Expect festive lights and seasonal drinks from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets are available online.

Turnstile Coffee Beer & Spirits
10025 Burnet Road, North Burnet
The cafe/bar/restaurant will be open on Thanksgiving from 4 to 10 p.m.

Yellow Jacket Social Club
1704 East Fifth Street, East Austin
The bar will be open starting at 6 p.m. with its regular food and new winter cocktail menu, along with a turkey plate special, if you’re into that.

Workhorse Bar
100 East North Loop Boulevard, North Loop
Another dive-ish bar that is open for every single holiday, which includes Thanksgiving, from 11 a.m. to midnight for drinks, burgers, and the jukebox. (keep in mind the kitchen closes at 11:45 p.m.).

The Grackle

1700 East 6th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 520-8148 Visit Website

The Eleanor

307 West 5th Street, , TX 78701 (512) 494-4094 Visit Website

Workhorse Bar

100 North Loop Boulevard East, , TX 78751 (512) 323-5700 Visit Website

Yellow Jacket Social Club

1704 East 5th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 480-9572 Visit Website

Turnstile Coffee Beer and Spirits

10025 Burnet Road, , TX 78758 (512) 373-3273 Visit Website

The Driskill Bar

604 Brazos Street, , TX 78701 (512) 391-7107 Visit Website

Lala's Little Nugget

2207 Justin Lane, , TX 78757 (512) 487-5297 Visit Website


5420 Airport Boulevard, , TX 78751 (512) 452-6455 Visit Website

The Cavalier

2400 Webberville Road, , TX 78702 (512) 696-4318 Visit Website

The Little Darlin'

6507 Circle South Road, , TX 78745 (512) 814-0999 Visit Website


510 South Congress Avenue, , TX 78704 (512) 474-7091 Visit Website