It seems like the Thanksgiving episode of every sitcom is peppered with a bit of mayhem, which makes for memorable television.
After all, it's hard not to laugh at the chaos of cooking a turkey as a 20-something or trusting your least responsible friend to bake a pie without setting anything on fire.
Fortunately, your real life friendsgiving doesn't have to face those kinds of primetime TV obstacles.
These Atlanta bars and eateries are open on Thanksgiving and offer everything from brews and bites to football and hobnobbing, making them the perfect spot to hide out during the holiday.
HobNob 1551 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. 404-968-2288. www.hobnobatlanta.com
This bar and restaurant on Piedmont Park’s northeast corner is a great place to gather for its regular offerings which will be in addition to some concessions to T-Day. HobNob Atlanta will be open noon to 9. The Brookhaven location will be open too, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and will serve a more traditional Thanksgiving buffet for $39 for adults and $14 for kids 3-12. You should make a reservation.
Cypress Street Pint & Plate 817 West Peachtree St NE, Atlanta. 404-815-9243. cypressbar.com
One of the great advantages of living in Atlanta is that it's always kind of patio weather; all you need is an outdoor heater and the right company and you're good to go. Cypress Street Pint & Plate is one of Atlanta's best outdoor spaces, boasting fire pits and plenty of television screens to pair with their excellent food and drink menu. Those missing the comforts of Thanksgiving dinner should try out the sweet potato nachos. They may be more savory than your classic sweet potato pies, but they pair much better with beer.
1197 Peachtree St NE No. 528, Atlanta. 404-400-3669. 5churchatlanta.com
Just because you're not coming home for mom's cooking doesn't mean you can't have a sit-down meal. 5Church, at Colony Square, is open regular hours on the big day. Check in with them a little closer to the 4th Thursday in November for special offerings and make a reservation.
Dantanna's Surf & Turf 3400 Around Lenox Rd NE #304, Atlanta. 404-760-8873. dantannas.com
Just because you have plans for dinner doesn't mean they have to dominate the day, and Dantanna's in Buckhead is open from 5 p.m. until midnight on Thanksgiving for a nightcap or an evening bite. The restaurant offers steaks and seafood along with a formidable array of appetizers, but the restaurant's Thanksgiving hours beg for an upscale cocktail and a meeting with old friends.
McCray's Tavern on the Square 100 N Perry St, Lawrenceville. 770-407-6754. mccraystavern.com
Come hungry if you're planning to hit this OTP tavern on Thanksgiving Day. The Lawrenceville location is open for a full buffet 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be open for its regular hours after that. The Buffet is $21.95 for adults and $10.95 for 10 and under.
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