While Thanksgiving offers families and friends across the country the opportunity to get together and share a joyful meal together, the holiday can also be very stressful. For one thing, there’s issue of travel, either on an overcrowded form of a mass transit or on a painfully long car ride. That’s why Black Wednesday, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, is typically the second busiest bar day of the year. There’s just nothing like reconnecting with old friends and family over some potent alcoholic drinks. Here are five great bars Clevelanders to go to on Black Wednesday.
Velvet Tango Room
2095 Columbus Road
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 241-8869

When meeting up with the old gang, it’s important to go to a bar that won’t be too noisy. As Cleveland’s premiere cocktail lounge, the Velvet Tango Room is a great place to go for those seeking to catch up in a relaxed, aesthetically pleasing atmosphere. Visitors can partake in some excellent cocktails, wine or top shelf hard liquor. This bar also serves some phenomenal small plate dishes with which to soak up all the alcohol.

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Tabletop Board Game Café
1810 West 25th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 512-3053

Sometimes, when meeting with friends and family that we haven’t talked to in a while, it helps to have an ice breaking activity. The Tabletop Board Game Café has a vast array of awesome games that will make it easy to spark long and thoughtful conversations. It also stocks some excellent social lubrication in the form of several different craft beers, wines and hard root beer floats. It also has come fantastic bar food like spiced popcorn and cheese and jam sandwiches to satisfy those pre-turkey day munchies.

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Suds Maguire’s Bar And Grill
1270 W. Bagley Road
Berea, OH 44017
(440) 973-4243

When it comes to sacred Cleveland traditions, Thanksgiving is of only slightly more importance than watching the latest Cavs game. As such, hitting up a quality sports bar on Black Wednesday will likely be a well-received suggestion. In addition to featuring eight huge TVs, Suds’ also has a broad enough selection of beer, spirits and wine to suit a wide range of tastes. The Dark ‘n Stormy, which is made with ginger beer, rum and a bit of ginger, is highly recommended.

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La Cave du Vin
2785 Euclid Heights Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 932-6411

Anyone seeking a cozy space to get reacquainted in would do well to stop by La Cave du Vin. The Wine Cave lives up its name; it’s located beneath the Inn on Coventry and it has an extensive wine list. To compliment all the drinks, La Cave serves some scrumptious cheese board, olive trays and bread. And beer lovers need not feel left out as the bar keeps a host of fine brews on draft and on deck.

Olivor Twist 
4061 Erie St.
Willoughby, OH 44094
(440) 946-0900

Lastly, Olivor Twist is a great place to have a meal, some drinks and many involved conversations with your loved ones. The bar has a stupendous lunch and dinner menu, included a Margherita pizza that must be tasted to be believed. It also has a magnificent martini list that features drinks that are sweet, savory and everything in between. It’s an ideal of bar to go to when the agenda is creating new fond memories.

Post Author: Mario McKellop.

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