Two shot glasses of cedar wood-infused tequila at Smoke Restaurant in Dallas, which also serves maplewood-infused bourbon.

Two shot glasses of cedar wood-infused tequila at Smoke Restaurant in Dallas, which also serves maplewood-infused bourbon.

Sonya N. Hebert/2011 Staff Photograph

Having long-distance family in town for the Thanksgiving holiday is great — until it's not. If you've had your fill of aunts and uncles asking you when you're getting married, having a baby, having another baby, getting a job, getting a promotion, or other things that aren't even remotely their business, we've got an answer for you: Thanksgiving Day drinkin'.  It won't solve your problems, but it might take your mind off off them for a while and give you some liquid courage for round two with the family. 

Smoke

For classy day drinking, Smoke offers two holiday cocktails to spice up festivities. The Sweet and Spicy Rum Cider with Cranberry Vodka Fizz ($9) will make you forget that cranberry sauce served in the shape of its can.  And we'd be willing to trade the sweetness of mom's yams for the sweetness of the Muddled Pear cocktail (also $9). 

11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (till 8 p.m. in Plano). 901 Fort Worth Ave., Dallas, and 2408 Preston Road, Plano. smokerestaurant.com

Trinity River Tap House

Making the holidays hoppier, Trinity River Tap House (formerly The Pour House) in Fort Worth will feature rare beer releases throughout  the day. It's also a donation center for the North Tarrant Food Bank, so bring some canned foods with you and remember the "giving" part of Thanksgiving. The tap house will also have a Thanksgiving potluck and Cowboys watch party. 

3 p.m. to 2 a.m. 2725 West Seventh St., Fort Worth 817-335-2575. trinityrivertaphouse.com.

Dallas Woody's Sports and Video Bar

Woody's will offer its usual happy hour special of $1 off everything until 8 p.m. $4 Jäger specials will be offered all day long.

2 p.m. to 2 a.m. 4011 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas 214-520-6629. dallaswoodys.com.

Bartender Mauricio Fallas of Cook Hall at the W Dallas in Victory Park. 

Bartender Mauricio Fallas of Cook Hall at the W Dallas in Victory Park. 

Mona Reeder/2014 Staff Photographer

Cook Hall

This restaurant in the W Dallas offers its regular 5@5 special: five drinks (selection changes weekly) and five appetizers, with all offerings costing $5 each. The bar will be open much of the day, but the 5@5 pricing is good from 5 to 7 p.m.

Noon to 10 p.m. 2440 Victory Park Ln., Dallas 214-397-4111. cookhalldallas.com.

Quarter Bar

If you want a family room feel without the family being present, try this quaint stop that offers cozy furniture for your sitting pleasure.  Regular Thursday specials run from opening till 10 p.m. and include $2 wells and domestics, $4 select wines and half-price sliders. 

6 p.m. to 2 a.m. 3301 McKinney Ave., Dallas, 214-754-0106. breadwinnerscafe.com/the-quarter-bar.

Ser Steaks + Spirits / Media Bar + Grill 

The dining and drinking establishments inside the Hilton Anatole (which seems to like using plus signs instead of ampersands) will each be open Thanksgiving Day. They'll both have a holiday-inspired drink special : a $12 pumpkin spice martini.  

Ser: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Media Bar: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas. 214-761-7470. ser-steak.com.

Rachel LaViola (right) performs with her music group, The Obscure Dignitaries, at The Ginger Man in Dallas.

Rachel LaViola (right) performs with her music group, The Obscure Dignitaries, at The Ginger Man in Dallas.

The Ginger Man

After a big Thanksgiving meal, it's time to start thinking about the next holiday on the calendar: Christmas. Head to beer bar the Ginger Man, which has a huge array of Christmas beers, including staff favorites St. Arnold's Christmas Ale or the Rahr Winter Warmer. Don't know what you want? Ask for a sample. The knowledgeable bartenders give great suggestions.

6 p.m. to 2 a.m. 2718 Boll St., Dallas, 214-754-8771. www.gingermanpub.com.

Nodding Donkey

Maybe you're looking for a hot date. Or you want to watch football. Or both: Nodding Donkey is the place. The bar is indoor-outdoor in warmer months, but they'll seal it off and pull out the heaters if it's chilly. On Thursdays, local beers are half price. If you make it between 5 and 7 p.m., happy hour is in effect and brings with it $3 domestics and wells, $4 imports, local drafts and house wine, and half-price appetizers.

5 p.m. to close. 2900 Thomas Ave., Dallas. 214-922-8898. thenoddingdonkey.com.

Katy Trail Ice House

Let's say you aren't participating in a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Katy Trail Ice House in Uptown is serving its regular menu, plus smoked turkey from the barbecue pits, cornbread and cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving Day. It's open normal hours, too — 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. —so stay all day if you want. Friendly servers will provide blankets in the backyard if you get chilly. During happy hour  from 4 to 7 p.m., get $1 off beer, wine and wells. 

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 3127 Routh St., Dallas, 214-468-0600. katyicehouse.com.

The Old Monk

One of Dallas' best beer gardens opens at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day -- the perfect time to get out of the house. (If one of its sibling bars is closer to you, they're just as good: Renfield's Corner, Idle Rich Pub and Blackfriar Pub are all located on or near McKinney Avenue in Uptown.) Bartenders will make you a hot drink if you desire, or serve you a cold beer. Everyone is treated like family inside The Old Monk.

8 p.m. to 2 a.m. 2847 N. Henderson Ave, Dallas, 214-821-1880. oldmonkdallas.com.

The Libertine

Watch the Cowboys on the big screen at this Lower Greenville bar. Happy hour runs from 4-7 p.m. Enjoy $5 Sailor Jerry Dark & Stormy, Tullamore Dew Manhattan, French 75, Hendricks Bee's Knees cocktails and $1 off all other drinks. 

3 p.m. to 2 a.m. 2101 Greenville Ave, Dallas. 214-824-7900libertinebar.com

Sarah Blaskovich and Jackie Hoermann contributed to this report. 

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