While many people think it’s the turkey, the stuffing or the time with family that make Thanksgiving one of the best holidays of the year, bar owners know it’s Thanksgiving Eve that makes the holiday a true success. In fact, Thanksgiving Eve, or Black Wednesday, is one of the biggest bar days of the year. If you can entice out-of-town guests to your establishment with good deals and cool promotions, they may return for the day after and even Black Friday. Thanksgiving Eve is a stepping stone for a prosperous holiday weekend for owners and operators willing to take advantage of it. Here are our favorite promotions for Black Wednesday and beyond.
Brasserie by LM in Chicago is celebrating Black Wednesday with $5 Specialty Martinis, including the Twisted Frenchie (vodka, St-Germain, Chambord and Champagne) and the Cucumber Splash (cucumber, lime, St-Germain and gin). Brasserie by LM will also feature domestic, German and French draft beers and a wine list complete with domestic and French selections.
This Black Wednesday, Carnivale in Chicago will host its weekly concert series featuring live music from salsa band, Charangeo. From 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., guests can enjoy live music and entertainment as they indulge in Carnivale’s soulful Latino cuisine and refreshing drinks. Admission is free, and patrons can enjoy the music from the bar and lounge. $5 daily valet is also available at Carnivale.
Also in Chicago is the annual Black Out Black Wednesday Trolley Crawl hosted by Pioneer Tavern Group on Wednesday, Nov. 21, with the trolley running every 30-minutes between each location. Guests can celebrate Black Wednesday with a complimentary “Black Out Black Wednesday” Trolley crawl that will run all night between Lottie’s, The Pony and Frontier. The trolley will be stocked with samples of Heineken, Avion and Malibu cocktails. Each location will feature drink specials including $4 Heineken and Heineken Light, $4 Malibu Black, and $5 Avion Tequila. Patrons will enjoy karaoke at Lottie’s and a live band at The Pony for Honky Tonk Country Night. The trolley also makes a stop at Frontier where guests will experience a special speakeasy party.
One of our favorite prmotions form last year was Mija Cantina & Tequila Bar, which hosted a charity event on Thanksgiving Eve; the I Hate Cancer's Thanksgiving Eve Bash. With a $10 suggested donation, the party mixed fun with charity with 100% of proceeds going to IHateCancer.org.
Thanksgiving Night, presented by Redfish Entertainment, will feature Sidney Samson at Effex Nightclub on Nov. 22. Bottles and table service will start at $250 for up to 10 guests. Mixers will be included.
On Thanksgiving Eve, check out the Homecoming Bull Roast on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Come on out at 8 p.m. to this entertainment complex just one block from the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland, for a classic bull roast, then stick around to hit up the Plant's bars and clubs. Wristband gets you access to a limited open bar, with select beer, wine, and mixed drinks from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Chicagoans are invited to Thanksgiving and Black Friday brunch at Bar Umbriago from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brunch features a $15 Bottomless Mimosa special and a $6 Bloody Mary Bar. The menu includes items like classic steak and eggs, omelets, waffles, French toast, pancakes and more.