Thanksgiving eve, or Black Wednesday as it has come to be known, is one of the best nights to hit the bars and reunite with your friends. Many get out of work early, giving them more time to live it up; and nearly everyone has the following day off. Luckily Boston is known for its night life, and there are plenty of places to check out on Black Wednesday. If you’re looking for the hottest spots in Boston to kick off your holiday celebrations, look no further than these bars.

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327 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 351-2500

This Newbury Street favorite is the perfect place to kick off your Black Wednesday festivities. While Sonsie is perhaps better known for its food, it does have a bar area. The bar is lined with television screens showing the game; the atmosphere is intimate, and the service is absolutely top notch. While Sonsie is not the cheapest place in Boston to grab a drink, the fun atmosphere and service make it worth every penny. The wine list is more than respectable, and Sonsie offers a full scotch menu that will please any fan.

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Biddy Early’s
141 Pearl St.
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 654-9944

Usually when you read bar reviews, the first places that get mentioned are the trendy “dress your best and see and be seen” places or the places where you can hear live music. Biddy Early’s is neither of these. This hidden gem is a real diamond in the rough. Best described as a dive bar, Biddy Early’s has better service than the most expensive bars in town but some of the cheapest prices you’ll find in all of Boston. Its Financial District location makes it an ideal spot to pop in directly after work and start your celebrating off right.

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Cheers Faneuil Hall
1 Faneuil Hall Market Place
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 227-0150

If you’ve got out-of-town guests coming for Thanksgiving who want to enjoy the Boston nightlife on Black Wednesday, then you know they want to check out Cheers. The Faneuil Hall location is not the original Cheers restaurant (that is actually the former Bull & Finch Pub on Beacon Street), but it has the same menu and is a perfect replica of the television show bar. Cheers is a little on the touristy side, with Cheers licensed merchandise lining the shelves of the gift shop, but you know your out-of-town guests want to check out the place where everybody knows your name. Plus, once the nostalgia wears off, you’re in the prime location to hit up the rest of Faneuil Hall’s bars and clubs.

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Stanza dei Sigari
292 Hanover St.
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 227-0295

Stanza dei Sigari is a bar and cigar parlor, perfect for the hookah enthusiast or novice. The atmosphere is that of an absolute classic cigar lounge, a little on the manly side, with a liquor menu that is an absolute treasure trove of what you should be drinking. Stanza dei Sigari is great place in the North End to kick back and spend the entire evening enjoying drinks, cigars and friends. If you’re planning on going out with a large group of friends on Black Wednesday, consider booking one of its private rooms, which will also give you full access to its catering menu.

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Bleacher Bar
Fenway Park
82 Lansdowne St.
Boston, MA 02228
(617) 262-2424

The Bleacher Bar will quickly become the favorite hangout of any sports fan. Not only is it located on Lansdowne Street, with all the wide variety of nightlife that goes along with it, but it is a unique location in and of itself. Found directly under the bleachers at Fenway, the Bleacher Bar features wide windows looking out over the field for an unprecedented view of Fenway Park. The bar and food menu are full service, and the staff is friendly and attentive. Price-wise you’ll find Bleacher Bar much lighter on the wallet than your average Lansdowne Street bar.

Renee Mallett is the author of several books about art, culture, and New England. She was the owner and director of an art gallery and has written about arts and entertainment on a national level for several print and online journals. Her work can be found at