Where to spend Drinksgiving, aka Thanksgiving Eve, in Tampa Bay

This night is for the bars.

click to enlarge The Bricks has food, tunes and booze covered at its aptly named pre-Thanksgiving party. - Amy Kate Anderson
Amy Kate Anderson
The Bricks has food, tunes and booze covered at its aptly named pre-Thanksgiving party.

A running list of where to pregame for Turkey Day (yes, it's a thing) around the Bay area. On Drinksgiving — aka Thanksgiving Eve, which is said to be the year's biggest bar night — these destinations provide everything from gulps to grooves ahead of the holiday smorgasbord.

All events take place on Wednesday, Nov. 21, unless otherwise noted.

Arkane Aleworks Twenty-eight drafts are eligible for crowler fills, offered at $2 off. A few options include Like Cold Apple Pie (apple pie sour), Imaginary Butterflies (mango key lime pie sour) and Pieracy, It's a Crime (coconut cream pie sour). 3-10 p.m. 2480 E. Bay Drive #23, Largo. 727-270-7117, arkanebeer.com.

bartaco An upscale street food joint with winter-inspired mojitos and spiced sangria during regular hours. Use seasonal fare like pork pozole and miso cod tacos to soak up whatever you end up sipping. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 1601 W. Snow Ave., Tampa. 813-258-8226, bartaco.com.

The Bends You know the drill at this annual dance party with two DJs: hot apple cider and other holiday cocktails. No cover. 10 p.m.-3 a.m. 919 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg. 727-202-8931.

Blur Nah, the nightclub doesn't host its own turkey dinner. But it does want you to bust a move on Thanksgiving Eve. Three bars and DJ Freelance are the highlights. 7 p.m.-3 a.m. 325 Main St., Dunedin. 727-736-2587, blurdunedin.com.

click to enlarge Ready for Brew Bus's take on the Turkey Trot? - Courtesy of Brew Bus Brewing
Courtesy of Brew Bus Brewing
Ready for Brew Bus's take on the Turkey Trot?

Brew Bus Brewing Spend the night before you feast jumping from local dive bar to dive bar with Brew Bus's take on the Turkey Trot. Reservoir Bar, The Hub, Tiny Tap Tavern and American Legion Seminole Post 111 are the stops. Tickets are up online. $10 in advance, $20 day of. 7 p.m.-midnight. 4101 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. 813-990-7310, brewbususa.com.

The Bricks Food, tunes and booze drive the Ybor City favorite's aptly named pre-Thanksgiving party, Hungover for the Holidays. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. 1327 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa. 813-247-1785, thebricksybor.com.

Bullfrog Creek Brewing Co. This brewery's inaugural Beer Bash just so happens to share a date with Drinksgiving. Hop on over. 7 p.m.-midnight. 3632 Lithia Pinecrest Road, Valrico. 813-703-8835, bullfrogcreekbrewing.com.

Caledonia Brewing The popular Pour Gingie (brewed with house-made, organic gingerbread molasses syrup) and new Liquid Christmas IPA (brewed with organic grain Chinook and Cascade hops, plus fresh Colorado spruce tips) get released. 12 p.m.-midnight. 587 Main St., Dunedin. 727-351-5105, caledoniabrewing.com.

The Canopy Wednesday evenings are dedicated to the gals, who score $3 frosé and $6 Stoli, as well as entertainment. 7-10 p.m. The Birchwood, 340 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. 727-896-1080, thebirchwood.com.

The Castle Get down with a drink or three at the one place in Ybor your family likely won't hit up before the dinner table. $5 cover 21 & up, $7 cover 18-20. 10:30 p.m.-3 a.m. 2004 N. 16th St., Tampa. 813-247-7547, castleybor.com.

Circles The best little tiki bar to flock to for abundant amounts of imbibing. Specials range from $1 lemon drops to $5 grouper bites to $3 single-liquor wells. DJ sounds and contests with prizes round out the bash. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. 1212 Apollo Beach Blvd., Apollo Beach. 813-641-3275, circleswaterfront.com.

Crowbar Served with a side of local live music, satisfy that yearlong craving for Thanksgiving turkey a little early. It's $5 for a plate full of fried bird, baked beans, stuffing and cranberry sauce. No cover. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. 1812 N. 17th St., Tampa. 813-241-8600, crowbarybor.com.

Franklin Manor This is where Downtown Crawlers' yearly pub hop kicks off. Whether you're trying to escape your family members or spend more quality time with them, the bar-crawl-on-wheels transports you to and from each location. Get tickets online. $25-$120. 6 p.m.-midnight 912 N. Franklin St., Tampa. downtowncrawlers.com.

The Galley A second annual soirée featuring $4 pumpkin beers, $5 Wild Turkey (because of course) and $6 pumpkin mules. Not to mention live music. 11 a.m.-3 a.m. 27 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg. 727-575-7071, thegalleystpete.com.

Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails Looking for thoughtfully made libations that you can't pull off at Grandma's house? You know where to go. 6 p.m.-midnight. 1111 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-873-6664, intermezzo.co.

MacDinton's Since this is a SoHo hangout and all, happy hour till 10 p.m. is the main draw. 8 p.m.-3 a.m. 405 S. Howard Ave., Tampa. 813-251-8999, macdintonsirishpub.com.

Pair O' Dice Brewing Company Your holiday spread will thank you for matching it with 32-ounce growlers of seasonal brews like Shooter's Pecan Chocolate Pecan Pie (northern English-style brown ale) and Oogie Boogie (pumpkin stout). 3-10 p.m. 4400 118th Ave. N. #208, Clearwater. 727-755-3423, pairodicebrewing.com.

The Refinery Grab your homies and head to a Seminole Heights staple for Friendsgiving. Drink deals spearhead the Thanksgiving Eve shindig, but you also get to grub on the specially priced after-hours menu earlier than usual. 7 p.m.-midnight. 5910 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. 813-234-3710, thetamparefinery.com. —Alexandria Jones

Remedy On the bustling Riverwalk, this quietly launched newcomer is gaining a reputation for its outdoor atmosphere. Go to down a lovely craft cocktail and stay for the view. 5 p.m.-midnight. 400 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa. 813-223-7746, remedytampa.com.

Seminole Heights City Wine Bar Wine about tomorrow during an educational tasting that touches on proper food pairings with vino. RSVPs are appreciated. $20. 7-9 p.m. 6703 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. 813-999-4966.

Shuffle Flash your "awkward" family photo at the bar and kitchen to score a half-off indoor shuffleboard sesh. Drink and food specials are open to all, while DJ $teph supplies the jams. 4-11 p.m. 2612 N. Tampa St., Tampa. 813-450-3797, tampashuffle.com.

Six Ten Brewing Doors open early for Cuban sandwiches and other nosh from specialty grocer Quality Foods Gourmet Market accompany a solid tap list. 1 p.m. 7052 Benjamin Road, Tampa. 813-886-0610, sixtenbrewing.com.

Splitsville Southern + Social There's nothing particularly special going on, though Splitsville did recently reopen with an updated look and menu. Why not check it out? 4-11 p.m. Sparkman Wharf, 615 Channelside Drive #120, Tampa. 813-514-2695, splitsvillelanes.com.

Stilt House Brewery Cransfestivas (cranberries, ginger, pear and serrano peppers) is a limited-time selection for Thanksgiving. Take some home in discounted 32- or 64-ounce growlers. 3 p.m. 625 U.S.-19 Alt., Palm Harbor. 727-270-7373 , stilthousebrewery.com.

Trophy Fish The young fish house hosts its first pre-Thanksgiving bash with boat drinks, grub and live tunes. 8:30 p.m.-midnight. 2060 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. trophyfishstpete.com.

Yard of Ale Start a new tradition with this watering hole, where drink specials, dancing and live entertainment await. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. 260 First Ave N., St. Petersburg. 727-822-2027, yardofale.com.

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