If your Thanksgiving holiday week isn’t busy, you aren’t trying. For most, the week is one of the busiest of the year. It’s a major holiday complete with the biggest shopping day of the year and a bunch of football thrown in for good measure. So it only makes sense to take a load off and relax a little before all the action starts. Black Wednesday is the day before Thanksgiving and after work gets out and you exhale for 30 seconds, head on down to any of these great Atlanta bars to get ready for the long weekend.
822 N. Highland Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30306
Start your long Thanksgiving weekend off on a good note with a Black Wednesday excursion to Limerick Junction. Limerick Junction may be one of Atlanta’s oldest pubs, but that doesn’t mean its patrons are a bunch of fuddy duddies. Great food, drink specials and live entertainment will keep you busy until the wee hours of the morning. Then get up and cook your Thanksgiving turkey. As with any good Irish pub, don’t miss the fish and chips or the cottage pie.
925 Canton St.
Roswell, GA 30075
Located in historic downtown Roswell, Pastis is a restaurant and bar, but it’s also a lot more. Come in for drinks or check out the menu where you can order brunch, lunch or dinner featuring any number of great appetizers, delicious salads and a great steak or a seafood entree to get your primed for Thanksgiving. Stay for some live music and some of the best bartenders in the area. Black Wednesday is becoming a Pastis tradition.
2901 Clairmont Road
Atlanta, GA 30329
Get your weekend going with a Greek theme at one of the best restaurant/bar combinations in Atlanta. This gem, located right on Clairmont Road, is bright, cheery and serves authentic Greek food and drink. Everyone will be hit over the head with food honoring America for the rest of the weekend, so think out of the box and get your Greek on for Black Wednesday in Atlanta.
Lobby at Twelve
361 17th St.
Atlanta, GA 30363
Black Wednesday is the official start of the festival that is Thanksgiving weekend, so why not start it in style at Atlantic Station? Atlantic Station is an outdoor mall, but so much more. The Lobby at Twelve owns one of the most exclusive addresses in Atlanta, so you know first class treatment and great food and drinks will be heading your way. Pick your favorite drinks and let Chef Hayes handle what comes out of the kitchen. When you need a break, take a stroll outside and window shop at the stores and boutiques a couple of days before Black Friday.
Elliott Street Pub
51 Elliott St. S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30313
If you haven’t been to the Castleberry Hill neighborhood of Atlanta lately, you are missing out on one of the great areas of this city. This venue is not only a favorite of locals, the word is getting around the metro area. While you might want to try Elliott Street out when you are at an event at the Georgia Dome or Philips Arena, this would be an ideal place to take in on Black Wednesday. The food is simple but good and the drinks are priced reasonably. Elliott also offers great live music with top-level local acts and musicians that will let you experience many different forms of music in one night. This could be the perfect place to spend the night before Thanksgiving.
Rick Limpert is a freelance writer/photographer in Atlanta and he loves covering anything Falcons-related. His work can be found at Examiner.com.