Detail from A Barroom Brawl, 1924, by Anton Otto Fischer

Scenario one: You need a drink before Thanksgiving dinner. Scenario two: You need a drink after Thanksgiving dinner. Scenario three: You need a drink during Thanksgiving dinner. Scenario four: Hey, it’s Thursday!

Scenario five: We’ve got you covered.

The Mission is a rich and diverse well where all come to drink. There are more than 70 bars in this neighborhood and we called/texted/messaged/stumbled into them all asking what their plans are for Thanksgiving day.

If the need arises, peruse this list and map. And, if there’s an open bar on here we neglected to include, drop us a line (and tell the proprietors and/or staff of that bar to return our messages next time).

Happy Thanksgiving, all.

Casanova Lounge: Open from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m.

Uptown: Open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Bring food for a potluck!

Sycamore: Open from noon to midnight

Elbo Room: Downstairs open from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. (no cover)

Beauty Bar: Open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Phoenix: Open from 4pm to 2am (only drinks, kitchen closed)

El Farolito: Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

El Trebol: Open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Bender’s: Open 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. (The answering machine message here announces that Bender’s is open 365 days a year. Thanks for the brevity!)

Der Überfall auf dem Bauernhof, 17th century, by Sebastian Vrancx

Mission Hill Saloon: Open 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.

500 Club: Open from 3 p.m. until 2 a.m. A pot-luck is taking place.

Make Out Room: Open from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Chulita Vinyl Club Thanksgiving Dance)

Elixir: Open from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Mission Bar: Open from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Phone Booth: Open from 7 or 8 p.m. until 2 a.m.

Clooney’s: Open from 6 a.m. to “at least” 7 p.m.

Napper Tandy: Open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Thanksgiving dinner served if you reserve a plate)

Pop’s Bar: Open 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Dovre Club: Open 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Blind Cat: Open 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Delirium: Open 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. (happy hour from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and a party with a DJ playing top 40 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.)

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Managing Editor/Columnist. Joe was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left.

“Your humble narrator” was a writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015, and a senior editor at San Francisco Magazine from 2015 to 2017. You may also have read his work in the Guardian (U.S. and U.K.); San Francisco Public Press; San Francisco Chronicle; San Francisco Examiner; Dallas Morning News; and elsewhere.

He resides in the Excelsior with his wife and three (!) kids, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.

The Northern California branch of the Society of Professional Journalists named Eskenazi the 2019 Journalist of the Year.

Julian grew up in the East Bay and moved to San Francisco in 2014. Before joining Mission Local, he wrote for the East Bay Express, the SF Bay Guardian, and the San Francisco Business Times.

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