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Thanksgiving Eve in Lancaster City: Where to go + what to do

Thanksgiving Eve (often referred to as Amateur Night or Black Wednesday) is notably one of the most popular drinking nights of the year. People are back in the hometown, staying in their childhood bedroom and desperately trying to avoid spending their night peeling potatoes with their mother.

If you’ll be joining the masses and heading out to the bar for a mini high school reunion, here are some tips for your night out and a few specials around Lancaster City.


Don’t Drive
We gotta say it – and it looks like the roads will be slippery tonight, so don’t take any chances. Walk home, designate a DD or call a Yellow Cab (717.392.2222).

Eat and Hydrate
This is self-explanatory. Your grandmother will not appreciate it if you’re hungover for Thanksgiving dinner.

Be Considerate
Hilary DeForge, a server at the Lancaster Dispensing Company (known to the locals as Dip Co) has some advice for Thanksgiving Eve revelers: “Be patient. It’s the biggest drinking night of the year.” Bars and restaurants will be crowded, meaning the bartenders and servers will be busy. If you’re standing around the bar, be mindful of servers trying to pass by. When you’re ordering drinks, know what you want before you order and stick to beer, wine or simple drinks so that you don’t hold the bartender up.


915 North Plum Street
3 PM – 2 AM
$2 sixteen ounce Bud Light aluminum bottles and $3 fireball shots.

Annie Bailey’s
28-30 East King Street
11 AM – 2 AM
$4 Troegs pints all day, $2 Miller Lite Botles from 9 to 11 PM and live music from Adam Blessing from 9 PM to midnight.

The Brickyard
415 North Prince Street
4 PM – 2 AM
$1 Miller Lite bottles from 9 to 11 PM and $1.50 well drinks from 10 PM to midnight.

The Horse Inn
540 East Fulton Street
4 PM – Midnight
Solo music from Jordan Rast of Second Hand Suits from 8 to 11 PM.

Lancaster Dispensing Co.
35 North Market Street
11 AM – 2 AM
Wings $4.95 a dozen from 4 PM to midnight.

The Taproom
25 West King Street
11 AM – Midnight
$2 off all growler fills.

24 East King Street
4 PM – 1 AM
At 7 PM Corty Byron plays in the pub, then Bardledoo and Steely Jam take over in the Temple, followed by Wirelessless Wednesday with DJ Salinger up front. $5 cover, 21+ only.

66 North Queen Street
7 AM – 2 AM
$3.50 craft bottles from 4 PM to midnight.

The Village
205 North Christian Street
9:30 PM – 2 AM
DJ Paul and $2 shots (SoCo & Lime, Cinnamon Toast Crunch w/ Jack Daniels Tennessee Fire), $2 beers (PBR, Miller High Life, Coors Light) and $5 Bombs (Pinnacle Vodka Bombs, SoCo Cherry Bombs, Vodka & Redbull).

Enjoy your night out and have a happy Thanksgiving!