By Deborah Flomberg

The busy Thanksgiving holiday is nearly here, and if you’ve got family visiting The Mile High City during the holiday, you’ll want to find some fun ways to entertain them while they’re here. The night before Thanksgiving is often one of the busiest nights in the restaurant and bar industry, and in some cases even rivals the craze of the dreaded New Year’s Eve. However with a little help, you can find the perfect, relaxed, low-key neighborhood bar that’s perfect to take your family the night before Thanksgiving. Here are five cozy neighborhood bars just waiting for you and your family to belly up.

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El Chapultepec
1962 Market St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 295-9216
www.thepeclodo.comThis cozy bar on Market Street is a great place to show off some Denver history to any visiting relatives. It’s a jazz joint that features live music from all of Denver’s best nearly every night of the week, and it has been serving from the long and narrow bar since Prohibition was repealed, so there is a long history that goes back in this great dive bar. And just about every famous jazz musician to ever come through Colorado has made a stop at The ‘Pec, just ask about it and the friendly bartenders will be happy to tell you about the proud history of this Denver hot spot.
The PS Lounge
3416 E. Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 320-1200 PS Lounge may be the best of the many bars along the busy Colfax corridor. It’s a cozy, cash-only joint with stiff (and cheap) drinks where anyone is welcome. You can’t keep a tab running here, so prepare to pay cash for each drink, but you’ll get a free house shot when you arrive (the house shots are a sweet Alabama Slammer) and all the ladies in your party will leave with a rose, courtesy of the owner, Pete. There’s a pool table in the side room and you can order pizza from Enzo’s End Pizzeria next door, so it’s the perfect place to unwind and reconnect before the busy holiday weekend.

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Govnr’s Park Tavern
672 Logan St.
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 831-8605
www.govnrspark.comSince 1976, Govnr’s Park Tavern has been an important part of the Capitol Hill neighborhood and it’s a great place to bring a few family and friends to enjoy a cocktail or three before the craze of Thanksgiving begins. This large establishment has a huge patio, which may even be open depending on the weather that evening, and two full service bars with 34 different flat screen televisions. So if you’ve got one of those families that connects best over a football game, then this is the place for you.
Bull & Bush Brewery
4700 Cherry Creek S. Drive
Denver, CO 80246
(303) 759-0333
www.bullandbush.comThe Bull & Bush Brewery is named for a famous London pub located in Hampstead Heath and features lots of tasty hand-crafted beer, plenty of delicious food and one of the best whiskey menus you’ll ever see. Now, the recently expanded Brewery has a great patio that’s perfect for one of those surprise warm nights in Colorado. Or cozy up with your family in front of the fireplace and enjoy the warmth generating from both your glass and the fireplace. This is a larger place with plenty of parking, so it’s always a breeze to visit this neighborhood hot spot, and the service is always friendly and prompt. If you haven’t checked out this Denver gem, Black Wednesday is the perfect excuse.

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Skylark Lounge
140 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 722-7844
www.skylarklounge.comThere are a lot of wonderful bars along the South Broadway corridor, but the Skylark Lounge is something special. The walls are covered in old-school movie posters and photos, and the whole place retains the same classic ambiance as it did when it first opened its doors in 1943. There are always lots of great bands playing on any weekend night, but weekdays are usually a bit quieter, so it’s the perfect time to visit the Skylark to really appreciate its neighborhood charm. Be sure to check out the impressive chalkboard art by the Skylark’s local artist, Joshua Finely, which changes every Sunday with that week’s events.

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