Best Bars in Abilene to Sneak out to During the Holidays – The Painman’s Picks
The Holidays are great because we get that rare chance to see family and friends that we normally don't see during the year. But, let's face it, there's only so much time we can spend with our family, during the holidays, before we need to decompress a bit. So, for those of you looking for a little getaway while your family is still at your house, here's a list of bars in Abilene you may want to visit for a cold one or two. Heck, you'll probably see some old classmates you haven't seen in years.
Lucky Mule Saloon
The Lucky Mule is typically open Wednesday through Saturdays. Occasionally, they're open other days in the event of a concert. Whether it's live music or dance music, the Lucky Mule is the perfect venue to get away from the relatives. They've got plenty of bars, so you're rarely waiting in line for your favorite liquid libation. The Lucky Mule is at 1850 South Clack.
Jack Rabbit Slims
Jack Rabbit Slims is a watering hole in Abilene that features pool, darts, hot bartenders and some serious killer big screens to catch all of the holiday games. The lights are low to keep your family from recognizing you while you're on your holiday retreat. Jack Rabbit Slims is at 833 East Highway 80.
Strawberry's Bar is a local watering hole that is pretty plain in appearance but hosts a grand personality. You'll see all walks of life in Strawberry's and will be greeted by some of the nicest bartenders in town while hiding from the relatives. Strawberry's has live music most of the week and every weekend. Strawberry's Bar is located at South 7th and Ross.
Chelsea Street Pub
Chelsea Street Pub has live music Tuesday through Saturday and plenty of big screens to catch the games. It's a smaller, pub-like atmosphere that will keep you hidden from those invading your household. Chelsea Street Pub is located in Mall of Abilene.
Firehouse Bar and Grill
The Firehouse Bar & Grill is an indoor/outdoor bar and grill that typically has a variety of live music on the weekend. If you're on 2 wheels then head to the Firehouse for your holiday escape as they feature fenced in bike parking. That's a great way to keep hidden from the family during the holidays. The Firehouse is located at 2074 Butternut.
Cabo Billiards and Sports Bar
Cabo Billiards and Sports Bar is one of the largest bars in town and is a great escape from the household hoopla, especially if you love to play pool. They also house a ton of large screens so if you're wanting to catch the game or the fight, then you're in the right place. Cabo Billiards and Sports Bar is located at 1874 South Clack.
The Seafood Tavern is not only a great restaurant, but also a nice little pub that hosts some of the finest musicians from the area. You'll find someone on stage any night of the week. With an authentic pub atmosphere and fun, fenced in patio, you can't go wrong with tossing back a few while avoiding the family at the Tavern. The Tavern is located at 1882 South Clack.
Buffalo Wild Wings
B Dubs (as it's commonly called) is a popular watering hole for locals and visitors. If you're wanting more of a sports bar atmosphere, then this is a great place to escape from the family. Buffalo Wild Wings is at 4401 Ridgemont Drive.
Bar 14, Abilene’s choice drinking den, according to their Facebook page. A pub style bar and lounge offering up an array of cocktails, spirits, beer, wine, bar bites, live music, games and more with a welcoming feel.
Featuring a Tuesday-Saturday (4-7) Happy Hour, live music and a massive dance floor, Southern Nights is a really nice, laid back atmosphere that just about anyone can enjoy. Southern Nights is located at 5477 South 7th.