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Philadelphia events specialist Renee Patrone
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Whether you have been banished from the kitchen until the big meal or you simply need a break from a house full of relatives, you may find yourself looking for a good spot to catch the big game, and we all know that Thanksgiving Day football is best served up with three special ingredients – beer, great grub and fellow fans. With a number of bars open this Thanksgiving day to choose from, we turned to Philly-area special events and party planner Renee Patrone of Events by Renee for some of the best venues for watching the big game.

Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse, or Cav’s, as this popular Philly venue is known to locals, has over 20 HDTVs, so you’re sure to have a great seat to catch the big Thanksgiving Day game. In addition to your favorite beer and spirits, Cavanagh’s stocks seasonal fan favorites like Southern Tier Pumking and RiverHorse Imperial Pumpkin Ales, as well as Brooklyn Brewery’s Post Road Pumpkin Ale. Doors open at noon for food and fun. They’ll have plenty of great tailgating-style grub on hand, but if you can’t decide what to order, Patrone says the wings are a must and try the “beer in a bag” mystery beer!

Con Murphy’s Irish Bar and Restaurant at the Windsor Hotel on the Ben Franklin Parkway serves up traditional Irish fare along with drafts – seasonal, imported and domestic, as well as Irish whiskey, fine Scotch, wines and an assortment of cocktails. This venue is open all day and night on Thanksgiving and invites you to stop in for a bite, a pint or both. Happy Hour is from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., which works out well for Eagles fans who want to catch the Thanksgiving Day game. Con Murphy’s opens bright and early at 6:30 a.m. for breakfast – perfect for grabbing a bite on the morning of the famous Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, Patrone says, which happens to be the oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade in the United States and takes place right there on the Parkway. Traditional Thanksgiving dinners will be served, with seatings by reservation at 3:00, 5:00, and 7:00 pm.

Misconduct Tavern in Center City is a personal favorite, Patrone says, when it comes to atmosphere and classic, elevated pub fare with a twist of fun. Popular menu items include avocado fries, house made hotdogs, mussels and a signature, made-to-order burger that is hand-crafted from Angus beef and served up on a challah roll. Misconduct Tavern opens at noon on Thanksgiving and promises Eagles fans who come out to catch the game on one of the ten HD flatscreen TVs placed throughout the venue for optimal viewing, that there will be plenty of “turkey, taters and stuffing” on hand.