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Best Bars in Abilene to Sneak out to During the Holidays – The Painman’s Picks

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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.

The Zone

The Zone Grill & Bar


The Zone Grill & Bar is an Abilene legend. Recently re-opened by the original owner (and partner), The Zone has a sports pub style bar and lounge offering up an array of cocktails, spirits, beer, wine, bar bites, food, live music, games and more with a welcoming feel.


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.


Legend's Sports Bar


Legends is part of the old Midnight Rodeo complex at South 2nd and Sycamore. Located on the 2nd floor, Legends has TVs all over the place and promises to serve up the coldest beer around, along with awesome shot specials. You're sure to catch great live music each weekend at Legends as well.


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.


Breakers Sports Bar


Breakers, formerly 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. Breakers Sports Bar is located at 1874 South Clack.


Seafood Tavern


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.


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.


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