Turkey Day is a time of giving thanks, spending time with family, football, shopping and of course, turkey. Another important Thanksgiving tradition in Connecticut is Black Wednesday, Thanksgiving Eve. This is a night when all of the college students and even post-college adults return to their hometowns to reunite with friends. Here is a list of the top bars to have a hometown reunion on Black Wednesday.

12 Town Line Road
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
(860) 571-9444

Centrally located in the state as well as on the town line of Wethersfield and Rocky Hill, Wood-n-Tap is a convenient place to meet up for dinner and drinks. The bar features plenty of TVs, booths and standing room to reunite with friends from the past. Try the sangria or your favorite ale as you catch up with your high-school pals. Wood-n-Tap is a great bar choice for those wanting to stick close to home and not have to deal with parking in Hartford.

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Black Bear Saloon
187 Allyn St.
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 524-8888

Having hosted plenty of high-school reunions, Black Bear is located in the heart of downtown Hartford. For those who are interested in bar hopping, there are plenty of places within walking distance to grab drinks and make sure you meet up with everyone who is home for the holidays. Black Bear features drink and food specials, as well as musical entertainment. Always a popular hangout, you’ll be sure to run into at least a few familiar faces at Black Bear.

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Rooftop 120
120 Hebron Ave.
Glastonbury, CT 06033
(860) 430-9989

This relatively new rooftop bar is a great place to spend Thanksgiving Eve as it combines the upscale city feel with the closeness of home. Located in the heart of Glastonbury, Rooftop 120 has become a favorite bar for those east of the river. Don’t let the chilly November weather deter you from checking out this hot spot. The rooftop bar is specifically designed for use in all four seasons. Try a small plate, specialty martini or the Skyy Bowl.

971 Farmington Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06107
(860) 586-8226

This hot new bar is an extension of the already popular Barcelona and is sure to be packed with people you know this Black Wednesday. Warm up this fall with some tequila or a flavorful margarita. Bartaco is located in the midst of other great nightlife in West Hartford Center, so there’s no shortage of places in the area to grab another drink before or after a rendezvous. It is also right next to one of The Center’s parking lots so there’s no need to fret over street parking for this bar.

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Sully’s Pub
2071 Park St.
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 231-8881

For those looking for something a bit more low key, consider meeting your buddies at Sully’s in Hartford’s west end. The dive bar features cheap drinks and tasty pizza at its sister property, Lena’s Pizza. A favorite bar for music lovers, Sully’s features live bands from around the state. There’s no need to impress anyone here – it’s just a simple, no-frills place to have a great time.

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Nicole DiCicco is multimedia specialist in Connecticut who enjoys dancing, movies and live music. She writes about all the nightlife Connecticut has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.