According to our estimates, the Thanksgiving weekend lasts approximately 112 hours, starting at the exact moment you leave work on Wednesday afternoon until the dreaded moment you report back to the salt mines the following Monday.
Subtract the time it takes for the annual T-Day meal itself (as well as the requisite food coma) and you've still got plenty of time left to kill over the four-day holiday. Instead of wasting away the hours watching football, the Macy's parade, or engaging in the annual fracas known as Black Friday, consider shaking a tailfeather at one of the Thanksgiving weekend parties being put on at many of the Valley's bars and dance clubs, including the nine celebrations we've found.
See also: - Chow Bella's Thanksgiving Dining Guide: Where to Dine Out in Metro Phoenix (Make Your Reservations Now!) - Chow Bella's Thanksgiving Dining Guide Pt. 2: Where to Reserve a Table in Metro Phoenix - 10 Metro Phoenix Desserts to Pre-Order for Thanksgiving
Wild Knight Russian-born trance and house superstar Arty will spend the night before Turkey Day getting people moving by dishing out phat beats aplenty during the annual Dancegiving party on Wednesday, November 21, at the posh Scottsdale nightclub. Local DJs Brett Ortiz, Lujan, and Bijou will open the night. Doors open at 9 p.m. Limited pre-sale tickets are $15 and general admission is $20. Visit Relentless Beats' website for more info.
Lucky Break The Tempe billiards and beers joint will host a "Pre-Turkey Bash" on Wednesday, November 21, which will feature a slew of drink specials -- including $2 well cocktails, $3 pints of any of its dozens of brews, $3 Purple Gang Coolers, and $5 Sun Bombers. A trip to Las Vegas will be given away, DJ G will spin up music videos and hot tracks starting at 9 p.m., and $5 plates of wings will be served. The specials start at 7 p.m. and there's no cover.
The Mint DJ MCB will be in the mix all evening during The Mint's Thanksgiving Eve party on Wednesday, November 21. Besides half-priced appetizers and specialty cocktails that will be served during happy hour, a number of drink specials will be available. Happy hour starts at 4 p.m. and the party starts at 7 p.m. Call 480-516-9149 for table reservations and more details.
Axis/Radius Members of the underage crowd will have a place to party on Thanksgiving Eve as this Scottsdale spot will put on an 18-and-over dance affair featuring performance by electro-house superstars Sidney Samson and Gina Star. The party starts at 10 p.m. Admissions is $10-$15. Visit the SLE Tickets website for more info on the event.
Bar Smith Two floors of fun await at this Washington Street hotspot on the evening of Wednesday, November 21. Downstairs will be the domain of bass music as Mark "Ellery" Leech and the other residents of LayLow will welcome L.A. selector PBDY into their midst for an evening of hot spins. Up on the rooftop, however, the DJs of Rebel Disco will be putting on a special pre-Thanksgiving edition of Push Push. Drink specials like $2 PBR and $2 wells will be available on either floor. Doors open at 9 p.m.
Hurricane Bay Meanwhile, the folks at Hurricane Bay will be throwing a major rager over on the west side on Wednesday, November 21, during its "Get Basted" party. The DJ team of Knick Knack and MCX will drop the hits while patrons partake in such deals as 50-cent drinks and $1 of SoCo cocktails before 10 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. and ladies get in free until 10.
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The Monarch Theatre After you get done supping on turkey and all the trimmings with kith and kin, head for this downtown Phoenix club. Pete "SuperMix" Salaz will be putting on his annual Red Monkey party, which will offer dancing and drinking fun into the wee hours as a cornucopia of house music DJs work the wheels of steel. The party runs from 9 p.m. until 4 a.m. Tickets are $10.
Sanctum If fighting the crowds at local malls and big box stores on the day after Thanksgiving ain't your thing, DJ Apollynon and his pals are offering a bit of Black Friday insanity at Sanctum. Industrial and other dark tunes will blast over the sound system as patrons in black clothing thrash about on the dance floor. Drink specials and a performance by guest DJ Captain Lazerus is also promised. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $5.
Monsterland Just because the Halloween season is over with and done doesn't mean that the folks at Mesa's Monsterland have packed things up until next October. In fact, they're putting on a pair of parties during the Turkey Day weekend you might want to check out, especially if you're a fan of either karaoke or Doctor Who. A special pre-Thanksgiving "Scareoke" session will be held on Wednesday, November 21, starting at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Two night later, the joint will be invaded by flocks of wanna-be timelords during the "Doctor Who 49th Anniversary Bash" on Friday, November 23. Classic episodes of the long-running British science fiction favorite will be shown and a costume contest will award prizes to the "Best Doctor," "Best Companion," and other categories. Doors open at 10 p.m. Admission is $5 or a donation of non-perishable food items.