16 Places to Drink on Thanksgiving in Phoenix

Having a drink at the Yucca Tap Room in Tempe during last year's Thanksgiving.
Having a drink at the Yucca Tap Room in Tempe during last year's Thanksgiving.
Benjamin Leatherman

No, the Crescent Ballroom won’t be open this evening. Ditto for the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, Club Red in Mesa, Maya in Scottsdale, or dozens of other bars, clubs, music venues, or drinkeries in the Valley that will be (understandably) taking the day off for Thanksgiving.

With that said, there are plenty of other places to score a drink or listen to tunes around town that will be open for business and serving up adult beverages to those who’d like to escape the family drama, have an after-dinner drink, watch some football, or just let loose. That includes any of the following 16 spots in Metro Phoenix.

Bar Smith
Score specials like 50-cent AMFs, well drinks, and Coronas up until midnight or go all out with $100 bottle service specials at Bar Smith on Thursday night during its "Work that Turk" party. Hours are 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 602-456-1991.

Bikini Lounge
One of the Bikini’s many claims to fame is the fact it’s pretty much open 365 days a year. Such will be the case on Thanksgiving as the landmark Grand Avenue dive will offer up cheap drinks and cheap thrills aplenty. Hours are 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 602-252-0472.

Bobby Q’s
The Q-Lounge inside this North Phoenix barbecue spot will host the Thanksgiving night edition of All-Star Thursdays with $3 you-call-its before 11 p.m., $4 Red Stripes, $5 Ciroc and Hennessey until midnight, and other specials. Four different DJs will spin hip-hop and reggae all night. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Cover varies. Call 602-995-5985.

Casey Moore’s
Although many ASU students have fled the Valley for the holiday weekend (along with anyone else who needed to get away) we’re willing to bet that Casey’s will be crawling with Sun Devils and neighborhood folk when it opens at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Call 480-968-9935.

The District
Fans of both the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers will gather at this Scottsdale spot during their big matchup on Thanksgiving night to cheer on their respective teams while having a round or three. Doors are at 6 p.m. Call 480-664-0356.

Hi Fi Kitchen & Cocktails
Partake in one of Hi Fi’s signature adult milkshakes, hit the dance floor, or mingle on the patio. The spot will be open starting at 9 p.m. Call 480-970-5000.

Kobalt
Score two-for-one drinks from 5 p.m. until last call at Kobalt while enjoying its always entertaining collection of colorful regulars. Open until 2 a.m. Call 602-264-5307.

Linger Longer Lounge
A cornucopia of craft beers and cocktails will be on tap at the Linger Longer starting at 8 p.m. with nary a turkey in sight. Open until 2 a.m. Call 602-264-4549.

The Lost Leaf
The beer and wine bar’s excellent selection of crafts and drafts will be available and local indie bands Snailmate and Victory Victory will perform starting at 9 p.m. Call 602-258-0014.

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Lux Central
The drink wizards at Lux will mix up some signature holiday cocktail punches for the establishment’s Thanksgiving night festivities, which run from 8 p.m. until midnight and will also feature DJs Sean Watson and Benni Beatnik doing their thing. Lux’s lineup of craft concoctions will also be available. Call 602-327-1396.

The Rebel Lounge
You might just need a round or two of liquid courage before you get up the gumption to start stomping around the Rebel Lounge when the combo of DJ Tristan, DJ Aeternum, and DJ Blixa Bardot spin goth, darkwave, death rock, and other gloomy sounds during The Undead Can Dance. Hours are from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. There’s a $5 cover. Call 602-296-7013.

SideBar
The staff at the swanky Seventh Avenue lounge will be serving up lux libations aplenty on Thanksgiving evening starting at 4 p.m. Call 602-254-1646. 

Swizzle Inn
Wash ashore at this nautically themed dive bar favorite at any time on Thanksgiving, since it will open all day long. Its staff promised there will also be food. Call 602-277-7775.

Tempe Tavern
Check out the various NFL games being played today, partake in $2 pints of Rolling Rock or $3 Jameson, or feast on any of the tavern’s menu options. Open until 2 a.m. Call 480-794-1706.

Valley Bar
While the Short Leash kitchen will be closed for Thanksgiving (since every dog must have his day) the bars at Valley Bar will be open and serving starting at 7 p.m. Shane Kennedy will DJ beginning at 9 p.m. Call 602-368-3121.

Yucca Tap Room
Local bands I Am Hologram, Dusted, E.Z. Shot, and Torn At The Seam will perform at the Tempe rock joint on Thursday night. The show starts at 9 p.m. while the bar itself opens at 6 a.m. Call 480-967-4777.

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SideBar

1514 N. 7th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85007

602-254-1646

www.sidebarphoenix.com

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Bar Smith

130 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

602-229-1265

www.barsmithphoenix.com

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Bikini Lounge

1502 Grand Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85007

602-252-0472

www.thebikinilounge.com

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Bobby Q

8501 N. 27th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85051

602-995-5982

www.bobbyq.net

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Valley Bar

130 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

602-368-3121

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Yucca Tap Room

29 W. Southern Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85282

480-967-4777

www.yuccatap.com

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Tempe Tavern

1810 E. Apache
Tempe, AZ 85281

480-794-1706

www.tempetavern.com

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The Rebel Lounge

2303 E. Indian School Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016

602-296-7013

www.therebellounge.com

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Lux Coffeebar

4400 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012

602-327-1396

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