'Twas the night before Christmas, and all across town few bars were stirring with little revelry to be found. Most dance clubs were closed, with nary any twerking. Nor drinking, nor dancing, nor mindless ass-jerking.
Except over at Stacy's, a midtown gay bar, where a Christmas Eve party brings in people from both near and from far. Ditto for Lost Leaf and Shotgun Betty's too, as both will be open and serving up brews.
Christmas night fun can also be had, at Kobalt and elsewhere, which should make your livers glad. Check out our list and have some fun X-Mas times, and maybe you'll forgive us for these sorry-ass rhymes.
Electric Ballroom The newly rechristened Scottsdale club, formerly known as Roxy Lounge, is planning an Xmas Eve Bash with DJ Kaydee and DJ Philo spinning tunes of the R&B, reggae, old school, and neo-soul variety. Specials include bottle service for $150 and free admission for ladies before 11 p.m. on the guest list (guys pay $5). Doors open at 10 p.m.
Coach House The website for this Scottsdale dive bar favorite boasts that it's "open 365 days a year," and it ain't an empty boast in the slightest. The Coach House staff will back up said claim by slinging drinks and offering yuletide cheer on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day amid the colorful cacophony of its usual holiday lights and decorations. Hours on both days are 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. No cover.
The Lost Leaf DJ IVO will spend the evening of Tuesday, December 24, digging up a variety of vinyl, old school, soul, and funk for a few hours to help entertain those who have stopped by the Lost Leaf for a Christmas Eve beer or three. The sounds start at 9 p.m., and there's no cover.
Stacy's at Melrose Patrons are encouraged to don their whitest clothing, pullovers, or snow bunny apparel during a special Christmas Eve edition of for the aptly named Whiteout Party on Tuesday, December 24. It's a special edition of DJ Tristan/Iseult weekly Sour Times dance night and they'll be cranking up the black lights to cause everyone to glow while he spins darker alternative tracks from the '80s and '90s. The music starts at 9 p.m. Admission is free.
Shotgun Betty's The drink-mixing vixens and other employees of Shotgun Betty's in Scottsdale will keep the sound system primed with hard rock and country-fried hits throughout the Christmas holiday, as well as offering special snacks and deals on beer and booze. Hours are from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. on Tuesday, December 24; and from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Wednesday, December 25. There's no cover either day.
Cash Inn Country Expect to see Grinches and Cindy Lous alike hanging out on Christmas Eve night at Cash Inn during it's All The Whos Down In Whoville party on Tuesday, December 24. Holiday drink specials, dancing, music from DJ Molly, and other revelry is planned. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
Kobalt Feel like belting out some old holiday standards and maybe a carol or two? Kobalt will offer a Christmas Eve session of Rebel and Devine's karaoke night starting at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24. A special seasonal story will also be shared at midnight. The celebrating will carry over to the following night during the Misfit Christmas party, which begins at 5 p.m. and features the chance to trade unwanted gifts, as well as eggnog and drink specials. No cover.
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Mary X-Mas Local rave impresario Doctor M.D. won't be spending the evening of Wednesday, December 25, relaxing in front of the fireplace. And neither will any of the local DJs who are scheduled to perform at the good doctor's annual Mary X-Mas dance party, which has been taking place on Christmas at various warehouses and underground venues for the better part of the last decade. DMC champ DJ Swamp is scheduled to headline the event, which will also feature sessions from scads of local DJs, a large snow ball fight, and the usual dance activity. Admission is $10. Check out the Facebook page for more details.
Yucca Tap Room There will be two straight nights of gigs over the Christmas holiday at the Yucca. On Tuesday, December 24, the members of local funk band Chocolate Fountain will take the stage along with drummer Marc Norman during Davemas 2013. Meanwhile, alt-country act Truckers on Speed is scheduled to perform with a few of their friends on Wednesday, December 25. Both shows begin at 9 p.m., and admission is free.
Crescent Ballroom Got nothing left in your wallet or bank account after the usual December shopping spree? No problem. You won't need to drop a single dime to attend the Christmas night shindig by local indie band Snake! Snake! Snakes! at the Crescent as the show is free. DJ Smite and DJ Hartbreaks are also scheduled to perform. The show starts at 8:30 p.m.