Party Crasher

10 Best Back to School Parties in Metro Phoenix

College kids of the Valley, stop your whining about tuition fees and pay attention for a second: If you're one of the many who ditched town during the long, hot summer, there are a couple of things that went down in your absence.

First off, you can forget about tapping a keg or using that funky-looking beer bong outside of Sun Devil Stadium before an ASU football matchup, since the university's braintrust pulled a big buzzkill and banned such things (as well as games like flip cup and beer pong) at official tailgates over the summer. And secondly, a few nighttime hangouts have moved or closed in last few months, including the Firehouse and Smashboxx in Scottsdale, as well as Tempe's Public House on Sixth and The Sail Inn.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.