Party Crasher

10 Best Back to School Parties in Metro Phoenix

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El Hefe

Looks like the staff at Scottsdale's El Hefe location is equally eager to begin the weekend off as early as possible, hence their "Weekends Start Wednesday" party every hump day. And on Wednesday, August 20, the event will celebrate the return of ASU students, and we assume every single college kid as well. Deejay Diesel will paint the place with sounds ranging from rock remixes to club hits to trap music while El Hefe's resident drink pixies dance atop the bar and offer shot service directly into customer's mouths. Now that's some personalized service right there. Doors open at 9 p.m. and there's never a cover.

American Junkie

Turns out that y'all weren't the only ones who went away for the summer, as Scottsdale's American Junkie took a bit of a hiatus over the last several weeks to get itself gussied up with big makeover. It's been christened "Junkie 2.0" and will reportedly feature an upgraded look and an entirely new vibe (although its stored "wheel of booze" and a few other amenities will remain), all of which you can check out for yourself during the place's soft opening on Wednesday, August 20. Doors open at 8 p.m. and there's no cover.

School of Rock

The education that's offered at School of Rock isn't exactly the samre sort of learning you'd find inside campus classrooms. Namely, the Mill Avenue club specializes in such party-hearty practicum as fist-pumping, shot-slamming, and rump-bumping.

Classes are offered throughout the weekend, including during the popular Pulse Fridays affair. A special "Back to School" edition of the night will go down on Friday, August 22, which will be hosted by 101.5's Joey Boy and feature jams from DJs Mikee Mike and EC Rock. Doors open at 8 p.m. and cover charges vary.

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