Party Crasher

20 Places to Party During the National College Football Championship Weekend

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W Scottsdale Hotel
Mix and mingle with such famed Clemson University alumni as Stephone Anthony, Kris Benson, Tajh Boyd, Dale Davis, CJ Spiller, Charlie Whitehurst, and others at Clemson Legends Party on Sunday, January 10, up on the W’s second floor WET Deck. Former Tigers standout and Philadelphia Eagles safety Brian Dawkins (a.k.a. "Weapon X") will host the affair and Big Boi is scheduled to perform. The pre-party starts at 8 p.m. and athletes will arrive at 10 p.m. Tickets are $50.

Blue Agave Mexican Cantina ?
As the enormous Crimson Tide banner hanging from the ceiling indicates, this Scottsdale spot proudly supports the University of Alabama. As such, it will offer a viewing party for the game on Monday, January 11, that will feature a variety of food and drink specials. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. No cover.

Casino Arizona
The showroom will host a viewing party for the big game on Monday, January 11, that will be hosted by AZ Sports Talk 1060 AM and feature a game-day menu and beer bucket specials. One attendee will also win a trip for two to the Cowboy Classic 2016 that takes place in September at AT&T Stadium in Texas. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

El Hefe & Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row
Loyalties will be divided during the national championship game as these neighboring Tempe bars will square off against each other during the “Battle on the Block” festivities on Monday, January 11. As such, Crimson Tide fans will gather at Whiskey Row, which will support Alabama, while Clemson Tigers fanatics can head for El Hefe. A similar situation will take place at the Scottsdale locations of both bars, which are situated along Saddlebag Trail. The parties start at 6:30 p.m.


Calico Jack’s Cantina
This Westgate cantina has a National Championship Pre-Game Party planned for those who’d like to drink and nosh before the big showdown at U of P Stadium nearby. The event, which takes place on Monday, January 11, will include a prize raffle, giveaways, and other perks. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 and VIP packages start at $200.

Crescent Ballroom
Tricky T and the other DJs of the weekly Motown on Mondays dance party will have their game faces on when they hit the decks during a special edition of the night in honor of the national championship game. Jorge Melo and DJ Element will also spin. As always, the musical menu includes plenty of funk, soul, and (of course) Motown hits. The event starts at 10 p.m. Admission is free.

Salt Tacos y Tequila
Fans of Clemson will flock to the “Rally in Valley” celebration at this Westgate spot on Monday, January 11, to get psyched up for gametime. DJ DU will spin Top 40 throughout the event. 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. Those without tickets to the game can watch the action unfold at Salt and DJ Steel is scheduled to perform afterwards.

Talking Stick Resort
College football fanatics can check out the game during resort’s viewing party at the Blue Coyote Cantina on Monday, January 11. A game-day menu and beer buckets specials will be available. Doors are at 4 p.m. and kickoff is at 6:30 p.m.


Wasted Grain
Practically every single HD screen inside Wasted Grain in Scottsdale will be tuned to the national championship game on Monday, January 11. Doors open at 3 p.m. No cover.
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.