20 Places to Party During Thanksgiving Weekend

Thanksgiving weekend offers tons of drinking and dancing, y'all.
Thanksgiving weekend offers tons of drinking and dancing, y'all. Benjamin Leatherman
The night before Thanksgiving is traditionally considered one of the biggest drinking occasions of the year – and with good reason.

Many people have the next day off from work. Many also have family and friends visiting that they’d either like bend elbows with or escape from entirely. Others just want to let loose.

Thanksgiving night also sees plenty of partying, as well as folks want to celebrate after their big meal, if for no other reason than to shake off the food coma or work off all those calories.

Whatever the reason, there will be plenty of folks out and about during the holiday weekend, which kicks off on Wednesday, November 22.

We’ve assembled the following roundup of parties and nightlife events taking place on Thanksgiving Eve, but it also includes a number of shindigs on T-Day itself and even Black Friday.

click to enlarge British-born DJ and producer Michael Hooker. - JACOB TYLER DUNN
British-born DJ and producer Michael Hooker.
Jacob Tyler Dunn
Re:Sound Music’s Thanksgiving Eve Party
Wednesday, November 22
Melinda’s Alley

Michael Hooker of Re:Sound Music will spend the night before Thanksgiving spinning deep, melodic house music along with several fellow DJs. According to Hooker, it’s also the final Re:Sound Music dance party of 2017 and the lineup will include sets by Orenda, LUVr, Nikolas, and HoodyHoo. Doors are at 9 p.m. Tickets are $11.42 and you’d better get ‘em fast since it promises to be a sellout.

Groove Candy Pre-Thanksgiving Party
Wednesday, November 22
Wasted Grain in Scottsdale

Turntable jocks Madd Rich and DJ M2 will spin hip-hop classics, R&B neo-soul, reggae, and other sounds inside the 100 Proof Lounge during this Thanksgiving Eve edition of Groove Candy. Local rapper Pokafase will host the party, which kicks off at 9 p.m. Free admission before 11 p.m. if you RSVP by calling 480-243-2953 or e-mailing [email protected].

Thanksgiving Pre-Party
Tuesday, November 22
Cactus Jack’s in Ahwatukee

The night prior to Thanksgiving at Cactus Jack’s will be about grooves instead of gravy when members of local Grateful Dead tribute acts Xtra Ticket and The Noodles team up for a special show. Led Zeppelin tribute band Zeppapotapuss will open the evening. The music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 at the door.

Thanksgiving Eve Party
Wednesday, November 22
Lustre Rooftop Bar

The pre-Thanksgiving festivities at Lustre will include DJs, dancing, and drinks, as well as a variety of prizes and giveaways. The party runs from 8 to 11 p.m. Admission is free.

Thanksgiving Pre-Parties
Wednesday, November 22
Sandbar Mexican Grill

Both Sandbar location will offer a variety of drink specials on Thanksgiving Eve – including $3 pumpkin pie shots, $5 cranberry margaritas, and $4 pumpkin porter. DJs will spin dance tracks all night for anyone who’d like to shake a tailfeather. Both spots open at 11 a.m. and the festivities begin at 8 p.m. No cover.

click to enlarge Blunt Club resident Pickster One doing what he does best. - BENJAMIN LEATHERMAN
Blunt Club resident Pickster One doing what he does best.
Benjamin Leatherman
The Blunt Club's Bluntsgiving
Tuesday, November 22
Yucca Tap Room

The turntablists, rappers, and artists behind the Valley’s longest-running hip-hop night will lay out a repast of beats and rhymes during the annual Bluntsgiving celebration on Tuesday, November 22, at Yucca Tap. Blunt Club’s longtime resident DJ, Pickster One, will be joined on the ones and twos by Logan “Element” Howard, Stelynne, and Reflekshin. The records roll starting at 9 p.m. Admission is $5.

RB Deep feat. Sandra Collins
Wednesday, November 22
Bar Smith

Superstar spinstress Sandra Collins returns to the city where she got her start as a DJ Thanksgiving Eve edition of house night RB Deep. Opening sets will be served up by Norris Division and the duo of Turner and Heit. The event, which takes place on Bar Smith’s rooftop, starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Thanksgiving Eve
Wednesday, November 22
Hula's Modern Tiki

Hula’s locations in Scottsdale and Phoenix will have and all-day/all-night happy hour featuring custom cocktails, an island-style menu, and music. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Thanksgiving Eve Party
Wednesday, November 22
Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

A high-style spread will be served up at this resort’s annual Thanksgiving Eve event. DJ Jen Jones will provide the soundtrack while specialty cocktails and tapas will be available for purchase. The celebration begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Thanksgiving Eve Celebration
Wednesday, November 22
RnR in Scottsdale

DJs will be spinning tunes all evening long and drink specials like $8 Jack O-Blast Shots and $9 Crown Royal Cocktails will be offered throughout the day at RnR. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 11 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.