Friends are here, the family's in town, what better way to ready for T-Day than meeting up with them for a bit of imbibing and a few snacks the night before?
Here's a list of five spots in the Valley hosting Thanksgiving Eve parties with a little something for everyone -- except that weird uncle of yours. That dude's on his own.
From 8 p.m. until midnight, stop by this retro-riffic spot inside the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale for a Thanksgiving Eve Party featuring DJ JonnY Rogers, drink specials, and giveaways from Absolut, Grand Marnier, and Coors Light.
From 9 p.m. until 2 a.m., Chef Cullen Campbell and mixologist Micah Olson (along with Olson's Jade Bar alum, Jason Asher) invite guests to stop by their hidden gem in East Phoenix for a little pre-holiday imbibing. In addition to the amazing handcrafted cocktails, Campbell will be serving up Italian-inspired small plates like truffled lardo spread, finger fries, arancini, and uovo diavolo for seven bucks a piece.
For students who are coming home or staying in town for the holidays, Tempe's World of Beer is throwing a Thanksgiving Eve "Home for the Holidays" party just for you. From noon until 2 a.m., college and faculty members of any school can score half-off on all of the bar's 58 drafts and enjoy live music when the sun goes down. Tappy Thanksgiving!
Celebrate Turkey Day island-style at this Downtown modern tiki bar (located right along the Light Rail) with an all night happy hour. Featuring live music on the patio, signature tropical cocktails for $5, and five apps for five bucks, it's a great place to bring the Rat Pack before the big day.
This cozy house-turned-eatery, in the residential heart of the Coronado District (and sister restaurant to the Tuck Shop), is pre-empting the turkey with a unique offering of food and wine from the Iberian Peninsula. Starting at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve, guests can enjoy a tapas-style dinner for $12 (think dishes like skewed cheese, Spanish bocadillos and grilled shrimp and sausages) or, for $9, cava toast and a glass of vino. Read more about the event here.