Where to Celebrate Thanksgiving Eve in Philadelphia
Arguably the biggest party night of the year, the eve of Thanksgiving gives you the opportunity to get out, mingle with friends and blow off a little steam before settling in for a long day of family drama and over-eating. Looking for a place to go? Check out our picks for Turkey Day Eve shenanigans in the City of Brotherly Love.
Redwood: The partying gets underway at 5 PM with $4 select drafts, $5 wine, $6 well drinks through 7 PM. The whole will go dance party at 9 PM when DJ O.S.E starts serving up platters of hot wax. (340 South Street)
Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse: The Rittenhouse outpost of the Cav’s family of bars kicks off the year’s biggest party night with happy hour at 5 PM with a DJ. Specials include $5 Apple Crisp shots, pumpkin and vanilla bean infuse vodka drinks, and special drafts from the bar's kegorator. (1823 Sansom St.)
The Trestle Inn: The Eraserhood hotspot is bringing the funk for Jive Turkey Dance Party and Thanks-A-Latke, its pre-Thanksgiving and Hanukkah blowout. Beginning 9 PM there’s discounts on — wait for it — Wild Turkey, and tons of booty-shaking music for your dancing pleasure. That’s preceded by Thanks-A-Latke, which will have potato vodka specials and a screening of The Hebrew Hammer. (339 N. 11th St.)
Xfinity Live!: The sprawling South Philly entertainment complex is billing its festivities as “Philadelphia's Largest Thanksgiving Eve Celebration.” And when you factor in that there’s going to be six different parties simultaneously rockin’ under one roof, that may not seem like an exaggeration. Battle of the Bands, Aerial Drape Dancers, tag team DJs, Thanksgiving ice luges, beer gardens, martini lounges and turkey riding and more are on the evening’s agenda. Plus there will tons of raffles, contests and giveaways all night long. Click here to learn how Drink Philly can hook you up with a sweet discount. (1100 Pattison Ave.)
American Sardine Bar: Thanksgiving Eve also serves as the second anniversary for this Point Breeze pub and academy of sandwich artistry. In honor of the milestone, Chef Scott Schroeder invited some of the city’s top culinary whizzes to contribute their own take on the bar’s signature menu item and namesake. Those contributing guest sardines include Greg Vernick from Vernick Food and Drink, Ben Puchowitz from Cheu Noodle Bar, Joe Cicala fro Le Virtu, Lucio Palazzo from Taqueria Feliz, Joe Beddia from Pizzeria Beddia, George Sabatino and more. Along with the small school of inspired fishes being served, ASB will have a bunch of hard-to-find brews on tap from Allagash, Dogfish Head, Ommegang, Russian River. The fun starts at 4 PM. (1800 Federal St.)
Johnny Brenda’s: Reef and the Lost Cauze host It’s the Year 1997 at Fishtown’s veritable hub of nightlife. DJs Emynd & Bo Bliz will fire up the Wayback Machine, and transport revelers back to 20th Century while spinning hits from the likes of The Prodigy, Harvey Danger, Jamiroquai, and Coolio. (1201 Frankford Ave.)
Zahav: For the first time ever — and subsequently the last time for another 77,000 years — Chanukah falls on the eve of Thanksgiving. In keeping with tradition, rock star chef Michael Solomonov and his crew are celebrating the Festival of Lights, but this year they’re putting a Turkey Day twist on the party with a special Thanksgivukah prix fixe menu. Dishes include turkey shisklik with saffron glaze, collard green pilaf and pomegranate; honey-baked lamb with potato latkes; fried challah donuts with burnt marshmallow and sweet potato; and more. The cost is $39 per person, and reservations are must. (237 St. James Pl.)
Bainbridge Street Barrel House: For its Turkey Day Eve, The Bella Vista bar and restaurant will be rolling out the barrels. But in this case, it will be barrels full of chocolate beers. Featured brews include Southern Tier Choklat, Saucony Creek Bling Blangers Chocolate Brown, Dock Street Sexy Beast Chocolate Stout and more. (625-27 S. 6th Street)
Pink Pub Crawl: This annual pre-Thanksgiving party sends throngs of revelers all decked out in pink shirts, pants, coats, suits, hats, shoes and boas on a stroll through the city’s Gayborhood while making stops at some its most popular bars. Destinations include Stir Lounge, Tabu, Woody’s and Voyeur. Tickets entitle party-goers to one free drink at each location, and run $25 (for those dressed in pink) and $30 (for those who don’t).
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