Your family has gathered to celebrate Thanksgiving, some of your friends are back in town for the holidays — and there's no work on Thursday. It's time to party! Whether you call it Black Wednesday, Drinksgiving or Thanksgiving Eve, tomorrow is one of the biggest bar nights of the year, and there will be plenty of activity around town. To help you sort through all the debauchery, we've picked out eight of the tastiest things to do the day before Thanksgiving — from all-day happy hours to all-out Drinksgiving parties, and everything in between. Just make sure you don't drink so much that you can't make it out of bed for the holiday feast on Thursday.
10-9) Zengo and La Biblioteca
These sibling Richard Sandoval restaurants in the Riverfront neighborhood will be offering happy-hour drinks all night on Wednesday; $5 cocktails include a variety of mojitos, the Cucumber Cooler, the house marg and Sangria. There's also a new holiday cocktail, the Bourbon Espresso Martini, offered throughout the season for $12. Find out more here.
Richard Sandoval's Denver flagship, Tamayo, will be celebrating happy hour from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Wednesday. Get a head start on holiday shopping be taking quick trips to stores on Larimer Square, between rounds of $4 Mexican tapas, $3 tacos, $4 cervezas, $5 sangria, $5 wine, $5 margaritas and much more. For more information, call 720-946-1433.
Head to either location of the ViewHouse — Ballpark Neighborhood or Denver Tech Center — at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve for a "Drinksgiving" party featuring extended happy hour specials; prize giveaways including a Breckenridge snowboard; turkey bowling, DJs and more. For more information, check out viewhouse.com, or call the bar at 720-282-1548. (Don't become such a pest that you can't return, because starting November 25 and through December 16, both Viewhouses will be drop-off locations for donations to the Care for Colorado Toy Drive to benefit Denver Metro Boys & Girls Club. When you drop off a toy, you can get a free ViewHouse Peppermint Godiva Chocolate Martini. For more on the toy drive, click here.)
6) Punch Bowl Social
Take your friends and family out to Punch Bowl from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday night, and you can show them a good time while lending a helping hand to our four-legged friends, since Punch Bowl will devote its third anniversary party to supporting the Denver Dumb Friends League. A $10 ticket will get you light apps, two drink tickets, music and games; 100 percent of ticket sales go to the Denver Dumb Friends League. Get your tickets at the door or grab them online here.
5) Nativ Hotel
The weather may be cold on Black Wednesday, but you can stay warm and cozy at Nativ's Onesie Slumber Party. At this giant bash, you can wear your pajamas while you lounge around in bunk beds, compete for prizes for "Best Onesie," and dance to live music. In the spirit of the holidays, there will also be a canned-food drive support the less fortunate. And the party, which runs from 9 p.m. until midnight, is free! You can RSVP and find more information here.
4) The Tavern Downtown
The LoDo hot spot has a lineup of DJs, headlined by J. Espinosa, Redbull 3style USA Champion, to keep you moving all night. And to facilitate all that movement — not that you need any help — the bar will also be offering $1 off all Colorado beer, liquor and wine; $3.50 Bud and Bud Light drafts; and $4 Pearl Vodka drinks. The party gets started at 7 p.m. Wedndesday and will run all night long. Check out the Facebook event page for all the details.
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3) Stoney's Bar and Grill
Put those Thanksgiving turkeys to good use at Stoney's during the bar's pre-Thanksgiving party, featuring frozen turkey bowling, music from DJ Jesse James, bingo, dancing and, of course, plenty of libations. The party starts at 7 p.m.Wednesday and will be rocking until bar close. For more information, visit the event's Facebook page.
2) Park Burger
If you'd like to have a more laidback Thanksgiving Eve, with a good beer in your hand and friends around you, the Park Burger in RiNo is the place for you. Its NovemBEER at Park Burger RiNo this month, and Wednesday will feature the final Tap Takeover of the month, with beer from Ballast Point and Comrade Brewing. Kegs will be tapped at 3 p.m. and beer experts will be on hand to answer your questions. But the real party, with a chance to win some beer swag, will start at 6 p.m., with the Mark Diamond Trio laying down some cool jazz starting at 7:30 p.m. The event is free; for more information, click here.
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You'll probably be cooking on Thursday, so let someone else do the work on Wednesday. Adelitas is throwing a Thanksgiving Eve party drenched in holiday cheer with classic Christmas music, movies and Mexican food with a holiday twist: pumpkin tamales ($3.95), turkey tacos ($8.95) and turkey Enchiladas ($11.95). For reservations,visit adelitasdenver.com.
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