The night before Thanksgiving, AKA “Blackout Wednesday,” is the craziest night of the season.
It’s the one night of the year where it’s socially acceptable to act like a complete drunk idiot with your five best friends from high school.
Four cheap watered-down vodka shots immediately lend themselves to reminiscing about the good ol’ days.
Five drinks in, and you may even ask your crush from math class if he actually thought pre-calc was hard or was he just pulling a Cady Heron.
Six drinks in, and you’re talking to that guy you had a “thing” with Sophomore year who is way less cute than you remember.
Seven drinks deep, and you’re ubering to get pizza with the most random combination of people who never once exchanged words in the hallway.
It’s blurry, it’s nostalgic, it’s undoubtedly the best night of the year.
We’ve rounded up the best Thanksgiving Eve parties in NYC that will guarantee a trip down memory lane.
*Insert High School Never Ends*
If going to LPR with 500 people you hate from high school is wrong, we don’t want to be right. For those of you who don’t know, LPR is where every girl named Lexi and Dani goes to rip tequila shots with their friends Jack, Jordan, and Sammy. Doors open at 10 pm, but the party doesn’t start till Griffin Cohen walks in. You’ll be out dancing to Baile Funk until 4 am when your dad texts you, “Aren’t we supposed to be having family time?”
Only 'Yes Girls' party at House of Yes. It’s where “Late nights turn into sunrises, friends become families.” AKA, you’re probably going to have a massive hangover in the morning. Sorry, Uncle Bill. Please don’t talk to me. Think dance music, live performances, circus acts, and a ton of decisions you are destined to regret in the morning.
If you’re not looking to drop a gazillion dollars on tickets, Katra’s Thanksgiving Eve party is the place to be. Everyone has free entry if you rsvp enough in advance. Slightly inconvenient, but let’s be real. You’ve been planning this night since the day you graduated from your overly-pretentious “woke” prep school. Besides, Katra Lounge is always a pretty lit time.
The name of the venue is honestly super ironic, because it may possibly be the least discreet place in the world. If a guy ever refers to the DL as the most “lowkey cool place” to go out, we’re running in the other direction and changing our phone number. Jokes aside, the DL is always a safe bet for a fun night out. To get a table—we’re talking to you, Brandon Steinberg—contact aimgroupny.com or text your sketchy promoter friend.
This “Drinksgiving” dance party will definitely have you puking on the way to Aunt Susan’s the next morning. If you’re just as entitled as us, buy the VIP Skip The Line Tickets for front-of-line status. Based on personal experience, we honestly would recommend “investing” in this—investment used very sarcastically here. These sceney ticketed events usually turn out to be a hot mess with bouncers yelling at crying girls to get in the back of the line, so this will ensure you actually get through the door.
All your camp friends who live at Windsor Court will make their way to the West Side for Blue’s annual Thanksgiving Eve party. Located in the heart of Times Square (tempting, we know), this popping club will host NYC’s hottest DJ’s on rotation. Birthday and bottle packages are available upon request, so make sure Matt Katzstein collects enough money in the Groupme chat beforehand.
Yes, this is the same Bounce Sydney and Jessie spend every single Saturday dartying with the Syracuse ZBT boys. But don’t be fooled, Bounce is even more of a Big Ten scene at night. Yipee! General admission tickets are 20 dollars, which is relatively reasonable compared to the 4000 dollar tables the DKE Michigan boys split on Friday nights. You don’t want to miss Thanksgiving Eve at the “hottest downtown sports bar” in NYC.
Photography by: John Arano, Real Jansen