I'm sure it's not just a Lehigh Valley phenomenon, but Thanksgiving Eve is the biggest party night of the year around here.
There are a multitude of reasons for this. First of all, expatriates return home for some mandatory time with family who stayed in the Lehigh Valley. One can only handle so much of that, so after a few hours of unpacking and getting caught up on family dysfunctions, a stiff drink may be in order. For those who are not traveling out of town, it's a chance to catch up with old friends who are only in town for a few nights. Since it isn't a religious holiday and there's no reason to wake up early on Thanksgiving, it's prime for staying out late. Most people tend to stick close to home (and to the bars that were second homes), but some will flock to the bigger entertainment venues. Either way, it's a good excuse to get dressed up and show everyone how well you have done for yourself since the days of braces, driver's ed, and passing notes (which I doubt kids even do anymore w/ the proliferation of text messages). Here are a few fun parties I have heard about:
Pigpen Bar & Grille (702 Union Blvd., Allentown) has The Large Flowerheads, "Groovy '60s Music You Love," and no cover for ladies.
Allentown Brew Works (812 W Hamilton St, Allentown) has its regularly-scheduled Trivia Night, Whitehall High School 5th Year Reunion, and more.
Starters Riverport (17 W. Second St., Bethlehem) has DJ Cap Cee, no cover, and a naked chick rolling in leaves on the invite. (?!)
Sands Bethlehem (77 Sands Boulevard, Bethlehem) has Lauralea & Tripp Fabulous in the Molten Lounge, 8:30pm - 12:30am, no cover.
Blue Monkey (1092-1094 Howertown Road, North Catasauqua) is feature live music from Common Bond.
Drinky's (5 Centre Square, Easton) needs to update their web site, but I am sure they will be having a party.
Metromix is hosting a Thanksgiving Eve Bar Crawl at Firehouse, PigPen, Mezza Luna and Roosevelt's 21st, beginning at 7 p.m.
Natives, is there a spot that your high school friends have claimed as their own?
Transplants, will you be celebrating Thanksgiving Eve out of town at your old watering hole? Or will you be out in the Valley, laughing at all the awkward reunions or tagging along with your significant other to their reunion?