When it comes to nightlife, such occasions as New Year’s Eve, Halloween, the Fourth of July and Memorial Day weekend are times when huge crowds are expected to fill area pubs, clubs and other hot spots. However, along with these major party points on the calendar, the night before Thanksgiving is just as key -- and this year, it falls on Nov. 27.
With college students home from school, off-Island family members in town and most people free from working the next day, the “Wednesday Before” is an annual undertaking known for packed dance floors, loaded taverns and barhopping.
So, if you are going to make a go of this nightlife tradition, here are some spots for those seeking a fine time the evening before tucking in to the turkey on Thursday (just anticipate some possibly higher-than-usual cover charges):
INFO: 246 Voice Rd., Carle Place, 516-248-7600
THE DEAL: DJ Paige spins EDM starting after 10 p.m. Cover is $25 for guys, $20 for girls; dress to impress.
INFO: 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh, 516-783-7500
THE DEAL: Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot perform at 7 p.m.; DJ Carlos Melange spins starting at 10 p.m.
INFO: 5460 Merrick Rd., Massapequa Park, 516-797-5908
THE DEAL: Zebra frontman Randy Jackson plays classic rock starting at 9 p.m.
INFO: 1916 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow, 516-794-4156
THE DEAL DJs Beatbreaker, Marco C, Vinny Guida, Charizma and Young K spin club beats; doors open at 10 p.m. Dress to impress (no sneakers); ages 18 and over admitted. Call 516-458-5332 for VIP tables.
INFO: 160 Adams Ave. Hauppauge, 631- 951-0026
THE DEAL: LGBTQ dance party, starting at 9 p.m. Open bar from 9 p.m.-10 p.m.
INFO 275 Route 25A, 631-331-5454
THE DEAL: All-you-can-eat wings and beer for $13 from 8 p.m.-10 p.m.; DJs Smooth and Pookie spin starting at 10 p.m. for no cover.
INFO: 229 Laurel Ave. 631- 757-4141
THE DEAL: All-you-can-eat wings and beer for $13 from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. DJ Doc Rock spins and dance rock band Pump perform live after 10 p.m.
INFO: 145 W. Main St., 631-360-8556
THE DEAL: Band O El Amor plays, starting after 8 p.m.
INFO: 323 Main St., 516-293-9700
THE DEAL: Live music by 45 RPM starting at 7 p.m.; The Wild Ones at 11:30 p.m. Open bar (for women only) from 9 p.m.-11 p.m.
INFO: 60 E. Main St., 631-969-9700
THE DEAL: Live music by band Tradewinds starting at 7 p.m.; DJs Chris Kenny and Tommy Thunder follow. Open bar (for women only) from 9 p.m.-11 p.m.
INFO: 1020 Park Blvd., Massapequa Park, 516-798-1555
THE DEAL: Band Uppercut plays live starting at 8 p.m.
INFO: 127 Main St., Riverhead, 631-369-3100
THE DEAL: Acoustic band April Rain performs starting at 7 p.m.; guests pay a $5 cover (includes a complimentary drink).