Ten adults-only things to do in Denver on Thanksgiving Eve

Britt Chester
With the holiday devoted to overeating upon us, we're looking down at a full day of stuffing our faces, participating in awkward family interactions and probably even a little Tryptophan-induced napping. But since the extended Thanksgiving weekend technically begins tonight, there is still plenty of time to get out of the house and party hard before consuming a whole pumpkin pie or starting a fight with a relative. In advance of the Thanksgiving mêlée, we've found ten cool things to do in Denver tonight -- some of which are free and don't involve gravy. As always, check out our online calendar for more ideas, and let us know what we might be missing in the comments section below.

See also: Top five absolute worst Thanksgiving side dishes

Frenchie's Souper Fundraiser at the Monkey Barrel,$10
Dancing women and soup collide gracefully at this fundraiser, as local burlesque dancer Frenchie Renard asks folks to come out and support her upcoming cookbook. The cover gets you some snacks and live entertainment, and a silent auction of local artwork and more will help Renard reach her book-publishing goal.

Thanksgiving Potluck Party at Crash 45, free
Hit Globeville hot spot Crash 45 for a pre-Thanksgiving meal of, well, a Thanksgiving meal! The bar will be cooking up the turkeys (and reportedly a ham, too) and guests are invited to bring a side dish to share. Grab cocktails and get stuffed with friends in this beautiful lounge embellished with vintage motorcycle parts and recycled metal turned into massive works of art.

Dolls with Balls Bingo at Hamburger Mary's, free
Hamburger Mary's knows how to spice up a holiday, no matter what season. Tonight, supreme queens Alexandra Winters and Harley Quinn will host Drag Queen Bingo, an evening of daubers and lip-syncing as bingo collides with some smash-hit performances.

Manifestation + Sound with Jaha at Denver Yoga Co-Op, 3532 Franklin Street, donation
This is not your average pre-holiday event. Master sound healer Jaha will lead her weekly meditation and sound-healing class that is open to all, no experience necessary. Raise your vibration and check out all that the donation-based Denver Yoga Co-Op has to offer.

Pre-Thanksgiving Party at Aqua Lounge, free
Join Denver mainstay DJ Tatiana for a night of good, old-fashioned pre-holiday partying. This water-themed lounge in southeast Denver has plenty of drink specials tonight, a free Jello shot for everyone. Did we mention that go-go dancers come with the DJ?

Location Info

Crash 45 - CLOSED

321 E. 45th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Jersey Mike's

12003 Pecos St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Hamburger Mary's

700 E. 17th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

The Monkey Barrel

1611 Platte St., Denver, CO

Category: Music


1037 Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Music

Denver Turnverein

1570 Clarkson St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Blue Blaze Bar - CLOSED

5300 Washington St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Lila B. Lounge (at Comedy Works South)

5345 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village, CO

Category: Music

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