Most are familiar with the retail craze that occurs the day after Thanksgiving known as Black Friday, but in recent years, the trend the day prior to Thanksgiving has been to go out and party with friends. Dubbed Black Wednesday, going out the evening before Thanksgiving offers old friends visiting family for the holiday an opportunity catch up over a few drinks. Check out these Minnesota hotspots to kick off the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Lounge
411 2nd Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 333-8800

Wednesdays at The Lounge are typically known as Fashion Wednesdays, where club patrons are encouraged to dress their best. So Classy Entertainment keeps the party rockin by providing the hottest hip hop music, a musical testament to the crowd’s killer style. Take advantage of the valet parking and throw down for VIP bottle service to treat yourself and your crew to a memorable Black Wednesday. If you think The Lounge’s weekly Wednesdays are a blast, wait til you see how hoppin it gets the night before Thanksgiving.

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Barrio Tequila Bar
235 E. 6th St.
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 222-3250
www.barriotequila.comIf a tequila-fueled evening is what you and your companions seek in celebration of Black Wednesday, check out Barrio. Barrio is a trendy bar/restaurant with a Spanish flair serving up some of the tastiest tacos around (you may have seen its food truck driving around the city providing these delicious wares). Grab a bite to eat with your friends and stick around for tequila shots and hot DJ music. If you overdo it and get too zealous with your alcohol consumption, at least you’ll have a Thanksgiving feast to ease your hangover.Related: Best Resident DJs In Minnesota

First Avenue
701 1st Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 332-1775

If live music is what you crave on your Black Wednesday jaunt, head on over to First Avenue for the Ike Reilly Assassination Thanksgiving Eve 10th Anniversary Show. For $15, this enigmatic group is guaranteed to put on a performance worthy of bragging about at Thanksgiving dinner. An added bonus, this is an 18-plus show so if you’re not quite of legal drinking age, you can still celebrate Black Wednesday in style.

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Gay 90’s
408 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 333-7755
www.gay90s.comRegardless of your sexual orientation, Gay 90’s is known for throwing one of the hottest Black Wednesday parties. With six different bar areas and three dance floors, this spot has something for everyone. Show off your sweet moves on a dancing pole, cozy up to the bar or sit back and watch the drag show. Wednesdays at Gay 90’s are open to the 18-plus crowd and feature $1 drink specials for those over 21 from 9 p.m. to close. Drink, dance, party, catch a live drag show and give your long-lost friend something to talk about over Thanksgiving dinner.

Club Jäger
923 Washington Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 332-2686

Wednesday nights at Club Jäger are dominated by DJ Jake Rudh, who spins the best in “new wave, indie rock, British pop, mod, punk, post-punk, synth-pop, electro, guilty pleasures and everything in between.” Attracting a crowd as eclectic as its musical taste, Club Jäger is a great place to spend Black Wednesday. Enjoy drink specials including $2.50 PBRs and $4.50 Transmission Fluids (described as vodka-spiked raspberry lemonade). Dominate the dance floor and groove out to music most pretentious clubs wouldn’t dream of playing for their uber-trendy clientele.

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A Minnesota native that was born and raised Up North, Minneapolis is where Christina Kalinowski currently calls home. Christina appreciates irony, loves bacon, enjoys a hearty libation (drink responsibly, folks), and is an avid proponent of the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness. Her work can be found at