Partiers looking to start the weekend early have a variety of options. Among the standouts:
*The Roadhouse, 1047 Broadway, opens its doors to Thursday night partiers. Expect dance music, no cover and 50-cent draft beer. The action begins at 9 p.m.
*The local Southern rockers from Whisky Bent take the stage at Scruffy Murphy's, 1037 Broadway. Show starts at 10 p.m. No cover. 706-322-3460.
*Soho Bar and Grill, 5751 Milgen Road, hosts the Boston-based rockers from indie act Endway. It's at 10 p.m. Cover is $5, free for military. 706-568-3316.
*Not into live music? Go to Aqua Nightclub, 1812 Midtown Drive, where the winner of each Thursday's poker game gets a trip to Las Vegas. Game starts at 7 p.m. No entry fee. 706-358-7128.