Where to party this weekend

Get off the couch, grab a colorful bed sheet and make your "Animal House"-inspired dreams a reality.

Among this weekend's best bets for the 21 and older crowd is a toga party Friday at the popular downtown Columbus nightclub The Vault. Party band Beeramid will entertain.

The Vault is also one of the many bars participating in a Friday bar crawl on Broadway. One cover charge — usually between $7 and $10 — gets you into all the included venues.

If you're looking to party beyond the confines of downtown Friday, a good bet is Broadstreet Blues (913 Broad St., Phenix City). For a $5 cover charge, you'll get all-night entertainment by house band Peggy Jenkins and the Rhythm Roosters. Peggy's version of Etta James' "At Last" is priceless.

Saturday, the party buzz will likely be all about Summer Side Show at the Bradley Theater. Now in its fifth year, the $15 event showcases 32 bands in 12 hours. The action kicks off at 11 a.m., and some 1,200 concert goers are expected to attend.

A top pick for live music later that night? Scruffy Murphy's. The downtown Columbus bar will host Lixx, an Atlanta-based party band whose female members sport Catholic schoolgirl uniforms on the act's Web site.

If that isn't an incentive to check them out, I don't know what is.