Thanksgiving eve: Bars prepare for big crowds tonight

Some people say Thanksgiving Eve is the biggest party night of the year.

The idea makes sense: College students home for the holiday are mingling with old friends. Other partiers simply want to celebrate the fact that they don't have to work Thursday.

Hit your favorite hot spot and you'll likely find a crowd tonight. Still need plans? Try these party highlights:

DJ Roonie G at The Roadhouse. Looking for a high-energy dance party? You got it. DJ Roonie G, who hails from Columbus, is a nationally recognized entertainer who frequently performs in hot spots like Las Vegas. He mixes music with video, so don't be surprised if you see your favorite cartoon characters dancing to a hip-hop tune. Action starts at 9 p.m. The Roadhouse is at 1047 Broadway.

Brent Stephens at Flip Flops. The bar, which opened in January, is participating in the Thanksgiving eve madness for its first year. They're pulling out all the stops to draw a crowd, including drink specials and live music from local rocker Brent Stephens. Music starts at 9 p.m. Flip Flops is at 1111 Broadway.

Turkey bowling at The Oasis. Don't understand the mechanics of turkey bowling? Neither do we. But hey, it's another way to get some time away from the family, and you're almost guaranteed to leave with a good story. The Oasis is at 1107 Broadway. Turkey bowling is scheduled for Thanksgiving eve and Thanksgiving night.

Ladies Night at Belloo's. If you're looking for something a little different from the traditional booty music scene, stake out a table at cigar and martini bar Belloo's, 900 Front Ave. Tonight, the hot spot offers its Ladies Night menu with $5 martinis beginning at 7 p.m.

All events are open to guests 21 and older.

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