It’s Thanksgiving, and that means breaking out your sweatpants, indulging in copious amounts of food, and answering relatives' invasive questions why you are still single and are you ever going to do anything with that degree of yours.
While family tradition and good manners might dictate you have to spend all of Turkey Day with your family to prove how grateful you are for them, nothing says you have to spend the night before with them as well.
In fact, the nouveau tradition is to mentally prepare oneself on Thanksgiving Eve with a few hours of fun. Think of it as an appetizer to the main course or a way to let loose before sitting at a family dinner for five hours.
Copperpoint Brewing Co.
Newly opened Copperpoint Brewing (151 Commerce Road, Boynton Beach) will be celebrating its six-month anniversary party in style. From noon to 5 p.m., guests can enjoy $3 drafts, and from 5 p.m. to close, drafts increase by only $1. There will also be raffle prizes, brewery tours, and food vendors BC Tacos and TC Melts. Visit CopperPointBrewingCompany.com.
Cagney's Annual Thanksgiving Eve Party
Cagney’s Saloon (5983 S. University Drive, Davie) is celebrating Thanksgiving Eve in style, AKA with drinks. Starting at 9 p.m., attendees can jam out to Soulicide’s live music and enjoy beer, drink, and shot specials. There will also be vendors and raffles. Call 954-689-0035, or visit cagneysaloon.com.
Bamboo Room (25 S. J St., Lake Worth) is hosting a musical night with musicians Teri Catlin, Joel Da Silva & the Midnight Howl, and Raggy Monster, all for a $5 cover. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. Visit BambooRoomMusic.com.
Visit Makers Square Social Club (1142 NE Sixth Ave., Fort Lauderdale) to see ten artists duke it out for the title of WallBrawl Broward Champion. Featured will be craft cocktails, DJ sets, appetizers, fire spinners, and more. Tickets cost $20 presale or $25 at the door. Visit EventBrite.com.
America’s Backyard (100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale) promises guests they will get “basted” at their pre-Thanksgiving bash. With doors opening at 8 p.m., guests can enjoy $3 Toast Crunch shots as well as $5 Wild Turkey drinks all night long. RSVP to Brittany@MyAmericasBackyard.com to reserve yourself a free drink. Visit the Facebook page.
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Fest before the Feast at Funky Buddha Brewery
Funky Buddha Brewery (1201 NE 38th St., Oakland Park) has special releases starting at 5 p.m. The brews include Wide Awake, It's Morning (imperial maple bacon coffee porter), Margarita Gose, Lemon Meringue Blonde, Barrel Aged Hurricane, Barrel Aged Raspberry Nikolai Vorlauf Imperial Stout, and more. Visit FunkyBuddhaBrewery.com.
Brickell Fall Crawl
Crawl your way through Brickell with a pre-Thanksgiving bar crawl. Starting at Burger & Beer Joint (900 S/ Miami Ave., Suite 130, Miami) at 6 p.m., participating venues include RedBar, Dolores Lolita's, La Divina Gastropub, and Batch. Tickets purchase in advance cost $20 and are $25 at the door. Each stop gives one free drink or shot as well as drink specials. Visit BrickellFallCrawl.EventBrite.com.
Natalya Jones is a food and music writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in entertainment and fun things to do in South Florida, follow her on Twitter.