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Thanksgiving Eve in Royal Oak: Biggest bar night of the year


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Amateur Night is here, and whether you're a nightlife rookie or a local rock star, one thing is certain:  Thanksgiving Eve is the biggest bar night of the year.

Here are some insider tips for getting out and getting wild tomorrow (before I tell you where to go.)  First and foremost, get out early!  Yes, it's Wednesday but trust me, the early bird gets the (tequila) worm on Amateur Night.  Lines will be long.  Secondly, bring cash.  Many bars have cover charges and some may be so packed that it'll likely be easier to pay cash than run a tab.  Thirdly, get comfortable.  Every bar will be packed and you'll probably be hit on, leaned on or squeezed next to Sean Pierre La Douche.  Get over it or go home.  Last but not least, don't be the King Amateur on Amateur Night.  Yes, Thanksgiving Eve has earned its nickname rightfully so, but that doesn't give you permission to be passed out or puking at 10pm.  Nobody likes a sloppy drunk or a stomach pump.

Now, that we've covered the basics, here are the hottest parties in the Woodward Corridor this Thanksgiving Eve, Thursday, November 25th (in no particular order):

Royal Oak

  • O'Tooles, 205 W. Fifth St..  (248) 591-9926
    Build your own bucket:  Bud Light, Labatt, Miller 64, Blue Moon, any domestic, any import bottle.  Only $12.00 for a bucket of 6, 7pm-2am
  • Luna Royal Oak, 1815 Main St. @ 12 Mile Rd.  (248) 589-3344
    $1.00 drinks from 9-10, $2.00 you call its from 9-11, $3.00 you call it's 11-midnight
  • Woody's Diner, 208 Fifth St.  (248) 543-6911
    $5.00 Cover, all three floors open, tent on the rooftop
  • Memphis Smoke, 100 S. Main St.  (248) 543-4300
    The Reefermen performs
  • Goodnite Gracie's & D'Amatos, 224 S. Sherman St. (248) 544-7490
    No cover, special evening of Everything but the Kitchen sink featuring Josh Adams, DJ Kris, John Arnold and others
  • Black Finn, 530 S. Main St.  (248) 582-9460
    Half priced happy hour from 4-7pm; Half priced specialty martinis, house wine, drafts & calls plus half off pizza & appetizers.



  • The Post - Ferndale, 22828 Woodward Ave.  (248) 546-7678
    $1.00 beers until 7:00pm
  • The Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave.  (248) 544-3030
    9th Annual Wasted & Basted Thanksgiving Bash featuring the Mega 80's.  Doors @ 8pm
  • Rosie O Grady's, 279 W. Nine Mile Rd.  (248) 591-9163
    Ladies Night @ Rosies - 1/2 off "Girly Menu" & Wine & other pamper yourself specials
  • Eden, 22061 Woodward Ave.  (877) 269-3336
    Stuffed, a Pre-Thanksgiving Celebration featuring DJ Tom Keeling & DJ Pannos
    $10.00 for females, $20.00 for males; Please note:  A per-drink upcharge may be added to your bill because this is a special event and you may not be aware of it before they run your tab.


Surrounding cities:

  • Berkley:  The Berkley Front:  Music by Woodward with Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr
  • Clawson:  The Hideout:  $3.00 Bombs, $2.00 Red Heads & Kamikaze shots
  • Madison Heights:  DB Coopers:  No cover, Karaoke, $2.00 Labatt Pints 
  • Troy:  Big Beaver Tavern:  No cover, live music.  Ladies Night - $3.00 Martini's
  • Troy:  Mon Jin Lau:  Shanghai Wednesdays:  Through the Decades


As always be safe - do not drink & drive! Designate a friend to drive or hire one. Let one of the area's cab companies take you home safely & soundly (it's also cheaper than a DUI and safer than taking the risk):

The Designate  (888) 929-8282
A & A Car & Taxi  (586) 979-2224
United Cab  (248) 543-0050
BE Taxi & Transportation  (248) 635-1679
Birmingham Troy Cab Co.  (248) 399-4447
Night Move  (888) 606-4448