Ten Must-See Back to School Parties in Tempe and Scottsdale
Some sad news broke earlier this week that Arizona State University has taken a tumble in Newsweek's rankings of the top party schools in the nation. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. At one time (read: 2002) ASU was at the top of the heap and had a major infamy for hosting some major ragers, whether it was in various dorms and frat houses across campus or over in the bars and clubs of Mill Avenue.
It's time to reclaim your crown, Sun Devils. And you can do so during any of the back-to-school bashes that will be taking place at the nightspots located throughout both Tempe and Scottsdale. Proprietors of said establishments are eagerly welcoming back students (and their disposable incomes) from colleges across the Valley with a variety of guest DJs, drink specials, and unique events over the next week or so in anticipation of classes resuming on August 23.
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A special "Back to School" shindig will be staged at the Mill Avenue drinkery on Saturday, August 18, and promises games and contests, prizes and giveaways, and both employees and patrons dressed as nerds and "naughty students." Students who show their IDs will get a ticket for a penny shot during the affair, and happy hour pricing will be offered from 11 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. The party starts at 9 p.m. and there's no cover.
While a majority of our back-to-school party rundown is devoted to drinking establishments, there are a few places where the 18-and-over crowd can shake a tailfeather, most notably this all-ages Scottsdale playground. The club resumers its weekly Afterlife Saturdays Uncensored (A.S.U., get it?) on Saturday, August 18, and will offer the AZ Party Rockers, DJ Looney, and DJ Jon Amaral in the mix until 4 a.m. A variety of casino games, go-go dancers, and shower shows are also planned. Doors open at 10 p.m. The cover is $10 before 11 p.m., $15 thereafter.