10 Best Back to School Parties in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Party Crasher

Benjamin Leatherman
School's almost back in session.

College kids of the Valley, stop your whining about tuition fees and pay attention for a second: If you're one of the many who ditched town during the long, hot summer, there are a couple of things that went down in your absence.

First off, you can forget about tapping a keg or using that funky-looking beer bong outside of Sun Devil Stadium before an ASU football matchup, since the university's braintrust pulled a big buzzkill and banned such things (as well as games like flip cup and beer pong) at official tailgates over the summer. And secondly, a few nighttime hangouts have moved or closed in last few months, including the Firehouse and Smashboxx in Scottsdale, as well as Tempe's Public House on Sixth and The Sail Inn.

Those college kid-friendly bars and clubs that are still alive and kicking, however, are eager to welcome you (and all your student loan money) back and are holding a few parties this weekend in your honor since classes begin at ASU and other schools over the next several days.

Here's a rundown of ten place to get down and get a drink at before you get shackled by the burdens of higher learning.

Gringo Star Street Bar

This Mill Avenue hangout will be the site of four nights of celebrations by way of its XXIV Karat Maroon + Gold Weekend, which -- curiously enough -- kicks off at sort of the beginning of the week. Later tonight, electronica artist, club DJ, and ultra-busy producer Clockwork will launch the party series with a set filled with trap, hip-hop, and loads of bass. Two nights later on Thursday, August 21, his onetime cohort Felix Cartal will takes over the bar's DJ booth and sound system.

And the actual weekend at Gringo Star will be filled with just as much sounds and spirits when Power 98.3's Chris Villa controls the mixers on Friday, August 22, and DJ Convince will wrap things up on Saturday, August 23. Each of the aforementioned gigs starts after 9 p.m. There's no cover, but $5 will allow you to bypass the line outside.

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