It's one of the biggest party nights of the year and one of the best ways to work up an appetite for guilt-free seconds on pumpkin pie.

Plymouth Rock--Thanksgiving Eve 2003
There'll be music, models and MTV personalities at this Park West bash. DJ Diamond of MTV's "Making the Band" spins, and L.A. punk band The Paper Dolls performs. Stick around for a Von Dutch fashion show. 9 p.m. $20.

Thanksgiving Eve at Transit
DJs John Curley, Martin "Boogieman" Luna, Goose and Jayfunk spin everything from dance to house to pop. Get there early and hit the open bar from 9-10:30 p.m. 9 p.m.-4 a.m. tonight. $20.

"Back in the Day" Thanksgiving Eve Party
Le Passage's regular Wednesday night event takes on a holiday theme with special food and drinks, including the "Born to Be Wild Turkey" cocktail. DJs spin the best of old school hip-hop and '80s. 8 p.m.-4 a.m. $20 after 9 p.m.

Las Vegas Extravaganza
Brush up on those poker skills because the best hand wins a trip to the debauchery capital of the world at this White Star Lounge party. Plus, expect an Elvis appearance along with magicians and showgirls. Open bar from 10-11 p.m. and DJs Speed and Dan Morrell spin hip-hop and dance music all night. 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Friday. Free-$20.

Backtrack 6
Who doesn't love the '80s? Head down to this party at Rednofive, where DJ Mickey "Mixin" Oliver and friends spin the best of that decade as well as electro, hip-hop, rock and more. Admission is half-price if you arrive before 11 p.m. in an '80s costume. Make it good: The best getup wins a $300 prize. 9 p.m.-4 a.m. $20.

Pre-Thanksgiving Bash
Get all the regular and flavored Skyy cocktails you can drink from 9-11 p.m. at Belly's. And after that, Skyy cocktails are just $4. Celebrate those kickin' specials by dancing to the hip-hop and rock 'n' roll tunes of DJ Ryan Norsworthy. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. $10 before 11 p.m., $5 after.

Euro Flair Party
Excalibur's bash features Serbian, Greek and Macedonian pop and dance music. Get there before 10 p.m. and your first drink is on the house. Best of all: An appetizer buffet from 8-9 p.m. is included with your $15 admission. 7 p.m.

Spanksgiving
Grab the whips and chains and head to Vision for a bondage bash. Make sure you don't miss The Rack, an audience-participation bondage showcase. Plus, dance to DJ Penelope Tuesdae (her compilation CD is aptly titled "Sucking Deck") and Ryan Bedlam. 10 p.m.-4 a.m. $10-$20.

Thanksgiving Eve at Estate
It usually costs $5-$20 to get into this Warehouse District club, but tonight it'll cost you nothing. The free party includes drink specials on Heineken and Envy (cognac and fruit juice). DJs spin hip-hop and dance all night.

Turkey Trolley Trot
Pub grub and beer times five. Start this pub crawl at any of the five participating bars--McGee's, Wrightwood Tap, Jack Sullivan's, Durkin's and Duffy's--and take advantage of trolley transportation between them for three hours. Fee includes all-you-can-drink domestic drafts and a buffet at each spot. 7-10 p.m. $15.

Holiday Kick-Off Party
What isn't there to do at this bash at Piece? Sponsored by RedEye and Metromix, it features DJ Joan Jett Black spinning retro and well as karaoke and a contest to name Piece's new holiday brew (on special for $3 a pint). The winner gets a party for 10. 9 p.m. No cover.

Amanda E. Snyder is a metromix special contributor.