Peabody rooftop info for tonight, and a low-key alternative

Tonight’s the season finale of the Peabody Rooftop Party season for 2009. Doors open at 6, with a $10 cover (it’s higher than usual tonight because the bands are big names), ladies free until 8. The Dempseys will take the stage about 7 PM, then around 8:30 PM Cowboy Mouth will come on.

A few notes for party attendees:

– It will be super crowded tonight – always happens when Cowboy Mouth is playing. My advice is to either get there much earlier than usual (like before 7), or, if you’re a guy and you want to get there a bit later, wait until 8:05-8:10ish to avoid the long “ladies free before 8” line. Ladies will obviously want to get there before 8 and beat the cover.

– They always put out a food buffet for guests, so if you don’t have time to grab dinner before heading up there, you’ll have the chance to snack. If you get there at just the right time, you’ll get to see the Nuh-Uh Girl eating.

– If you have any unused drink tickets from previous 2009 rooftop parties, don’t forget to bring them and spend them. It’s your last chance.

I know that not everyone is into the rooftop parties, so I’ll offer a much more low-key alternative as well: Thursday night is poker tournament night at Calhoun’s Sports Bar on G.E. Patterson. Play happens on the TV monitors, using Buzztime trivia/poker boxes to compete. Winner gets a gift certificate. Good way to hang out and have fun and meet some locals. There are only 10 boxes though, so maximum 10 players – get there early to get your box. Tournament starts at 7. There are progressive blinds to keep things moving, just as in a real tournament. It’s free to play.

I’ll probably have one happy hour Dos Equis Lager at the Saucer at 6, then head to the rooftop in time to catch the Dempseys. After that, it looks like I’ll be heading back to the Saucer for former bartender Marci’s going-away party. Should be a fun night.