A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from January 08, 2013
Thirsty Thursday

"Thirsty Thursday” is a drinking slang name for a day of the week. “‘Thirsty Thursday’ Special” was cited in print in 1961 regarding root beer; “Thirsty Thursday” was cited in a Holiday Inn print ad in 1971. Minor league baseball teams have held a “Thirsty Thursday” since at least 1983 (when the term was trademarked); beer, lemonade and soda are sold at reduced prices.

New York City had a water crisis in 1949-50; “Thirsty Thursday” was used at that time to describe a day of limited water usage.

Other slang names for days of the week include Shunday, Sober Sunday, Margarita Monday, Messed-up Monday, Mojito Monday, Moonshine Monday, Boozeday Tuesday, Taco Tuesday, Tanked Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday, Tequila Tuesday, Tipsy Tuesday, Trashed Tuesday, Twisted Tuesday, Wasted Wednesday, Whiskey Wednesday, Wine Wednesday, Winesday Wednesday, Wing Wednesday, Thirsday, Thirstday, Fucked-up Friday, Shit-faced Saturday, Sloppy Saturday, Sloshed Saturday and Smashed Saturday.


Urban Dictionary
Thirsty Thursday
A term normally found on college campuses, the title became popular when many people did not have early morning classes on Fridays, allowing them to drink and party on Thursday night. Every Thursday of every week durring the semester is Thirsty Thursday; there is no specific or special date for it.
Dude it’s Thirsty Thursday! Stop studying and have a beer!
by Jaydoggy May 12, 2006

19 December 1949, New York (NY) Times, pg. 1:
DEWEY SETS TALKS TODAY TO HELP CITY EASE WATER CRISIS;
Conference to Get Engineers’ Report on Statewide Survey as Supply Here Dwindles
USE OF WELLS IS DELAYED
Pledges of Cooperation Pour In as Commissioner Urges Added Conservation
WATER CRISIS TALK SLATED BY DEWEY PROJECT UNDER WAY TO PROVIDE FUTURE AID TO CITY’S WATER SUPPLY
By PAUL CROWELL
(...)
Another “Thirsty Thursday” will be observed this week. The first, observed last week, saved 354,000 gallons.

22 June 1961, Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, UT), pg. 9, col. 1 ad:
ROOT BEER
“Thirsty Thursday” Special
59c GAL.
Dee’s Drive Ins

5 November 1971, Syracuse (NY) Post-Standard, “Dining and Night Life in Central New York,” pg. 12, col. 2 ad:
THIRSTY THURSDAYS
(Holiday Inns of Syracuse—ed.)

15 January 1972, San Diego (CA) Union, pg. A-13, col. 2 ad:
Don’t Miss
“Thirsty Thursday”

Featuring “Two for One” Cocktails for all Stag gals—8 PM to 11 PM
(The Bronze Room—ed.)

20 April 1972, Lima (OH) News, pg. B3, col. 1 ad:
“THIRSTY THURSDAY SPECIAL”
(Yogi’s—ed.)

Google Books
April 1977, Orange Coast magazine (Orange County, CA), pg. 54, cols. 1-2:
ONE LINERS - “Thirsty Thursday,” a new feature at Seacliff in Huntington Beach, all drinks half price in disco after 9 p.m.

Google Books
November/December 1980, The Alcalde (University of Texas alumni magazine), pg. 37, cols. 2-3:
Houston Exes initiate
‘Thirsty Thursdays’

With clinking beer mugs, Houston Texas Exes inaugurated a monthly get-together dubbed Thirsty Thursday on November 6.

Google News Archive
8 February 1982, Modesto (CA) Bee, pg. B-5, col. 1 ad:
TIPSY TUESDAY
& THIRSTY THURSDAY
(The Gollywobbler—ed.)

Google Books
The Rules of Attraction
By Bret Easton Ellis
New York, NY: Simon & Schuster
1987
Pg. 19:
We were already smashed when we got to Thirsty Thursday and the night was still young and the light-haired Swedish girl from Connecticut, very tall and boyish, came on to me, and I let her.

3 April 1997, Charlotte (NC) Observer, “It’s hard not to lose your head over baseball,” pg. 1Y:
The team plans a host of other special promotions throughout the year, including “Thirsty Thursdays” all season long: on Thursdays from 6 to 8 pm, ...

Joanna
Words of Wisdom by Drew and Eric
Posted on May 5, 2005
(...)
Drinking Days: Messed up Monday, Tipsy Tuesday, Wet your wistle Wednesday, Thirsty Thursday, FUBAR (Fucked Up Beyond All Recognitions) Friday, Shit faced Saturday, Sober up Sunday

Disbanded Consciousness
limes_n_lemons wrote:
Oct. 8th, 2005 06:18 am (UTC)
i’m thinking about it.... but these are people i have to live with. i just wish the week wasnt

Messed Up Monday
Tipsy Tuesday
Wasted Wednesday
Thirsty Thursday
Fucked Up Friday
Shit-Faced Saturday
(never)Sober Sunday

MacRumors Forums
atszyman
Oct 24, 2005, 09:32 PM
(...)
There is a friend of mine who has the entire week mapped out for drinking, a term for each day. Something to the effect of:

Slurppy Sunday / or Sober Sunday (depending on effort level and availability of booze on Sunday....some places don’t distribute on this holiest of holies :p)
Manic Monday
Trashed Tuesday
Wasted Wednesday
Thirsty Thursday
Fu**ed Up Friday
Sloshed Saturday (funny note, “sloshed” is actually defined by Tiger as “drunk” :D )

General [M]ayhem
AncientMarinade
01-09-2007, 10:24 PM
yeah man,
tanked (or twisted if you like the reefer) tuesday
wasted wednesday
thirsty thursday
fucked up friday
smashed (or shitfaced) saturday
sober sunday
cant think of/ remember the one for monday

OCLC WorldCat record
Thirsty thursday.
Author: Phyllis Root; Helen Craig
Publisher: United Kingdom : Walker, 2009.
Edition/Format: Book

New York (NY) Times
September 24, 2007, 12:00 am
College–The Most Expensive Party
Ginger Vieira
Champlain College, Class of 2008
From Hanover, New Hampshire
(...)
“Tipsy Tuesdays.” “Wasted Wednesdays.” “Thirsty Thursdays.” These are some of the phrases we use to amuse ourselves. In the middle of the week–in the beginning of the week–students in America have decided dollar-drafts and thirty-racks (a box containing thirty cans of cheap beer) are essential components of a productive day.

college life
tuesday, december 9, 2008
college life not what you think
starting college you think of all the best college movies hollywood has made but you never once realize until it is too late that you cant have messed up mondays, tastey tuesdays, wild and wacky wednesdays, thirsty thursdays, frat friday, and shitfaced saturday, and suck ass sober sundays (days of the week thanks to a friend) and make it through college.

M.S.H.
Food and Drink, Part One: The Best Foods to Eat When You’re Drunk
POSTED BY EUNO L. ⋅ 2009 OCTOBER 12
This will be the first in a series of blogs regarding eating and drinking excessively.  Because, really, there’s no other way to do it.

We’ve all been there before– that place in between “Thirsty Thursday” and “Fucked-Up Friday” and “Fucked-Up Friday” and “Shitfaced Saturday” where you need to actually eat something so you won’t die of alcohol poisoning.

Texts From Last Night
Submitted by Anonymous on Oct 16, 09 at 11:24am
Manic Monday, Too fucked up Tuesday, Wasted Wednesday, Thirsty Thursday, Shit faced Saturday, Sucka free Sunday.

Google Books
1,001 Drunk Acts:
The Unbelievable True Stories of Me and My Friends

By John Tamar
Durham, CT: Strategic Book Group
2011
Pg. 230:
838. Go to a Thirsty Thursday
Ah, Thirsty Thursday, the genius way to make minor league baseball entertaining. Check out that Thirsty Thursday sober and realize why those lines for the $1 beer are so long and the stands are so empty.

The Rhino Den
Let’s Get Drunk
KELLY, KELLY’S WRITING | FEBRUARY 26, 2012 BY KELLY
(...)
COMMENTS
Doc Bailey February 29, 2012 at 5:04 pm
It’s Moonshine Monday, Tequila Tuesday, Wasted Wednesday, Thirsty Thursday, Fucked Up Friday, Shitfaced Saturday, or Sober Sunday just plain sucked.

(Trademark)
Word Mark THIRSTY THURSDAY
Goods and Services IC 041. US 107. G & S: entertainment in the nature of baseball games. FIRST USE: 19830701. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19831010
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 74499950
Filing Date March 9, 1994
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition January 10, 1995
Registration Number 1887537
Registration Date April 4, 1995
Owner (REGISTRANT) Asheville Tourists Baseball Club, Inc. CORPORATION NORTH CAROLINA 30 Buchanan Street McCormick Field Asheville NORTH CAROLINA 28801
(LAST LISTED OWNER) PALACE BASEBALL, LLC LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NORTH CAROLINA 401 CHANNELSIDE DRIVE TAMPA FLORIDA 33602
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Attorney of Record David M. Carter
Disclaimer NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE “THURSDAY” APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN
Type of Mark SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Affidavit Text SECT 15. SECT 8 (6-YR). SECTION 8(10-YR) 20050305.
Renewal 1ST RENEWAL 20050305
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