Your Tuesday Agenda: Where To Party In Honor Of The Election

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Fact: There's no better place to ring in a presidential election than the District of Columbia. Whether you’re rooting for four more years or hoping for a new neighbor at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, there's no denying that tomorrow will be a sentimental night. We’ve been through a lot together over the past four years, and no matter the outcome, our city will change as a result of the election. So, we’ll be paying rapt attention to Tuesday’s televised tallies — and possibly throwing back a drink each time the polls close in a swing state.
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And, given that it's D.C., there are plenty of places to watch, agonize over, and celebrate the fight for the White House. It’s our equivalent to the Oscars (you know, a dramatic awards ceremony with all the heartbreak and joy that comes with just one winner) — and we've rounded up the best places to watch it unfold, whether you’re a donkey, an elephant, or just in it for the spectacle. Here's where to go to have a drink in honor of America, the right to vote, and our great city!
Boqueria will host a viewing party in the resto's private dining space, and for $40, you'll get unlimited tapas and drinks. Expect signature tapas dishes, plus speciality drinks like a Democratic Blue and Republican Red sangrias. The party goes from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., and reservations are required.
Where: 1837 M Street NW; 202-558-9545.
Brightest Young Things is throwing a shindig at Bohemian Caverns, featuring DJs, dancing, pinatas, photo booths, and more. You know — in case you want to put the "party" in political party. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
Where: 2001 11th Street NW; no phone.
Policy is doing its part to help the election results go down easy by extending happy hour…for the entire night. Call it the 5-5-5-5 plan (as in, happy hour food, beer, wine, and liquor are all $5 or less). There are special "Race to the White House" cocktails on the menu, too.
Where:1904 14th Street NW; 202-387-7654.
Hill Country Barbeque is rewarding patrons for fulfilling their civic duties: Stop by with your "I Voted" sticker and you’ll get a free shot; enjoy $1 Jell-O shots color-coordinated to match your favorite party starting at 3 p.m.
Where: 410 7th Street NW; 202-556-2050.
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Lincoln is throwing a presidential election party featuring candidate-themed dishes (think Mitt’s Meatloaf or Barack’s Pork Belly) and drinks. Grab a seat and watch the results come in on 50" flatscreen TVs. Party starts at 6 p.m.; RSVP here.
Where: 1110 Vermont Avenue NW; 202-386-9200.
Photo: Courtesy of Lincoln
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Poste is featuring election-themed cocktails for both sides of the aisle and the middleman — throw back a Tea Partier, Blue State of Mind, or a Bi-Partisan. Still undecided? We won’t judge if you try them all.
Where: 555 8th Street NW; 202-783-6060.
Ultrabar is hosting ElectionMall.com’s big bash for anyone who exercises the right to vote. There's an open bar, live entertainment, and a surprise guest. Tickets range from $20 to $100, and the party goes from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: 911 F St NW; 202-638-4663.
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Capitol Hill's Sonoma is having a day-long happy hour with $3 beers, $5 house wines, and $5 specialty cocktails that make light of some of the low points of this campaign. (We dare you to try ordering a Birth Certificate or a 47 Percent with a straight face.) If you wager a guess for the outcome of a swing state, you may win a prize.
Where: 223 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; 202-544-8088.
Kelly’s Irish Times is the venue of choice for Campaigns & Elections mag's election-night celebration. Expect a low-key celebration at one of D.C.’s tried-and-true bars, complete with Red and Blue State shooters, food, and Ben & Jerry's ice cream. Admission is free, and the party goes from 8-11 p.m.; register here.
Where: 14 F Street NW; 202-543-5433.
The Federalist, The Madison hotel's restaurant, is comforting its patrons by celebrating the stability of the American political system with two aptly named cocktails: Death & Taxes and Old Establishment. The former features Death’s Door gin, Lillet Blanc, and Dolin dry vermouth; the latter boasts fig bourbon, blood orange, and cherry Heering. Enough said.
Where:1177 15th Street NW; 202-587-2629.
Photo: Courtesy of Lincoln
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