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Election-Night Parties in Washington

Presidential-election night in Washington is like prom for political nerds—it’ll be either everything you imagined or soul-crushingly disappointing. And either way, you’re likely to be drunk. We can’t help your candidate win, but we can help you with the

These folks want you to party with them. They look like a fun bunch, right?

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Sixth & I Historic Synagogue will have free hot dogs and hamburgers, a cash bar, and two big-screen TVs to watch the results. Peter Edelman, Georgetown law professor and former Robert Kennedy adviser, and Jeffrey Rosen, legal correspondent for the New Republic and George Washington University law professor, will provide their opinions and field questions. Prizes will also be given, and it’s all free! RSVP here.

Capitol Lounge is hosting an Election Night Blowout Party. Head to the bar after voting and enjoy 25-cent red wings with bleu cheese, red and blue beer, and happy-hour specials.

Check out the “Change Is Comin’: End of an Error” party at Left Bank Bistro Lounge. For $25, sample free appetizers, enjoy drink specials, and receive a discount on tickets to the Inaugural Blue Ball. RSVP soon—the party is open to only 200 people. is hosting a party at Ultrabar. The event kicks off at 8 with an open bar until 11. Dress to impress the surprise guest and for the red carpet, and enjoy live entertainment and a blogger lounge. Nonbeverage tickets cost $25, open-bar tickets $40, VIP tickets $150, VIP table $500. Reserve or purchase tickets here.

Join the Human Rights Campaign for an LGBT party at Capitol City Brewing Company on Capitol Hill. Pay $15 at the door, which includes HRC membership. Doors open at 6:30.

Busboys and Poets will broadcast election results starting at noon at all locations. The TVs will be tuned in until a winner is declared. The 14th and V location will show news coverage on six screens and will have food and drink specials.

Bar 1331 will serve up more of its political cocktails as well as offer specials on American brews. Guests can test their knowledge of campaign and presidential history and even pose for a photo with the two hopefuls. No, McCain and Obama won’t be there, but cardboard cutouts of the candidates will. The bar will raffle off a weekend for two in one of JW Marriott’s presidential suites. A Marriott staffer suggests you arrive early to claim a semiprivate area with a table and a TV.

Darlington House hosts the Vote for Yelp red-carpet election-watch party. Enjoy three floors of events, including the first-floor state tracker and second-floor beverage lounge, and dance to American classics while watching results on the third floor. Elite-squad guests are welcome at 7, guests who RSVP can enter at 8, and the event will open to the public with a cash bar beginning at 10. RSVP before October 31 by e-mailing

The Topaz Votes ’08 Campaign Cocktail Menu offers red, white, and blue cocktails. Since Super Tuesday, the bar has been keeping track of which party—represented by a drink—is in the lead. Cast your vote while watching the outcome of the election by ordering a Double-Down Donkey, an All-In Elephant, an Independent Player, or an Undecided. When election results are tallied, Topaz Bar will feature the corresponding drink on the menu until the inauguration.

Grogan’s Pub invites you to cheer on your candidate with an interactive map to keep you updated on who’s in the lead. Drink specials will be featured, and the party continues until someone makes a victory speech.

Watch election results at the Women’s National Democratic Club in Dupont Circle. A buffet dinner is included—and a glass of Champagne if Obama and Biden are elected. Reserve your spot by e-mailing; $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers; 7 PM.

Young and Powerful for Obama invites you to the Moment of Truth party at the Park on Fourteenth. News coverage and election tallies will be broadcast on all televisions. Admission is free, but the group suggests you RSVP.

Members of Westminster Presbyterian Church will watch results on a 15-foot screens at Renaissance Hall at Westminster. There will be music, dancing, and free snacks and soda. For more information or to volunteer, e-mail invites supporters to head to Station 9 at 8 PM for its History in the Making party. The event will last until the next president is officially announced.

Enjoy live music, art, and election results at the Obama Ball at Art Whino located at National Harbor. Tickets ($20) are available here.

Union Pub will serve up a few specials, including red and blue cocktails, while the results are shown on 18 TVs, which include a 100-inch projection screen. Specials go all evening starting at 5.

Kelly’s Irish Times will have a discount on draft beers all night and will be tuned in to the results on all eight of their TVs.

The Lotus Lounge will have parties at all of its locations. It’ll also serve half-price rail drinks and sushi and $5 beers.

Bailey’s Pub & Grille in Arlington will host a party in its burgundy and green room. A crowd of about 300 is expected, and admission is $10.

Women for Obama will gather from 8 to midnight at the Hair Palace in Mithchellville to watch the results on a 120-inch screen. There will be hors d’oeuvres and cocktails as well as a guest comedian and live jazz by the Michael Pryor Project.

If you live near Annapolis, stop by the Doubletree Hotel from 8 to midnight. There will be a cash bar and complimentary light refreshments. Watch the results roll in on three ten-by-ten-foot screens.

At Nellie’s Sports Bar, food and drink specials will be available all night. Twelve televisions will be tuned in throughout the bar, and tents with TVs will be set up on the patio.

The Sideline will have a buffet and happy-hour specials from 5 to 7. While watching the votes roll in on 33 TVs, enjoy an Obamatini, and listen to the band Brian Mills and the Secret Society featuring Lorenzo Miller from 7 to 9.

Jammin Java will offer drink specials to all who can prove they voted. Be sure to wear your “I voted” stickers to the free event.

Cheff Geoff’s in downtown DC wants you to wear red, white, and blue and enjoy happy-hour specials on Election Day. Ciroc O’Pomas and McCain mojitis will be $5.

Not old enough to vote but still crave election coverage? Jewish preteens and teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to Dave and Buster’s at White Flint Mall for a night of fun. Tickets ($15) give you access to a vegetarian buffet, kosher food, sodas, free play time on video games and, of course, election results. RSVP by e-mailing or calling 301-348-3784.

Show up to The Art Bar at Art and Soul with your “I Voted” sticker and receive a complimentary appetizer with the purchase of two signature cocktails from 5 until 10 PM on election night. Enjoy your food and drink while watching live election night coverage at the bar.

Attention Silver Spring Politicos: McGinty's Public House and Restaurant will be having an Election Results Party starting at 7:30 PM. Even if you're not from Silver Spring, go and enjoy the election night coverage from their four plasma screen TVs. Bonus: admission is free! For more information, contact Emma Whelan at 301-587-1270, or visit

The folks at are throwing an election night carnival at Bohemian Caverns on the corner of 11th and U St NW. For $5, you get three floors of games, food, drinks, music, a Sarah Palin effigy, and so much more. The party goes from 3 PM till late. 21+.

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