10 Spots for Election-Night Dining, Drinking, and Partying

After you vote, head out for specials about town, from Obama bourbon to Romney tacos.

The Mint Rum-ney and vodka-spiked Obama Care-Acao cocktails at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City are just some of the election-themed specials you’ll find. Photograph courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton.

One thing we can all agree on in this partisan town: You’ll need lots of booze and

tasty eats to get through election day. Washington restaurants and bars are stepping

up, offering all-day (and night) happy hours, presidentially inspired plates, and

plenty of giveaways as you bask in the warm glow of NBC. Also don’t forget to get

out for election-themed specials
(and more specials)
between now and Tuesday.

All-Day Beer Happy Hour

If drinking beer for 13 hours seems like a good way to calm election-day nerves (or

just spend a Tuesday), then take your shaky self to Capitol City Brewing Company
in downtown DC or Shirlington Village from 11 AM to midnight. The brewpubs are pouring

their four main beers at happy hour prices and serving up $5 appetizers, and the Arlington

location is dishing out half-off wings. Just don’t forget to stop watching the returns

on the big screen and go vote.

All-Night Wine Happy Hour

If the election makes you want to take Chianti to the face, head over to Vinoteca
starting at 5. Anyone with an “I Voted” sticker can pick from the 15-deep list of

$5 wines by the glass, Peroni drafts, and food specials like pan con tomate topped

with Serrano ham and Manchego. And added perk: bocce on the back patio to keep you

occupied as the results roll in.

Cotton Candy and Deejays

You can expect no less from the folks over at Brightest Young Things,
who’re partying over at Bohemian Caverns starting at

5. Look for a patriotic eating contest, cotton candy, and a Champagne toast if Obama

wins. (Conservative types, you may feel a little, uh, conservative for this shindig.)

Tickets start at $10.

Discount Menu

It’s better than restaurant week: Jackson 20
is offering a $20 three-course menu for all stickered voters. The dishes are all inspired

by those President Andrew Jackson fancied, so forget burgers and expect the likes

of shrimp escabeche and roast lamb chop with hoppin’ john. Call 703-842-2790 for reservations.

The Elephant and the Donkey

Get super-presidential at Lincoln,
which is hosting a viewing party with nods to commanders in chief past and present.

The evening lineup includes two election-themed cocktails, the Elephant and the Donkey,

and menus
inspired by each of the candidates (can you guess which one is the meatloaf?). You

may even get a visit from Teddy “& the Bully Bar” 

Free Burgers

is offering a gratis burger to anyone boasting a voting badge, because presumably

if values or the economy won’t drive you to the polls, free meat will. The offer is

valid at the Tenleytown, Columbia Heights, and Southwest Washington locations.

Nominee-Themed Noshes

Show your party pride on the plate at Cashion’s,
which is serving two (and only those two) menus
on election night
, styled after Obama or Romney. On the blue side: dishes like a Chicago

dog and tuna poke. On the red: items such as “Romney family” chicken tacos and oysters

with caviar. Those who want to stay glued to the television should post up in the

bar, where results are running until a decision or last call.

Partisan Shots

Though tequila has long been known to start moves across the aisle (and elsewhere),

Del Frisco’s Grille is pouring Sauza Silver-based

“partisan shots” during its viewing party (the first is complimentary for all voters).

If you’re not too bleary-eyed, the restaurant promises a view of large LED screens

from every seat in the eatery.

Ritzy Returns

Watch the election results like the 1 percent at the Ritz-Carlton in the West End,

Georgetown, and Pentagon City, with each property mixing up cocktails themed after

the candidates (Mint Rum-ney or Obama Care-Acao, anyone?). You can also get a vice

presidential combo of beers and sliders at the West End location, such as the Biden-style

Dogfish Head brew and Delaware rockfish slider with pickled fennel and Old Bay remoulade.

Swing State Sips

Art and Soul
hosts a viewing party starting at 4, where those with the “I Voted” sticker get two

cocktails for the price of one off the Swing State menu—the idea is to give one to

a friend, but do you really want to share? Also look for happy hour prices on other

drinks until the decision, specials on bubbly, and election-themed cookies from Sticky


Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.