Think politics are boring? Think again. This year’s campaign season has been one of the most dramatic – and possibly obnoxious – that we’ve had in decades. If one candidate is calling the other names, the other candidate is making wisecracking jokes that up are on the Internet in a matter of minutes. The debate season was equally frustrating, but at the same time, managed to serve up some of the best prime time television we’ve had the pleasure to view in quite some time.
With all this in mind, it’s a no brainer that the actual day of the election will be nothing less than exciting. What better way to ring in the era of the new President-elect (or Obama Part II) than with friends – and lets face it, some of us are probably going to need a drink by the end of the evening. However, if Sandy isn’t still keeping you in and you’re dying to get out, no matter which candidate you’re hoping will become the President-elect by the end of November 6th, there’s a place for you to watch with like-minded peers in New York. Just promise not to avoid taking cabs at all cost – no matter which way this thing goes, the roads could be messy (as if Sandy didn’t try hard enough).
• For a partisan fare that ensures you’re watching with either all reds or blues, try one of the following options:
Ceol’s Pub (Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn)
Back room, 8:30-11:30pm
If your top choice is Mitt Romney, join the Brooklynn Young Republicans Club at Ceol’s Pub back room starting at 8:30pm to watch the election results from around the country. Food refreshments are provided by the Club and the cash bar will stay open all night to keep you from getting parched – whether in victory or defeat.
Rudy’s Bar and Grill (Hell’s Kitchen, New York)
If Obama’s your man, you might want to head into Manhattan to join The Original Drinking Liberally group – arguably the biggest group of drinking politicos in the New York metropolitan area. Co-sponsored by several related groups in the city, this selection of lower priced appetizers and drinks – including the limited-time Obama-Tini – are on offer all evening for just $5.00.
• If you’d rather mix and mingle with democrats, republicans, libertarians, and the undecided, try one of the following come-one-come-all destinations:
JACK’s Restaurant & Bar (Midtown West/Theater District)
With complete free admission (but nothing on offer without the cash), Jack promises drinking, debating, and live big-screen coverage as the election results come pouring in. Added bonus: as an art center its pretty much guaranteed to draw people who at least sort of know what they’re talking about.
The Bell House (Gowanus, Brooklyn)
Promising to be one of the livelier parties on election night, The Bell House is throwing a party based on fun rather than fighting. Hosted by comedian Liam McEneaney, the party has free admission and even features The Snap Truck out front serving your favorite “Right Wings” and “Left Wings.” Quench your thirst inside with name-appropriate drink special like the Coke & Rumney, Bahamobama, and the Four More Beers. Whether you’re depressed, victorious, or indifferent, stick around after the results for DJ Mike Doughty to end the party right.
Miles (Bushwick, Brooklyn)
All night, all live, all continuous coverage on the big screen of results from around the country. Bring in an “I Voted” sticker to receive a free shot for doing your part to make the next President elected under free and democratic conditions. Other drink specials are promised all night, but no word yet on any funny-named concoctions.
• For those of you who could care less who runs our country for the next four years, but would really like to vote on the 6th anyway, check this out:
Babeland (SoHo, New York)
All branches, 1:00-5:00pm
Babeland is obviously hosting the most important election in Brooklynn this Tuesday. Visit any Babeland store between the hours of 1:00pm and 5:00pm for your opportunity to vote for your favorite sex toy that you think should govern the bedroom. They’re promising to grant one lucky winner their elected toy each hour. Champagne will be served all day.
No matter which candidate you’re voting for or which place you pick to party as the results roll in, just be sure to vote!