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Posted at 1:01 PM ET, 10/30/2008

Election-Watch Party Planning

By Anne Kenderdine

As Nov. 4 rolls near -- finally! --- we've started hearing about more and more local haunts throwing open their doors and tuning into CNN for the big night. Weekend's made a chart of election-watch parties, and we'd like to offer a few additional choices for your political pleasure.

Bohemian Caverns is being taken over by the kids from Brightest Young Things, with music by the Party Bros, the Fatback DJs, Adrian Loving, Jessica Chambliss and others. Five bucks will get you games, candy, projections of election results and Jon Stewart on Comedy Central. Doors open at 3 p.m. And if you're wondering where the crowd stands, they also invite you to "Check out the parade in the streets when Barack is elected."

Topaz Bar is a good choice for those voters for whom it's the economy, stupid. Organizers have concocted a full menu of wonky drinks and appetizers for just $5 each. Choose from the "Double-Down Donkey" (with vodka, Blue Curacao, sour and champagne) or an All-In Elephant (a rum drink with amaretto, cranberry and orange juice). Spring rolls are a "Biden Bite," while fish and chips are one of "Palin's Picks."

Obama supporters in Prince George's County might want to head to National Harbor. The Art Whino gallery there is playing host to "The Obama Ball: Yes We Will." A $25 cover ($20 in advance) will get you one free drink, food, art and music by The ELs featuring Ne'a Posey and Asheru and the Soul Controllers of WPFW.

Politics + Mayflower Hotel = Eliot Spitzer escapades. True, true, but that's not all. The hotel has a rich history in politics -- Monica Lewinsky also stayed there -- making it a perfect place for election night viewing. Plus, Sambonn Lek is one of the best bartenders in town. Look for free hors d'oeuvres between 5:30-7:30 p.m. and specialty cocktails like the Obama Rama and McCain Mojito.

Nellie's Sports Bar is going casual for E-Day. It will have $12 buckets of beer (Bud, Bud Light, and Mich Ultra, five bottles per bucket), plus $3 vodka drinks and free hors d'oeuvres. And with 14 TVs, including one projection screen, you'll have a good view of all the, uh, pundits. A couple groups, including Obama Pride, are making this place home for the night, so get there early for a table.

Don't think you can sit still for the results? No worries. Just bar hop your way through the evening with Lindy Promotions' "Ballot 4 Beer" party. For a $5 cover, you can swing between four Capitol Hill bars, enjoying $2 Miller Lites and $3 red and blue shooters. That ought to alleviate any political tension you've been feeling. The Lindy party train will run through Bullfeathers, Tortilla Coast, Conrad's Pub and the Tune Inn.

And our friends at Express are hosting an Election Afterparty on Wednesday, Nov. 5. If your candidate of choice is victorious, head to Top of the Hill for $5 quesadillas and $3 Yuengling drafts. If you're on the losing end of things and your misery needs company, stop by 18th Amendment for $5 chicken tenders and $3 Peroni drafts. Both parties start at 6 p.m.

-- Ellen McCarthy, Weekend

Update: At the Express party, there will also be a couple kegs worth of free beer: Blue Moon for the Democrats and Killian's Red for the Republicans.

By Anne Kenderdine  | October 30, 2008; 1:01 PM ET
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Any help on the Lindy thing on the Hill? I checked the Lindy Promotions site and there's no explanation -- do you have to pay the $5 cover in advance? Do you do it at the bar? Does it matter where you start?

Posted by: UStreet | November 4, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Jammin' Java's Election Night Party! Come watch the returns on the big screen! Chill, drink...and argue! - FREE - NO COVER. Starting at 7pm!

We'll have the big screen set up with CNN pumping through the JJ sound system. Drink specials for everyone who can prove that they voted. We expect a packed house of politically minded people ready to get it on! Bring your friends and hang!

Posted by: emorygrrl | November 4, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Pretty unusual list of bars...

Posted by: gimlet16 | November 4, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

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