Monday, November 5, 2012

Where to Spend Election Night in the District

It's finally here. Presidential election night. Politicos everywhere rejoice that our favorite "leap year" (it happens only once every four years) day has arrived. But, it's not just nerds like me that are excited. The non-D.C. types are thrilled they won't be subjected to campaign ads during their favorite prime-time shows, and Ron Paul fans, well, they're just looking forward to re-starting the revolution in 2016.

For those of you that are still searching for somewhere to go or something to do and are saddened you didn't get an invite to the RNC or DNC official soirees, don't fret. There are still plenty of options available for you. Just make sure to wear your "I VOTED" sticker because many places are giving discounts for those who show they vote.

patriotic printables.
Now everyone knows that I love me a good theme party. So head on over to Pinterest and look for red, white and blue free printables and put that work color printer to good use. Plus, there are plenty of recipes, and party planning ideas. Stop by Target and get some crayons (to color in your state map, duh) and red paper straws (they'll have those for Christmas). Readers, in about 35 seconds you have planned your own election party. Best part about this option: no need for a DD, you can stumble to your bed.

For those of you a little less inclined to jump aboard the party planning express (LAME), all Busboys & Poets locations are hosting election watching parties. The self-proclaimed "place to be" will be open until a winner is called. Get there early, as seats will fill up.

Whether you're a red or a blue, Kelly's has shooters for you. Gosh, I'm just so witty this afternoon. (Yes, that was a joke). But in all seriousness, the Election Night 2012 event, sponsored by Campaigns & Elections magazine has everything you need to survive election night: plenty of food, booze, TVs, and even Ben & Jerry's ice cream to nurse your wounds if your candidate loses. Just make sure you register in advance. Doors open at 8 p.m.


If being surrounded by informed voters is something that is important to you, then look no further than the 2012 Election Night Watch Party at the National Press Club. This event is non-partisan and open to the public. NPC members are hosted in the Truman Lounge and non-members in the First Amendment Lounge. Tickets are only $10/$15 (member/non-member) and selling out quickly. You can't buy them at the door, so make sure you head to the website this afternoon. Complimentary appetizers are provided and drinks are available for purchase.

Although I've never personally attended a BYT party, I've heard nothing but good things about them. In fact, this event is a WaPo editor's pick. So don't fret, your $10 cover is not wasted. Held at the Bohemian Caverns from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. party-goers are treated to: for 1 Miller High Life, PBR and Yuengling from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Pinata, TVs full of real time critical electoral stats and polls, a battleship tournament, lasers, and a patriotic pie eating contest. Just make sure to RSVP before midnight, otherwise cover goes up $5.

BYT Election Party

For those of you that don't want to leave the Commonwealth, Arlington Democrats will be watching the election returns on the big screen at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike). Election watching starts at 6 p.m. and features free admission; food and drink available for purchase.

Now my fellow GOP'ers, Arlington Young Republicans are hosting their election watching event at Ri Ra In Clarendon (2915 Wilson Blvd). The event includes food and beer specials. Official party hours are from 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. but don't be afraid to show up early and stay late. 

Of course, I've missed a party (or ten) so make sure you add how you'll be spending election night to the comments section. As for me, RWB, (woop woop such a poet here), I'll be camped out in the Newseum at the POLITICO party, probably drinking Miller Lite and responding to all questions with, "I LOVE AMERICA!"

Yours In Elephants,


  1. Great post, just please don't tell us where to drown our sorrows on Thursday night! :(

  2. I'll be on my couch though on Tuesday watching and enjoying Begala, Castellanos, and Gergen dook it out.