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Election Coverage 2016: Where To Eat and Drink On Tuesday Night

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Hank’s Oyster Bar will have oyster shooter specials to make election night more painless.
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

On Tuesday night, voters will know who will be in charge of the U.S. for the next four years.

It’s a big decision to swallow, but luckily Eater has food and drink picks that will go down easy on Election Night. Eater has been on the election trail since this summer, running guides on where to watch each debate and celebrate the politically-heated season in general.

Now, the big finale is here. Here’s an updated guide with more than 20 places to find specials while watching the results come in.

Texas Jack's Barbecue

2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Va.

Head here for a “Tears & Beers” Election Day watch party. See results roll in while enjoying extended happy hour specials from 4 p.m. to close, like wines for $5 each.

Ventnor Sports Cafe

2411 18th St. NW

This Adams Morgan bar has been a big election proponent, with viewing parties for the debates. Now watch the big event from an array of TVs while indulging in election-themed cocktails and food specials.

The Ritz-Carlton

1150 22nd St NW

Watch results pour in at Quadrant Bar & Lounge, which will be airing the progress live on flat screen TVs around the lounge while projecting a Politico State Polling Map, live Twitter feed results. Also expect election-themed trivia games throughout the evening. Guests get happy hour specials from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on draft beer and cider and rosé wine on tap, along with dishes such as seared sea scallops and Harris Ranch hanger steak.

Hank’s Oyster Bar

(all three locations)

While taking in who the 45th president of the U.S. will be, get $1 select oysters on the half shell and "Make It Quick & Painless" oyster shooters. In Dupont, get "Wanna Go To Canada?" poutine, while Hank's Pasta Bar will have half-priced pastas.

Logan Tavern

1423 P St. NW

From 5 p.m. to close, the election will be playing on the projector and election swag will be distributed. Food and drink specials all night include $9 cocktails such as The Hillary, featuring gin and honey lemon syrup and The Donald, a screwdriver with golden cinnamon flakes and topped with a fluffy cotton candy "toupee." (The Commissary next door will also be showing results.)


606 N. Fayette Street, Alexandria

Happy hour will run until 9 p.m., an hour after the polls close. The restaurant’s “Straw Poll,” cocktails include #Crooked" for Hillary, for Donald, the Deluded Little Manhattan, for Libertarians, the Live Free or Die Johnson, and more. Chef Michelle Poteaux will dish out a slice of election cake to each diner sporting their “I Voted” sticker.

Open Road

8100 Lee Hwy., Falls Church, Va.

Come for all-day happy hour on election day, and pair happy hour drinks with a Tuesday Raw Bar special: $1 oysters from 4 p.m. on. (Metropolitan Restaurant Group’s other chain CIRCA will have all-day happy hour at all locales.)

El Rey

919 U St. NW

This hip U Street bar’s got lots of TVs and will be hosting an “ANTI-TRUMP” Election night party. That means there will be a Trump cardboard target cutout (complete with darts for people to throw), a Pin-the-Toupee (on Trump) game, and $2 mini Coronas (perfect for small hands).


3418 11th St. NW

This Columbia Heights bar will forgo its no-TV rule at the bar (only for the night) and also show the results on a big-screen projection on its heated back patio. Fill in a giant electoral map as the states are called while drinking half-price drafts, $4 wines, and 16%-off all appetizers (and 16% off flat-bread pizzas on the patio). It's also half-price on select bottles of wine, as usual on Tuesday.

Beuchert’s Saloon

623 Pennsylvania Ave. SE

The non-TV bar will forgo that rule on Election Night only, when patrons can watch the returns at the bar and participate in non-partisan fun with cocktail selections such as The Bad Hombre, Ken Bone Punch, and I'm With Her ($12-$14). Available now until Nov. 8, when they’ll be $10.


1110 Vermont Ave. NW

The Emancipation Room will transform into a screening room with four additional big screen TVs for the night. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. nosh on unlimited bar bites and bottomless Moscow Mules and prosecco for $50 a person. Saddle up to the bar for $6 Trump Steak Bites and Hillary BBQ Sliders, and expect an appearance from the Washington National’s Abe Lincoln mascot.

Teddy & The Bully Bar

1200 9th St. NW

Expect much of what’s expected at Lincoln (above), its sister spot.


804 V St. NW

The North Shaw neighborhood hotspot will be serve happy hour all night. For $35 a person, guests can nosh on all-you-can-eat Brooklyn and Margherita Pizzas plus American mules and draft beer.

Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Policy Restaurant & Lounge

1904 14th St. NW

Policy will run an all-night happy hour with TVs on both floors. Drink specials kick off at $4.50 for beer, and happy hour dishes from executive chef Lonnie Zoeller include sweet plantain and black bean stuffed arepa, shrimp empanadas, and more.

Art and Soul

415 New Jersey Ave. NW

Come by the Election Night watch party at The Liaison Capitol Hill hotel bar for $10 “Swing State” cocktails all night long, with names like George Washington, The Panhandle, and Corn Collins.

Florida’s “The Panhandle” cocktail at Art and Soul

Bar Pilar

1833 14th St. NW

In addition to Chef Miller’s regular menu, he’ll have a few election-related food specials all night along with a late happy hour starting at 9 p.m. and running until last call.

Cafe Saint-Ex

1847 14th St. NW

Heaters will be on and s’mores will be roasting out on the patio with hot drinks as results roll in on the big screen projector.

McClellan’s Retreat

2031 Florida Ave. NW

The hidden TV behind the bar will come out for Election Night coverage while the McClellan’s Retreat team keeps customers well quenched.

El Camino

108 Rhode Island Ave. NW

The Bloomingdale spot will have the election results on both TVs with sound on along with food and drink specials all night.


1050 Connecticut Ave. NW

From 5 p.m. to close on Election Day, come on down to the Connecticut Avenue power spot for $7 bites, plus $5.50 beer, $7.50 wine, and $8.50 cocktails and martinis.

Metropolitan Hospitality Group

In an effort to take the edge off this election season, enjoy all-day happy hour at bar areas at Open Road and all CIRCA locations.


1200 16th St. NW

The Jefferson Hotel bar will be offering half-off drinks on Election Night for guests donning an “I Voted Today” sticker between 6 to 9 p.m., valid on two candidate-themed drinks. For Hillary, it’s the Any Rock Town Vodka (paying tribute to Hillary’s favorite spirit and the launch of her political career in Arkansas, where the vodka distillery is located); and for Trump, it’s The Holy Grail Mocktail (in reference to Trump’s lifetime of sobriety).


2017 14th St. NW

An Election Week happy hour ballot will let patrons enter their election day raffle by choosing their favorite election-themed cocktails. Customers can cast their vote for names like The Undecided Punch and Do the Donkey. First prize winner gets a private cocktail class for five friends led by the restaurant’s chief creative officer. Second prize gets a bottle of Macallan 12-year whiskey.