No doubt some folks are going to be ecstatic tonight, and some are going to be bitterly disappointed. Either way, you’re going to need some alcohol and a giant-ass TV. Here’s a list of some election night parties where you’ll find both (in no particular order, just in case you were wondering).
Historic Election Night Watch Party with free soul food buffet, cash bar, music by Joe Carmouche and free t-shirts to the first 100 people at This is It Soul Food & Catering, 207 Gray Street. For information, call 713-659-1608 or visit www.thisisithouston.com. $15.
The 5th Bi-Annual Non-Partisan Election Night Gathering at the Flying Saucer, 705 Main St., 6 p.m. to midnight For information, call 713-228-7468 or visit www.beerknurd.com. 75 beers on draft, kitchen is open until closing.
The Gay Lesbian Bi-Sexual Transgender Community Election Night Watch Party, with free appetizers and a cash bar, starts at 8 p.m. at Meteor, 2306 Genessee Street. For information, call 713-521-0123 or visit www.meteorhouston.com. Free.
Nick Lampson for Congress and the Bay Area New Democrats will be watching the election returns 7 p.m. to midnight. Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Parkway, free food, cash bar, free Matrix play area for kids. For information, call 281-488-4922 or visit www.lampson.com. Free.
With more than 30 candidates on the ballots, the Libertarian Party isn’t going to be outdone by its two big brothers, at least not when it comes to partying tonight. The Libertarian Watch Party is at 7 p.m. Two Rows Restaurant, 2400 University in Rice Village. For information, call 713-529-2739. Free.
The Harris County Democratic Party Election Night Victory Party is set for 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Crown Plaza Reliant Park Hotel, 8688 Kirby Drive @ 610 Loop South. For information, call 713-802-2082 or visit www.hcdp.org. Free.
The Obama for America Election Night Watch Party and Volunteer Appreciation Party is planned for 7 p.m. to midnight, 4300 Lyons Avenue.
Join the Ellen Cohen Election Night Watch Party 7 to 9 p.m. at Cohen Campaign HQ, 4950 Bissonnet, Suite 100, Bellaire. For information, call 713-838-0134 or visit www.ellencohen.org. Free.
The Election Night Celebration for Adrian Garcia and Loren Jackson runs 7 p.m. to midnight, at the CWA Hall, 1730 Jefferson. For information, call 713-652-5191 or visit www.adriangarcia.com. Free.
Join the Democracy Now crowd at the KPFT Election Night Bash 7 p.m. to Midnight, Last Concert Café 1403 Nance. For information, call 713-226-8563 or visit www.kpft.org. Free.
The Texas Southern University Election Night Watching Party is moving outdoors with movie-theater sized screens. For information, call 713-313-7011 or visit www.tsu.edu. Free.
The Let the People Vote, Houston Election Night Party is at 7 p.m., Ragin’ Cajun’s Crawfish Room at 4302 Richmond Avenue. For information, call 713-621-3474 or visit www.taborhouston.com. Free.
There’s a reception honoring Harris County District Attorney hopeful C.O. Bradford from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at La Colombe d’Or Ballroom, 3410 Montrose. For information, call 713-621-1161 or visit www.cobradford.com. Free.
You’ll find the Dexter Handy Election Night Party starting at 8 p.m. at The Armadillo Palace, 5105 Kirby. For information, call 713-686-4450 or visit www.dexterhandy.org. Free.
The Skelly for Congress Election Night Celebration for congressional candidate Michael Skelly begins at 7 p.m., at the Houston Club, 811 Rusk. For information, call 713-522-7535 or visit www.skellyforcongress.com. Free.
The Harris County Republican Party Watch Party is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Westin Galleria, 5060 W. Alabama. For information, call 713-838-7900 or visit www.harriscountygop.com. Free.
Hotel ZaZa’s bar has created a trio of special drinks for tonight’s Election Night Watch Party; the Presidential Slammer, the McCain Manhattan and the Obamatini. The fun starts at 7 p.m. 5701 Main Street. For information, call 713-526-1991 or visit www.hotelzaza.com. Cash bar.
The Deborah Colton Gallery is having a “Time for Change” Election Night Watch Party to celebrate the closing of its exhibition by the same name. The party starts at 7 p.m. and – here’s the especially good part – there’s an open bar (bless you Deborah Colton!). 2500 Summer Street. For information, call 713-869-5151 or visit www.deborahcoltongallery.com. Free.
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Drop by Murder by the Book and catch Vince Flynn signing his new Mitch Rapp novel Extreme Measures (which is what some people think the new president is going to have to go to in order to clean up the economy). 7 p.m. 2342 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-524-8597 or visit www.murderbooks.com. Free.
S.H.A.P.E. Community Center is holding their Election Night Watch Party starting at 6:30 p.m. at 3815 Live Oak. For information, call 713-521-0629 or visit www.shape.org. Free.
The Omni Hotels are hosting bipartisan Election Night Watch Parties nationwide from 6 to 10 p.m. You can catch the fun here in Houston at the Omni Houston Hotel at Westside. 13210 Katy Freeway. For information, call 281-558-8338 or visit www.omnihotels.com. Free admission (cash bar and food service).
-- Olivia Flores Alvarez