It's the most wonderful time of the year. Just kidding, it's Election Day!
While we hope everyone gets out and rocks the vote, we understand y'all may need to let off a little steam, too. So we compiled a ballot of Houston locales throwing watch parties and offering Election Day specials to help ease the pain. After all, we're all in this together.
Monday, November 7 – Election Day Eve
Hotel Derek, 2525 West Loop South
On the eve of election day, Hotel Derek will be hosting a politically incorrect night of Cards Against Humanity, Hillary vs. Trump Edition, from 6 to 9 p.m. Dress up as a political figure and prepare to tap into the “naughty” part of your brain to play a game in which all things taboo are acceptable. Cost is $20 per person (includes red, white and blue Jell-O shots upon arrival and classic American light bites), with a cash bar available and $10 self-parking. To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, November 8 – Election Day
Axelrad, 1517 Alabama
It takes 270 electoral votes to win the election, so Axelrad will be giving out 270 "Good A$$ beers.” Here’s how it will work: Beginning at 6 p.m., every person (of age) will receive a drink ticket at the door. As each state is announced, the bar will give out as many beers as that state has electoral votes. The results should start coming in around 7 p.m., and DJ Queermo will be playing mood-appropriate music throughout the night.
Boheme, 307 Fairview
Celebrate Election Day 2016 at Boheme from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. The party will feature live televised action of the election, Clinton and Trump piñatas, and food and drink packages, with reservations available for large groups.
Cafe Brasil, 2604 Dunlavy
The Brandon Gallery and Cafe Brasil will be hosting a "Bad Hombres & Nasty Women" Election Watching Party, offering drink and food specials throughout the evening, from 7 to 10 p.m.
Cane Rosso, 1835 North Shepherd, 4306 Yoakum
The pizza slingers will be running Election Day pizza specials at all locations tomorrow (including Houston and Austin). Starting at lunch and running through dinner, guests can dine on Bad Hombre and Nasty Woman pizzas. The Bad Hombre rocks housemade mozzarella, smoked brisket, queso, jalapeños and caramelized onions. The Nasty Woman is, in owner Jay Jerrier words, "the nastiest pizza that Cane Rosso could ever come up with. It goes against everything that we stand for...but it's secretly awesome." That pizza has housemade mozzarella, caramelized pineapple, jalapenos, prosciutto cotto and bacon marmalade. The Nasty Woman will even come with a side of jalapeno ranch dressing (going against Cane Rosso's strict No Ranch Policy). The total number of Bad Hombre and Nasty Woman pizzas that sell across all Cane Rosso locations will be tallied up and released throughout the day, the restaurant's version of watching the poll results come in. Both pizzas will be $16.
FIEL Headquarters, 6610 Harwin #214
Beginning at 8 p.m., immigrants, immigrant leaders, community leaders and families will gather at FIEL HQ to watch the election night results. There will be a free taco truck for guests.
For one day only, the Creuzot family and franchise owners are renaming the “King Special” to the “President Special” in honor of Election Day. When customers ask for the “President Special,” which consists of three wings, two pieces dark, a small drink with dirty rice or fries, they will receive 45 percent off.
The General Public, 797 Sorella
The restaurant and bar is hosting an election party offering guests creative candidate themed cocktails like the Trumptini, a rich blend of Karlsson’s Gold Vodka and vermouth dusted in gold flakes, served in a martini glass and accompanied by a gold-rimmed plate of caviar. Feeling liberal? Grab the Hillarita, a frosty cold concoction with Dulce Vida Tequila and Paula's Orange, delivered in a Mason jar by your own private server. Make sure to show your “I Voted” sticker to receive a free appetizer to enjoy with your cocktail (and candidate) of choice.
Ladybird’s, 5519 Allen
In honor of Election Day, Ladybird’s Movie on the Patio will be a screening of Idiocracy. Show starts at 8 p.m.
Lincoln Bar, 5110 Washington
Celebrate or drown your sorrows with a festive night of drink and food specials, music and fun from 6 p.m. to midnight. Feel free to dress up as one of the candidates, a past president or anything patriotic, as the bar will be giving out prizes.
Molina’s Cantina, 4720 Washington, 3801 Bellaire, 7901 Westheimer
All locations will be offering its house margarita for just $5 all day long, ‘cause we all need a couple stiff drinks after this election cycle.
Mongoose versus Cobra, 1011 McGowen
From 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., Mongoose versus Cobra is "celebrating" one of the most vicious elections in history with a look back at some of the other brutal election campaigns in America's history. Imperial Andy will be putting together a presidential historical cocktail list, and the bar will offer $2 off all our draft beers as the results come in. Because, let's face it, we'll all need a drink after this one.
Ooh La La Dessert Boutique, 770 West Sam Houston Parkway North, 23920 Westheimer Parkway, 20155 Park Row
Performed your civic duty? Treat yourself (and everyone at your watch party) to Ooh La La Dessert Boutique’s sparkly patriotic cake truffles, available at all three bakery locations.
Platypus Brewing, 1902 Washington
Though the brewery is usually closed on Tuesdays, it's opening up shop so that people from either side of the divide can watch the election results in a relaxed environment. Guests can expect decor, three televisions showing the results, food specials and games to keep things fun. The Australian-inspired brewery will also offer its red ale, Ranga (an Australian slang term for redhead), which will be back on tap by this weekend. On Election Day, the Ranga can be ordered either as the Ranga or as the Bluey (another slang term for redhead) to show respective support.
Rec Room, 100 Jackson
At Rec Room’s Political Science Theater 3000: The Final Frontier, all bets are off. Beginning at 7 p.m. on Election Day/New Apocalypse Eve, be among friends for all the nail-bitingly close vote counts. Co-founder Stephanie Wittels Wachs promises popcorn, a cash bar, bingo cards, live political commentary, coloring books and even piñatas for some much-needed tension release. For information, call 713-344-1291 or visit recroomhtx.com.
Revolver Bourbon Social, 6502 Washington
Revolver invites guests to watch the election results and “Vote Taco” as they cast a vote for the bar’s favorite taco. There’s the classic Gringo Taco, with seasoned ground beef, cheddar and bacon, the proper fixin’s and sriracha aioli drizzled on top; the Diablo Chicken Taco, a spicy shredded chicken number with avocado ranch; and the Pulled Pork Taco, packed with barbecue pulled pork and topped with spicy cabbage slaw.
Saint Arnold Brewing Co., 2000 Lyons
Houston’s oldest craft brewery will serve as an Election Day Safe Haven, as it will open its doors all day, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Not to be confused with the election night gatherings thrown by the political parties, Election Day Safe Haven at Saint Arnold will be a strictly unplugged affair, a TV-free zone featuring beer specials and stickers for attendees proclaiming, “I Survived Election Day 2016.” Attendees over age 21 who arrive with stickers can purchase their first pint for $1.
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Under the Volcano, 2349 Bissonnet
The dive is hosting an election night party, featuring a free beverage of choice for voters. The offer is available only on Election Day, from 5 to 11 p.m.
Wednesday, November 9 – The Day After
Ouisie’s Table Restaurant,3939 San Felipe
Ouisie’s is officially opening the 2020 United States Presidential Election with a budget-saving, all-American, three-course menu to celebrate. For $35 plus tax and gratuity, anyone can dive right into the next election — which, by the way, is November 3, 2020. The first course starts the debate with Swamp du Jour (soup) facing off against Hail Caesar (salad). Then there are three ways to classify the next round of presidential hopefuls, from Hot But No Backbone (braised short ribs); Featherweights with Running Gear (roasted chicken with sides); and Mainstream & Old Salts (trout with crab meat). Summing it all up, there will be To the Sweet and Bitter End (lemon meringue pie) and Count On Your Fingers (tiramisu). The menu will be available for both lunch and dinner. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 713-528-2264.