Finally, the election is coming to a close, and if this Tuesday is anything like past ones, bars across D.C. will be packed with people cheering and booing as individual states are called, and the booze will keep flowing well after a winner is projected. Here’s where to join in on the fun.
Sixth and I Historic Synagogue
The bipartisan event includes TVs showing results from CNN, Fox and MSNBC and photo-ops with cardboard cutouts of both candidates. Light refreshments, including snacks from a candy bar and nonalcoholic drinks, are included; beer, wine and “patriotic cocktails” are available for extra. 7:30 p.m. to midnight. 600 I St. NW. sixthandi.org. $10.
Teddy and the Bully Bar
The Roosevelt-themed restaurant has two options for election night revelers: Find a space at the bar and order $6 bar snacks and $11 election-inspired cocktails (such as the Trump Tower or Hillary's Inbox), or reserve a spot in the Elkhorn Room and pay $50 for all-you-can-eat bar bites and all-you-can-drink prosecco and Moscow Mules from 8 to 10 p.m. 1200 19th St. NW. teddyandthebullybar.com.
The Human Rights Campaign and the Victory Fund take over Town for a viewing party with cocktails, food, dancing and public speakers. The $10 suggested donation includes an annual membership to the HRC and a gift; drinks are sold a la carte. 2009 Eighth St. NW. 6 p.m. hrc.org. $10.
Open to the public
Ilegal Mezcal openly opposes Donald Trump — you may have seen their T-shirts or posters — and the company's week-long pop-up mezcal bar at the former Libertine in Adams Morgan comes to a close with an election viewing party involving a Donald Trump-shaped “effigy cake,” Mexican beer and food, music and, of course, lots of mezcal. 6 p.m. 2435 18th St. NW. ilegalmezcal.com/barilegal.
Bar Pilar became the place for debate bingo and historical cocktails during the campaign, but the 14th Street bar is keeping things simple for election night with “a few election-related food specials” and a late-night happy hour from 9 p.m. until close. 5 p.m. 1833 14th St. NW. barpilar.com.
Sip $3 PBR and $4 Yuengling beers while watching the results with sound at the cavernous Ivy City bar. 6 p.m. 2002 Fenwick St. NE. bigchiefdc.com.
The first 75 people who arrive at Blackfin to watch the results get a free drink on the house (as long as they've RSVP'd on Facebook). That sets the tone for a night that includes $3 beers, $4 cocktails, $5 shots and, from 4 p.m. to close, $5 taco and slider plates. 5 p.m. 1620 I St. NW. blackfinnameripub.com.
Busboys and Poets
Each of the six branches of the progressive local restaurant group is hosting its own viewing party. Hyattsville, for example, features Russ Parr and Teresa Marie of Majic 102.3 FM and Angie Ange and EZ Street of WKYS 93.9 FM broadcasting live; while Brookland features a string of guests, including Nizam Ali, Etan Thomas, and Busboys founder Andy Shallal, discussing "What's at Stake." All events are free and open to the public. Times and locations vary. busboysandpoets.com.
While the popular Capitol Hill bar is closed for private events until 8 p.m., it will open to the public after that. Expect a party “in the same vein” as its debate-watching ones, which included Donald and Hillary impersonators and a raucous, highly partisan crowd. 8 p.m. 229 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. capitolloungedc.com.
ChuchKey undertakes a delicious experiment in democracy on election night: Five local beer experts, including ChurchKey beer director Greg Engert and DC Brewers Guild Director Kathy Rizzo, have created their own versions of Flying Dog's The Truth imperial IPA. All five cask-conditioned beers go on tap at ChurchKey on election night, and guests can vote for their favorites while watching the real election results roll in on the bar's TVs. 5 p.m. 1337 14th St. NW. churchkeydc.com.
Jack Rose Dining Saloon
Continuing the “Vote for Beer” theme, Jack Rose puts 13 Allagash beers on tap on its rooftop, including Farm to Face, a sour beer aged with peaches; Northman, a farmhouse ale aged in apple brandy barrels; and James Bean, a strong ale aged in bourbon barrels before being blended with cold-press coffee. Mark a ballot for your favorite then watch election results on all TVs. (Want to get away from the news? Head down to the main bar, which has no TVs.) 5 p.m. 2007 18th St. NW. jackrosediningsaloon.com.
Kangaroo Boxing Club
Specials at the Columbia Heights bar include taco pairs (two pulled pork, pulled beef or veggie for $6), fifty-cent wings, $3 PBR or Tecate tallboys and a “Bad Hombre” cocktail. Look for a “Trump piñata filled with all sorts of goodies.” 5 p.m. 3410 11th St. NW. kangaroodc.com.
George McClellan was the Democratic nominee for president in 1864, and lost to Republican incumbent Abraham Lincoln. The Kalorama cocktail bar named after the former Union general is naturally hosting a viewing party with themed cocktails, results on a projection screen, and all-night happy hour pricing on punch, rye old fashioneds, and selected wines and beers. 4 p.m. 2031 Florida Ave. NW. mcclellansretreat.com.
TVone's Roland Martin hosts the network's “News One Now: 2016 Election Night Watch Party” live from the 14th Street restaurant. 7 p.m. 2121 14th St. NW. mulebonedc.com.
The weekly pub quiz is moved to 6:30 p.m. — there's a $40 bar tab at stake — to make room for the election results on all TVs. Natty Boh cans are $2.70 all night. 6 p.m. 3319 Connecticut Ave. NW. nannyobriens.com.
The Park at 14th
The Park's election viewing party promises a DJ and dancing, as well as viewing results on four floors of bars. Admission is free with an RSVP, which can be made on the nightspot's website. 5 p.m. 920 14th St. NW. park14.com.
Worried about getting a seat in front of the TV? Penn Social's 22-foot high-definition screen makes it easy to see from just about anywhere in the room. Happy hour specials, which run from 4 p.m. until the first round of poll closings at 7 p.m., include $5 rail drinks, $6 wines and $2 off all beers; Samuel Adams beers are $4 all night. 4 p.m. 801 E St. NW. pennsocialdc.com.
The Jefferson Hotel's swank bar has two cocktails available for half-price from 6 to 9 p.m. for anyone wearing an “I Voted” sticker: Hillary Clinton is represented by mixed drinks made with Rock Town vodka, which is distilled in Little Rock, while teetotaler Donald Trump gets the Holy Grail Mocktail, crafted from raspberries and lavender honey. 6 p.m. 1200 16th St. NW. jeffersondc.com.
While the Red Derby will have the results playing on big-screen TVs in the bar and on its rooftop deck, it's the little touches that make its party interesting: Blank electoral maps set on every table can be colored in as states are declared, and “election minigames” will reward attendees for guessing, for example, what time Ohio will be called, or how many House seats are won by Republicans in Virginia. 5 p.m. 3718 14th St. NW. redderby.com.
The bar's 11 TVs will show election results with sound, beginning at 5 p.m. Specials include half-price burgers and pizzas, $5 Sam Adams and $5 house wines. 5 p.m. 520 Florida Ave. NW. shawstavern.com.