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The Hill’s Election Night Guide

After endless debates, scores of attack ads, and gaffes too numerous to count, Election Night is here. The fact that we survived the 2012 campaign season is, in and of itself, cause for jubilee.  

Election Night in Washington is like New Year’s Eve – lots of expectations – combined with the Olympics – the devotee’s quadrennial payoff. As such, the city offers several ways to celebrate (or commiserate, as the case may be). 

{mosads}Here The Hill provides a guide to Election Night for the Democrats, Republicans, Independents and apathetic among us.

If you…

1. …are a Democrat…

-Start out with happy hour at Art and Soul, celebrity chef Art Smith’s restaurant in the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel (415 New Jersey Ave. NW). It will offer a “swing state” cocktail menu, which includes the gin-based “Colorado Orchard” and the Wisconsin-themed “Cheese Head.” Guests wearing an “I voted” sticker can get two-for-one swing state cocktails starting at 4 p.m., and all happy hour prices will last until the election has been called.

-After a drink or two, head into the Liaison hotel for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s joint Election Night reception.

2. …are a Republican…

-Grab a drink at the W Hotel (515 15th St. NW). There you have several options, starting with the J&G Steakhouse, where you can enjoy a glass of wine. But be sure to head up to the P.O.V. terrace – for champagne, a mojito, or another specialty drink, yes – but ultimately to get a great view of the White House. It could be yours again after tonight.

-The Republican National Committee, National Republican Senatorial Committee and National Republican Congressional Committee are holding a joint Election Night party in the atrium of the Reagan Building (1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW). A press release said the event is “for allies and supporters … to celebrate the next President and Vice President of the United States, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, and the victory of Republicans up and down the ballot.”

3. …are just looking for an excuse to party…

-Brightest Young Things is hosting its Election Night Spectacular party at Bohemian Caverns and LIV Nightclub (2001 11th St. NW). The party will start at 5 p.m. and take up all three of the venue’s levels. “Go vote and then come on over, cause no matter what happens, you’re gonna want to be drinking for this,” the invitation reads. The event will have piñatas, cotton candy, a Battleship tournament, patriotic eating contests – and live election results. Tickets purchased Tuesday will cost $15. More information is available at HYPERLINK “” 

4.  …can’t be bothered to venture out too far from your Capitol Hill home…

-The 201 Bar (formerly known as Lounge 201) is having an election watch party from 4 p.m. on that includes several drink specials as well as New England clam chowder and Chicago hot dogs.

5. …think this campaign season was a big joke…

-Comedy Central will provide live Election Night episodes of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” at 11 p.m. and “The Colbert Report” at 11:30 p.m. (Colbert’s special edition is called “Election 2012: A nation votes, Ohio decides; The re-presidenting of America: Who will replace Obama? ‘012!”) 

Happy Election Night!

Election Night party round-up

Several other groups and establishments are holding Election Night parties or offering specials.

-A Bar’s (2500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) party will include extended happy hour specials. It will also offer custom cocktails for both candidates and their wives. President Obama’s, “The Negotiator,” is made with rum, gin, aperol, pineapple, basil and lemongrass; and Mitt Romney’s, “FIGJAM,” has apple brandy, cider, roasted fig syrup and rosemary.

-ElectionMall is throwing a party at Ultra Bar (911 F St. NW) at 8 p.m. Billed as a non-partisan event, the party has a general admission fee of $49, which includes drinks, appetizers, music and live election coverage. More information is available at

-Urban Cusp, Very Smart Brothas, Impact, The Root DC and WPGC radio station have teamed up for a watch party starting at 7 p.m. in The Washington Post’s community room (1150 15th St. NW). Go to for more information.

-All locations of Busboys and Poets will hold parties. More information is available at

-The Park at 14th (920 14th St. NW) will hold a party starting at 5 p.m. Go to for more information.

-Capitale (1301 K St. NW) is hosting a watch party from 6 p.m. to midnight. The party is being thrown by Cheeky Sasso Entertainment and Marketing Group, The Madyun Group, Washington Informer and the Congressional Black Associates Thursday Network Capital Cause. The invitation says that the event “is designed to comply with House and Senate ethics rules.” Go to for more information. 

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