Win or lose tonight — and it’s going to be a long night — our guess is that you’ll probably want a stiff drink by the time it’s all over.
And since watching election returns at home just isn’t hip in the city that fancies itself the center of the political universe, Roll Call has put together an election night party guide for those who still haven’t figured out a place to watch tonight’s inevitable media circus go down.
This list doesn’t include the private shindigs that are thrown by and for Washington’s political elites each cycle. Instead, it is meant to be a quick reference list of some election events and food and drink specials that are available to the everyday Washingtonian who might be just looking for a little political atmosphere on this most political of nights.
On the Hill
107 D St. NE
Free appetizers available from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Specialty martinis will be offered throughout the night. For dinner, choose between the Bush tenderloin and the Kerry crab entree, both will be offered tonight for $24.95.
718 Eighth St. SE
Join D.C. 101’s Jon Ballard from 8 to 10 p.m. for a Heineken-sponsored Election Night party. Results will be shown on two large projection screen TVs, and the dinner special is half-price fish and chips.
Hawk ‘n’ Dove
329 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
All 15 of the bar’s TVs will be tuned to election night events, and each of its five rooms will be featuring a different network’s coverage. Beverage voting between Massachusetts’ Sam Adams and Texas’ Shiner Bock, both of which will be sold for $3.50, ends at 6 p.m. A winner will be announced shortly thereafter.
201 Massachusetts Ave. NE
Starting at 4 p.m., Lounge-goers can get any of the bar’s premier martinis for $5. Pizza will also be half price.
Charlie Palmer Steak
101 Constitution Ave. NW
Extra televisions will be brought into the lounge and bar area tonight for election coverage. Charlie Palmer plans to let people stay until the results are in, and a special election night appetizer will be offered all night long.
400 North Capitol St. NW
Today is the last day to order the special “Presidential Cuisine.” Choose between the “John John” and the “W”; dinner is $23.50 and lunch is $17.50.
Off the Hill
13th Street between E and F streets Northwest
Chef Geoff’s Election Night party features happy hour all night long at the bar. Red and blue specialty drinks and half-price select wines are being offered, and the kitchen will stay open with food specials until the results are in.
601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Two large plasma screen televisions will show election coverage at the bar, while monitors will be placed throughout the dining room for the convenience of dinner guests at this political hot spot.
1264 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Located in Georgetown, this longtime favorite of politicians will feature its election dinner special tonight for $29.95. The special includes a green salad (a “reformed house salad”), Florida red snapper and Massachusetts blueberry cobbler.
722 Seventh St. NW
The La Tasca restaurants downtown and in Arlington are giving away a free “tortilla Americana” to all patrons who come in with proof of having voted. The restaurants are also offering red, white and blue sangria for $2.50.
1610 U St. NW
Guests will be able to watch the results into the wee hours on six large-screen televisions, and those who are eating and drinking can count on Stetson’s picking up their tax tab tonight.
401 Seventh St. NW
Happy hour will run until the restaurant closes tonight. For $5, try a Kerryrita (a blend of El Jimador Blanco, Blue Curaçao, fresh lime juice and Triple Sec) or a Bushrita (a combination of Sauza Hornitos Reposado, raspberry schnapps, cranberry juice and lime).
Felix and its Spy Lounge
2406 18th St. NW
Tonight’s party at this Adams Morgan establishment will feature an open bar from 6 to 7 p.m.; free appetizers from 6 to 8 p.m.; drink specials, including red, white or blue martinis; and a three-course dinner special for $25. Live jazz music will be provided by Johnny Combs.
801 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
For dinner, choose either the Democratic or the Grand Old Party four-course special, which will be offered for $35. The featured cocktail tonight is the inaugural highball and the featured beers are Sam Adams and Shiner Bock.
1345 Connecticut Ave. NW
Join FairVote for its “Couch Pundit Extravaganza” party starting at 6:30 p.m. For a $10 cover, enjoy happy hour drink specials all night and listen to special guest speakers while trying to win free prizes.
750 E St. NW
Anyone wearing an “I voted” sticker will receive 10 percent off their meal today. Choose from a number of specialty food and drink items as you watch the election returns, including a Stars & Bars margarita (strawberry & lime margarita topped with Blue Curaçao), the Bush burrito (a large flour tortilla stuffed with slow cooked pork marinated in garlic and oranges, topped with chipotle bib sauce and jack cheese), and the Kerry combo (a New England cod taco and grilled shrimp topped with cabbage slaw and chipotle mayo in a warm corn tortilla).