This year’s challenges midterm elections are higher than ever, giving Washingtonians more reason to get drunk and predict election results at bars and restaurants across the city. With the balance of power up for grabs, we’ll all be up late – or even early in the pre-dawn hours – as the results slowly but surely trickle in.
Luckily, many bars and restaurants are extending their hours and offering drink discounts, and there are even a few places where you can get a free cocktail to ease the anxiety. So, above all, votethen discover the best Election Day specials and nights out at DC bars and restaurants.
Political nerds will want to book it at Boundary Stone on Tuesday night for a special election night, with midterm results being shown on TVs around the bar (with no sound). Trivia starts at 7 p.m. and happy hour drink deals (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) include $5 DC Brau and $6 draft Old Fashioneds and Manhattans.
While all eyes are on the balance of power, this Capitol Hill neighborhood bar will watch over your belly and keep it full with an “Eat Your Feelings” menu. Deals include 5% off all appetizers, as well as a Bobbie sandwich in tribute to President Joe Biden. Fight Club also offers its all-night happy hour with $7 Boilermakers, $2 off Punches ($10 off Punch Pitchers), and $10 White, Red, and Pink House by the Glass . Election coverage will be shown on the newly installed projector screen, as well as on all televisions.
This huge indoor-outdoor bar is the perfect place in Park View to watch the election results. Partygoers will congregate in front of a giant big-screen TV and the bar is open late until midnight. Also, be sure to arrive with your “I voted” sticker. Anyone showing proof that they voted will receive a discounted Hook Hall Lager beer or glass of house wine for $5.
After voting on Tuesday, stop by Mercy Me located inside the bustling boutique hotel Yours Truly in the West End. You can afford a Complimentary Applejack Sour Cocktail by showing your “I voted” sticker to any bartender from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. It is a delicious blend of apple brandy, pink jungle citrus and bitters. And fun fact: apple brandy is a drink loved by our country’s first president.
Old Ebbitt Grill is an institution known for its oysters and bartenders who can quiz you on presidential history. Plus, it’s about as close to the White House as you can get on election night with a private rooftop that overlooks Lafayette Park. Head to the bar and get ready to gobble up some bivalves because Old Ebbitt’s happy hour kicks in early and late, 3-5pm to start the night and 11-1am pending late-night results. .
At Shaw’s Tavern, all TVs will be tuned to election coverage with sound, and you can enjoy legendary Taco Tuesday bar specials. From 5-10 p.m., get three tacos with your choice of chicken, pork, steak, or fish for $10 and pair it with a pitcher of margarita for $30—you’ll need it.
This notorious Hill staff hangout offers a free pint of beer to the first 200 guests from 4pm on Election Day. Before Tuesday, help choose which beer Union Pub will give away for free by voting in a Twitter poll or at the bar in person until November 6. The votes will be counted and the results will be compiled the day before the elections (Monday). The candidates are: Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, Bud Light, Guinness Blonde and Pacifico Clara. In addition to free beer, Election Day specials include $1 off tequila and $5 off margaritas until closing time, with Election Day coverage shown on TVs with sound.