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Where to Eat and Drink on Election Night in Los Angeles

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With such an ugly presidential race we are all going to need a drink (or five) on Election Night when this whole stressful ordeal finally comes to an end. Fortunately plenty of L.A. restaurants and bars will be broadcasting the election coverage live as well as featuring all-night happy hour specials, specialty cocktails, and even bar games to help take the edge off. And since many of them are places you can eat, you can always munch on some comfort food to quell your fears, or console your sorrows.

And in some cases those who proudly wear their "I Voted" sticker will be rewarded with freebies and discounts. But no matter who you're rooting for, don't watch this election alone. Because regardless of what happens, it's the American way to eat and drink together for the sake of democracy. Here now, the best places to eat and drink during Election Night in Los Angeles.

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1. Red O Restaurants

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1541 Ocean Ave Ste 120
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-1600
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Red O figures everyone's going to need happy hour all night long. Choose from $3 street tacos (short rib, chicken, carnitas), $6 corn and goat tamales, and $10 ahi tuna tartare. Margaritas and/or select wines are only $7.

2. The Independence

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205 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-2500
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It's not hard to guess whom the Independence is rooting for with its #ImWithBeer celebration on Election Night. It promises to be a good one with $5 draft craft beer and specialty cocktails by bartender Vincenzo Marianella. Take your pick of the Bad Hombre tequila cocktail, Nasty Woman vodka drink, or the Straight Outta Options Long Island variation. At 9 p.m. there will be an Uncle Sam Drawing where diners will have the chance to win gift cards.

3. The Lincoln

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2536 Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 822-1715
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Since music heals the soul, The Lincoln is the place to be on Election Night when guests are invited to bring their own "Born in the USA"-inspired vinyl and mixtapes to be played by the resident DJs. Specialty cocktails ($12 each) include the Nasty Woman with rye, applejack, lemon, blueberry, and mint; the Hollywood Boulevardier; and The Green Party Killer with gin, mint, egg, simple syrup, and atomized Fernet.

4. The Corner Door

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12477 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 313-5810
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For those who don't want to watch the election coverage, stop by The Corner Door, which has no TVs, but does have the very talented bartender Beau du Bois. He'll be serving up the "OG Presidente" ($10) made with aged rum, bianco vermouth, and dry curaçao. "Just give me a reason to feature our OG Presidente, a recipe I discovered years back while peeling through the 1935 reprint of Bar La Floridita's cocktail book," says Beau. "This one omits grenadine and makes for a very dynamic, stirred rum cocktail!"

5. The Detour

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12473 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA

The bistro bar will expand its happy hour to 11pm on Election Night. And every voter walking in with their "I Voted" sticker will be greeted with a complimentary red or blue kamikaze vodka shot. Fill up on specially priced nosh like $5.50 BBQ brisket sliders and $10 meatball flatbread, and $6 well drinks.

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6. The Wallace

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3833 Main St
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 463-6940
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The Culver City restaurant will be running "Make America Drunk Again" specials where classic cocktails like the daiquiri and Aviation are $8, draft beer is $4, and a bucket of chicken thighs with hot sauce is $8. Also, free Calabrian chili and garlic popcorn for everyone at the bar!

7. AR Cucina

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9531 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 558-8800
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Akasha Richmond's new Italian joint will be broadcasting the election coverage on the TV all night. And those who sport their "I Voted" sticker will enjoy happy hour prices like half price on domestic wines til close. Naturally there are Nasty Woman (with cinnamon-infused whiskey) and Bad Hombre (mezcal and chili liqueur) cocktails.

8. The Abbey Food & Bar

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692 N Robertson Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 289-8410
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The Human Rights Campaign will be hosting an Election Night party at the West Hollywood gay bar starting at 4pm with the election coverage played on all the screens at full volume. No drink specials but a ton of Hillary supporters.

9. Taste on Melrose

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8454 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 852-6888
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Watch the election results in the restaurant's atrium on a big screen projector and bar TVs starting at 11:30 a.m. The happy hour menu will run all day, featuring $6 house cocktails, house wine, Pomegranate Basil Sangria, and draft beers. And head bartender Mark Fantasia will create patriotic-inspired cocktails for the occasion. But guests flashing their "I Voted" sticker will be rewarded with a free glass of bubbly with purchase.

10. Plan Check Kitchen + Bar

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351 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(310) 288-6500
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All three Plan Checks (DTLA, Santa Monica, Sawtelle) will be running election-themed specials. The heated presidential race inspired two very spicy burgers: the Nasty Woman burger with Sriracha leather and the Bad Hombre burger with habanero cheese and spicy mayo. Drink specials include The Candidate, a sparkly gin and elderflower cocktail ($8), Make Americanos Great Again -- with whiskey, Campari, Yellow Chartreuse ($8), as well as a $2 shot of Crown Royale Canadian Whisky just in case you're thinking of heading for the border.

11. Harlowe

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7321 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 876-5839
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Every bar in the 1933 Group (Sassafras, Highland Park Bowl) will be offering a free shot of booze from 5pm to 2am to those who present their "I Voted" stickers. But Harlowe will broadcast the election coverage on its big screen.

12. Salt's Cure

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1155 N Highland Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90038
(323) 465-7258
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Catch the jazzy Kyle Crane Band every Tuesday 8 to 11pm at Salt's Cure but on election night they're accompanied by drink special, the $10 "Red, White, and Blue Swizzle" with rum, lime, blue curacao, and bitters.

13. Big Bar

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1927 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 644-0100

Big Bar will be hosting a very ambitious drink night for the occasion. As each state reports its results, guest bartender Tobin Shea (Redbird) will serve up that state's historical cocktail with either a red or blue coaster per the outcome. The drinks won't be available before the reports, only after. The question is, who will be left standing at the end of the night? Literally. Shea has also created cocktails inspired by Madame President and Mr. President. When the next POTUS is determined that winning cocktail will be available for the rest of the month.

14. Hyperion Public

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2538 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 761-6440
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Both the Silver Lake and the Studio City Hyperion Public Community Pubs are throwing American “F Yeah” Election Day parties featuring happy hour prices 4 to 7pm. Fill up on $6 grilled cheese and crispy shrimp tacos, $3 canned PBR and Tecate, $5 draft beer, and $6 cocktails, like the Old Fashioned and Dark and Stormy.

15. HACHÉ LA

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3319 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 928-2963
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Find comfort in burgers while watching the election at this Silver Lake burger joint. Burger specials include the spicy Habanero Burger with a four-chile mix and the Karma Burger with American cheese. Wash it all down with a pitcher of sangria. "I Voted" sticker wearers will score an order of Mick's Triple Cooked Fries.

16. The Association

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110 E 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 627-7385
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The Association says it's a bipartisan bar that will welcome both sides of the aisle to its Election Night Party which starts at 5pm. Election coverage will be broadcasted in full surround sound and there will be drink specials on offer all night.

17. The Standard, Downtown LA

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550 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 892-8080
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Both Downtown and Hollywood Standard Hotels their own Election Night parties starting at 5pm. At Hollywood's event, political burlesque will be hitting the poles, with a live DJ, band, and drinks to go around. While DTLA's party promises to help you get through this stressful time with massage therapists, a chakra healer, and red and blue shots.

18. Honeycut

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819 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 688-0888
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Dance it out at Honeycut where the special of the night is a Peroni and a shot of Meletti for $7. Why that combo? “For a lot of people, this election is a bittersweet choice, they say, between the lesser of two evils. So we’re offering up the one-two punch of an Italian lager (Nastro Azzurro - more to come on this) and a bittersweet amaro (cause a spoonful of sugar makes that medicine go down, right)..." says bartender Dave Fernie.

19. General Lee's

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475 Gin Lin Way
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-7500

Hit up General Lee's on election night when North Hollywood's Tonga Hut takes over for the occasion. Even though they will be broadcasting the election there will be plenty of good Tiki cocktails to give voters the warm fuzzies.

20. Bar Toni's

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4745 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91602
(818) 763-0131
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Bartender Alex Barbatsis believes there's no better way to celebrate America than with toasting $8 bourbon Old Fashioneds and blended Harvey Wallbangers while watching nailbiting election coverage. Bourbon and tequila represent "our blending of different cultures into one great place," he says. By the way if the election is too much, they'll mix in some Turner Classics movies to lighten up the mood.

21. Public School 818

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15300 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

All Public School locations (PS213, PS310, PS805, PS818) will host presidential candidate themed beer pong as well as happy hour all day. Draft beer is $4-$5, well cocktails $5, and bites range from the $5 bacon cheddar tots to the $10 burger bites.

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1. Red O Restaurants

1541 Ocean Ave Ste 120, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Red O figures everyone's going to need happy hour all night long. Choose from $3 street tacos (short rib, chicken, carnitas), $6 corn and goat tamales, and $10 ahi tuna tartare. Margaritas and/or select wines are only $7.

1541 Ocean Ave Ste 120
Santa Monica, CA 90401

2. The Independence

205 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

It's not hard to guess whom the Independence is rooting for with its #ImWithBeer celebration on Election Night. It promises to be a good one with $5 draft craft beer and specialty cocktails by bartender Vincenzo Marianella. Take your pick of the Bad Hombre tequila cocktail, Nasty Woman vodka drink, or the Straight Outta Options Long Island variation. At 9 p.m. there will be an Uncle Sam Drawing where diners will have the chance to win gift cards.

205 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401

3. The Lincoln

2536 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Since music heals the soul, The Lincoln is the place to be on Election Night when guests are invited to bring their own "Born in the USA"-inspired vinyl and mixtapes to be played by the resident DJs. Specialty cocktails ($12 each) include the Nasty Woman with rye, applejack, lemon, blueberry, and mint; the Hollywood Boulevardier; and The Green Party Killer with gin, mint, egg, simple syrup, and atomized Fernet.

2536 Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

4. The Corner Door

12477 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

For those who don't want to watch the election coverage, stop by The Corner Door, which has no TVs, but does have the very talented bartender Beau du Bois. He'll be serving up the "OG Presidente" ($10) made with aged rum, bianco vermouth, and dry curaçao. "Just give me a reason to feature our OG Presidente, a recipe I discovered years back while peeling through the 1935 reprint of Bar La Floridita's cocktail book," says Beau. "This one omits grenadine and makes for a very dynamic, stirred rum cocktail!"

12477 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066

5. The Detour

12473 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA
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The bistro bar will expand its happy hour to 11pm on Election Night. And every voter walking in with their "I Voted" sticker will be greeted with a complimentary red or blue kamikaze vodka shot. Fill up on specially priced nosh like $5.50 BBQ brisket sliders and $10 meatball flatbread, and $6 well drinks.

12473 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA

6. The Wallace

3833 Main St, Culver City, CA 90232

The Culver City restaurant will be running "Make America Drunk Again" specials where classic cocktails like the daiquiri and Aviation are $8, draft beer is $4, and a bucket of chicken thighs with hot sauce is $8. Also, free Calabrian chili and garlic popcorn for everyone at the bar!

3833 Main St
Culver City, CA 90232

7. AR Cucina

9531 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Akasha Richmond's new Italian joint will be broadcasting the election coverage on the TV all night. And those who sport their "I Voted" sticker will enjoy happy hour prices like half price on domestic wines til close. Naturally there are Nasty Woman (with cinnamon-infused whiskey) and Bad Hombre (mezcal and chili liqueur) cocktails.

9531 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

8. The Abbey Food & Bar

692 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

The Human Rights Campaign will be hosting an Election Night party at the West Hollywood gay bar starting at 4pm with the election coverage played on all the screens at full volume. No drink specials but a ton of Hillary supporters.

692 N Robertson Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

9. Taste on Melrose

8454 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Watch the election results in the restaurant's atrium on a big screen projector and bar TVs starting at 11:30 a.m. The happy hour menu will run all day, featuring $6 house cocktails, house wine, Pomegranate Basil Sangria, and draft beers. And head bartender Mark Fantasia will create patriotic-inspired cocktails for the occasion. But guests flashing their "I Voted" sticker will be rewarded with a free glass of bubbly with purchase.

8454 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069

10. Plan Check Kitchen + Bar

351 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

All three Plan Checks (DTLA, Santa Monica, Sawtelle) will be running election-themed specials. The heated presidential race inspired two very spicy burgers: the Nasty Woman burger with Sriracha leather and the Bad Hombre burger with habanero cheese and spicy mayo. Drink specials include The Candidate, a sparkly gin and elderflower cocktail ($8), Make Americanos Great Again -- with whiskey, Campari, Yellow Chartreuse ($8), as well as a $2 shot of Crown Royale Canadian Whisky just in case you're thinking of heading for the border.

351 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

11. Harlowe

7321 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

Every bar in the 1933 Group (Sassafras, Highland Park Bowl) will be offering a free shot of booze from 5pm to 2am to those who present their "I Voted" stickers. But Harlowe will broadcast the election coverage on its big screen.

7321 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046

12. Salt's Cure

1155 N Highland Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90038

Catch the jazzy Kyle Crane Band every Tuesday 8 to 11pm at Salt's Cure but on election night they're accompanied by drink special, the $10 "Red, White, and Blue Swizzle" with rum, lime, blue curacao, and bitters.

1155 N Highland Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90038

13. Big Bar

1927 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Big Bar will be hosting a very ambitious drink night for the occasion. As each state reports its results, guest bartender Tobin Shea (Redbird) will serve up that state's historical cocktail with either a red or blue coaster per the outcome. The drinks won't be available before the reports, only after. The question is, who will be left standing at the end of the night? Literally. Shea has also created cocktails inspired by Madame President and Mr. President. When the next POTUS is determined that winning cocktail will be available for the rest of the month.

1927 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

14. Hyperion Public

2538 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Both the Silver Lake and the Studio City Hyperion Public Community Pubs are throwing American “F Yeah” Election Day parties featuring happy hour prices 4 to 7pm. Fill up on $6 grilled cheese and crispy shrimp tacos, $3 canned PBR and Tecate, $5 draft beer, and $6 cocktails, like the Old Fashioned and Dark and Stormy.

2538 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

15. HACHÉ LA

3319 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Find comfort in burgers while watching the election at this Silver Lake burger joint. Burger specials include the spicy Habanero Burger with a four-chile mix and the Karma Burger with American cheese. Wash it all down with a pitcher of sangria. "I Voted" sticker wearers will score an order of Mick's Triple Cooked Fries.

3319 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

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16. The Association

110 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

The Association says it's a bipartisan bar that will welcome both sides of the aisle to its Election Night Party which starts at 5pm. Election coverage will be broadcasted in full surround sound and there will be drink specials on offer all night.

110 E 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

17. The Standard, Downtown LA

550 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Both Downtown and Hollywood Standard Hotels their own Election Night parties starting at 5pm. At Hollywood's event, political burlesque will be hitting the poles, with a live DJ, band, and drinks to go around. While DTLA's party promises to help you get through this stressful time with massage therapists, a chakra healer, and red and blue shots.

550 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90071

18. Honeycut

819 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Dance it out at Honeycut where the special of the night is a Peroni and a shot of Meletti for $7. Why that combo? “For a lot of people, this election is a bittersweet choice, they say, between the lesser of two evils. So we’re offering up the one-two punch of an Italian lager (Nastro Azzurro - more to come on this) and a bittersweet amaro (cause a spoonful of sugar makes that medicine go down, right)..." says bartender Dave Fernie.

819 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90017

19. General Lee's

475 Gin Lin Way, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Hit up General Lee's on election night when North Hollywood's Tonga Hut takes over for the occasion. Even though they will be broadcasting the election there will be plenty of good Tiki cocktails to give voters the warm fuzzies.

475 Gin Lin Way
Los Angeles, CA 90012

20. Bar Toni's

4745 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602

Bartender Alex Barbatsis believes there's no better way to celebrate America than with toasting $8 bourbon Old Fashioneds and blended Harvey Wallbangers while watching nailbiting election coverage. Bourbon and tequila represent "our blending of different cultures into one great place," he says. By the way if the election is too much, they'll mix in some Turner Classics movies to lighten up the mood.

4745 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91602

21. Public School 818

15300 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

All Public School locations (PS213, PS310, PS805, PS818) will host presidential candidate themed beer pong as well as happy hour all day. Draft beer is $4-$5, well cocktails $5, and bites range from the $5 bacon cheddar tots to the $10 burger bites.

15300 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

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