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A Swing-State Bar Crawl for Election Night

Ben Christopher | November 5, 2012 | Story Clubs and Bars

El Rio
When the Party Starts: 5 p.m.
Cover: Free
Election Day Special: Bring your voting stub and your first drink is on the house.
State to Toast: At the bar that regularly hosts Salsa Sundays, grab a $4 margarita and toss one back for Florida (which is leaning Romney).

The Independent
When the Party Starts: 5:30 p.m.
Cover: Free
Election Day Special: Once the 2012 president-elect is declared, let Brad Wolfe and the Moon provide the live soundtrack to your celebration or lamentation.
State to Toast: Watch the New Hampshire (which is leaning Obama) results writ large on the concert hall's jumbo screen. You couldn't ask for a more aptly-named venue in which to toast a state with a motto like "Live Free or Die."

When the Party Starts: 6 p.m.
Cover: Free
Election Day Special: St. George Spirits will be making the trip from their distillery in Alameda to ply voters on this side of the Bay with bourbon and green absinthe.
State to Toast: Admittedly, it's redder-than-red-meat Kentucky that's truly associated with bourbon. But neighboring Virginia (which is leaning Obama) is no stranger to the hard stuff either. Have one neat for Old Dominion.

The Cheese School
When the Party Starts: 6 p.m.
Cover: Free
Election Day Special: You can snag a beverage at that this voting day open house, but cheese is the main attraction.
State to Toast: If only in solidarity with the cheeseheads of Wisconsin (which is leaning Obama), swing by for a sampling and grab a glass of wine while you're there.

Solstice Lounge
When the Party Starts: 6 p.m.
Cover: $10 (with RSVP)
Election Day Special: Solstice will be holding a referendum of its own as four of the lounge's bartenders square off to see who can whip up the most inspired gin cocktail (as determined by a boozy electorate of bar patrons). As in Indiana, photo ID will be required to vote, but only because it's a bar.
State to Toast: With high temperatures expected and so much gin flowing, order yourself a G&T and fancy yourself sitting on a front porch on the OBX in North Carolina (which is leaning Romney).

Chicken John's Warehouse
When the Party Starts: 7 p.m.
Cover: $12 in advance, $15 at the door
Election Day Special: This is a drawing party. Also, it's an election party. Also, there will be Old Glory-bedecked burlesque girls. Call it what you want to call it.
State to Toast: We mentioned there will be burlesque girls, right? Nevada (which is leaning Obama).

500 Club
When the Party Starts: All day event (bar opens at 3 p.m.)
Cover: Free
Election Day Special: A group of Obama campaign partisans will be settling in for the night at this Mission dive.
State to Toast: Of all the states that really matter this election season, Ohio (which is leaning Obama) is the most likely to be the clincher. And if Obama takes the Buckeye State (rendering a Romney win all but inconceivable), pundits will tell us it's all due to the president's auto-bailout, which won over that allusive blue-collar vote. So for the working men and women of the Midwest, grab yourself a cheap, American lager.

When the Party Starts: All day event (bar opens at 3 p.m.)
Cover: Free
Election Day Special: For weeks now, Elixir has been asking its customers to vote on the bar's best spirit (polls close at noon on Election Day). Tomorrow, you can sample the 2012 beverage-elect at a $4 discount. Also, look out for "The Obama Mama" and "The Rumney Old Fashioned."
States to Toast: Now that the 2012 election season is mercifully over, we can finally stop acting like there are only a handful of states in the country. Finally, have one for the rest of us.

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