Election night parties
You voted. Congrats! Here are some nail-biting ways to spend what could be the most important (and historic-we hope) evening of the 21st century.
Mon Oct 27 2008
Illustration: Tom Nick Cocotos
This one’s all about the big O: Barack fans can hang in a lounge outfitted with a 1,600-square-foot indoor lake, the “Yes We Can!-Can Girls!” burlesque dancers and Santa Claus. Should Obama emerge victorious, it’s free Cosmos for all. Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main St at Water St, Dumbo, Brooklyn (718-222-8500). 7pm, $10.
Party Like It’s 1992
Booze & Yarn and Drinking Liberally cohost this needlefest at Professor Thom’s. Find out who’s taking over the country on one of five TVs—including a wall projector in the back—while B&Y founder Corinna Mantlo teaches attendees how to knit. She’ll be using “blue state” yarn to make a sweater for her boyfriend, but we suggest trying your hand at a scarf—you know, for staying warm after your house is foreclosed on. FREE Professor Thom’s, 219 Second Ave between 13th and 14th Sts (boozeandyarn.com). 8:30pm.
Exit Art Election Night Party
Come early to take advantage of the open bar, sponsored by Peak Organic Brewing Co. and Saké2Me, and desserts from Sweet Tooth of the Tiger. In addition to musical performances by Ava Luna, Elfin Saddle and Clues, look for screen-printing, political mask-making stations, election coverage broadcasting on two screens and a video-art installation by R. Luke DuBois. Exit Art, 475 Tenth Ave between 36th and 37th Sts (212-966-7745, exitart.org). 7pm–midnight, $10.
Election Night Party
Celebrate a (potential) new beginning at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery, which is also bidding adieu its “Party HQ: Voting Is Just the Beginning” exhibition. Senses-stunning feats include “political postpunk pogo” from DJ Kid Magic, presidential video mash-ups courtesy of VJ Michael Richison, and stand-up with comedian Angry Bob and others only slightly less angry than he. FREE Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 144 W 14th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (partyheadquarters.org). 7pm.
New York Young Republicans Election Night Party
If you ain’t a maverick, get to steppin’. This watch party, thrown by the NYYRC at the Women’s National Republican Club headquarters, is open to any right-minded person who enjoys a shindig with beer, wine and finger foods. 3 W 51st St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (nyyrc.com). 7pm, membership fee $35. R.S.V.P. and membership required.
Election Night ’08 Watch Party
Hosted by Living Liberally, Planned Parenthood, NYC Activist Council and The New York Civil Liberties Union of Young Professionals, this watch has the capacity to entertain 600 pundit-hungry partygoers. Comedians and guests, including powerbrokers and liberal luminaries, will make staggered appearances between the results. FREE Comix, 353 W 14th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves (212-524-2500). 6:30pm. R.S.V.P. at ppnyc.org.
More election night parties
Caucus and Cocktails
Although both red and blue are welcome to sip election-themed cocktails at Counter come November 4, the drink menu will tell you whom the owners are rooting for. There’s the “McCain Campaign on the Rocks,” made with Penn 1861 vodka (McCain was born that year, right?), the “Palin Whine Spritzer” and the plum-infused “Joe the Plummer” (each $12). FREE Counter. 105 First Ave between 6th and 7th Sts (212-982-5870, counternyc.com). Subway: F, V to Lower East Side–Second Ave; L to First Ave.
Election Night with Obama Girl
Baring flesh when campaigning is no longer taboo, thanks to Obama Girl, who doesn’t let something as flimsy as her clothes get in the way. She will be diverting your attention from the widescreen TVs, as will the team of BarelyPolitical.com.
Haven, 244 E 51st St between Second and Third Aves (212-906-9066, havennewyork.com). Subway: E, V to Lexington Ave–53rd St; 6 to 51st St. 8pm-1am, $15.
Election Night Sleepover at Storefront
Why limit your incisive political analysis to those in your immediate vicinity? Set up your own all-night election headquarters at Storefront and twitter the night away at their blogging stations or on the Wi-Fi connection, scrutinizing every development on five cable news channels and large-screen projections of CNN. If you can to last until 7am, your reward is a steaming cup of joe and croissants. BYO sleeping bag.
FREE Storefront for Art and Architecture, 97 Kenmare Street, between Centre and Mulberry Sts (212-431-5795, storefrontnews.org). Subway: J, M, Z, N, Q, R, W, 6 to Canal St. 6pm--9am.
Little D Luau
Hawaii is the birthplace of “That One,” so it’s apt to toast his historic victory/abject failure with a brolly in your drink at Little D’s Hawaiian-themed Election Night while tucking in to traditional smoked pulled pork, fritters and sweet potatoes. FREE Little D Eatery, 434 Seventh Ave between 14th and 15th Sts (718-369-3144, littled-eatery.com). Subway: F to 7th Ave. 6pm.
Tales from the Campaign Trail
If you nerves tend to fray before Election Night, the Savoy is offering a sedative, sit-down meal, including a platter of delicacies from swing states, and insight you can impress your friends with on Election Night from New York Times Magazine reporter Matt Bai.
Savoy, 70 Prince St at Crosby St (212-219-8570, savoynyc.com). Subway: N, R, W to Prince St; 6 to Spring St. Mon 3 at 6:30pm. Reservations required; call 212-219-8570, $110 per person (includes paired wines) plus tax and gratuity.
The Red Fish Turns Blue: An Election Night Extravaganza
Laugh at the election with the best wisecrackin' women of comedy, including Ophira Eisenberg (Comedy Central), Irene Bremis (MTV) and Goddess Perlman (NBC). If you haven't turned blue from laughing, go-go dancers Hot Obama Mamas will strut their stuff to get the message across. FREE (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St between Sullivan and Thompson Sts (212-228-4854, theobamagirlsofcomedy.wordpress.com). Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, V to W 4th St. 7pm.
Election Returns Party
Join fellow voters on election night when artist Jonathan Horowitz will broadcast the election results on an installation created for the purpose. This party is the climax of the artist’s politically themed exhibition, on view at the gallery. FREE GBE (Gavin Brown's Enterprise), 620 Greenwich St at Leroy St (212-627-5258, gavinbrown.biz). Subway: C, E to Spring St. 10am–6pm.
The Onion’s War for the White House Election-Night Event Extravaganza
This results-watching party includes complimentary Dewar’s whiskey drinks, stand-up from a few comedian friends of The Onion and a War for the White House wrap-up presentation from Onion editors. FREE Fontana’s, 105 Eldridge St between Broome and Grand Sts (212-334-6740, fontanasnyc.com). Subway: F to Delancey St; J, M, Z to Delancey--Essex Sts. 7pm.
Political Science Theater 3000
Watch the election results roll in with a crowd of comics and comedy fans at the PIT. Kevin Allison (The State), Kevin Scott (Centralia, Burn Manhattan), Leslie Collins (VH1’s Best Night Ever) will be on hand for onstage results commentary. FREE Peoples Improv Theater, 154 W 29th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-563-7488, thepit-nyc.com). Subway: 1 to 28th St. 7pm.
Stand-ups, including Leigh Ann Lord, Vic Henley, Jim David, Scott Blakeman and Jeff Kreisler, rant, vent and occasionally educate audiences on election-time topics. Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W 23rd St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-367-9000, gothamcomedyclub.com). Subway: C, E, 1 to 23rd St. 7pm, $10 plus two-drink minimum.
Obama Pajama Party
Slip on a silk robe for this political slumber party. Three screens broadcast the election returns and sake “o’bombas” ($7) will be available for slamming. Liberals, bleed your hearts out: Proceeds from the event support hurricane recovery in New Orleans. China 1, 50 Ave B between 3rd and 4th Sts (212-375-0665, china1nyc.com). Subway: F, V to Lower East Side--Second Ave. 6pm, $3.
Blue Seats Party
It’s tough to find a nonpartisan event in this true-blue city. Enter Blue Seats, where elephants and donkeys alike can sip five-buck vodka specials while following the coverage on more than 60 TVs. FREE Blue Seats, 157 Ludlow St between Rivington and Stanton Sts (212-614-3033, blueseatsnyc.com). Subway: F to Delancey St; J, M, Z to Delancey--Essex Sts. 2pm.
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