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The best election-themed bar and restaurant specials in NYC

By Christina Izzo
Election Day cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery
Photograph: Courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

The end is near, folks: on November 8th, we’ll finally know which of our two, erm, beloved candidates will reign as the next POTUS. Given the scandal-ridden campaign season, you might not be in the mood to celebrate anything, but at the very least you can drink to abandon—no matter what the election results—and nosh on some tasty snacks, too. On Tuesday night, these spots around town will offer cheekily named specialty cocktails, free or deeply discounted bites, and killer drinks deals. Round up your friends and prepare for the USA’s next political epoch. 

Magnolia BakeryOn Election Day, the beloved bakeshop will be serving commemorative red-white-and-blue cupcakes touting "Hillary," "Trump" or the more neutral "I Voted" for $5.25 at all of its locations. 

Nitehawk Cinema: Show off your "I Voted" sticker at the movie theater's Lo-Res bar on Tuesday and you can enjoy draft beers and well drinks at happy-hour prices until close. 

Professor Thom's: At their Election Day viewing party, the East Village bar will spin its signature prize wheel as each state is decided and will reward guests with a new deal, from discounted pitchers to two-for-one drinks and 25-cent wings. 

The VNYL: The 1970s-inspired clubstaurant is hosting a viewing party on Tuesday, where they will enter voters into a raffle for dinner and drinks for two. 

Mile End: The sandwich shop has launched its own ballot: a menu of candidate-themed specials. From now through Tuesday, the neo-deli will keep track of votes for dishes like the "Nasty Woman" burger (bacon, cheese, hot peppers; $15), the "Bad Hombre" burrito (mole chicken, rice and cheese; $13) and the "Move to Canada" poutine topped with maple bacon ($13). Along with the frontrunners, there are also "down-ballot" creations: The "Marco Reubeno" comes with corned beef or smoked turkey, melted Swiss and sauerkraut on rye ($13), while the "Grandpa Bernie" features smoked turkey, smoked turkey rillettes and mustard on rye ($12). 

Election Day dishes at Mile End
Photograph: Courtesy of Mile End

The Meatball Shop: The meatball-lovers chain will dole out complimentary orders of mini buffalo-chicken meatballs to anyone who comes in sporting a voting sticker at any Meatball Shop location on November 8th.  

Atwood Kitchen & Bar Room: Starting at 8pm, the East Midtown barroom will screen the results and pour specialty drinks such as a “Make the Cosmo Great Again,” a “Bad Hombre Margarita,” a “Crooked Manhattan” and a “Dump Trump Long Island.”

Playa Betty's: Election Day specials include a Build Your Own Taco platter ($14), comprising red, white and blue flour tortillas with meat fillings (chicken, beef, baby shrimp) and a selection of toppings (avocado, pico de gallo). Flash your "I Voted" sticker and get a gratis Frozen Paloma shot finished with a blue liqueur floater. 

Paulaner: The bi-level Lower East Side brewpub will dish out free red, white and blue popcorn and offer buy-one-get-one-free beers. Eats include a sizzle-your-own “Donal” steak ($24) and a “Hot Hillary” shrimp-and-veggie spaetzle ($24). Scope the results on multiple big-screen TVs.


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