Where to Celebrate on Election Night 2016 in Austin, Texas


Austin, Texas is, generally speaking, a blue bubble within the sea of red which is Texas. However, as the state capital, everyone comes here to make policy and bolster support. Whether you're on the Trump ticket, a member of the Clinton crew or none-of-the above, there's one thing everyone can agree on: It all comes down to Election Day. Here are a few places to celebrate our democratic process on November 8, 2016 – win or lose – as the polls close.

Democratic To-Dos:

Get Down with Travis County Dems
Those hoping to watch Hillary Clinton waltz with the donkey all the way to the White House are looking forward to celebrating her victory on November 8. Revelers can join the official Travis County Democratic Party Election Night shindig at the historic Driskill Hotel. Candidates from around the county and the state capital will be anxiously awaiting results. Following that, they'll be celebrating or commiserating from 7 p.m. until midnight.

Local Democrats Cutting Loose
Starting at 7 p.m., south-siders can swing by Santa Rita Tex-Mex Cantina for some delicious grub and election night fun. Circle C Democrats will be enjoying the electoral process in the best way possible, with a Texas-style spread and some spirited beverages no doubt. Win or lose, the event will run until 10 p.m. Younger Democratic Partiers can also stop by Wright Bros. Brew and Brew, from 6:30 until 8 p.m. to enjoy some representative microbrew selection in action.

Republican Revelries:

Win or Lose in Williamson County
The Travis County Republican Party and the Texas Republicans haven't, as of yet, announced an official gathering – no doubt it will be somewhere quite opulent, though. However, Williamson County GOPers are fully represented for after-parties. The Wingate by Wyndham Round Rock hotel will host a "victory party" as this year's election cycle comes to an end. Join the North Austinite as they celebrate or commiserate Trump's elephant ride-ender, as well as general election results.

Parties Beyond the Parties:

A Different "Green Party"
Cannabis Across the Country is putting on an election-night catered event. Stop by The Belmont, beginning at 6 p.m. to watch all the polls roll in and toast or lament with a few drinks from the cash bar. Business casual dress is desired and guests can participate in a silent auction which also doubles as a fundraiser for the advocacy group's future efforts.

Celebrate Your Pessimism
Not everyone is entirely pleased with their choice in candidates for 2016. If you make camp among the lesser-of-two-evils element, Star Bar is the place to celebrate with their "End of the World Party." Their event tagline reads: "Doesn't matter who wins. We all lose, so let's drink." They revelry begins at 4 p.m. and lasts until, oh, probably the next election cycle.

Andy L. Kubai is a freelance writer and transplanted Austinite who's been exploring the internal and external wonders of his new home for the last 5 years. Find out more about Andy on his website.

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