Election Night 2016: Where to Celebrate in Los Angeles


No one denies that the political run-up to elect the next President of the United States has been a circus. The first Presidential Debate and Town Hall meeting were met with high voter viewership, while scandals plagued both republican and democratic candidates. So as the crazy campaigns come to a close, and you've cast your vote on Election Day, November 8, take a beat to celebrate or commiserate the results with like-minded revelers at these top spots throughout Los Angeles.

Black-tie Democratic Election Night Party
Perhaps the Democrats are sensing victory with their Black-tie Democratic Election Night Party held in the ballroom of Maggiano's Little Italy restaurant at The Grove. Hosted by prominent Democrats, each ticket affords the guest to an open-bar and hors d'oeuvres. Along with the election night results, there will be Clinton memorabilia and a raffle, along with speeches by local community democrats. This is a ticketed event.

Presidential Election Results Viewing Party at the Crest Westwood
The Crest Westwood Theater will host a viewing party for the Presidential Election Results, with doors opening at 6 p.m. Food trucks will be out front, while theater concessions will be sold inside. Live results will be streamed to the theater's movie screen, while local politicians will remark on the events. Also, festivities will run throughout the evening. A $5 debate donation is requested.

Rush Street
Although not an "official" viewing party, Rush Street in Culver City features fifteen wide screen TV's throughout their venue, so it's a safe bet that on a Tuesday, at least one or more of the TV's will be tuned into the presidential election night coverage. Plus to go with their seasonal meats, burgers, salads and flatbread menu, Tuesday nights are special "half-price" bottles of wine. So voters can either celebrate their candidate's success or drown their sorrow with Californian, Italian, French, Argentinian, or Spanish wines.

The Abbey Food and Bar
The Abbey Food and Bar is celebrating their 25th anniversary and is considered one of the best gay bars in the world. Not only does the Abbey offer coveted mixed drinks and scrumptious bar food, it is also a pop cultural icon and political player in West Hollywood. Although there isn't a Presidential Election Results watch party per se, The Abbey did host an earlier first debate party sponsored by The Human Rights Campaign and Hollywood for Hillary. So expect the TV's to be tuned to the election results.

Barney's Beanery
With dozens of HD TV's, the original Barney's Beanery in West Hollywood has long been a sports fan's go-to spot to watch their favorite teams while grabbing a beverage from a menu that boasts 200+ beers. So on election night, it may be that many of the TV's will be tuned to sports, but without a doubt a few will also broadcast the election night results. After all, June Barney's sponsored the "Barney's Beer Vote" for the June Presidential Primary. In this special Primary election, Presidential candidates corresponded to specific beers, and the candidate's beer that was the most consumed won Barney's primary election.

Author's bio: Lori Huck works in television development as well as writes on entertainment, travel and the arts. She's a fan of the vibrant arts scene in Los Angeles and is a member of various film, television, and arts organizations.

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