November 5, 2012
Election Day — Vote
Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 6, is Election Day 2012. And we know we don’t have to remind you how important it is to get out there and vote, no matter who it’s for.
There are four ballot questions on the ballot in Philadelphia — don’t forget you’re voting on more than just President! — check out this helpful rundown from the Committee of Seventy. They also have a complete, non-partisan guide to all the races.
Polls are open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
And you do NOT need a photo ID, unless you are a first-time voter or voting for the first time at a new polling place. More details here.
(For New Jersey residents still affected by Hurricane Sandy, check out all the ways Governor Chris Christie is encouraging people to vote.)
Election Night — Where To Watch The Returns
Once the polls close at 8 p.m., it’s time to dig in for a long night of watching the returns come in.
And we know a lot of you are going to want to head out somewhere to watch the results come in with friends. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of places that are hosting events or specials for watching as the election results come in Tuesday evening. And be prepared for a late night — it’s a close race.
• Yards Brewing Company: In honor of the momentous events, Yards Brewing Company is distributing their Ales of the Revolution — Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern Ale, George Washington’s Porter, Poor Richard’s Spruce (inspired by Ben Franklin) — among local bars and restaurants including McGillin’s Olde Ale House, Khyber Pass Pub, POPE, Grey Lodge, Resurrection Ale House, Local 44, Memphis Taproom, Kite and Key, Jose Pistola’s, Varga Bar and more. All they ask is that you “Vote Yards this Election Day!”. Check for participating locations here.
• DIVIDED: An Election Party & Exhibition at the Ice Box at the Crane Arts Building: Artists Amanda Benton and Hope Rovelto will be hosting a unique display in honor of the election at the Crane Arts Building. Starting at 7 p.m., live feeds of the election results will be projected alongside the artists’ exhibition. You’ll be able to see many perspectives and news outlets as they learn the fate of the election. The exhibition includes politically themed broadsides, newspapers, ceramics, T-shirts, an interactive map of the U.S. and more. The admission fee is $20 and gets you a ceramic cup perfect for filling with unlimited beers and enjoying the games, music, art and live history-in-the-making.
• “Stat of the Union” at the Kelly Writers House: Enjoy homemade snacks while you take a look at some creations by members of the Writers House at the Kelly Writers House of University of Pennsylvania. They’ll be taking statistical data to a whole new level, pushing it to “absurd but inevitable ends,” with this fascinating display of infographic art. They’ll be watching election returns live on television, too, so you’ll have plenty of things to keep you amused as you anxiously await the turnout.
• Devil’s Alley: Get $5 specialty cocktails at Devil’s Alley in honor of the election — Obama Mama or Romney Runner, anyone? — as results play at the upstairs bar with sound on.
• Doobies Bar: Happy hour will run until 9 p.m. in honor of Election Night, in addition to dollar dogs.
• Smokin’ Betty’s: After voting, head to Devil’s Alley’s sister tavern and enjoy $3 beers and $5 glasses of wine starting at 9 p.m. as you watch the returns. Bonus: sound will be on!
• Election Party at Temple Contemporary: Temple Contemporary invites you to an election night bash featuring the musical curation of Philadelphia’s own King Britt. More than 20,000 balloons will fall from the ceiling at 10 p.m., as the election results are announced. Doors open at 8 p.m.
• Malt House LTD: Stop by the store on Elmen Street in Mt. Airy and sample some great new brews they’re featuring on November 6. Local home brewers will be sharing their Official White House Honey Porter in honor of the election.
• 7165 Lounge Election Party in Mt. Airy: Everett Stanton, the man behind the Obama Boutique on Germantown Avenue, is hosting an election returns watch party at 7165 Lounge. They anticipate that the party will really start once the polls close at 8 p.m., but doors open at noon that day. Click here for more information.
• Tria “Yes We Can!” Beer Specials: Tria Rittenhouse and Tria Wash West will be rewarding voters with a nicely priced cold one all day and night on Election Day. After all, what could be more American than drinking an ice-cold can of beer? Nab Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale for $2.50 or Oskar Blues G’Knight Imperial Red/Double IPA for $3.
• Election Watch Party at Field House Sports Bar & Restaurant: There will be drink specials and food all night long at Field House as guests watch the election results come in with the Human Rights Campaign and Equality Pennsylvania. A $5 donation is suggested for the Equality Watch 2012 party, and with that, you’ll receive a Vote Obama wristband. Donate $10 and get a Vote Obama T-shirt and drink on the house.
• Yuengling Brewery Drink to Democracy: If you vote on November 6, Yuengling would like to salute you by allow you to drink lagers for just $1 a piece. Text “I Voted” to 74455 and show your phone to your bartender at the participating locations.
• The Blockley: The West Philly music venue is combining Election Night with a Hurricane Sandy Benefit party and offering a free drink to anyone bringing 10 cans of food. From 8–10 p.m. they’ll offer unlimited wings and fries, and all night long toss back $2 Coors Light, $3 well drinks and $4 select craft beers. According to Drink Philly, there will also be voting games to pass the time — for example: “Vote on which craft beer should be $4 this hour!”
• SoWe: This Graduate Hospital neighborhood bar will host an election party with “bipartisan drink specials,” Big Bird Wings and more. Bonus: every Tuesday is buck-a-shuck oysters from 4 p.m.-midnight with $2 tall beer cans. Also, your first beer is on the house when you show your “I Voted” sticker!
• Ms. Tootsie’s: Starting at 6 p.m., enjoy food and drink specials plus a live DJ at South Street’s Ms. Tootsie’s.
• The 700: Tomorrow night, in lieu of the normal Philebrity Salon, Philebrity will be at The 700 watching election results roll in. Enjoy election-themed drinks like The Goldwater, The Obama Bahama Mama and The Paul Rye ‘n Ginger Beer. Also, The 700 will also be hosting a swing state betting pool, in which the winners who picked the way nine swing states went will split the money.
• Swann Lounge at the Four Seasons: From 3 p.m. until close, Swann Lounge at the Four Seasons will screen the election results. You can also enjoy the exclusive patriotic red, white and blue cocktail they’ve created for the 2012 election day. It’s called the Pennsylvania Avenue, and it’s made with local Penn 1681 Vodka, blue curacao, white cranberry juice and lime juice. Bonus: show your “I Voted!” sticker to receive $1 off any Signature Cocktail.
• Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House: Starting at 5 p.m., catch live CNN coverage in the bar area, fortified by $5 election-inspired cocktails including Liberal Lemonades, Conservative Cosmos, the “Mitt” Julep and the “Barackin'” Mai Tai.
We’ve also got a list, below, of some other spots that will be tuning in to the election returns, with their normal nightly drink and food menus.
• Alla Spina
• Frankford Hall
• Cantina Los Caballitos
• Standard Tap
• The Dandelion
• City Tap House
• Landmark Americana
• Perch Pub
• Revolution House
• Brauhaus Scmidtz
• Table 31
• Jet Wine Bar
• National Constitution Center: The National Constitution Center is hosting election festivities all day long on November 6, where you can learn some more about the political candidates, join in presidential trivia and Political Cartoons 101, design your own campaign buttons, read and deliver a famous presidential speech, get a snapshot with the Center’s mascots, Donny the Donkey and Ellie the Elephant and much more. It’s open until 5 p.m.
• Night Kitchen Bakery: Night Kitchen Bakery in Chestnut Hill is whipping up presidential candidate iced vanilla shortbread cookies in one of two flavors: Obama or Romney. The three-to-four-inch round treats go for $3.50 each, and are prepared fresh on site. A running tally is being kept in the front window, as well as on Night Kitchen’s Facebook page, so if you see your candidate falling behind, pop over and scoop up a few more.
• Shake Shack: Get a coupon for a free shake if you go to Shake Shack today and pledge to vote!
• Franklin Fountain Commander-in-Chief Phosphate Election: Cast your vote via this online ballot and choose the fate of the flavors of Franklin Fountain ice cream for the next four years. Named in honor of some previous presidential candidates from 100 years back in the 1912 election, check off your voter card for the mix most likely to do your tastebuds right. Will the “Commander-in-Chief” Phosphate be the Socialist Party’s Eugene V. Debs Wonder Worker Tonic, the Republican Party’s William H. Taft Taft Soda, A Winner, the Democratic Party’s Woodrow Wilson Wilson Punch or the Progressive Party’s Theodore Roosevelt Teddy’s Favorite? Vote by November 13 and reap the benefits of your civic duty to demand deliciousness.