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The Ultimate Guide to Election Food and Drink Deals

In addition to all the restaurants and bars illegally giving away free food to voters, there are plenty of other election-themed deals to be had today. We've got the complete round-up of happy hours, menu specials, parties, prizes, and more. Send updates to

Where to Party While Washington City Paper Staffers Work

Black Squirrel is Washington City Paper's official election headquarters. Stop by tonight to chat with our editors and enjoy some beer specials.

Where To Predict Election Outcomes and Win Prizes

Sonoma is giving guests a chance to win dinner for two and other prizes if they hand in state-by-state predictions by 8 p.m. The Capitol Hill spot is also hosting an all-day happy hour with $5 wine and $5 election cocktails, including "The 47% and "The Birth Certificate." Wear an "I voted" sticker, and get a complimentary election day treat from the kitchen. Free Wi-Fi, too.

Mellow Mushroom guests have the chance to win $50 off their tables' tabs by correctly predicting whether swing states go red or blue. The Adams Morgan spot is also giving away free pitchers of swing state beer from Ohio, Virginia, or Colorado for people who check in on Facebook with three friends.

Where To Score Free Food and Drinks

Art & Soul is offering people who wear an "I voted" sticker and order a swing state cocktail  a free cocktail for a friend. The restaurant will also offer happy hour from 7 p.m. until the election is called.  After the results are announced for each swing state, that state's cocktail (normally all $13) will be half off for 15 minutes.

California Tortilla is giving away a free taco to people who wear their "I voted" stickers or just say the word "vote."

Del Frisco's Grille is offering a complimentary Partisan shot (tequila, pomegranate, blood orange, passion fruit) with the purchase of food or drink to those with "I voted" stickers.

Jackie's Restaurant in Silver Spring is handing out free "USA" cupcakes to people with "I voted" stickers—or stickers of any kind. There's also happy hour prices all night long.

Taqueria Pablano's Arlington locations are doing two-for-one tacos all day when you show your "I voted" sticker.

Z-Burger is giving away a free single hamburger or cheeseburger to anyone who says the secret code "Z-VOTE."  Offer is valid at Tenleytown, Southwest, and Columbia Heights locations.


The Dunes in Columbia Heights is doing two-for-one beers tonight when you show your "I voted" sticker.

Where To Get a Deal

A Bar at Avenue Suites will offer happy hour pricing all night to people with "I voted" stickers. The bar will also donate $1 to the Red Cross's Hurricane Sandy relief fund for every Electoral Cycle cocktail sold.

Boqueria is having an election party with unlimited drinks and tapas. Entry is $40 per person. Reservations required.

Boundary Stone is people with "I voted" stickers half off their checks.

Capitol City Brewing Company's Capitol Hill and Shirlington locations will host happy hour from 11 a.m. to midnight with $5 appetizers and beer specials. The Shirlington location will also have 50 cent wings all day.

Commissary will have drink specials, Champagne specials, and "left" and "right" wings.

The Coupe, The Diner, Open City, and Tryst will all offer $5 political punch to go with live TV coverage. The Diner is also offering half-off pie to those with "I loved" stickers, and Open City will have happy hour food specials all day and night. Tryst and The Coupe will also serve up "The 47%" and "Red State of Mind" cocktails.

Policy Restaurant and Lounge is trying to transform its dining room into the "policy media room." The lounge will broadcast CNN all night and is encouraging people to bring laptops and tablets. Happy hour will be offered all night, including a $5 food menu and $5 Basil "Barack" Berry and Pomegra"Mitt" mojitos.

Oyamel is having an election night party in its private dining room with red and blue cocktails for $10 each.

Vinoteca is celebrating with all-day happy hour, including $5 wine and food specials.


Yamas Mediterranean Grill

$2 drafts all night

Bar TNT on Columbia Pike is offering the "These Cocktails Will Make the Election Slightly More Bearable" deal: the red "Mitt"Romnery-rita and the tiki-style Obama-Mama. Both are $12.

Where to Eat Candidate-Themed Food

Cashion's Eat Place has created menus inspired by both candidates. The Obama menu includes a Chicago dog, Chicago steak frites, and tuna poke dish. The Romney menu includes a lobster roll, oysters with caviar, and "Romney fries" with truffle oil and parmesan.

Lincoln Restaurant has a variety of candidate-themed dishes, including Mitt's duck corn dog with cranberry mustard and Obama's Kahlua pork belly cured with brown sugar and sliced pineapple mostrada. The restaurant has also brought in extra 50-inch flat screens for the occasion and will sell its Elephant and Donkey cocktails for $8.

Jackson 20 is more concerned with the seventh president than this one. The Alexandria restaurant is offering a three-course Andrew Jackson-inspired menu for $20 to anyone wearing an "I voted" sticker.


Virtue Feed & Grain in Alexandria has a $12 Chicago deep dish pizza in honor of Obama and a $8.50 Boston cream pie as homage to Romney.

Where To Celebrate The End of Campaign Commercials Tomorrow

Dino is closed today, but it will celebrate the end of campaign commercials tomorrow with complimentary SP69 cocktails made with prosecco, Narini Cedro, and lemon infused grappa.

Know of another deal? Email, and we'll update the list.

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