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Election 2012: The Race Is On

by Amanda Halkiotis
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe will feature drink specials & comfort food tomorrow night.
November 6, 2012 is a big day.  After you've voted, hang out someplace fun and fabulous to watch the results of this year’s presidential election in New York City.

Whether conservative, liberal, independent, or a Canadian transplant, chances are you won't want to miss the finale of this nail-biting election on Tuesday. We've rounded up some of the best places to congregate and watch the votes come in. Whether you're looking for gay-friendly, veggie-friendly, Brooklyn-friendly, or book-friendly, we've got you covered.

The Bell House
149 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, Brooklyn

The Raging Election 2012 Viewing Party is a free event at The Bell House, taking place from 7:30PM to 11PM and hosted by comedian Liam McEneaney. A big screen will broadcast the big news with tunes spun by DJ Mike Doughty. Be sure to bring your appetite, as The SNAP! Truck will be parked outside, offering political poultry,“Right Wings” and “Left Wings,” as well as the ambivalent Poutine (a Canadian delicacy of French fries smothered in brown gravy and cheese curds). 

Chelsea Manor
138 West 25th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, Manhattan

This bar/restaurant/all-around awesome urban nightspot will host an Election Night Viewing Party sponsored by The New Era. Pros at putting on the ultimate nightlife experience, TNE will have you grooving to the hottest sounds, spun by DJ Commish, all night long. Admission is free, just RSVP .

105 Eldridge Street, between Grand and Broome Streets, Manhattan

For all you vegan East Village night owls, Fontana’s is hosting an election night watch party from 8PM to 2AM. Sponsored by SuperVegan, Fontana’s will be serving up its famous vegan drinks well into the witching hour, plus offering local bites from Chickpea & Olive and organic sweets from Dun-Well Doughnuts. You’ll be able to see all the action up close on their giant wall-sized projection screen. While not required, if you would like, you can RSVP on Facebook.

Join the vegan election party at Fontana's
Neely’s Barbecue Parlor
1125 First Avenue, at 61st Street, Manhattan

Stop by Neely’s on Election Day for drink specials like $4 beers and $5 bipartisan Margaritas, made with equal parts red and blue hues. You can also participate in their "Vote With Your Stomach" promotion now through November 6.  Express your political pride by starting your meal with either "Barack’s Bowl of Chili" or "Mitt’s Mini Meatloaf" --- Neely’s will announce the winner on Tuesday after 9PM. You’ll also have a great seat any place in the house, with coverage broadcasting on five flat screen televisions as well as a large projector. 

Rock Bar
185 Christopher Street between Washington and West Streets, Manhattan

Sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign, Rock Bar’s New York Election Watch Party will take place from 7PM to 11PM with host Jason Romas. Sign up for a team trivia competition, order drink specials, and snag some prizes. There's no cover charge, but donations are accepted (and encouraged, we should think), at the door. Event details are also on their Facebook page.

Housing Works Bookstore & Café
126 Crosby Street, between Prince Street and West Houston, Manhattan

From 7PM til midnight, stop by this not-for-profit bookstore for booze and comfort food (chili, anyone?) while awaiting the big outcome. Drink specials include: 2 PBRs for $5; 2 Brooklyn Lagers for $9, and 2 Sixpoint Sweet Actions for $11. Plus, enjoy $18 bottles of vino and $6 cheese trays. And, if you filled up a punchcard at one of the debates, bring it with you to win a bucket of PBRs. 

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