11/06/2012 03:57:00 PM

Every Sip Counts: Election Night Parties and Drinking Deals in SF

Today's best accessory is definitely one of those red "I voted" stickers. Go out and flex your voting power, then be sure to wear your proof as a badge of honor. In addition to reminding others who might have forgotten to vote, those stickers will come in handy later resulting in free drinks around town tonight. Since the election is said to be so close, you'll need a drink or three plus some good camaraderie to sweat out the late-night results. Consider joining one of these election night (and day- after hangover) parties.

Election Party at Rye with Tango & Stache: Inforum (a division of the Commonwealth Club) has tapped the bartenders at Rye to host a viewing party in the Tenderloin. They'll be projecting screens of the election night coverage on TV while doling out specialty cocktails (The Pollster, The Buckeye, The Tangled Web) and Negroni-braised smoked pork butt tacos, courtesy of Tango & Stache (Drink early and often, starts at 5:30 PM,  688 Geary Bvd).

Hurricane Relief Benefit & Election Results at Yoshi's San Francisco: Here's a twofer for do-gooders; catch the election results in the lounge of SF's Yoshi's, then head inside the club for a jazz concert featuring Jacques Ibular, Tad Worku, Foxtails Brigade and others. 100% of the proceeds of the concert will go to the Red Cross' Hurricane Sandy's relief funds (Show is $10 per person and starts at 8 PM, 1330 Fillmore St; 415-655-5600).

Yes On Prop 37 Celebration Party at CELLSpace: Well, you gotta give the organizers credited for staying positive on the billing for this one. Join likeminded good food advocates at the CELLspace in the Mission tonight where live election coverage will be streamed all evening and representatives from the California Right to Know organization will be milling about talking about the next steps. Expect organic snacks and wine (2050 Bryant St, 8 PM, RSVP online).

Free Election Night Gathering at The Independent: The Independent in the Western Addition was home to a mega-packed pro-Obama party in 2008 and they hope to recreate the magic tonight. They'll be projecting the blow-by-blow TV coverage on the big screen and after the race is called, local band Brad Wolfe and the Moon, plus live DJS, will turn it into a dance party. Admission is free but do note that the even is being hosted by the grassroots organization Hungry for Obama so check your Up With Mitt buttons at the door (Doors open at 5:30 PM, show at 6 PM, 628 Divisadero St, 415-771-1421).

Free Drinks, Blues and Election Night Coverage at El Rio: Catch election night TV coverage and cheap drinks amid other liberals at this Mission dive bar tonight. Flash your voter stub for a free drink.  After that, you're on your own but margaritas will be only $4 all night long. If you can't bear to wait out the results, a bunch of blues and rock bands will be playing in the side room for a $5 cover charge  (Doors open at 5 PM, live music at 7 PM, 3158 Mission St.; 415-282-3325).

Election Coverage and Free Appetizers at The Bubble Lounge: If you're looking to bond with the corporate constituents, head to this posh North Beach sparkling wine lounge which will be screening the live results, handing out free appetizers and running plenty of drink specials all night long (Doors open at 4 Pm, 714 Montgomery St;, 415-415-434-4204).

Free Dance Election Night Dance Party at Brick & Mortar Music Hall: Yes, they'll be streaming the results live but while everyone else is stressing out, you can be getting a boogie on courtesy of DJ Brown Amy (of Hard French) and Primo at this music club and bar on the edge of SoMa and the Mission. It's free, so all you have to do is vote and pony up for your own drinks (Doors open at 6 PM; show starts at 9 PM, 1710 Mission St,; 415-371-1631).

Young Republicans Election Day Party at Alfred's Steakhouse: Like the party at the Independent (see above), this election night party at Downtown's steakhouse will be a self-selecting group of attendees. Hosted in conjunction with the San Francisco Republican party, the Mitt-cheering crew will will gathering round the TV screen to see if things go their way. Price of admission includes one drink ticket and you must RSVP on the list ahead of time to get in (5:30 - 10 PM, $25 per person includes one drink, 659 Merchant St, 415-781-7058 reserve here).

Election Night Coverage and Party at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company:  If you live down on the coast, or have a designated driver in tow, consider heading down to Half Moon Bay and hoist the ale of your choice while you watch the results stream in on the big screen. Enjoy complementary appetizers form 5 - 7PM and happy hour specials from 4- 7 PM. The brewery will be posting the live results of their Alection contest on their website at 9 PM. (390 Capistrano Rd.; Half Moon Bay 650-728-2739).

Regardless of how tonight's local, state and national elections play out, members of both sides of the aisle are welcomed to nurse their election night hangovers at CUESA's Election Hangover At the Ferry Building. CUESA and the Northern California chapter of the US Bartenders Guild will be whipping up fall-inspired cocktails ($40 per person, 5:30 - 8 PM, 1 Ferry Building, order tickets here).

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