Where To Drink/Party/Cry Through Tuesday's Election Results
The fate of the country hangs in the balance, so you might as well watch Tuesday's returns roll in somewhere fun/near alcohol/with other humans. Here's a rundown of L.A.'s best watch parties.
I love The Abbey, and not just because I went to elementary school in West Hollywood and grew up begging my mom to take us there for an after school snack so we could admire the naked statues peeing into the fountain. Join the Human Rights Campaign (the nation's largest LGBT civil rights organization) to cheer on the other HRC (Hillary Rodham Clinton, obvi) at what is arguably WeHo's ur-gay bar. The fun starts at 5 p.m.
The Abbey is located at 692 North Robertson Boulevard in West Hollywood.
Because why not watch America elect it's very first female president from a feminist art space? The Women's Center for Creative Work will be hosting a watch party from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Stop by for a drink and/or some community support, and feel free to bring a snack to share!
The Women's Center for Creative Work is located at 2425 Glover Place in Frogtown.
Celebrate and commiserate in a 1,600 seat movie palace with cable news playing on the big screen. Drinks will be flowing and DJs spinning, according to the event page. The watch party, which is co-sponsored by the L.A. Times, is free but they do ask that you RSVP (link here). Doors open at 4 p.m. and the festivities are slated to continue until 10 p.m., if not later.
The Theatre at the Ace Hotel is located at 929 S. Broadway in downtown Los Angeles.
The L.A. LGBT Center will be taking over Next Door Lounge in Hollywood to "put the L, G, B, T and Ally in election night." There will be complimentary food, a cash bar (with drink specials) and plenty of TVs to watch the returns as they come in. Entry is free, but the center has asked that attendees RSVP (link here). Doors open at 5 p.m.
Next Door Lounge is located at 1154 Highland Avenue in Hollywood.
LA Voice—a local, faith-based community organizing powerhouse and longtime leader in L.A.'s fight for a more just city—will be hosting an Election Day taco fiesta at Dolores Mission Church in Boyle Heights. Festivities will be held in the church plaza form 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Dolores Mission church is located at 170 S Gless Street in Boyle Heights.
Celebrate civic engagement with KPCC In Person and Loyola Marymount University’s Center for the Study of Los Angeles at the nonpartisan Election Central party. The watch party, which is free and open to the public, will be held at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes. Drinks and complimentary food will be on hand, as well as some some cool KPCC voter swag and the opportunity to step into the station's mobile recording booth and tell your favorite radio journos what inspired you to vote this year. The event kicks of at 5:30 p.m. and the Center for the Study of Los Angeles will release the preliminary results of its L.A. Votes exit poll for the city of Los Angeles at 8:15 p.m.
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes is located at 501 N. Main Street in downtown Los Angeles.
Watch the results come in at the Silent Movie Theatre with interjections from "election interrupters" like comedians John Early and Kate Berlant. The event is free, but you must pre-register for admission, which is first-come, first-serve, although reservations don't guarantee admission. Doors open and the potluck begins at 4 p.m. (organizers say "things like bags of chips and drinks are not encouraged—please bring a dish!").
The Silent Movie Theatre is located at 611 N Fairfax Avenue in the Fairfax District.
Feeling lucky? Then why not head to the Bicycle Hotel and Casino in Bell Gardens, where you can try your luck with a little poker and blackjack while you watch. Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, Senator Ricardo Lara, and Speaker Anthony Rendon will all be in attendance, along with a slew of local leaders. The event starts at 8 p.m. and you can RSVP here.
The Bicycle Hotel and Casino is located at 888 Bicycle Casino Drive in Bell Gardens.
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 and theater concessions will be sold inside. Live results will be streamed to the theater's movie screen beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased here.
The Crest Theatre is located at 1262 Westwood Boulevard in Westwood.