Our Guide to the Best Election-Night Viewing Parties
By Michaia Hernandez and Sarah Chamberlain
Election Day caps endless months of negative ads, Obamajams, internet memes, portmanteaus (like Romnesia) and fights over voter registration. But the election isn't over when the polls close: we have a round-up of the best places for Angelenos to celebrate—or commiserate—with fellow voters as returns come in. Let us know where you plan to go in the comments.
Park Your Politics
Grand Park will be hosting an election night event on the performance lawn at the park. There will be election coverage on a 30-foot screen, food trucks, DJs from dublab and special guest DJ Anthony Valdez of KCRW. The free event, which is open to the public, takes place from 5 to 10 p.m. For more information, check out the event flyer or call (213) 972-8080.
2012 Election Night Celebration
The Los Angeles County Democratic Party (and its allies) will be watching the election returns at the Stadium Club of the Dodger Stadium. The free, public event will be co-hosted by the L.A. County Federation of Labor, Yes on Proposition 30, No on Proposition 32, Yes on Proposition 34, and Yes on Measure J. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit the event website.
Election Night Disaster Party/Show!
If you're looking for a light-hearted way to watch the returns, check out the Election Night Disaster Party/Show! at Trepany House in Hollywood's Steve Allen Theater. Comedians Josh Fadem and Trevor Moore, who are premiering a new monthly comedy show, will skewer election results as they come in. The show begins at 8 p.m, and tickets are $10. For info and to purchase tickets, check out the event website.
UCLA CPO Election Night Viewing Party
UCLA's Community Programs Office will host a free viewing party at the L.A. Tennis Center Clubhouse on UCLA's campus from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Broadcasts from MSNBC, FOX and CNN will all be shown, so you can get your coverage fix regardless of your party affiliation. And this is a university event, so yes—there will be pizza! RSVP at the event's Facebook page.
If you're an academic type, the Williams Institute is hosting an expert panel to discuss LGBT voters' impact on the election outcome in Room 1357 of the UCLA School of Law. In addition to taking a look at ballot initiatives on marriage, panelists from the Williams Institute and the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force will deliberate the impact of the election results. The event goes from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and will be followed by a reception. For more information or to RSVP, visit the event website.
Hammer Presents Election Night
Art and politics go hand-in-hand at the Hammer Museum’s free election night event. Live coverage of the returns will be screened at the Billy Wilder Theater and in the museum's café, Ammo. The museum will also screen Jonathan Horowitz's “Your Land/My Land: Election ’12”, an installation artwork including two TV monitors tuned to MSNBC and Fox News. There will also be a cash bar, and a highlight reel of political parodies on television in the courtyard. The function begins at 6 p.m. For more information, visit the event webpage.
Café del Rey
Westside voters can enjoy election-themed cocktails like the Barockin’ Bayonet, Not-So Radical Romney, and 270 at the Café del Rey. In addition to an Election Day viewing party from 4 p.m. to closing time, the restaurant will have happy hour all evening: $6 cocktails made special for the 2012 elections, and a free drink with a cocktail purchase for wearing your “I Voted” sticker. For directions and more information on the restaurant, visit Cafe del Rey's website.
Human Rights Campaign Election Watch Party
The Human Rights Campaign will cheer on President Obama at the Abbey in West Hollywood, with WeHo councilman John Duran leading the evening in a results play-by-play. The event is open to the public, and election results will be shown on the bar's big screens starting at 6 p.m. If you're interested in stopping by, RSVP at the event's Facebook page.
Election Night Viewing Party Concert
Skinny's Lounge in North Hollywood will host a viewing party and concert featuring several acts including MdlR, an acoustic folk band band who is just finishing up a swing-state tour. This 21+ party is free and starts at 8 p.m. Visit the event webpage for more information.
Swig the Vote on Sunset Boulevard
Rock and Reilly's bar in WeHo is encouraging voters to take the edge off after hitting the polls. Stop anytime on the 6th to enjoy a Mitt-Mosa, a Vodka on the Baracks, or an Unde-Cider, and stick around through the evening to watch live results coverage on 17 indoor and outdoor big screens. On the Sunset Strip, Pink Taco will have happy hour from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Split a Presidential Margarita with your friends while taking in the results. Visit the bars' websites for directions and menus.