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November 4, 2008

Top 10 Places to Celebrate Your Candidate's Victory...


...or mourn his loss.

This was a tricky one. Since we don't know who will win, I have to offer a few places where Republicans will feel comfortable and a few for Democrats.

I've also thrown in several restaurant/bars with no obvious political affiliations because once someone has won we'll all be in this together.

And then there are a some election night specials included for good measure.

Thanks to readers and fellow blogger and all-round good guy Midnight Sun Sam for their suggestions.

Feel free to tell us about any other special events you've heard about by posting below.

Here's my list: ...

* Chick & Ruths Delly in Annapolis. Any place where the Pledge of Allegiance has been recited every morning since 1989 seems like a good place to celebrate a political victory. Plus, the sandwiches are politically themed.

* The newly renovated Corks in Federal Hill has a warm, cozy, beautiful copper-topped bar where you can celebrate your candidate's win or mourn his loss and enjoy the new cheese-centric menu.

* Germano's in Little Italy has a half-price menu today and tomorrow for anyone who voted for Obama and the Democratic candidates. They'll take your word for it because "Democrats don't lie."

* Iggies in Mount Vernon has been selling "Iggies/Obama memorabilia," and they have good pizza. But you have to BYOB.

* The newly reopened Metropolitan in Federal Hill is offering three election night entrees for $13 each: a 14-ounce T-bone steak with mashed potatoes and green beans, seafood linguine in Cajun cream sauce, and honey-glazed chipotle chicken with wild rice and asparagus.

* Morton's The Steakhouse in Baltimore and Annapolis will be opening their private "boardrooms" for viewing the election results. The election night prix fixe menu is $52.95 a person, and there are election cocktails: the Republicantini, the Democratini, and the Undecided-tini. 

* Ropewalk in Federal Hill has photos of Reagan and Ollie North over the bar. Republicans will be embraced there, and Democrats can go to gloat if their candidate wins.

* Salt in East Baltimore isn't doing anything special for the election, but the TV will be on in the bar, and the food is good enough to console you if your candidate is a loser, or be worthy of the celebration if he's a winner.

* Teavolve in Harbor East is having a Watch Party tonight with a large screen TV. The kitchen will be open till 11 p.m. The Obama Bellini and McCain Margarita are two of the drink specials.

* I didn't pick the Tusk Lounge in Mount Vernon for any political affiliation, but for the beautiful space and the upscale bar food. Still, the name is certainly appropriate.

And a couple of bonus suggestions, although no food is involved:

The Windup Space in Station North is offering $1 off drinks tonight for anyone with an "I voted" sticker. You can watch the results on its large projection screen.

Tell Starbucks you voted, and you'll get a free cup of coffee today.

(Glenn Fawcett/Sun photographer)


Posted by Elizabeth Large at 4:30 AM | | Comments (18)
Categories: Top Ten Tuesdays


I know it's a chain, but California Tortilla has Obama and McCain themed burritos. The Obama burrito was quite good, especially if you like jalapenos.

The Hampden Republican Club is having a John McCain - Sarah Palin Victory Party at 3535 Chestnut Ave Baltimore MD 21211

Breaking news -- The Starbucks offer of a free coffee to voters has been deemed illegal. The chain can however offer free cups of coffee to anyone who asks. Story here:

Bring in your "I voted" sticker into your local Chick-Fil-A on Tuesday, and get a free chicken sandwich.

Election Day a free taco coupon. Just come in to California Tortilla on Election Day a cashier will give a coupon to anyone of voting age who comes in wearing an I VOTED sticker.

Krispy Kreme is giving out free donuts to voters- Show your "I Voted Sticker"

Don't forget free Ice Cream Cone at Ben & Jerry's by showing "I Voted Sticker"

Salt? Shameless plug for nothing lol!

Dizzy's in Remington usually has three different news channels on in the bar during happy hour, and lively, non-antagonistic discussions, mostly of city and state politics, as befits its status as a neighborhood place. Plus, good, cheap food and drinks.

Don't Know Tavern has 1/2 off lunch today til 4pm if you show the bartender that you voted today as well as 2 for 1 for your first round of drinks.

Bring in your "I voted" sticker into your local Chick-Fil-A on Tuesday, and get a free chicken sandwich

I stopped into Chick-fil-A at lunch and there were signs up saying that the free chicken sandwich for voting was an internet rumor and untrue...just thought I'd relay the info.

Grrr! My precinct didn't have stickers this morning (or else they were well hidden), and I'm feeling bereft. It's funny, how I feel like I'm not a member of a community out there of sticker wearers, even though I did vote.

At least the woman at Starbucks gave me a free cup when I crossed my heart that I had, in fact, voted first thing this morning.

I went to Chik-fil-a today hoping for a free sandwich, but not such luck. It's location specific. Stay away from Arundel mills unless you've got cash in your pocket today.

Benand Jerrys said you could just tell them you voted, I imagine its the same for most.

I normally avoid the "I voted" stickers, because I think they are tacky. Today, though, the woman practically tackled me, and wouldn't let me go until I put it on. She said something about free soda, but I just wanted out.

The cashier at Aldi's was a sweetheart, asking if I'd voted and trading line horror stories (this year, no line at all).

I made sure to wear my "I voted" sticker at work. I was an hour late, and I couldn't have anyone think I overslept due to watching Monday Night Football.

Where I voted, the county decided that they wouldn't do the "I voted" stickers. But a local radio station had guys dressed up like 1776 patriots handing them out outside the polling place. Which for me, was a La Quinta Inn conference room.

Here in FL, they are a lot more sticklers for the election process, probably because of the heat they faced in 2000.

Lissa, I was out of the polls and half way home when I realized that I never got my voting sticker! I never even saw one. I didn't need it for anything free, just thought it was weird that no one tried to tackle me with one, but they were all too busy I suppose, what with all that voting and stuff!

Ah, Aldi's! The home of cheap milk and those tasty frozen talapia filets. We visit frequently. This week they had those tiny bay scallops that are so nice with a mild cream sauce and pasta or rice.

I forget where, but another commenter posted a link to a story where it is against federal law to offer anything free for voting. So Starbucks had to give away a free coffee to anyone who had asked for one. All of the other places are violating the law should they give away free stuff for proof that you voted.

Probably why the Chik-Fil-A had that sign posted.

They'll take your word for it because "Democrats don't lie."
People LIE on both sides!
Don't kid youself!

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