After months of non-stop news, speculation, and the angst that comes with it, voting day is finally here. We don’t know yet who will be the next president, but we do have some suggestions on what to do while waiting for election-night results. Whether you want to cheer along as each swing state is called, have some laughs at an election-themed comedy show, or dance the night away, here is a compilation of some events to consider attending in the Boston area.
If you seek comic relief:
ImprovBoston: Take a breather from the Election Day by getting involved at ImprovBoston’s Election Show, where comedians improvise a presidential campaign, complete with attack ad slogans, and more. Audience members get a chance to participate by voting for a fictional president.
Time: 8 p.m.
Ticket prices: $18, $14 with student identification
Address: 40 Prospect Street, Cambridge
If you need a cocktail:
75 on Liberty Wharf: What better way is there to celebrate election night than with a cocktail in hand? Head to this new spot in the seaport and enjoy the American Choice cocktail, which is layered red, white, and blue using grenadine, raspberry vodka, sour mix, and blue curacao-- all with a cherry on top.
Address: 220 Northern Ave, Boston
Towne: Ease the night’s anticipation with election-themed drinks, such as the Political Punch or the Swing State Spritzer. Free small bites will be available.
Time: 7-11 p.m.
Address: 900 Boylston Street, Boston
Other highlights: Attend a watch party at North Star in the North End or discuss the incoming results with young professionals at Post 390 in the Back Bay. Across the river? Head to Naga Cambridge for a viewing party.
If you want a history lesson:
“44 Plays for 44 Presidents”: Because this will be a historic day no matter what the results (hey, it happens only once every four years), catch this play, which gives a quick portrait of every American president. What better way is there to observe Election Day?
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Address: Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street, Boston
If you want election-inspired cuisine:
Upstairs on the Square: Along with a festive menu, this Cambridge restaurant is offering a special menu called “Binders full of women,” which includes a glass of wine from the restaurants wine binder (clever, right?) with a side of fries and housemade ketchup.
Address: 91 Winthrop Street, Cambridge
Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake: Want to fuel up before a long night of election results? The Rattlesnake in the Back Bay is offering a menu from south of the border, with "Nachobamas" and "Mitt’s Binder Full o’ Fajitas."
Address: 384 Boylston Street, Boston
Another highlight: Head to Strega Waterfront for blue and red stuffed cannolis.
If you want to dance away the night:
Rumor: It’s been a long election cycle, hasn’t it? Celebrate its last hours by dancing with special guest DJs for the occasion.
What are you plans for the night of the election? Hosting a party? Attending one? Staying in? Let us know.
Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.
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Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.
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