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November 04, 2008

Calling All Election Day Specials

Vote
Dixville Notch residents wait for the stoke of midnight to be the first voters for the nation's
presidential election in New Hampshire.

AP Photo

by Julia Bainbridge

Election day is here and American businesses are sharing whatever wealth they have left with fellow voters. Here's what you get if you hit the polls:

In New York
* Tonight, the New Museum will host an evening of tequila, trivia, and live-stream coverage of the exit polls.
* "Get out and vote! Come in and drink!" says Boqueria, the Spanish small plates joint in the Flatiron District. Go to the restaurant today with your "I Voted" sticker and receive a complimentary sangria.
* Sangria not enough for you? Our friends at TastingTable.com tell us: "Counter's Tonia Guffey prepares special election-themed cocktails ($12), including the Palin Whine Spritzer (white wine, soda, grenadine); the Maver-Ricky (gin, lime, soda); the Obama Mama (white and spiced rums, coconut milk, muddled blueberries); and the Joe the Plummer [sic], made from plum-infused vodka and lemonade. On election night, the restaurant will be screening results."
* In more drinking news, New York Magazine's Daily Intel reports "Where to Drink When You'll Need It the Most," a fabulously thorough list of bars for either drowning sorrows or celebrating change.

In Los Angeles (even if it's illegal):
* Eater gives you the skinny on where to munch your fears away in LA, including the Pink Taco. Free tequila shots; how patriotic.
* Causecast presents the "I Voted" party at Condé Nast Traveler Hot Lister, the Edison. Drink, dance, and watch election returns roll on in.
* "Drink the Vote" poolside at the Avalon hotel.

And nationwide:
* Omni Hotels across the country are coating their lobbies in red, white, and blue for election night, when they'll screen CNN and FOX News updates and serve presidential-themed dishes and drinks. Attendees can fill out another kind of ballot in the hopes of winning a free weekend stay in one of the hotels' Presidential Suites.
* Ben & Jerry's wants to celebrate democracy by giving you a free scoop of ice cream.
* Krispy Kreme is giving away star-shaped doughnuts.
* And, as always, Starbucks is doling out free 12-ounce coffees.

Just where will the candidates themselves boogie down after the tallies are...tallied?
* Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times reports: "Barack Obama will wind up a nearly two-year quest for the White House in Chicago, with an election night celebration--probably outdoors, maybe Grant Park--in the city where he lives and where his national campaign is headquartered."
* McCain will be at the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, AZ--maybe.

What election-day specials are happening in your hometowns? Let us know in comments.

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