Gear Up For Election 2016 At These Bars

With Election Day a little more than two months away, here are some star-spangled specials

The first presidential debate isn’t until late September, and there’s one way to cool off during this heated political season: drink.

As election season gets into full swing, expect this list to be updated with details on viewing parties with food and drink specials, visits from the Washington Nationals’ Abraham Lincoln mascot, giveaways and other live entertainment. Last month a bevy of bars had specials during convention speeches.

Lincoln/Teddy & the Bully Bar

1110 Vermont Ave. NW / 1200 19th St. NW

The deal: PRG Hospitality’s two patriotic-themed spots launched a cocktail poll to predict the next president based on sales of two cocktails: The Trump Tower (a summer twist on the Negroni) and Hillary’s Inbox (with Absolut Elyx and lime juice). Both restaurants will keep score of the cocktails sold on the blackboard at the bar through General Election Day on Nov. 8. Daily after 4 p.m., $11 a pop.

Bourbon Steak at Four Seasons Hotel

2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

The deal: Drink, sleep, and eat like a president with the chance to win dinner and stay in a Presidential Suite. Starting Oct. 8, order one of the four specialty Presidential Cocktails below and toss a ballot into a “Democratic” or the “Republican” full-size whiskey barrel at the end of the bar ($5 of each $25 cocktail will be donated to Rock-the-Vote). After Nov. 8, the drawn winner will get a dinner for two and night in the exclusive suite next summer.


The Fairmont

2401 M St. NW

The deal: This month the Georgetown hotel launched an unofficial “Presidential Cocktail Poll” to predict results, with the number of blue and red cocktails sold tallied weekly and posted in the lobby and on social media. Pick your poison: The DemocratBlue Curacao or the The Republican Chambord, priced $14 each in The Lobby bar and Loggia Lounge, open 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Ottoman Taverna

425 I St. NW

The deal: The Turkish restaurant has two politically-themed cocktails. The Pantsuit, with vodka and peppermint shrub, represents Hillary Clinton, while The Side Sweep, with gin, basil, and blue raki, represents Donald Trump. The drinks ($14) are available starting September 6, and the restaurant will poll to see which is ordered more. They’re also planning to do Turkish coffee readings to predict diners’ futures.

The Grill Room

1050 31st St. NW

The deal: The Grill Room is offering “Red Plate” and “Blue Plate” specials beginning Sept. 6 in conjunction with the election. Diners can choose one along with a wine or dessert for $28. The dishes hail either from traditionally Republican or Democratic states (no purple plates). There are themed cocktails, too.

The Renaissance Dupont

1143 New Hampshire Ave.

The deal: The hotel has complimentary blue and red-themed punches in the lobby, as well as themed cocktails and several sessions of “Debate Bingo” scheduled on debate days.

ENO Wine Bar

2810 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

The deal: From now until Inauguration Day, cast a vote with the wine bar’s Clinton vs. Trump Wine Flights. Each $20 flight will include a lineup from locations significant to each nominee, like ones from New York where Clinton was senator. For each flight ordered, patrons will be entered to win a gift certificate to ENO for four people.