After gathering even a short list of Election Night events in New York, I'm wondering why I made plans to stay home.
• New Museum of Contemporary Art (235 Bowery): "On Election Night 2008 the New Museum hosts an evening of tequila, trivia, and live-stream coverage of the exit polls. Artist Eduardo Sarabia’s Salon Aleman project, including his sculpture Babylon Bar, and his limited-edition Tequila Sarabia will be imported to the Museum for a gathering of campaign camaraderie and fun-filled, trivia-distracted anticipation."
• Exit Art (475 Tenth Avenue): This arts venue's Election Night Party from 7PM - Midnight features a $10 Recession Special, three bands and performances by Exiteers and R. Luke DuBois. They are also advertising "POLITICAL MASKS! SCREEN PRINTING! AND SOUP!!"
• Storefront For Art and Architecture (97 Kenmare St): Election Night Sleepover at Storefront "will hold an all-night election vigil in the gallery with a large-screen CNN projection and special blog-reading stations." 6:00pm - 9:00pm
• Southern Hospitality (1460 Second Ave.): Justin Timberlake's BBQ place invites everyone over at 7 p.m. to watch returns with "$2 Donkey & Elephant Shots ALL NIGHT!!"
• Tribeca Grand Hotel (2 Ave of Americas bet. Walker & White): Election Night Gala presented by Stylerepublic.com, Army of Me, and Grand Life. 9:00 pm- 12 Midnight. DJs and drinks.
• HRC (Human Rights Campaign) of Greater New York is hosting an Election Night Watch Party at Therapy (348 W. 52nd St., between 8th and 9th Aves) from 7:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
• Bohemian Hall (2919 24th Ave, Astoria, NY 11102): 6:00 pm Election Day Bash
"Come watch the election results unfold with Bar specials and Free Admission. Ballot bashing begins in the bar promptly at 6:00pm and Comedyland will add some levity to the night with some humour starting in the Beer Cellar Restaurant at 9:00pm."
• Finally, my favorite new local venue, Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker), will show election returns on large screens beginning at 7 p.m. If I was down in the Village, that's the place I'd elect to go. Tee-hee.
Many bars, saloons, and watering holes have Election specials tonight, so the above list constitutes just a fraction of the possibilities.
Wherever you choose to watch returns, here's MSNBC's First Read post that provides an informed guide for what to look for as the night unfolds.
Image of the window of Gray's Papaya on Sixth Avenue by Walking off the Big Apple.