It doesn’t matter how you vote – you can eat and drink liberally at these establishments during campaign season. Across the city, bars and restaurants are offering food and drink specials as President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney battle it out. At these haunts, all you’ll have to debate is which election-themed drink to order next.
Library Bar, Hudson Hotel
356 West 58th Street
New York, NY 10019
This boutique hotel will be offering election cocktail specials at the venue’s Library Bar. Specialty drinks include ‘The Tea Partier’ (made with rum, agave nectar, grapefruit bitters and lemon juice), ‘The Donkey’ (vodka, ginger beer and fresh ginger), and the ‘Mint Romney': Woodford Reserve bourbon, maple syrup, lime juice and soda. Cocktails are $16 each.
374 West 11th Street
New York, NY 10014
This West Side tiki-themed bar will add some island style to the campaign trail. The Rusty Knot is now serving an election-themed tequila cocktail, dubbed “the 47%.” If tequila’s not your style, try one of the bar’s famed ‘pickleback shots.’ Hungry? Try the pretzel dogs and fish po’boys.
845 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
This awe-inspiring, mature hot spot neighbors the United Nations – so it’s no surprise the top-shelf lounge caters to politically savvy clientele. The haunt, with its massive back-lit marble bar and brassy figures, draws a sophisticated crowd. The World Bar is now serving a specialty drink called “The Economic Stimulator” (Dark rum, apricot and peach liqueurs, and pomegranate juice) priced at $7.50.
259 Flatbush Avenue
While their normal happy hour ends at 8 p.m., this Latin American-inspired French restaurant in Prospect Heights will air the debate at the bar and extend Happy Hour so that $3 draft beers will be offered from 4 p.m. until the debate ends at 10:30 pm.
SideBAR or Village Pourhouse
120 E. 15th St. (At Irving Pl.)
64 3rd Avenue (At 11th Street)
These two bars, both known as post-grad hot spots, will be doing their part to pump up the youth vote. The sister locations will be taking sides in the battle for the presidency. SideBAR will be serving up $5.00 “Rum-ney” shots for Romney supporters, while the Village Pourhouse will be offering $5.00 “Barack O-Bombs” for fans of the president.