Presidential Election

The presidential debates have already provided us with a wealth of material to drink to—here’s to our crumbling economy and Joe the Plumber! A hotspot for each TV showdown between John McCain and Barack Obama, Spitfire has seen patrons arrive an hour early to find seating. “It gets pretty fucking crazy in here,” bartender Darrius Washington notes. “People start yelling like they’re watching a game.” With drink specials like the Joe Biden and the Shady Lady—“grapefruit juice, Midori sour, tequila, and cherries . . . it’s disgusting and nobody orders it”—the staff are just as vocal. Keep in mind: You may need to double-fist your drinks to avoid spending too much time in line, since Spitfire expects at least 700 people to show up. And if the current national polls are correct, everyone gets lucky tonight. ERIKA HOBART Spitfire, 2219 Fourth Ave, 441-7966, 21 and over. Happy hour begins at 4 p.m.

Wanna get your drink on elsewhere? The following are SW staff-endorsed watering holes, with rolling hours and no cover charge unless otherwise noted:

Elephant & Castle (1415 Fifth Ave.) Because there are lots of TVs and no one’s ever there. I don’t like to battle for drinks or seats. —Mike Seely

Nectar (412 N. 36th St.) A dance party with live music, dartboards of both candidates, happy hour specials all night long—but only with proof you voted. —Sara Brickner

Neumos (925 E. Pike St.): You usually come here to rock, but tonight the joint will be transformed into a Return-o-Rama with a 12-foot-tall projection TV in the main room, 52-inch screens on the mezzanine, and more viewing/drinking options next door at Moe Bar. Sponsored by People for Chris Gregoire. 5 p.m. onward. —Aimee Curl

Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave.) From 8 p.m. onward (tickets are $10 for this NWFF–Strawberry Theatre Workshop fundraiser), both cinemas will carry the TV results live; MJ Sieber will be spinning hits in the lobby with regular NPR bulletins. Plus wine and beer at this 21+ event. —Brian Miller

Not a Number Cards and Gifts (1905 N. 45th St.) Wallingford’s wacky political gift shop invites visitors to shoot Nerf guns at televised candidates and election results not to their liking. Wine and crackers, as well as a game of “Pin Palin on the Donkey,” will be available. —Erinn Unger

Skylark (3803 Delridge Way S.W.) Projection-screen coverage of vote results, 2008 campaign trivia, and PBR and wine specials. Great for West Seattleites who want to avoid driving over the bridge. —Laura Onstot

Town Hall (1119 Eighth Ave.) A panel of political columnists and consultants will include former SW editor-in-chief Knute Berger (now with, the Times’ Joni Balter, and KVI’s John Carlson. Plus there’ll be an election-style confessional and political trivia. 5:30 p.m. Free, but register at —Erinn Unger

Victrola Coffee (411 15th Ave. E.) To celebrate its new liquor license, beer and wine are $1 off while you watch the big-screen TV. 7 p.m. —Suzie Rugh

Volunteer Park Cafe (501 17th Ave. E.) Chef Ericka Burke is cooking up a family-style Italian dinner with election results on an enormous projection-screen TV. $25 (kids $10). RSVP required: 328-3155. 5:30 p.m. —Suzie Rugh

The War Room (722 E. Pike St.) Cherry Canoe hosts. JD and Red Bull cocktails for only $4. Big screen TVs. Plus free Caffé Vita coffee and Molly Moon ice cream! 5 p.m. onward. —Mike Seely

Tue., Nov. 4, 2008

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