Make America drink again! Your guide to election viewing parties around Brooklyn

I’m with beer: Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will need a drink after this election, and so will everyone watching it.
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It’s almost over!

The 2016 election season is finally hurtling towards its nail-biting conclusion, and you’re going to want a drink in your hand as you watch those final returns on Nov. 8, whether to celebrate your candidate’s victory, or console yourself in defeat. Every bar with a television will have it tuned to the results, but here are a few spots that are doing something extra:

Whiskey and caucus

The Fundamental Theater Project hosts the “Raucous Caucus Election Night Apocalypse” — an evening of music, comedy, poetry, and general chaos while the election results stream in live. Your ticket will get you one free drink, and an open mic portion of the night will let you express any feelings you need to get out.

Unit J (338 Moffat St. between Irving and Knickerbocker avenues in Bushwick, www.fundamentaltheaterproject.com). 8–11:30 pm. $10.

The Hole night

The comedy duo Talk Hole hosts “Election Night Live” at Kickstarter Headquarters. The evening will have contests and games to keep you going until the polls close. Snacks and speciality cocktails will be provided, while comedians Jacqueline Novak, Ana Fabrega, and more act as pundits.

Kickstarter (58 Kent St. between Franklin and West streets in Greenpoint, talkhole.tumblr.com). 6:30–11 pm. Free, but RSVP required.

Talk it out

Performance space Jack presents the “Election Night Watch Party (with Ike).” Democracy devotees can drink beer and wine and watch election returns on a big screen, while comedian and talk show host Ike Ufomadu jokes during the commercial breaks.

Jack (505 Waverly Ave. between Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue in Clinton Hill), www.jackny.org. 7–11 pm. $5.

A laughing matter

Political Subversities offers up “Election Night Live,” a show with comedians updating the audience on election returns between each set. The night will feature comedian Aparna Nancheria, hip-hop improv team North Coast, and musical comedy from Pop Roulette and Friends Who Folk.

Littlefield (622 Degraw St. between Third and Fourth avenues in Gowanus, www.littlefieldnyc.com). 7:30 pm. $15 (10 in advance).

Electoral improv

The election will get a soundtrack tonight at Brooklyn Bowl, where the Everyone Orchestra jam band will create a musical interpretation of the election returns in real time! The band includes members of the Disco Biscuits, Snarky Puppy, and Big Gigantic, and special guests are likely to stop by.

Brooklyn Bowl [61 Wythe Ave. between N. 11th and N. 12th streets in Williamsburg, (718) 963–3369, www.brooklynbowl.com]. 8 pm. $25 ($75 VIP).

Studies show

The Society for the Advancement of Social Studies hosts a “Presidential History and Election Night Party,” featuring presidential trivia games, a lecture about the origin of democracy, a look back at the vicious, mud-slinging presidential election of 1828, and live coverage of the night’s developments.

The Bedford’s back room (110 Bedford Ave. at N. 11th Street in Williamsburg, (718) 302–1180, getsaucedatsass.tumblr.com). 7 pm. Free.

Sip and screen

The Syndicated screening room and bar will be showing the election returns in its theater and in the bar, and offering drink specials all night to help fight your nerves.

Syndicated [40 Bogart St. between Thames and Grattan streets in Williamsburg, (718) 386–3399, www.syndicatedbk.com]. 7 pm. Free.

Vote Novack: Comedian Jacqueline Novack will join the lineup of funny folk at “Election Night Live,” the viewing party at Kickstarter headquarters in Greenpoint.
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The Videology bar and screening room will be decked out in red, white, and blue, with election coverage screening in the theater and at the bar, which will offer drink specials until the last vote is counted.

Videology [308 Bedford Ave. at S. First Street in Williamsburg, (718) 782–3468], www.videologybarandcinema.com. 6 pm–final results. Free.

Sticker shock

The Hinterlands Bar is no longer selling Yuengling, but it will give away a free pint tonight to anyone wearing an “I Voted” sticker. It will also be showing the returns on its new projection screen, and offering snacks to cushion all that drinking you’ll be doing.

Hinterlands [739 Church Ave. between E. Seventh and E. Eighth streets in Kensington, (718) 633–0550]. 6 pm–3 am. Free.

Mexican vote

The restaurant and bar Terra Firma will hold a viewing party all night, with special deals on tacos and Mexican beers. With each drink you buy, you can take a swipe at the Trump pinata!

Terra Firma (119 Ingraham St. between Porter and Knickerbocker avenues in Bushwick, (718) 366–4375 www.terrafirmanyc.com

Get together

Take a break from the partisan politics with “United States — An Election-Day Gameshow.” This drinking game and healing ritual will put politically opposed people onto teams, then have them compete to see how many things they can agree on!

Pete’s Candy Store [709 Lorimer St. at Richardson Street in Williamsburg, (718) 302–3770], www.petescandystore.com. 7 pm. Free.

Dem fellows

Join the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats to watch the returns at the Black Horse Pub in Park Slope.

Black Horse Pub (568 Fifth Ave. at 16th Street in Park Slope, (718) 788-1975, www.blackhorsebrooklyn.com). 7:30–11:30 pm. Free.

Ladies’ night

The groups Ladies Get Paid, A Woman’s Thing, and Yes, Equal, along with other female-focused organizations, will gather at Cantica Royal to cheer on Clinton.

Cantina Royal New York (58 N. Third St. between Kent and Wythe avenues in Williamsburg, cantinaroyal.com). 8 pm–midnight. Free.

A good keg

The Jewish volunteering group Repair the World hosts “Kegs with a Conscience” election returns viewing party tonight, with a keg of beer, snacks, and a welcome for anyone who stops by.

Repair the World (808 Nostrand Ave. between St. Johns and Lincoln places in Crown Heights. www.werepair.org). 7–11 pm. Free.

Desk job: Comedian and actor Ike Ufomadu will bring the jokes during breaks between the election coverage at Jack on Nov. 8.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

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