9 Ways To Cope With Election Night In Memphis
Whatever your political leanings, this year’s Presidential election has been…stressful. “Dumpster fire” might be a better description, but I’m trying to keep things sort of positive.
If you are looking for ways to cope with the stress of Election Night aka Tuesday, November 8, 2016, here are some ideas, including charity events, parties, and other things you can do if you don’t want to Get Blackout Drunk And Cry.*
Also, today (November 3, 2016) is the last day for early voting. I can’t stress how important it is for Memphis to get out and vote this year! Even if you’re not into the Presidential candidates, there are several local races and resolutions that are up for a vote. Just do it.
1. Election Week Photo Booth, Memphis College of Art, Nov. 3rd – 9th, 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., all ages
MCA will host a giant photo booth during election week for the public. Expect a huge American flag plus props inspired by the voting process and American history. Post your pictures on social media with the hashtags #Election2016 and #artofthevote.
2. Downtown Dining Week, Downtown Restaurants, Tuesday evening, $20.16, all ages
Relax with some dinner instead of watching America burn!** November 7-13 is Downtown Dining Week at a few dozen participating restaurants who will offer $20.16 dinner specials and more. Check out the list and menus here and definitely be sure to make reservations.
3. Vote To #EndAlz Election Night Watch Party, High Cotton Brewing Taproom, Tuesday, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., $10 donation, all ages
Turn this wacky election into something positive by supporting the Alzheimer’s Association while you watch ballot results roll in. Your $10 donation includes your first beer (kids 10 and under can attend for free) and beers after that will be discounted. There will be info on the Alzheimer’s Association presented and a silent auction, too.
4. Peabody Corner Bar Specials, Peabody Hotel, Tuesday, 7 p.m. to close, $10 per cocktail, 21 and up
The Peabody has specials on election-themed drinks for Tuesday night: Air Force One, Twitter Storm, and Contingency Plan. Booze + wordplay sounds like a great recipe for dealing with Election Night.
5. Don’t Be Afraid Of The Presidential Election Comedy Show, Hi Tone Cafe, Tuesday, doors at 7:30 p.m., PWYC, 21 and up
Here’s another way to combine humor and charity to make a depressing election better: comedian Josh McLane hosts about 15 comics at the Hi-Tone and half of the door proceeds go to the Mid-South Peace & Justice Center. They’ll have the CNN results on screen.
7. Election Night Madness Party, Schweinehaus, Tuesday 3 p.m. – Wednesday 2 a.m., free to enter, all ages
Schweinehaus will host an election watch party, if you want some tasty food and brews while you watch the results (sound will be on). They’ll have some games and such, too.
8. Election Night Victory Party (Cohen/Hillary), Rec Room, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. – midnight, free to enter, all ages
If you lean Democratic, you may be interested in the watch/victory party hosted by Congressman Steve Cohen + Democratic Women of Shelby County + Memphis For Hillary offices. They’ll have light refreshments and drink specials at the bar.
9. America Trivia & Election Watch Party, Mellow Mushroom (5138 Park Ave.), Tuesday, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., free to attend, all ages
Play America-themed trivia with Cerrito Trivia while you watch the election results with the TV sound on. Mellow Mushroom will have $3 – $4 high gravity pints. They’ll have an “I Voted” sticker contest, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and Best Team Name prizes. There is limited space and you need to RSVP for team.
*I don’t recommend getting blackout drunk. Always drink in moderation. Thanks to reader Nate A. for pointing out that particular tongue-in-cheek suggestion.
** Just a little humor, folks. This is no political blog. I just want y’all to know what’s going on during Election Night.
Have any more ideas or places hosting watch parties? I’ve reached out to several political organizations asking them, but haven’t heard back yet. If you know anything, add it in the comments and/or on the blog’s calendar.