Once you’ve done your civic duty and voted this Tuesday, you’re going to want to find a good place to settle in and watch the election returns—a spot where you can celebrate and lift a glass if things are going well and commiserate if the vote tallies aren’t indicating the results you were hoping for, no matter what side of the aisle you're on.
We can’t tell you where to go, but we can show you the options, and that’s just what we’ve done with this list of the various election night watch parties that we’ve compiled:
Red Neck Country Club
The Harris County GOP is having its usual election night party at the Red Neck Country Club in Stafford. It’s a bit of a drive, but if you brave the traffic there’ll be beer and food and big screens set up so you can take in the election results with your fellow Republicans.
Starting at 7 p.m. at the Redneck Country Club, 11110 W Airport Blvd, Stafford, TX 77477. More info at harriscountygop.com.
Chapman & Kirby
The Harris County Democratic Party is hosting its election night watch party at the high-end EaDo event space. Democratic candidates, organizations and clubs will all be in attendance to speak with voters and viewers alike. And if you’ve got a yearn to help get out the vote some more as Election Day winds down, there will be phone-banking opportunities for those who show up early.
Starting at 6 p.m. Chapman & Kirby, 2118 Lamar St. Tickets and more info through HCDP.
Crown Plaza Houston
The event, hosted by Beto for Greater Houston, promises live music, a full program, and plenty of refreshments for those who want to turn out and show their support for the skateboard-riding, Whataburger-eating El Paso Congressman. Considering the crowds O’Rourke has been drawing in Houston and around the state (and the sheer amount of Beto signs posted in yards across the city), this should be a busy party, one that will get even more busy if it starts looking like O’Rourke will actually win.
Starting at 7 p.m. Crown Plaza Houston, 8686 Kirby Drive. More info at Beto for Greater Houston’s Facebook page.
The Midtown beer garden quickly became a favorite destination for progressive organizations when it opened back in 2015 and it quickly became the place to go if you wanted the chance to take in a presidential debate or, you know, wait for the election returns. That’s still true and those who show up at Axelrad on Tuesday evening will have a great outdoor space to watch the results come in. Axelrad will be projecting the election coverage on the wall-sized projector screen mounted alongside the picnic tables while sipping on some of the best beer on tap in Houston. Just plan on arriving early if you want to score one of the bar’s hammocks.
Starting at 6 p.m. Axelrad, 1517 Alabama St. More info at Axelrad’s Facebook page.
The Austin Lounge Lizards will be in the house embodying their unofficial motto, “Keep Austin Weird,” and shepherding attendees through the election night shindig with their usual satirical play on subjects like politics, religion, romance, and themselves. The event should deliver up the group’s unquenchable thirst for the absurd, with the Lizards’ doubling down on their special blend of eclectic music and “extreme entertainment,” according to the Mucky Duck website, all performed with a decided electoral slant. We’re betting this one will lean toward the Dems, but the odds seem good that if you’re of the Beto-supporting persuasion you’ll be laughing it up at this particular watch party as the results roll in no matter which way the tide ultimately turns for the midterms.
Starting at 7 p.m., McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk St. Tickets and more info at mcgonigels.com
Not one but two county-wide elected officials will be among those in the crowd on Tuesday at El Tiempo, the East End favorite that also became a GOP fave after a kerfluffle over U.S. Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions swinging by the place earlier this year. Harris County District Clerk Chris Daniel and Harris County Treasurer Orlando Sanchez, both Republicans, will be on hand to welcome and hang out with volunteers, friends, family and supporters as they wait to see if voters are going to give both incumbents another term in office. (The odds are high that voters will do just that.) Plus, you’ll be able to take in the election results while enjoying El Tiempo’s margs and the restaurant’s other signature fair, just like Sessions did.
Starting at 7 p.m. El Tiempo Cantina, 2814 Navigation Blvd. More info at the Re-Elect Chris Daniel for Harris County District Clerk Facebook page.
The Houston GLBT Caucus is welcoming all Houstonians to JR’s, where you can chill out and take in the voting results as they’re announced. Drink specials include $1 wells and domestic beer with other refreshments served.
Starting at 5 p.m. JR’s, 808 Pacific St. More info at the Houston GLBT Political Caucus Facebook page.
For those more interested in talking shop and critiquing the moves made by both of the main U.S. political parties, the Harris County Libertarian Party is offering the chance to come out and discuss the election results as they come in and 2018 campaign season in general.
Starting at 7 p.m. Beck’s Prime, 1001 E Memorial Loop. More info at the Harris County Libertarian Party’s Facebook page.
Houston Marriott South Hobby Airport
Hoping to become the first Latina elected to U.S. Congress from the State of Texas, longtime state Rep. Sylvia Garcia, who resigned her seat with some controversy earlier this year and will be replacing fellow Democrat Rep. Gene Green if she wins on Tuesday night, will be welcoming volunteers and activists for a night that may include some history in the making. The event is hosted by Sylvia for Congress.
Starting at 7 p.m. Houston Marriott South Hobby Airport, 9100 Gulf Freeway. More info at Sylvia R. Garcia’s Facebook page.
The Krist Law Firm
Democrats are invited to come watch the returns with Dem candidates Dayna Steele, the famed local radio DJ running for the U.S. House of Representatives in District 36, Adrian Garcia, the former Harris County Sheriff now hoping to become Precinct 2 County Commissioner, Alex Karjeker, running for the state House to represent District 129, and Scott Dollinger, running to be a judge of the 189th Civil District Court in Harris County. Food will be provided and there’s even a sign up for those in attendance to BYO-desserts and beverages for the gathering.
Starting at 7 p.m. at the Krist Law Firm, P.C., 17100 El Camino Real. More info at the Krist Law Firm’s Facebook page.
Green Mill Social Club
Promising drinks and a bipartisan experience, a rarity in this day and age, the Pearland-Manvel-Fresno area Nupes, the hosts of this event, are hoping to bring those in the advocacy community together with people who want to talk politics, but don’t want to join in on a candidate’s party. Bonus: entrance is free if you show your "I Voted" sticker.
Starting at 5:30 p.m. Green Mill Social Club, 630 South Sam Houston Parkway West. Tickets and more info at eventbrite.com.
East End Event Center
Hosted by State Rep. Mary Ann Perez, an incumbent Democrat up for re-election to continue representing House District 144, this shindig will give supporters the chance to meet Perez herself as they all gather together to take in some refreshments and see how the results unfold.
Starting at 7 p.m. East End Event Center, 7400 Dahlia St. More info on the official Perez Facebook page.
The Civic Engagement Committee of the Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals is inviting fellow young professionals to the Washington hangout for election night with $2 tacos, a 4 to 8 p.m. happy hour and drink specials for Texas beer. It won’t get you anything free, but you’re promised cool points for wearing your “I Voted” sticker.
Starting at 6:30 p.m. Revolver Houston, 6502 Washington Ave. Tickets and more info at Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals on Facebook.