It’s almost over, everybody. Less than 24 hours stands between us and the end of the hellish nightmare that is this year’s presidential election. However, we know in order to survive the big night anyone in their right mind is going to need at least one (if not many) stiff drinks. That’s why we put together a list of all the places that will gladly serve you something strong. Because we can all agree, that no matter who you’re voting for, a shot of whiskey might make the results a bit easier to swallow.

Best Dives & Hideaways

Vesper Lounge 10920251_638537206257028_7390691762899348070_o

Where: 233 E 7th Ave., Denver

 Neighborhood: Capitol Hill/ Governors Park

Can You Watch the Election?: What election?

What You Should Be Drinking: The Gov’s Park hideout serves up some strong kegged cocktails ($6) that are best consumed in dimly lit room with a basket of their Mediterranean spiced fries. According to their barmen, The Vesper ($7) made with London Dry Gin, Skyy Vodka & Lillet Blanc Infused with Lemon Peel and Grains of Paradise 7 is so stiff you might mistake it for one of Hillary’s pantsuits.

715 Club

715 Club. Photo by Lucy Beaugard

715 Club. Photo by Lucy Beaugard

Where:  715 E 26th Ave., Denver

Neighborhood: Five Points

Can You Watch the Election?: Yes, that’s why you need a drink.

What You Should Be Drinking: The recently resurrected 715 Club in Five Points is keeping it simple with the classic combo of a shot and beer for only $6. You can mix and match it with either Jameson or Jim Beam with a High Life or Coors Banquet or make it a bad hombre and do it up with Tecate and a shot of Espolon tequila. 

*The deal is also good at its sister bars, The Squire and Matchbox. All three bars will also screen election coverage.

 

Prohibition

Prohibition. Photo by Glenn Ross

Prohibition. Photo by Glenn Ross

Where: 504 E Colfax Ave., Denver

Neighborhood: Capitol Hill

Can You Watch the Election?: Yes, that’s why you need a drink.

What You Should Be Drinking: Colfax gem, Prohibition, will keep its Happy Hour going until 7 p.m. tonight so you can get a drink special if you vote early. But even if you get there after polls close, Prohibition won’t shaft you like NAFTA since you can still enjoy $3 PBRs and $4 Jamesons all night long.

The Occidental

Occidental. Photo by Kyle Cooper

Occidental. Photo by Kyle Cooper

Where:  1950 W 32nd Ave., Denver

Neighborhood: LoHi

Can You Watch the Election?: Yes, that’s why you need a drink.

What You Should Be Drinking: Although located next door to one of the poshest bars in Denver, William & Graham’s sister location, the Occidental, is any but pretentious.  Rather this dive-bar-in-the-making is all about excellent service and even better drinks. Try out the Gooch ($9) made with rye, Applejack and amaro. It’s the go-to for owner and world famous bartender Sean Kenyon and is said to be such a mean drink, you might think it came straight from Trump’s Twitter.

 

Horseshoe Lounge

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Horseshoe Lounge. Photography by Romeo Fernandez

Where: 414 E 20th Ave., Denver

Neighborhood: Uptown

Can You Watch the Election?: Yes, that’s why you need a drink.

What You Should Be Drinking: Cozy Uptown dive, The Horseshoe Lounge, is a good spot to post up for the night and wait out the impending apocalypse. They’ll have happy hour starting at 7 p.m. until close with $1 off draft beers and shots of Wild Turkey for only $4.

Hi-Dive

Photo by Brittany Werges

Photo by Brittany Werges

Where: 7 S Broadway, Denver

Neighborhood: South Broadway/Baker

Can You Watch the Election?:  Yes, that’s why you need a drink.

What You Should Be Drinking: Baker’s Hi-Dive might be known as a great place to see live underground music, but during its off hours as a venue it’s also a solid spot for a potent drink. Specials run until an hour after polls close with $2 Extra Gold, $2 PBR, Wells $3 so you can wash down that feeling of voter’s remorse with something strong.

The Way Back

Photo by Brittany Werges

Photo by Brittany Werges

Where: 4132 W 38th Ave., Denver

Neighborhood: Highland/ Berkeley 

Can You Watch the Election?: What election?

What You Should Be Drinking: If you’re looking to escape all traces of the election madness, head to The Way Back where bartender Chad Michael George is vowing to keep it politics free. And while he won’t fight with you on who you’re voting for, he’ll knock you out with their Knob Creek Old Fashioneds ($11) made with their own barrel of whiskey they hand-selected. 

Fort Greene

Photo courtesy of Fort Greene on Facebook.

Photo courtesy of Fort Greene on Facebook.

Where:  321 E 45th Ave., Denver

Neighborhood: Globeville

Can You Watch the Election?: What election?

What You Should Be Drinking: Hidden at the edges of Denver, Fort Greene is refuge for any type of drinker (regardless of religion). Serving up $5 Manhattans, they’ll play soul music all night long so you can remember better times including when Obama sang Al Green *swoon*

 Nocturne Jazz and Supper Club

Nocturne Jazz & Supper Club

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Where: 1330 27th St., Denver

Neighborhood: RiNo

Can You Watch the Election?: What election?

What You Should Be Drinking: Nocturne Jazz and Supper Club is doing its best to allow you to let loose on election night with live jazz from the Adam Bodine Trio and 50 percent off champagne. So whether you’re in the mood for bubbly at the end of the night or not, Nocturne is going to let the corks fly like insults at a Trump rally.

Ste. Ellie

Ste. Ellie, photo by Roman Tafoya

Ste. Ellie, photo by Roman Tafoya

Where: 1553 Platte St., Denver

Neighborhood: LoHi/ Riverfront 

Can You Watch the Election?: What election?

What You Should Be Drinking: Located underground, the subterranean Ste. Ellie is a perfect hangout where you can go and forget what day it is. With no TV in sight, you’re likely to let go of all of your election woes while barman Kevin Burke pours you a $6 classic as calculated as Hillary Clinton trying to make a human connection.

 

Free Booze

The Source

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The Source. Photo By Roman Tafoya

Where: 3350 Brighton Blvd., Denver

Neighborhood: RiNo

Can You Watch the Election?Yes, that’s why you need a drink.

What You Should Be Drinking: Voters, you’re in luck! The Source, along with the four bars below are awarding you for fulfilling your civic duty. From 5 to 7 p.m. The Source is providing one free cocktail at Acorn, Comida, or RiNo Yacht Club on Election Day.  Just make sure to walk in with an  “I Voted” or show them a “selfie” with your sealed ballot to take advantage of the deal. The election will be projected on their big screen and you’re encouraged to dress up as your preferred politician. There will even be a costume contest, so you better get started on perfecting that comb over or picking out the perfect white suit.

Bar Fausto

Photo courtesy of Bar Fausto

Photo courtesy of Bar Fausto

Where: 3126 Larimer St., Denver

Neighborhood: RiNo

Can You Watch the Election?: What election?

What You Should Be Drinking: RiNo’s Bar Fausto might be Italian themed, but tonight it’s going all-out American with shots on the house for anyone that has an “I Voted” sticker. They even have Dad beers ($3-7) that’ll help you chase your free shot like it’s a million dollar loan.

Ratio Beerworks

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Photo courtesy of Ratio Beerworks.

Where: 2920 Larimer St., Denver

Neighborhood: RiNo

Can You Watch the Election?: Yes, that’s why you need a drink.

What You Should Be Drinking: Unlike other bars and breweries, Ratio isn’t asking you to prove you voted. Rather they are offering up “I Drank at Ratio” stickers and a free pint with the purchase of a growler fill to remind you what’s really important—beer.

Illegal Pete’s

Photo by Kim Baker

Photo by Kim Baker

Where: 2001 E Colfax Ave., Denver

Neighborhood: East Colfax/ City Park West

Can You Watch the Election?: Yes, that’s why you need a drink.

What You Should Be Drinking: Illegal Pete’s is embracing the election night insanity and doing what they do best by throwing a party complete with Hillary look-alikes and free jello shots to anyone with an “I Voted” sticker.

Great Divide Barrel Bar

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Where:  1812 35th St., Denver

Neighborhood: RiNo

Can You Watch the Election?: What election?

What You Should Be Drinking: If it’s your first time voting in a presidential election, Great Divide wants to congratulate you on doing what you should have done years ago with a free beer with an “I Voted” sticker. We bet it’ll even taste better than usual knowing you adulted your best today.

 Author’s Note: The author of this story is in a relationship with an employee at Ratio Beerworks.

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