It has been a long two years leading up to the 2016 presidential election, but it's finally, mercifully, almost over. Regardless of who wins Tuesday, that's cause to celebrate, perhaps with a beer or a cocktail.
We've rounded up nine non-partisan election night watch parties happening in bars, breweries and restaurants across Tampa Bay. You can take advantage of food and drink specials and giveaways, and watch history in the making along with other election-weary Americans.
Mermaid Tavern, 6719 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa: The Seminole Heights tavern is invites you to "vote Camacho," as in Terry Crews' presidential character, Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho, from the cult classic Idiocracy. Oskar Blues is sponsoring the Vote Camacho! party and will be there with "thirst mutilating" beers on draft and free swag. The tavern will also serve special-treatment election-themed beer from Hidden Springs Ale Works, and is teasing "a special appearance from the future Prez himself," whatever that might mean.
O Cocina & Flights, 4110 Henderson Blvd., Tampa: "Make America Eat Tacos Again" is the theme for the Non-Party Election Party from 4:30 to 10 p.m. with live music. Wear your "I voted" sticker and get 10 percent off the entire bill. There will also be $3 margaritas and tacos.
New World Brewery, 1313 E 8th Ave., Tampa: The Ybor City bar and music venue invites guests to its Election Day Cookout to "join the boss as he breaks in New World's new grill while hopefully putting this election to rest. … Watch as the results come trickling in, enjoy a wiener or two."
Fodder & Shine, 5910 N Florida Ave., Tampa: Food and drink specials from 5 p.m. to midnight with the election results on TV as the restaurant celebrates its status as a "public house." Watch party attendees get their first beer or glass of wine free, from 6 p.m. until supplies run out.
Punky's Bar and Grill, 3063 Central Ave., St. Petersburg: The bar will be serving up special election-themed drinks while showing election coverage on the big screen. There will be drink specials on the patio, a Taco Twosday special and BOGO happy hour chips from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Queens Head, 2501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg: Watch the election returns on the big screen from 6 to 11 p.m. with food and drink specials.
Brew Bus Brewing, 4101 N Florida Ave. Tampa: From 7 to 11:30 p.m., the brewery will be showing the election results on TV and helping its watch party guests "begin the first steps of recovery" from the long election cycle with specials on items from its new food menu.
Tampa Beer Works, 333 Falkenburg Road N, Tampa: Show an "I voted" sticker and get your first pint free from 4 to 10 p.m. Election coverage will be on TV.
Palm Harbor House of Beer, 34970 U.S. 19, Palm Harbor: Wear an "I voted" sticker and get $1 off each Motorworks beer from 6 to 10 p.m. The festivities will include election night games with prizes, including beer glasses, coozies, pens and free brewery tours of Motorworks Brewing.