We’re just days away from finding out who will be the next U.S. president (assuming, that is, there’s no repeat of the disputed 2000 election).
It’s been one of the most acrimonious and divisive campaigns in living memory, and when results come in Tuesday, November 8, there’s no doubt it will be a charged atmosphere.
Of course, we’ll be broadcasting live all night, and bringing you the latest results on CKNW.com, but if you’re looking for somewhere public to park your laptop (and tablet, and mobile phone) or just have a shoulder to cry on you might want to head out into the city to catch some election buzz.
So where should you go to soak in all that that energy?
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
This one is about as big as it gets, complete with foreign dignitaries, government officials, and members of the business community.
The $150 event is hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada (AMCHAM).
CKNW will be live on site broadcasting, and the event will feature:
- Live on-site news coverage from local television news broadcast stations
- News coverage viewing stations from all major U.S. networks
- Commentary from AmCham’s Race for the White House panelists
- Unofficial Ballot Box for your U.S. presidential vote
- President-elect voters prize draw
- American fare food stations
- Dixieland Jazz band
The event runs from 4-9 p.m., and you’ll need to get tickets in advance.
900 W Georgia St., Vancouver.
Rogue Kitchen and Wetbar
Another official event, “A Blue Celebration” is put on by Democrats Abroad Vancouver, though anyone is welcome.
Anyone with a ticket, that is – meaning you’ll have to beg, borrow, or steal one since it’s officially sold out.
You may be able to snag one on their Facebook page where people have been posting in a bid to pick up tickets.
Sure to be one of the most charged atmospheres in town.
The event runs from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
601 West Cordova Street
The Rio Theatre
Want to watch history being made on the big screen?
East Vancouver’s Rio Theatre is screening the event. They’re licensed, which is a good thing since you may find yourself needing a drink.
The event is free, but you’ll need to be 19+ and have ID for bar service and main floor seating. Minors will be allowed in the balcony.
Doors open at 9 p.m.
1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
Steamworks Pub at the mouth of Gastown has been a regular hangout of U.S. poll watchers this season, with big crowds turning out to watch all three rounds of the debate.
They’ll be screening results on multiple screens all night.
It’s a big pub, but it isn’t taking reservations and it will be first-come first-served; staff say you’ll want to come early to make sure you get a seat.
375 Water Street, Vancouver.
Events Manager of Democrats Abroad Vancouver Bodil Geyer says Steamworks Pub will be packed.
“It’s totally sold out, we already have 500 people that have tickets.”
“Whole wide range of people of all ages, nationalities, diversities.”
Korener’s pub UBC
Election results and craft beer are both on tap at this event hosted by UBC’s Graduate Student Society.
They’re offering guided tastings of Twa Dogs brewery craft beers to help you keep your mind off the politics.
The event is $5 in advance or $7 at the door, and 19+.
Doors at 5:30 p.m.
Koerner’s Pub, 6371 Crescent Road, UBC.
Highland Pub SFU
Yep, students love politics, and SFU is no different.
This one is a great option if you find yourself further east and don’t want to drive all the way into Vancouver.
The event, billed as a “bare knuckle showdown,” will feature themed food and drink, along with popcorn.
Free event, Must be 19+.
The event runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
8888 University Dr. E, Burnaby.
Doolin’s Irish Pub
Equal Voice B.C. is hosting this election night pub-party in Downtown Vancouver.
The event will feature:
- Large-screen TV with full election coverage
- Bingo sheets
- Witty political banter with Equal Voice members
- Ruth Bader Ginsberg colouring sheets
It’s free, but organizers say space is extremely limited so you’ll want to RSVP.
Doors at 5:30 p.m.
654 Nelson Street, Vancouver.
Event Manager for Doolin’s Irish Pub Kate Bobroske says it’s a first for the venue on Granville Street.
“Canadians, Vancouverites, and all our patrons have been heavily invested in this election, so we thought we would show it.”
Bobroske says come early, half the venue is already reserved. leaving the rest for walk-ins.
“We just think how this one has so much historical significance and it is unlike any other election, I mean the first female in a presidential election in the US.”
Gastown’s Blarney Stone is throwing an election night party, and will be showing results on a big screen.
The event will feature presidential trivia and “U.S. state pick-em ballot games.”
This is a pub, so minors aren’t permitted.
The event starts at 5:30 p.m.
216 Carrall St, Vancouver.
If you’re in Mount Pleasant, this might be the viewing party for you.
It’s a free event, and they do accept reservations so if you’re planning on dropping in it might be a good idea.
Colony opens at 10 am, but the first U.S. polls don’t close until 5 p.m., just in time for you to sneak in for happy hour.
2904 Main St., Vancouver.