You know why voting is important—it’s a chance to make your voice heard, exercise your civic rights, and get a snazzy red sticker.
But in case you needed extra incentive, here are some Twin Cities restaurants serving up Election Day specials. Because you might end up needing a drink.
The election return watch party at LUSH includes trivia and prizes with drag host Izzy Legal, blue Jello shots, and blue drink features, plus Taco Tuesday specials. No cover, but a $5 donation to benefit TransChance Health is suggested. Open at 4 p.m., hosted events start at 8 p.m.; 990 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-208-0358; lushmpls.com
The Bartmann Empire
At Bryant Lake Bowl, Barbette, Pat's Tap, Red Stag Supperclub, Tiny Diner, and Book Club, happy hour specials are available all day. The Bird will serve $10 bottomless pitchers of bloodies and mimosas; Gigi’s Cafe is giving out a free coffee, tea, or juice (or you can enjoy happy hour all day long). Where there are TV's, they'll be tuned in to election night coverage... for better or for worse. Additional info available at preceding links.
Say, "Happy Election Day" for a complimentary “Patriotic Punch.” 603 Washington Ave. N, Minneapolis; 612-259-7288; smack-shack.com
Get a buy one, get one free special on any beer, glass of wine, or cocktail at The Lex’s Martini Bar. Just ask your server for info. 1096 Grand Ave, St. Paul; 651-289-4990; thelexmn.com
Birch’s on the Lake and Birch’s Lowertown
Both Birch’s locations are offering buy one, get one free beer—just ask for the Election Day special. 1310 Wayzata Blvd., Long Lake; 952-473-7373; birchsonthelake.com; and 289 Fifth St. E, St. Paul; 651-432-4677; birchslowertown.com
Tell your cashier “Happy Election Day” between now and the end of Election Day for a free vegan vanilla soft serve with sprinkles (with purchase). 169 N. Victoria St., St. Paul; 651-222-3263; jselbys.com
Kingfield Neighborhood Association
MLK Park is the place to be for the Kingfield Neighborhood Association's 2018 polling party, where they'll be treating everyone, all day long, thanks to local businesses including the Lowbrow, Butter Bakery Cafe, Gigi's Cafe, Five Watt Coffee, Royal Grounds Coffee, Bruegger's Bagels, Sun Street Breads, and Victor's 1959 Cafe. 4055 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis
Get a free grilled cheese at All Square for voting -- or, if you can't vote because you have a criminal record, get yours free by encouraging someone who can to get to the polls. ("Honor system; we trust our community.") 4047 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis; allsquarempls.com
You'll get half off a pint of beer with your "I Voted" sticker at Grumpy's Northeast today. If the Hamm's Bear tells you to vote, you better vote. 2200 Fourth St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-789-7429, grumpys-bar.com