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Election night watch parties on Long Island

Brendon Ernst, 24, of Brentwood, bartender, add garnishes

Brendon Ernst, 24, of Brentwood, bartender, add garnishes to (L-R) The Hilla-rita, made of Jose Cuervo Gold, Disaronno Amaretto, agave nectar and orange juice, and the Trump-tini, made of Tito's Handmade Vodka, fresh lemon and cranberry juice, topped with champagne, drinks on the menu for an election night party, at the Wave's Bar and Lounge, at the Wave Seafood Kitchen, at the Danfords Hotel & Marina, on Nov. 2, 2016, in Port Jefferson. Credit: Heather Walsh

It’s been a long election season. While some will be sitting on the couch at home Tuesday night glued to the tube, others might want to watch the results come in with a bit more fanfare. Here are election night events taking place around Long Island:


The finish line is in sight — time for a cocktail at WAVE Seafood Kitchen in Port Jefferson. Try the new Trumptini (Tito’s Handmade Vodka, fresh lemon and cranberry juice, topped off with Champagne) or the Hillarita (Jose Cuervo Gold tequila, Disaronno amaretto, agave nectar, orange juice on the rocks — with or without salt — served with an orange wedge). Tallies will be taken to see which drink gets the most orders.

In the festive lounge, guests can watch the election results on two 50-inch flat screens and nibble on Red White and Blue Sliders or the All-American Clambake for two.

Cardboard cutouts of Trump and Clinton will be available for selfies.

“Election Day is a unique day of the year,” says food/beverage director Steve Cannon. “I’m sure there will be banter back and forth. It’s like a sporting event.”

WHEN | WHERE From 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, 25 E. Broadway (inside Danfords Hotel & Marina), Port Jefferson

INFO 631-928-5200, ext. 170,



Ever see Hillary Clinton as a pie? Donald Trump as a Caesar salad? These images come to life in the “Political Portraits” art show at Toast Coffeehouse in Port Jefferson.

Enjoy a wine and cheese reception while perusing the 20 works of art on the walls inspired by 15th century Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo, who was known for the fusion of fruits, vegetables and faces.

“With all the politics going on, I wanted artists to be able to voice their opinions,” says Stelios Stylianou of Rocky Point, who owns Studio E of Miller Place and curated the show. “This is a place to vent it out a little bit.”

WHEN | WHERE 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, 242 E. Main St., Port Jefferson

INFO 631-331-6860,



Grab a craft beer on tap while watching the election reports inside the tasting room of 1940’s Brewing Company in Holbrook. The Little Kitchen on Wheels food truck will be selling pulled-pork grilled cheese, brats, cheesesteaks and various other eats.

“We figured it would be fun since the way this campaign season has been going,” says co-owner Charlie Becker. “It’s a celebration that it’s over.”

Choose from nine flavors ranging from Airfield IPA, an amber beer with five varieties of hops to Sinner’s Mass, an Irish milk stout laced with sweetness and roasted coffee flavors.

WHEN | WHERE From 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, 1337 Lincoln Ave, Unit 1, Holbrook

INFO 631-533-4838,



Watch CNN report election returns on a movie theater-size screen at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. The lights will be kept low, but the scene will be social so people can move around and converse.

A full bar in the lobby will sell mixed drinks and bottled beer plus packaged snacks (candy, peanuts, chips, pretzels, baked goods).

The question is: Will there be any contention among the crowd?

“We are a pretty low-key village out here. I don’t expect any fights,” says executive director Tracy Mitchell. “People come to see their neighbors and discuss what’s going on.”

WHEN | WHERE From 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, 1 Bay St., Sag Harbor

INFO 631-725-9500,


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