With the nation focused on the outcome of the presidential election Tuesday night, we’ve compiled this list of where you can join friends, neighbors and fellow community members to experience the results together. Let us know in the comments below if we missed a great event at your favorite spot.

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Berkeleyside will live blog about local reactions and the results of all the local races starting at 8 p.m. on Nov. 6. Scroll down to see a list of election night parties open to the public in Berkeley.

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WHAT: Election Night Party at Acme Bar & Co.
WHERE: 2115 San Pablo Ave.
WHEN: 2 p.m.
COST: None listed
DETAILS: “The party starts at 2 p.m. as the returns start to come in. Drink specials all day.”

WHAT: Election Night Party at BEC’s Bar & Bistro
WHERE: 2271 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
WHEN: 4 p.m.
COST: Free
DETAILS: “We will follow every second of the election coverage on all screens. Drink specials for all who have their vote sticker or proof of food available until 10pm. Resident DJ’s in the mix 80’s 90’s and today’s music. Doors open at 4pm.” MORE INFO

WHAT: Election Night Countdown! at  La Peña Cultural Center
WHERE: 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
WHEN: 5 p.m.
COST: Free, donations accepted
DETAILS: “This is an opportunity for the entire La Peña community to come together and laugh, cry, and think about what’s next?… We would like all of you to come and share this moment with each other and help raise much needed funds for La Peña at the same time. Please bring your friends and family too. We will watch some of the blather on the big-screen and La Peña will be selling beer, wine, Arizmendi Pizza, and salad to raise funds.” MORE INFO

WHAT: Election Night – Watch the Returns on Sproul Plaza
WHERE: Sproul Plaza, UC Berkeley
WHEN: 5 p.m.
COST: None listed
DETAILS: “Join your fellow political junkies to watch the returns on a giant screen. Will President Obama win a second term or will we elect President Romney? Will the Democrats take back the House? Will the Republicans take the Senate? What will happen with Gov. Brown’s tax increase? Come to join us for a night of politics! (Please note: In the event of rain, the Returns Party will move indoors to the Heller Lounge in the MLK Student Union.)” MORE INFO

WHAT: Victory Party featuring Komodo Jazz at T-REX Restaurant and Bar
WHERE: 1300 10th St., Berkeley
WHEN: Dinner, 5-10:30 p.m.; live music: 8-9:30 p.m.
COST: None listed
DETAILS: “Now that you’ve voted, come hang with us. Celebrate the election while you watch the returns and listen to live jazz. (All of our TV’s will be following the results so you won’t miss a single important moment). Bring your politically compatible friends!” MORE INFO

WHAT: KALW’s Election Night Live at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
WHERE: 2020 Addison St., Berkeley
WHEN: 6 p.m. (Doors open at 5 p.m.)
COST: $5 donation, OLLI members free
DETAILS: “Live radio coverage of the election returns with KALW host Rose Aguilar and OLLI @Berkeley instructor Larry Bensky.” MORE INFO

WHAT: Election Night Results at the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay
WHERE: 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley
WHEN: 6-8 p.m.
COST: None listed
DETAILS: “We will be showing the election results live throughout the evening. There will be a short discussion facilitated by George Porter. These are non-partisan gatherings and welcome all view points. Free and open to the public, donations welcome.  Join us on election night to watch the results live together!” MORE INFO

WHAT: Election Night Returns Watching at Bobby G’s Pizzeria
WHERE: 2072 University Ave., Berkeley
WHEN: 7-11 p.m.
COST: Free
DETAILS: “We’ll be showing the election returns from about 7pm to closing time, around 11pm. Sorry, but we will not be able to take reservations for this evening. Get here early for best seating. We’ll show the returns on our five HD flatscreens, with audio.” MORE INFO

WHAT: Election Night 2012 at Revival Bar + Kitchen
WHERE: 2102 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
WHEN: Not listed
COST: Free
DETAILS: “Come watch the results with us. Live on TV in the bar at Revival Bar+Kitchen. Because no matter how it turns out, you’ll want a cocktail.” MORE INFO

WHAT: Election Night Celebration at Venus Restaurant
WHERE: 2327 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA
WHEN: Not listed
DETAILS: Watch the returns live with a special menu and happy hour all night.


See the latest campaign finance information at Berkeley Voter’s Edge, our collaboration with MapLight. Find your polling place, or a spot to drop off your absentee ballot, via our handy map. And see all Berkeleyside’s election-related coverage here.

Emilie Raguso (former senior editor, news) joined Berkeleyside in 2012 and covered politics, public safety and development until her departure in 2022. In 2017, Emilie was named Journalist of the Year...