San Diego Is Casting Its Vote | Election Specials Around Town


November 2, 2012

"Every time you spend money, you're casting a vote for the kind of world you want."~Anna Lappe

Election Day is rapidly approaching.  Whether you're a liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat, Klingon or Romulan, it doesn't matter after a few drinks and some tasty grub, and a spirited election year means election cocktails and restaurants are casting their vote for either red or blue...or something in-between with these election-themed specials at some of your favorite San Diego spots.

Downtown's newest watering hole, The Commons, known for its signature chicken wings, is offering $12 Right Wing and Left Wing specials. The Right Wing special is the 5-piece Buffalo wings and the Left Wing special is the 5-piece Spicy Bleu wings, each are paired with Election cocktails listed below:

Right-Wing
1 1/2 oz Peach Vodka
Soda Water
Cranberry Juice
(Color Red)

Left-Wing
1 1/4 oz Blueberry Vodka
1/2 oz Blue CuraƧao Liqueur
Soda Water
Splash of Sprite
(Color Blue)

At the Grant Grill in San Diego, inside the US GRANT Hotel where 14 U.S. Presidents have stayed, Mixologist Jeff Josenhans has created the Off the Record cocktail with Kona Coffee Bean Infused High West Double Rye Whiskey from Utah to represent GOP hopeful Mitt Romney and Macadamia Nut Liqueur to represent President Obama. Finished with a Macadamia Nut Rim and Coffee Bean Garnish, the drink is served on the rocks.

Located in the Hillcrest community, The Range Kitchen & Cocktails is offering $5 Donkey Punch, Elephant Elixirs and Red Money Shots on Election Day. Those who wish to pair their election-themed beverages with bites can indulge in half-off Freedom Fries and Swing State Sliders.

Searsucker, located in downtown San Diego and helmed by Top Chef finalist Brian Malarkey is know for its approachable and unpretentious cuisine. The below cocktail comes from Pick & Rocks Cocktails, the in-house mixology firm that provides the cocktail menus and programs for all of five Brian's restaurants. Ever changing, flip flopping, but always optimistic, Searsucker will be offering the Pundit's Punch made with Rum, Ginger, Lemon, and Melon as of today…but tomorrow could be made with something new.

Stand for Sprinkles this election season!  The polls are in and cupcakes are leading by a landslide. Sprinkles is sweetening campaign politics with its OBAMA and ROMNEY boxes and partaking in its civic duty with Sprinkles VOTE boxes. No matter which party you align with, there are Sprinkles Election Boxes for everyone through November 11th.

Thrusters Lounge is a San Diego gem nestled along the main coastal drag of Pacific Beach. Thrusters is reaching across party lines to offer $1.75 wells, all day, all night every Wednesday leading up to the election in addition to non-alcoholic Drink Specials for Team Romney and Kona Brewing Specials for Team Obama. There's also a stack of voter registration cards on the bar, encouraging those to register if they haven't yet.


Put down your binders full of women, West Coast Tavern has the cure for Romnesia this Election Day just in time for Decision 2012. Whether you are part of the 47% or not, cocktails like the Obama-Slammer and the Mitt-Tini will calm your nerves as the results roll in and voters choose the next leader of the free world.

WCT politely requests you leave the horses and bayonets at home and come double down on these fun election-themed cocktails:

Obama-Slammer
Mitt-Tini
Presidential Mule
Elephant in the Room