Most of us have a curious relationship to election night. Either we long to get far, far away from the whole thing (Option A: sit on the beach) or we're jonesing to be in center of the action at a full-on party party (Option B: cheer booming speeches in a raucous crowd). But when it comes down to it, most people, we'll wager, fall in the middle; we like a little commentary over the course of a few hours, maybe even some noshes or humor to lighten the proceedings. Here are two places that, together, have just the right mixture of zing-packed yuks and stylish sips. Call it a happy compromise on this, the most political of nights.
Comedy: A line-up of funny types, including Pete Giovini, Daryl Wright, and Bret Ernst, take the stage at The Improv to lend witty asides and topical barbs throughout the evening (the news is on in the bar if audience members obsessed with minutia need to check in every five minutes).
Restaurant: Omni Hotels across the nation are paying tribute to the national occasion with themed beverages like The Stock Market Blues (a zingy concoction with citrus vodka and blue Curacao) and delish bites such as Pull the Lever Loaded-Up Nachos. The Omni Los Angeles party is in Noe restaurant, which will have televisions tuned into the latest headlines.
Want to throw in some music or dance? The LA Times and Metromix have more ways to spend election night. Wherever you go, be sure to don those patriotic outfits and keep the festivities going until the last of the pundits finally yawn, stretch and unclip those mics.
The Improv, 8162 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles
Noe Restaurant, Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza, 251 S. Olive Street, Los Angeles