A Handy Guide to How Late Bars Are Open Tonight After the Polls Close
It’s been a long election season for everybody.
As Americans watch the voting results pour in tonight, many will also be watching alcohol pour into (and flow out of) a glass.
Elise Foley, a politics reporter at Huffington Post, is the journalist America needs on election night: She has put together a comprehensive table of the times the polls close today (listed in EST) and what time bars close in each state around the country.
After performing your civic duty, here is a list of how long you’ve got to down post-vote vodkas.
Most of the country will have about five hours to drink after polls close—generally the window from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Mississippians will need to pound drinks to get a buzz that will last through the night—polls close at 9 p.m. local time (8 p.m. ET) and bars close at midnight. Although voters looking to drink all night can head to a casino, which never has to announce last call.
Citizens of Nevada can keep drinking through the poll closures, reveal of the winner, inevitable contention of results and the recount. (Thank the swing state for its lax drinking laws.)
Alaska, you’ve got until 5 a.m. The rest of the country will start waking up and nursing their post-election hangover before you even have to leave the bar.