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Beto O’Rourke at a rally in Houston in October; Greg Abbott at a campaign event in Houston in February
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Where to Watch the Texas Midterm Election Results in Austin

Find out whether Beto O’Rourke or Greg Abbott wins the governor race, who will become the next mayor of Austin, and other statewide and local races, with food and drink at these Election Day parties on November 8

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Beto O’Rourke at a rally in Houston in October; Greg Abbott at a campaign event in Houston in February
| Both photos: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

The 2022 midterm elections are finally here on Tuesday, November 8. All eyes are on Texas since it’s home to one of the country’s biggest races: the governor of Texas election between Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke and the incumbent Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. Then there’s the crowded race for the mayor of Austin, the congressional race for District 35 spanning Austin into San Antonio, and other statewide and local races and proposals. There’s much on the line.

After casting that vote, you’ll probably want to try to relax with a drink or two as you wait for the results. so hit up one of Austin’s Election Day parties. After voting, scope out Austin’s best voter deals.

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Black Star Co-op

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Crestview brewpub Black Star Co-op will project the results in the evening and offer dollar beers for people with voting stickers.

Taco Flats-Burnet Road

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Austin ISD Board of Trustees District 4 candidate Kathryn Whitley Chu is hosting a watch party at the original location of the taco restaurant starting at 7 p.m. There will be tacos and other smaller bites available.

The Tigress Pub

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The North Loop bar is hosting its watch party full of brisket sandwiches, cocktails, and specials for people who have voted. It runs from 5 to 10 p.m.

County Line

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The Travis County Republican Party is hosting its official election watch party at the barbecue restaurant from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. There are free RSVPs and late RSVPs are $10.

Vic and Al's

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Austin City Council District 9 Progressive candidate Ben Leffler is hosting a watch party at the Cajun restaurant starting at 6:30 p.m.

The Wheel

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Current Austin City Councilmember Natasha Harper-Madison is hosting her watch party for her potential next term at the Blackland bar from 6 to 10 p.m. with food and drinks. There are free RSVPs.

The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel

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The Texas Democratic Party and Travis County Democratic Party are hosting its official watch party at a new location this year at the downtown hotel, with several candidates in attendance. It starts at 7 p.m. There are free RSVPs.

Vaquero Taquero - Downtown

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The downtown location of the taco restaurant plans on airing the continuing election results on indoor and outdoor screens, plus all tacos and beers will be $3. It begins at 6 p.m.

The Volstead Lounge

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The East Sixth bar’s watch party includes free tacos as well as drink specials. Doors are at 5 p.m. with food at 7:30 p.m.

Hotel Vegas

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Austin progressive Democratic congressional candidate Greg Casar is hosting a watch party at the East Austin bar/concert venue with a bunch of politicians, community people, and nonprofit leaders from 6 to 7:30 p.m. RSVPs can be made online.

The Grackle

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Texas State Senate Democratic candidate Robert Walsh’s election watch party is taking place at the East Austin bar starting at 6 p.m.

Lustre Pearl

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Current Democratic Texas House of Representative and mayoral candidate Celia Israel’s watch party is at the East Austin bar with food and drinks from 7 to 10 p.m. There are free RSVPs online.

Opal Divine's Austin Grill

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The Libertarian Party of Travis Country will watch the results at the South Austin restaurant starting at 7 p.m.

The Little Darlin'

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Austin ISD Board of Trustees District 6 candidate Andrew Gonzales is hosting his watch party at the far south bar from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. with music bingo games and a live mariachi band.

Black Star Co-op

Crestview brewpub Black Star Co-op will project the results in the evening and offer dollar beers for people with voting stickers.

Taco Flats-Burnet Road

Austin ISD Board of Trustees District 4 candidate Kathryn Whitley Chu is hosting a watch party at the original location of the taco restaurant starting at 7 p.m. There will be tacos and other smaller bites available.

The Tigress Pub

The North Loop bar is hosting its watch party full of brisket sandwiches, cocktails, and specials for people who have voted. It runs from 5 to 10 p.m.

County Line

The Travis County Republican Party is hosting its official election watch party at the barbecue restaurant from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. There are free RSVPs and late RSVPs are $10.

Vic and Al's

Austin City Council District 9 Progressive candidate Ben Leffler is hosting a watch party at the Cajun restaurant starting at 6:30 p.m.

The Wheel

Current Austin City Councilmember Natasha Harper-Madison is hosting her watch party for her potential next term at the Blackland bar from 6 to 10 p.m. with food and drinks. There are free RSVPs.

The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel

The Texas Democratic Party and Travis County Democratic Party are hosting its official watch party at a new location this year at the downtown hotel, with several candidates in attendance. It starts at 7 p.m. There are free RSVPs.

Vaquero Taquero - Downtown

The downtown location of the taco restaurant plans on airing the continuing election results on indoor and outdoor screens, plus all tacos and beers will be $3. It begins at 6 p.m.

The Volstead Lounge

The East Sixth bar’s watch party includes free tacos as well as drink specials. Doors are at 5 p.m. with food at 7:30 p.m.

Hotel Vegas

Austin progressive Democratic congressional candidate Greg Casar is hosting a watch party at the East Austin bar/concert venue with a bunch of politicians, community people, and nonprofit leaders from 6 to 7:30 p.m. RSVPs can be made online.

The Grackle

Texas State Senate Democratic candidate Robert Walsh’s election watch party is taking place at the East Austin bar starting at 6 p.m.

Lustre Pearl

Current Democratic Texas House of Representative and mayoral candidate Celia Israel’s watch party is at the East Austin bar with food and drinks from 7 to 10 p.m. There are free RSVPs online.

Opal Divine's Austin Grill

The Libertarian Party of Travis Country will watch the results at the South Austin restaurant starting at 7 p.m.

The Little Darlin'

Austin ISD Board of Trustees District 6 candidate Andrew Gonzales is hosting his watch party at the far south bar from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. with music bingo games and a live mariachi band.

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