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Where to find Twin Cities food and drink deals on Election Day

It really is—especially at J. Selby's, where a voting-themed password gets you a free treat, now through the end of November 6.

It really is—especially at J. Selby's, where a voting-themed password gets you a free treat, now through the end of November 6. Facebook: J. Selby's

You know why voting is important—it’s a chance to make your voice heard, exercise your civic rights, and get a snazzy red sticker.

But in case you needed extra incentive, here are some Twin Cities restaurants serving up Election Day specials. Because you might end up needing a drink.

Is your bar or restaurant offering a deal you don't see listed below? Shoot us an email, Tweet, Facebook message, etc.—we'll be updating this list through the end of Election Day.

LUSH 
The election return watch party at LUSH includes trivia and prizes with drag host Izzy Legal, blue Jello shots, and blue drink features, plus Taco Tuesday specials. No cover, but a $5 donation to benefit TransChance Health is suggested. Open at 4 p.m., hosted events start at 8 p.m.; 990 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-208-0358; lushmpls.com 

The Bartmann Empire
At Bryant Lake Bowl, Barbette, Pat's Tap, Red Stag Supperclub, Tiny Diner, and Book Club, happy hour specials are available all day. The Bird will serve $10 bottomless pitchers of bloodies and mimosas; Gigi’s Cafe is giving out a free coffee, tea, or juice (or you can enjoy happy hour all day long). Where there are TV's, they'll be tuned in to election night coverage... for better or for worse. Additional info available at preceding links.

Smack Shack
Say, "Happy Election Day" for a complimentary “Patriotic Punch.” 603 Washington Ave. N, Minneapolis; 612-259-7288; smack-shack.com

The Lexington
Get a buy one, get one free special on any beer, glass of wine, or cocktail at The Lex’s Martini Bar. Just ask your server for info. 1096 Grand Ave, St. Paul; 651-289-4990; thelexmn.com

Birch’s on the Lake and Birch’s Lowertown
Both Birch’s locations are offering buy one, get one free beer—just ask for the Election Day special. 1310 Wayzata Blvd., Long Lake; 952-473-7373; birchsonthelake.com; and 289 Fifth St. E, St. Paul; 651-432-4677; birchslowertown.com

J. Selby’s
Tell your cashier “Happy Election Day” between now and the end of Election Day for a free vegan vanilla soft serve with sprinkles (with purchase). 169 N. Victoria St., St. Paul; 651-222-3263; jselbys.com 

HopCat
Hop over to HopCat's Election Day watch party, where every guest gets a free order of Crack Fries. 435 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-276-5555; hopcat.com/minneapolis

Kingfield Neighborhood Association
MLK Park is the place to be for the Kingfield Neighborhood Association's 2018 polling party, where they'll be treating everyone, all day long, thanks to local businesses including the Lowbrow, Butter Bakery Cafe, Gigi's Cafe, Five Watt Coffee, Royal Grounds Coffee, Bruegger's Bagels, Sun Street Breads, and Victor's 1959 Cafe. 4055 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis

Cookie Cups
Voting is sweet at Cookie Cups, too—they'll be slingin' free cookies all day long. 3412 Shoreline Dr., Wayzata; 917-690-616, thecookiecups.com

La Doña Cervecería
From 3 - 7 p.m., La Doña's pouring two-for-ones in celebration of democracy. We'll drink to that. 241 Fremont Ave. N. Unit B, Minneapolis; dameladona.com

All Square
Get a free grilled cheese at All Square for voting -- or, if you can't vote because you have a criminal record, get yours free by encouraging someone who can to get to the polls. ("Honor system; we trust our community.") 4047 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis; allsquarempls.com

Tavola Italian Kitchen
As if a "Tuscan staycation in dowtown Minneapolis" wasn't good enough, get a drink on the house at Tavola today. 823 Fifth Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-389-2299, tavolampls.com

Grumpy's Northeast
You'll get half off a pint of beer with your "I Voted" sticker at Grumpy's Northeast today. If the Hamm's Bear tells you to vote, you better vote. 2200 Fourth St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-789-7429, grumpys-bar.com