UPDATED: Where to watch US election results in Europe

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Bar in Paris
A bar in Paris. Photo With the US presidential election only days away, candidates aren’t the only ones scrambling to organize their schedules. Americans living and traveling abroad are also figuring out where to go next Tuesday night to watch the results come in.

We’ve heard from several wandering Cheapos about their election night plans, many of which include meeting up with other Americans to throw back (several) beers with patriotic gusto.

Listed below are a few suggestions for election night viewing parties in Paris, London, RomeAmsterdam, and Berlin, among other cities.


US Election Party hosted by Amsterdam American Business Club: An all-night event taking place at the Hilton Hotel Amsterdam, including panel discussions with Dutch and American politicians, snacks and an early morning breakfast.  Tickets required.  Apollolaan 138, 1077 BG Amsterdam.

Boom Chicago Election Night Party: A wild and crazy evening of comedy and poll watching at this central Amsterdam laugh-house.  Tickets are required (and you might bump into EuroCheapo staffer Christopher Franco if you go!).  Leidseplein 12, 1017 PT Amsterdam.  Tel: +31 20 53 07300.

Molly Malone’s Irish Pub: Just looking for a big bar with a giant TV?  Look no further.  Free entry.  Oudezijds Kolk 9, 1012 AL Amsterdam.  Tel: +31 20 6241150.


Democrats Abroad Greece: Election Night Party at the Athens Hilton, 9 pm until dawn, with a buffet, music, and video. Ambassador Speckhard is scheduled to speak. Contact pressofficer@democratsabroad.org for details.


Democrats Abroad: Election Watch Party from 9:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Luz de Gas, Sala B, calle Muntaner 246. Contact pressofficer@democratsabroad.org for details.


Hillary, our budget travel pal from from Less Than A Shoestring, emailed us the following update for election parties in Berlin:

“There are two big open events in Berlin: one at the Amerika Haus starts in the early evening and goes only till 1 a.m.; the second starts at 10:30 p.m. and goes till the race is called, with Democrats Abroad Berlin at Babylon (Mitte). The former is free (but reservations only, and they’re totally booked); the second is 3.50 euros in advance, 5 euros at the door (but also likely to sell out quickly).”


The Renaissance Brussels Hotel is hosting an election event, sponsored by the American Club of Brussels amd The Bulletin.


From BC: I’ve called AmCham, the embassy, and a few companies. There isn’t another party that I can find. However, I’ve also called a few sports bars and Champs will play the elections on its TVs starting at 10:45 (after the champions league match). The bar technically closes at 1am but I hope it will remain open if there is a crowd. A few of us will be at Champs at 10:45. Just ask the bartenders what table is the US election party.


The US Embassy and AmCham are having an event at the Marriott. It’s only from 10pm to 2am, so all the results won’t be in by the time the event is over. Info is at http://amcham.dk/events.php?sec=events&id=249

The American Expats in Copenhagen Meet Up is hosting a party at Cafe Globon, too – http://www.meetup.com/american-27/calendar/9059973/.

The social democratic party have election nights in all major towns in Denmark. The Facebook site for the Copenhagen event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=43546658752


The Button Factory is having a party, which is now sold out.

Democrats Abroad Ireland will be hosting an Election Night party at Cafe en Seine on Dawson Street in Dublin. Contact pressofficer@democratsabroad.org for details.


Democrats Abroad: Watch Night Party from 6 p.m. – 4 a.m., at Saschall. There will also be a Victory Party for Thursday, November 6, 8:30 – late (location tbd). Contact pressofficer@democratsabroad.org for details.


Yates Wine Bar:  Billing itself as “the biggest bi-partisan election night party in London,” the Yates Wine Bar in Leicester Square is open through 4 AM GMT and is providing coverage via CNN and FOX.  There’s a buffet and drink vouchers, but tickets are required.  Yates’s Wine Bar, Leicester Square, London.


Democtat’s Abroad Election Watch Party (11 p.m until early morning): Círculo de Bellas Artes; Calle Alcalá 42. Madrid (metro: Banco de España). Live music, dancing, live election returns coverage. Contact pressofficer@democratsabroad.org for details.


Democrats Abroad: Election Night Party at Bushing Garden. Program: 7:00-10:00pm; Dinner for early guests with a special “Obama Menu” and a music program. From 9:00pm-till sunrise, there will be a party with music and dancing. Contact pressofficer@democratsabroad.org for details.


“La Nuit Americaine” All-night event organized by the City Hall of the 3rd Arrondissement to “explore and understand the United States,” while tuning in to election results. (They’ll even be screening “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Crash,” and “Vertigo” before serving breakfast!).  Free entry.  Mairie de 3eme, Salle Odette Pilpoul, 2 rue Eugene Spuller, 75003, Paris.  Tel:  +33 15 30 17503.

Americans Abroad for Obama Party: 11:30 p.m.  Free entry. Palais Maillot, 2, Place de La Porte Maillot, Paris.

Harry’s Bar New York: What better place to soak up election drama than at the bar that created the Bloody Mary? Harry’s also hosts a famous expat straw poll.  Free entry.  5 rue Daunou 2nd Mº Opéra, Paris, 75002.


“Democrats in Prague”: Election Night Watch Parties in two locations, The Globe Bookstore and Jama Restaurant. Contact pressofficer@democratsabroad.org for details.


American International Club of Rome: A bi-partisan, bi-lingual extravaganza at the Parco dei Principi Hotel Conference Center.  Political commentary and speakers sprawled across 4 convention halls.  Tickets required. Via G. Frescobaldi, 5, Rome.

From Roman correspondent Annie Shapero:

“Democrats Abroad” Party in Termini Station: The group is throwing a party from 1 AM – 5 AM in Rome’s main train station (exact location will be emailed). The catered event includes an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast and American-style coffee. The event costs €20 (€15 for food, and €5 for the group). For more information email events.rome@democratsabroad.it.


All-night election watch with dinner, discussions and entertainment at the Scandic Hotel Anglais, Humlegårdsgatan 23, Stockholm, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Contact pressofficer@democratsabroad.org for details.


The Democrats Abroad are having a party in the 19th District, the Lion Rampant Pub, Billrothstrasse 16: http://www.democratsabroad.org/sites/default/files/DAAElectionNight2008.pdf

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Do you plan to watch the elections from abroad? Tell us about it. And please list any other parties you know about below!

Editor’s Note: We have listed several Democratic-leaning events above. Most of this information has been provided by Democrats Abroad. Find more information, including more parties, on their website. We have looked hard for Republican events as well, but to no avail. If you know of any, please let us know.

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39 thoughts on “UPDATED: Where to watch US election results in Europe”

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  2. Well, too late, but Budapest had an Election party jointly hosted by the US Embassy and the American Chamber of Commerce Hungary. Even if asked sooner, the registration closed after they filled the 2,000 people limitation.

    Other than this, there is no where to watch the results here that has been advertised.


  3. Meredith Franco Meyers

    Hey Liza,
    I haven’t been able to find any specific parties near you (Gran Canaria), but I know this blog updates its info regularly and you can always email the bloggers directly and ask where they and their friends are gathering.


  4. To Budapest viewers:

    I’ve called AmCham, the embassy, and a few companies. There isn’t another party that I can find. However, I’ve also called a few sports bars and Champs (http://www.budapestagent.com/champs-sports-bar-budapest.html) will play the elections on it’s TVs starting at 10:45 (after the champions league match).

    The bar technically closes at 1am but I hope it will remain open if there is a crowd.

    A few of us will be at Champs at 10:45. Just ask the bartenders what table is the US election party.

  5. Hi Marika,

    I’ve been hunting around for a Budapest party and haven’t found anything yet. Democrats Abroad doesn’t seem to have anything listed. I’m sure there’s something out there that just hasn’t been posted on the web.

    I’ll keep looking!


  6. Hey, i am also asking same question which was not replied here yet. Where to watch elections in Budapest? There is not pub where to watch it? Cant believe it. Thanks.

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  8. We’re on the lookout for a Budapest viewing party too… if you know anything, please let us know…

    (we = two young Obama-supporting Scandinavians fluent in both English & the US political scene).

  9. Hi All,

    Does anyone know of any election gathering celebrations in Dublin besides the Button Factory, which is now sold out.

    Many thanks,


  10. Hello, is anybody going to watch the elections in Budapest? The AmCham event was full and waiting list too long to get in. Any ideas where else to watch?

    Thank you!


  11. Hello again cheapos!

    The best resource I’ve found for parties around the world is here:

    ELECTION RESULTS:From Mexico City to Kathmandhu, join your fellow Democrats and watch the election results around the world!

    Republicans Abroad is a very, very different type of organization from Democrats Abroad, with far fewer members and no political voice within their party. Therefore, they are nowhere near as active and do not do things like plan election-night events. So come join the Dems!!!

  12. If you want to follow the polls up until election I can recommend the widget I’m using.
    The widget shows the election polls by strength of states.
    In addition to other different graphical visualizations of data, this one displays the progression of votes over time.
    Hereby you can see how/if the states have moved!

    It gives a great overview and it is updated as the polls come in!


    … and its easy to put on your blog and fits in your sidebar!

  13. Is anyone going to be around in Lisbon to watch the elections? I have a group but I don’t know where to go! Any help?




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