list of lists: inauguration parties [tuesday morning drinks]

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(originally posted 12 january; last update: thursday 15 january)

George W. Bush held his very last press conference this morning [wonkette] and in a week you’ll be going to sleep preparing to spend the next morning watching onetime Capitol Hill resident [chs] Barack Obama getting himself inaugurated. If, like most of us, you got turned down for tickets, thought it was ecologically or financially unfriendly to fly to D.C. to stand out in the cold on the Mall while watching on a distant big screen television, you’re probably still in the market for a morning party.

Here’s an incomplete list of what I’ve seen floating around so far:


  • the Stranger’s party/brunch at the Triple Door is SOLD OUT, but if you have a connection to some secret tickets e-mail me. [slog]
  • the Paramount is hosting a free party in partnership with KOMO. It’s free with a bunch of Obama-themed concessions from Tom Douglas like “Malia Scones “, “Banana-bama Bread”, and “Sasha’s Carroty Goodness Muffins” paired with the “Obama-Mama” specialty cocktail for sale in the lobby. [theparamount].
  • Party with Jean Godden while feasting on selection from the Dahlia Lounge’s new brunch menu at the Palace Kitchen Ballroom. [voracious]
  • Central Cinema parts with their usual pizza party theme for a champagne toast with various brunch options. [capitolhillseattle]
  • the party at the SLU Discovery Center is free, though you might leave tempted to buy a condo. [thesouthlake]
  • Kerri Harrop and WorldChanging are hosting a free Seattle Weekly party at Spitfire. [dailyweekly]
  • AM1090 is hosting a $10.90 brunch with 10 television screens and dueling pianos. [88keys]
  • The Baltic Room will have big televisions, a bloody mary bar, and breakfast buffet. [baltic room]
  • There are 40 televisions at Sport playing the inauguration. [moveon]
  • The City of Seattle is hosting a “Celebration of Hope” viewing party from 8 am until the inaugural parade at the Center House; the audio will also be broadcast from the International Fountain, which should make for a trippy experience if kids are playing in the water and fog. [seattlecenter]
  • Brunch at Martin’s Off Madison. [seattlegayscene]
  • Starbucks is simulcasting the inauguration to 650 of its stores, including some in Seattle. Perfect for latte liberals! [nytimes]
  • MSNBC is commandeering Lincon Square Cinemas to show their coverage of the event. [msnbcevents]
  • MOE kicks off the new era in style with twelve happy hours beginning at 8 am: $2 Wells, $2 PBR & High Life, 2 flat screen TVs on all day, breakfast from Pike Street Fish Fry, Mimosas and Bloody Marys in the morning, Whiskey and Jager at night. And biznik will be there; so maybe you’ll network your way into a new economy job? [moe]

I’m sure there are others (for instance a search of online political type sites [moveon][pic2009] yields many events large and small all over the place); leave a comment or send a note to seattle.metblogs at and I’ll keep updating this list.

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