I’ve long thought there should be bars where cable-less people can gather to watch C-Span, just as sports fans can gather to watch ESPN. In 2004, I had a bunch of friends over to watch election returns, but in the current apartment, the layout isn’t really conducive to that; the TV is in our multi-purpose office/den/TV room/spare bedroom (it’s got a bed, desk, and dresser with TV on top, and there isn’t room for anything else). It’s a nice spot to snuggle up and watch DVDs, but not really appropriate for having guests join us for that purpose. And the combo living/dining room has a ton of bookshelves, table, and couch, but again, no room for much of anything else, and nowhere logical to put the TV, even for an evening.
So where could we go to watch the election returns, if we decide we don’t want to stay in and do it just the two of us? I imagine that particularly around here, some bar TVs that would normally be tuned to ESPN will be tuned to the election, but what are some likely spots on the North Side or near north suburbs? Places that have comfy chairs and/or decent food, and drinks other than beer (such as red wine that doesn’t taste like tree bark), would be particularly appreciated.