It is, finally, Election Day. Lines may be long, and voting might look different this year thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but many Houston bars and eateries are continuing a longstanding tradition of offering free drinks and bites to those who vote.
It’s worth noting that it is technically against the law for establishments to offer free food and drinks to people who vote. However, restaurants can legally get around that by opening up the offers to everyone, even those without “I Voted” stickers. For those who do intend to vote this year, be sure to make a plan a head of time, check HarrisVotes.com for polling places and estimated wait times, and then hit up one of the Houston-area bars and eateries to reward yourself.
Becca Cakes Bakery — Get a free red, white and blue macaron with any purchase on Election Day.
Bread Man Baking Co — Get 20 percent off any farmers market bake sale purchase throughout the election period. Offer valid in person only at weekend farmer’s markets on Saturdays at Urban Harvest and Sundays at Galveston’s Own Farmers Market.
Brennan’s — Get an order of “ballot beignets” on Election Day when you present your “I Voted” sticker.
Cacao & Cardamom — Get an adorable “vote” bonbon for free at this Houston chocolatier.
Canary Cafe — Get a free housemade bird-shaped brown sugar cookie.
Dandelion Cafe — Get a free small coffee for voting anytime between now and Election Day.
Dessert Gallery Bakery & Cafe — Get a free bar of your choice (including flavors like the pecan pie bar, monkey bar, carmelita and more) with a purchase of equal or greater value.
Fat Cat Creamery — Get a free scoop upgrade at this Heights-area ice cream shop when you show that you voted, and maybe get a cool sticker too.
H Town Restaurant Group — This group behind Hugo’s, Caracol and Xochi will offer a choice of one margarita to voters. Try the Margarita Roja, made with Campari, the Coco Margarita, with coconut milk and coconut liquor, or the Margarita Azul, with blue Curacao.
Local Foods — On Election Day, get a full meal here for $15 which includes one half of two special election-themed sandwiches — the TRUMPet, with raclette, mushrooms and crispy leeks on ciabatta bread, and the Joe Bison, with coffee-crusted bison meat, and vanilla grilled onions on sourdough. The sandwiches come with two sides.
Michael’s Cookie Jar — Reward yourself for voting with a free oven-fresh cookie now through Election Day when you show your “I Voted” sticker or poll receipt.
Niko Niko’s — Snag 10% off your entire order now through November 8 at any Niko Niko’s location.
Phat Eatery — Get a free order of roti with curry dip when you complete your civic duty, now through Election Day.
Safina Mediterranean — Get a savory hummus and falafel appetizer with the purchase of a cocktail. This offer is good now through Election Day, November 3.
Sticky’s Chicken — Get two free chicken wings of any flavor, including Original Sticky’s, Smoke Shallot Glazed, Asian Tingz Dry Rub and the new S.L.A.B. (Sweet, Loud and Bangin’) flavor with honey and sriracha, when you show proof from the polls.
Taqueria Cancun — Get a free small queso now through November 3 at this Spring Branch joint.
Underbelly Hospitality — Get a free appetizer at one of Underbelly’s four restaurants when you can show that you voted: hummus and pita at One Fifth Houston, People’s Choice Championship Queso at Hay Merchant, bacon sausage and hash browns at Georgia James, or pork dumplings at UB Preserv.
Under the Volcano — This Rice Village bar continues its long-standing tradition of giving a free drink on Election Day to anyone who voted, even if you early vote — just be sure to save your sticker or receipt.
Urban Bird — Get 10 percent off your order at this Nashville-style hot chicken joint in Katy when you flash your “I voted” sticker. Offer good until November 8.
Urban Eats — Get a $5 biscuit breakfast sandwich and a free coffee with voting receipt or sticker. This offer is valid through November 6.
Weights and Measures — Weights and Measures will opening at 4 p.m. on Election Day for a results watch party with happy hour prices all evening. That includes $1 ribeye meatballs, $10 pizzas and $5 wines, beers and cocktails all night.