Election Night events abound

If you want to party Tuesday night with like-minded Republicans or Democrats as the election returns roll in, there are plenty of opportunities in the East Bay for political companionship.

Here’s a list:

EAST BAY DEMOCRATS will meet at the Pyramid Ale House, 1410 Locust Street in Walnut Creek starting at 4 p.m. Supporters of all Democratic candidates are welcome.

SUPPORTERS OF GOP candidate and Ariz. Sen. John McCain will watch election results together at the Hop Yard Restaurant and Pub, 3015-H Hopyard Road, in Pleasanton starting at 7:30 p.m. RSVP to Jeff Elfont at 925-426-9600.

SUPPORTERS OF GOP candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will gather at PJ Livingston Co., 7060 Koll Center Parkway, No. 334, in Pleasanton starting at 6 p.m.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY will have a returns-watch party for members of the Central Committee at the home of county Chairman Tom Del Beccaro. Call 925-930-9551 for details.

CALIFORNIA YOUNG DEMOCRATS meet at Jillian’s at the Metreon, 101 4th Street/Mission Street, San Francisco, 6 p.m.-11 p.m.

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE MIKE GRAVEL will be at Spud’s Pizza, 3290 Adeline (@ Alcatraz) in Berkeley from 6-9 p.m. (He’s the only actual candidate expected to be in California on election night. Check out my colleague Josh Richman’s blog entry on Gravel’s visit here.)

AN ELECTION NIGHT PARTY FOR supporters of Democratic candidate Barack Obama, an Illinois senator, starts at 8 p.m. at the Fairmont Hotel’s Grand Ballroom, 950 Mason St., San Francisco.

IF YOU PREFER A MORE academic atmosphere, the UC-Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies will host a political junkies party starting at 5 p.m. at 109 Moses Hall in the institute’s library. Get the early returns from the East Coast, hear leading political commentators dissect the battle for the nomination and then wait for the California totals. An election night panel of experts will speak at 7 p.m., including: David Karol, assistant professor of political science; Ted Lempert, former member of California Assembly and current UC-Berkeley lecturer; and San Francisco Chronicle columnist Debra Saunders.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen