Maybe you tried to get to DC, maybe you didn't. Either way, the gathering by the big screen in front of City Hall is as close as you'll get to the real thing—minus the freezing temps and paying way too much to sleep on someone's floor.
The Hot List
Partying on Inauguration Day
We've been looking forward to this moment for what feels like an eternity—at least from a fantastic party weekend perspective. And we're positive that wherever you end up celebrating the inauguration will go down in history. That's where this list comes in...
Obamarama at Elixir
The folks at Elixir are opening their doors at 8:30am to run the ceremony on all four TVs and serve drink specials until dawn. We think the new prez would enjoy The Obama Spirit Lifter—a can of PBR with a shot of whiskey—but try to pace yourself.
Hawaiian-Style Inauguration at Honu's
Thanks to the expanded happy hour, you can watch the inaugural coverage on five widescreens, buy countless celebratory rounds and order up Honu's famous Kalua Pig Cheese Fries, Spam Musubis and Wingy Dingys (honey-glazed chicken wings) without needing a bailout.
Yes We Can Inaugural Celebration at Epic
In honor of the most powerful PBR-drinking man in the free world, rip through a few $2 cans of PBR (yes, you can), then switch to the bourbon-laced Change & Hope. After a while, a Roasthouse Burger will be in order—we think a half-pounder sounds about right.
Obama in Pajamas with Fork and Spoon
We noticed a trend of Obama-related pj parties, but this breakfast kit is sure to top them all. Tune in to CNN, then celebrate with malasadas (Hawaiian donuts), bacon and eggs, Kona coffee and Hawaiian tropical punch (that's just asking to be spiked).
End Bush Intersection
Not until 2001 was there an "End Bush" sign at the end of Bush Street (coincidence, or evil strategery?), but we're guessing that even when he's out of the Oval Office, the sign will live on. Meet at the corner of Bush and Presidio to salute the end of Bush. (Bring a flask.)