“Drinking Liberally – Dunwoody” to Host a Progressive Election Night Event

“Drinking Liberally – Dunwoody” to Host a Progressive Election Night Event

Drinking Liberally chapters in Atlanta and Dunwoody meet co-founder Justin Krebs during his book tour.
Drinking Liberally chapters in Atlanta and Dunwoody meet co-founder Justin Krebs during his book tour for 538 Ways to Live, Work and Play Liberal.

Democrats, liberals and progressives living in the Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and surrounding area are invited to an election night party hosted by the Dunwoody Chapter of Drinking Liberally.

Join kindred spirits and watch the election returns Nov. 6, 8 p.m. to midnight, at Firkin & Gryphon, located at 4764 Ashford Dunwoody Road Northeast in Dunwoody. TVs will be tuned to election coverage and the menu offers a great selection of nosh and, oh yeah, Firkin has a bar. (You did notice the “Drinking” part in the chapter name, right?)

Drinking Liberally (DL) is part of a national group called Living Liberally, which is dedicated to creating communities around progressive politics. Through various social activities and events, the organization promotes engagement in politics and facilitates collaboration among other progressive organizations.

Originating in New York City, the original DL club pulls in progressives weekly to chug and chat at Rudy’s Bar & Grill in Hell’s Kitchen. There, you can get a pint of Rudy’s Blonde for $2.50 and free Sabrett hot dogs, all the while promoting “Democracy one pint at a time,” DL’s motto. And just to note, the group’s once-a-week gathering is the only thing listed on Rudy’s online events calendar.

The Dunwoody chapter meets on the third Wednesday of each month at Firkin. The group formed in 2008 from a need to locate and bond with area progressives during a time of Democratic historic proportions. A black man and a woman were vying for the Democratic presidential nomination! The chapter met bi-weekly and held discussions centered on national politics and local events, such as Dunwoody becoming a city (it did). Also, before the 2008 election, the chapter brought in guest speakers  and campaigning candidates, such as Robert Wittenstein, Bill Jones, Martin McConaughy and Dale Cardwell (none took the chapter up on drink offers, though) to guests from the Georgia Democratic Party and the League of Women Voters.

In the years that followed, other guests who have visited the group include Rep. Elena Parent and state senate candidate Eric Christ. The Dunwoody chapter also was treated to a very special evening with Daily Show co-founder and comedienne, Liz Winstead, when she performed at the Punchline Comedy Club.

The Dunwoody group’s main goal is to give progressives a chance to hang out and talk about politics, whether local, national or otherwise. Members cry in their beers or raise toasts to victories, learn from knowledgeable members or just come to vent.

One last thing – anyone is welcome to the group or to join us at the election night party as long as the conversation is civil and you accept that some people have different opinions and candidate choices than your own. If you can’t handle that, don’t be surprised if a DL member tosses a drink in your face.

Note: The Atlanta chapter meets bi-weekly at Manuel’s Tavern in Virginia-Highlands and if you happen to be in Savannah, Athens or Augusta, there are DL chapters there, as well.

Drinking Liberally – Dunwoody’s Election Night Party

When: 11/6
Time: 8 p.m. to midnight
Where: Firkin & Gryphon, 4764 Ashford Dunwoody Road Northeast in Dunwoody
Contact: dunwoody@drinkingliberally.org

This was a press release ran in the Dunwoody Patch online newspaper prior to the Nov. 6, 2012 election night.


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