US Elections in Brussels

Sorry for the lack of posts this week – this little blogger was a bit under the weather and not up for much typing. I’m so happy to have a day off and hope you’re enjoying this lovely (hmm…) holiday in Brussels as well.

There is one thing I had to mention before this week is over. It’s finally time for the US Presidential election! Whether you’re American or not, like politics a little or a lot, you don’t want to miss all the hoopla next Tuesday. And if you haven’t seen enough coverage of the two candidates, here’s a little clip from the great Stephen Colbert to get you caught up on the last debate. (Click on the picture to watch the clip.)

So where is the party on November 6th? The American Club of Brussels and The Bulletin magazine are hosting Election Night Fever at the Renaissance Hotel near Place Luxembourg. There will be live coverage of the elections and speeches by the US Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman and Jamie Shea from NATO, with Belgian foreign affairs minister Didier Reynders invited to join them.

The party will feature American-themed food and drinks, like Californian wine and hot dogs. There’ll also be some live country music and a raffle. In past years, the event did get quite crowded to it’s a good idea to buy your ticket in advance. Entrance is €15.

The festivities kick off at 8:30 and go until 3am, when hopefully enough poll results will be in to know the winner. If you don’t want to stay up that late, you can also join for an Election Results Breakfast held by Democrats Abroad Belgium at Quartier Latin (near Cimetiere d’Ixelles) on Wednesday from 7 to 11am. 

Now, let’s just hope the best man wins! 🙂

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7 thoughts on “US Elections in Brussels

  1. Barb says:

    Oh, I heard about it from an American friend of mine. Are you going? Is it worth it?

  2. Nick says:

    Thanks for this, sounds great. Are you aware of any other, perhaps less formal get-togethers for the election in Brussels (thinking pubs/cafés etc)?

  3. Susann says:

    I bought tickets for me and my friends. But we’re a bit concerned of really getting in. The website of the American Club of Brussels says:
    Prepayment does not guarantee admission since the number of people allowed in the hotel at any given time is limited to 1,400. Do not be surprised if you have to wait in line since this event is incredibly popular and the place to be on election night.

    Any experience from past events?

    • Yes I remember it being crowded in past years, especially when the VIP guests are giving speeches, etc. I remember having a good time but there isn’t much to hear regarding the results until later into the night. Hope you have fun!

  4. Just saw that there is also a post election party @seven on Thursday. Hopefully there is good news to celebrate! 🙂

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