After a few more questions, Timmer thanks Kelliher and calls an end to the evening. The Drinking Liberally crew begins to leave, and a bunch of kids in hipster beards start setting up their band gear for the show that's coming up next. Kelliher retreats to a booth off to the side. For the first time since she arrived, she sits down. Her campaign staffers fill in the benches around her and rehash the day. Someone brings a pizza over, and Kelliher eats hungrily.
"I liked this," she says, between bites. "It's different from the usual campaign event, more informal. I think Drinking Liberally is becoming a required appearance for people seeking office."