Tonight marks the third and (mercifully) final presidential debate in Las Vegas, meaning that the more socially minded among us will be looking to share in the democratic process with their fellow citizens and copious amounts of alcohol.
Maybe you’re a diehard Donald Trump supporter drinking to distract yourself from what looks like an imminent landslide defeat, or a Hillary Clinton backer drowning away your sorrows at the indignities your candidate has endured. Perhaps you’re resigned to watching the world burn, but you’ve got some potentially lucrative prop bets riding on whether the candidates shake hands or how many times Trump says “tremendous.”
Whatever your motivation, if you’re looking to knock back a few while you take in the action, we’ve got you covered. EAST VILLAGE
Debate Viewing Party at Village Pourhouse
64 Third Ave; 8pm-11pm; free, reservations accepted.
Drink to your candidate of choice with $8 cocktails — the red “Donald Drumpf” for Trump and the blue “Secret Server” for Clinton. (No word on whether there’s a green, non-GMO drink for Jill Stein supporters.) Show your allegiance while the debate plays on this sports bar’s plentiful TV screens.
The Politics of Dancing with Alan Cumming at Easternbloc
505 E 6th St; 8pm-2am; $30.
This East Village gay bar is hosting its third debate viewing party/fundraiser of the season, this time with an appearance by Alan Cumming. The price of admission goes directly to the Hillary For Victory Fund. A dance party with music by Occupy the Disco and Matty Glitterati commences immediately after the debate.
Debate Night at ABC Beer Co.
96 Avenue C; 9pm; free.
If you’re going to drink away the pain, you might as well do it with really, really good beer, right? This hophead hotspot is showing the Clinton-Trump showdown on its big screen and has brews from Hill Farmstead, Prairie Artisan and Evil Twin on tap, so you’re guaranteed to get at least something positive out of the debate.
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Comedy Show at Old Man Hustle
39 Essex Street; 7:30pm-10:30pm; free.
Politics always goes down easier with a beer and a dash of humor. Comics FreddyG, Jonathan Randall, Edward Farrell, and others perform in this snug LES spot before the bar’s attention turns to a screening of the debate.
Official Debate Screening at Union Pool
484 Union Ave; 9pm; free.
While the nation chooses, this concert venue and patio drinking spot is slinging decidedly un-American specials of $4 Presidente beers and $4 Kuemmerling airplane bottles. Alcohol, unlike Trump, knows no borders.
Debate Screening at Lo-Res at Nitehawk Cinema
136 Metropolitan Ave; 9pm; free.
Perhaps watching the debate in a movie theater bar will allow you to temporarily convince yourself this whole election has been some terrible piece of avant garde cinema? Probably not. But if the debate isn’t doing it for you, you can drop into the 9:45pm screening of American Honey.
Debate Viewing Party at Brooklyn Bazaar
150 Greenpoint Ave; 7pm; free.
Brooklyn Bazaar is projecting the debate in high definition in the main ballroom of its massive new location and offering $7 beer and shot specials all night long.
Debate Party at The Well
272 Meserole St; 9pm-12am; free.
The premier beer bar in Bushwick/East Williamsburg is squeezing the last few miles out of the Ken Bone meme with its party theme (“The final face-off—who will Mr. Bone choose?”), while dedicating two projector screens to the debate. Come early for buy-one, get-one specials from 4pm until the debate starts.
Debate Screening and Pre-Debate Comedy Show at Starr Barr
214 Starr St; 7:30pm-10:30pm; free.
Get yourself in the right frame of mind with a pre-debate political humor show hosted by comic Zilla Vodnas, then watch the contest in hi-def while taking advantage of all-night drink specials.