Where to Drink and Watch the Presidential Debate Monday

by Tim Regan September 23, 2016 at 10:35 am 0

Clinton Trump street art on U Street NW(Updated at 8:58 a.m. Monday) The first presidential debate is nearly upon us.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will meet face-to-face at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., for the first of three planned televised debates. The first event, moderated by “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt, will last from 9-10:30 p.m.

Though you can watch the debate for free on Facebook or tune in at home, wouldn’t you rather watch in public with a drink in your hand?

Here are some of the parties and events happening around town next week:

Adams Morgan

  • Mellow Mushroom (2436 18th St. NW) will host a “not so mellow” debate watch party with drink specials and TVs with sound.
  • Ventnor Sports Cafe (2411 18th St. NW) is scheduled to host an event for the Young Education Professionals.


  • Hillary supporters will gather at Sign of the Whale (1825 M St. NW) for a free debate event.
  • Another pro-Hillary event will take place in Dupont Circle. Tickets are $25.
  • Want to watch the debates among a sea of lawyers? Big Hunt (1345 Connecticut Ave. NW) will have them. Lots of them.
  • Boqueria will host a debate viewing party with unlimited tapas and drinks for $45 a person.
  • Teddy and the Bully Bar will have barbecue sliders, steak bites and candidate-themed cocktails for its debate event.


  • Lincoln (1110 Vermont Ave. NW) will hold its first of three debate watch parties. The parties will include “Clinton BBQ Sliders and Trump Steak Bites” for $5 and two candidate-themed cocktails for $11 each.
  • Blackfinn Ameripub (1620 I St. NW) will have political-themed games and prizes prior to screening the debate.
  • A “lively” pre-debate discussion from Party Politics U.S. and the Millennial Action Project will precede the debates at Barcode (1101 17th St. NW).
  • The Atlantic brings live political discussion to Hamilton (600 14th St. NW). Those interested must register in order to attend the event.

H Street 

  • Vendetta (1212 H St. NE) will follow the debate with 2016 election trivia.
  • Clinton supporters are urged not to boo at this party at Smith Commons (1245 H St. NE).

Logan Circle 

  • Number Nine (1435 P St. NW) will have a buy-one-get-one-free special on some drinks during the debates.

Mount Pleasant

Mount Vernon Triangle

  • Debate bingo” will have people “fist-bumping” and going on “politically charged” rants at Busboys and Poets (5th and K streets NW).


  • South Asians for Hillary members are scheduled to gather at Shaw’s Tavern (520 Florida Ave. NW) to cheer on their candidate.

U Street or Nearby

  • Ben’s Next Door (1211 U St. NW) will host a watch party with “food, drinks, and discussion.”
  • Busboys and Poets (2021 14th St. NW) will host a panel of experts to debunk all the false stuff the candidates might say during the debates.
  • The D.C. Young Democrats and Network for Progress will meet at Local 16 (1602 U St. NW).
  • Nellie’s will have $15 buckets of Budweiser products during its viewing event.
  • Sudhouse (1340 U St. NW) will screen the debate with happy hour specials all night.

West End

  • Latino Victory Fund, Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and Environmental Defense Fund members will gather at Stoney’s on L (2101 L St. NW) for a “young professionals” debate screening.

As is the custom with these perfunctory roundup posts, we’ll end it by asking you to tell us what we’ve missed via e-mail or Twitter.


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