Tonight is the second of 11 GOP primary debates scheduled between now and March of next year. The leading candidates — Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, John Kasich and Carly Fiorina — will step in front of an actual literal jumbo jet to debate at 8 p.m. Oh, and the debate will likely last three hours.
Two questions: Do you want to watch the debate? If so, do you want to watch it with a drink in hand and/or with a crowd of strangers?
If you answered yes to both, here’s how and where to do that:
Buffalo Billiards (1330 19th St. NW) will have a happy hour from 4-7 p.m. as well as $9 nachos, $5 Coronas and $6 margaritas.
Front Page DC (1333 New Hampshire Ave. NW): will have specials from 4-8 p.m. tonight, including $4 glasses of house wine, $5 margaritas and a $5 food menu.
Cambria Hotel (899 O St. NW) will have the debate playing on TVs at its rooftop bar. Head there for a debate watch party from 6-10 p.m. with $4 domestic beers and $6 glasses of wine.
Sudhouse’s (1340 U St. NW) happy hour is extended until 9 p.m. in honor of the verbal competition.
Johnny Pistolas (2333 18th St. NW) will show the debate on 12 big screens, and tacos are $2 from 5-7 p.m.
Ventnor Sports Cafe (2411 18th St. NW) turns political for the evening and will show the debates on 40 screens. Expect themed cocktails, special offers and a large crowd.
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The Looking Glass Lounge (3634 Georgia Ave. NW) has half-price burgers from 5-8 p.m., followed by debate bingo for a chance to win a free drink.
Red Derby‘s (3718 14th St. NW) big screen televisions will show the debate on two floors.
From Alejandra Owens. You can find her at her food blog, One Bite At A Time. Alejandra also writes for City Eats DC, a Food Network site, where you can book dinner reservations. Email her at alejandra[AT]borderstan.com and follow her on Twitter at @frijolita.
Looks like Tuesday is the new Thursday in Borderstan. Masa 14 recently announced a weekly all-night happy hour every Tuesday (5 pm to closing) in the bar and lounge areas. You can nab $4 cocktails, beer and wine specials, but your wallet will be at a loss when it comes to grub — sorry, happy hour food specials aren’t included in this early-week boozefest.
Masa 14 also has a rooftop that’s nearing completion. While they haven’t announced a date the roof will open, one can only assume they’re aiming to open the space by spring — prime eating and drinking outside time.
All night happy hours + new roof deck = we’re sure the neighbors are just thrilled!
The great thing about four-day work weeks is that they go by so quickly. I felt like I needed a weekend to recover from last weekend’s three-day July 4th festivities, but here we are again, on the brink of another weekend: time to rinse and repeat, everyone!
Here’s my round up of where to eat, drink, party and sneak in some culture in and around Borderstan this weekend:
Thursday, July 7
- Venus in Fur is extended at The Studio Theater and Brightest Young Things has the hook up with special discounted tickets and a happy hour tonight. Join them for drink specials (your discounted $30 ticket comes with one free drink!) from 6 to 7:45 pm before the show that starts promptly at 8. Use the promo code BYTVENUS when ordering your discounted $30 tickets, available here.
Friday, July 8
- Since we’re all Sweetgreen fans here in Borderstan, you may want to venture out of the ‘hood and check out the local chain’s newest location in Foggy Bottom, which opens today at 2221 I (“Eye”) Street NW. Free salads/wraps for the first 200 people through the door; more info here.
- New-and-improved happy hour alert! Local spots Rice Restaurant (1608 14th Street, NW ) and DC Noodles (1412 U Street, NW) are debuting new happy hour specials, including wines, sake and $4 appetizers every day from 5 to 7 pm.