(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:
- 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.
- 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).
- Number Nine (1435 P St. NW) will have a buy-one-get-one-free special on some drinks during the debates.
- Hillary fans can gather for an official Ward 1 watch party at Purple Patch (3155 Mount Pleasant St. NW).
- Suns Cinema (3107 Mount Pleasant St. NW) patrons can witness the “presidential debacle” among likeminded people.
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.
- 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.
The Democratic presidential debates are finally upon us, which means it’s also time for our obligatory “here’s where to see those dang debates” post.
But who’s debating, anyway? Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, of course, but also Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb and some guy named Lincoln Chafee.
Here are some options of where you can go to eat/drink during the debates:
U Street or Nearby
- DC Young Democrats will host a watch party at Local 16 (1602 U St. NW).
- Martin O’Malley’s team will watch the debate in the blue sky room at Stetson’s (1610 U St. NW)
- Duffy’s (2106 Vermont Ave. NW) will “invite folks to yell at each other tonight” with drink specials until close.
- The bartenders at Sudhouse (1340 U St. NW) will sling a “debate special” tonight: 16 ounces of Angry Orchard cider and a Fireball shot for $8.
- Mad Hatter (1319 Connecticut Ave. NW) will host debate bingo.
- Number Nine (1435 P St. NW) will host its own watch party. Hecklers, here’s your spot.
- Does Bernie strike you as a Veranda (1100 P St. NW) guy? That’s where his watch party will be.
- Ventnor Sports Cafe (2411 18th St. NW) will show the debates on 40 screens.
- Mellow Mushroom (2436 18th St. NW) will screen the debates with sound via an HD projector.
- Hillary For America will cheer on the candidate at Blackfinn (1620 I St. NW).
- Claudia’s Steakhouse (1501 K St. NW) will “smell like freedom” during its watch party tonight.
Park View and Petworth
- Looking Glass Lounge (3634 Georgia Ave. NW) will screen the debates after its normal trivia night.
Know of another place showing the debates? Let us know and we’ll add it to this post.
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.
Park View and Petworth
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.
Candidates for two At-Large seats on the D.C. City Council will debate this Monday, October 20, at the Dupont Circle Candidates’s Forum.
Two of the four At-Large seats are being filled this year. The other two seats, plus the Council Chairman slot, are up for election in 2010.
When and Where
Click on the candidate’s name to go to his or her campaign Web site.
- Kwame R. Brown (incumbent)
- Michael A. Brown
- Dee Hunter
- Mark Long
- Patrick Mara
- Carol Schwartz (incumbent)
- David Schwartzman
The debiate is co-hosted by Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA) and the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) Dupont Circle/2B.
Submit Debate Questions
You can post questions for the debate online at ANC 2B/Dupont Circle–just click here to submit your questions.
- All candidates for the two seats appear on the ballot together. The two candidates receiving the most votes are elected to the two At-Large seats.
- At least one of the winning candidates on November 4 for the At-Large seats must be an Indpendent or from a party other than the majority party (the Democratic Party).