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Where to Drink and Watch the Final Presidential Debate in NYC


President Obama and Mitt Romney face off tonight in the third and final presidential debate and, much like the Oscars and the Super Bowl, we happen to think it's always more fun to watch this sort of thing in the company of others (and a few cocktails). To that end, here's our guide to where you can go watch/cheer/heckle all the action (not to mention snag some election-themed drink specials, games and goodie bags) in New York City. Just remember to drink up every time you hear "doubling down," "stimulus bill," "bailout," "job creation" and, of course, "freedom."


Housing Works: Aside from watching Obama and Romney duke it out, the Soho bookstore's got debate bingo and cafe specials planned for the third and final round. If you've been coming since debate numero uno, you'll even be given a free bucket of PBR on election night. We give that a Jennifer Granholm wink of approval. 126 Crosby St., Soho [via Housing Works/Flavorpill]

Head over to The Stand where Yannis Pappas will be hosting a Presidential Smackdown. You'll be able to watch the debates streamed live as Lauren Francesca moderates comedians Nate Bargatze and Dave Smith's humorous commentary, perhaps over some tater tot nachos or a debate specialty cocktail crafted by bartenders from Minetta Tavern. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased HERE. 239 Third Ave., Gramercy

Sister bars SideBar and Village Pour House conclude their ongoing political rivalry at tonight's debate, with Romney supporter's shacked up at the former, and Obama fans taking over the latter. Each will have their own drink specials, with Republicans being plied with "Rum-ney" shots and Dems with "Barack O-Bombs". SideBar: 120 East 15th St;
Village Pour House: 64 Third Ave.. East Village

Obama supporters will be gathering tonight at The Hill to cheer like this, and if the debate goes really well, maybe even do this. 416 Third Ave., Murray Hill [via My Barack Obama]


Brooklyn Winery: Cozy up to the debate with a glass of wine (or three) inside the restaurant's snug Parlor (though seating is limited).
213 North 8th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn [via Brooklyn Winery/Flavorpill]

Pine Box Rock Shop: The Bushwick bar right off the Morgan L stop hosts the last of its "Three Sheets to the West Wing" debate-watching parties. On the agenda: raffles, bingo and drink specials. All the funds from the parties are going to Obama for America. 12 Grattan St., Bushwick, Brooklyn [via Brokelyn]

Galapagos Art Space: The DUMBO performance spacee boasts a 14 ft. x 12 ft. big screen where you can watch all the action with a couple of cocktails in tow. Doors open at 8:30pm.  16 Main St., DUMBO, Brooklyn [via Galapagos Art Space]

Mo's: All are welcome at this Ft. Greene pub to watch the candidates tussle over issues of foreign policy and partake of $6 Romney and Obama red and blue drink specials. We hear they'll be serving a Blue Hawaiian in honor of the POTUS but they wouldn't reveal just yet what they have in mind for his opponent.
80 Lafayette Ave., Ft. Greene, Brooklyn [via Brooklyn Paper]

Pacific Standard: The Boerum Hill spot will air the debate on a big screen -- donkeys and elephants, equally welcome.  
82 Fourth Ave., Boerum Hill, Brooklyn [via Brooklyn Paper]

Spike Hill: Something tells us the Bedford Avenue bar/music venue might have the most raucous debate watchers for miles.
186 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn [via Brooklyn Paper]

Flatbush Farm:
The locavore restaurant will be opening its doors -- and its bar tabs -- for those seeking a classy spot to watch the final presidential debate.
76 Saint Marks Ave., Prospect Heights, Brooklyn [via Flatbush Farm]

The spacious and laid back Matt Torrey's will have the debate on their 96" screen tonight for your viewing pleasure. 46 Bushwick Ave., East Williamsburg, Brooklyn [via Brokelyn]

Have a couple of drinks and get your candidates crossed at Pete's Candy Store tonight with their Baracktail Obamney Debate, complete with raunchy drink specials like the Yes, Wee Can and the (Heterosexual) Sex on the (Private) Beach (And Only With Your Wife, For Procreation). 709 Lorimer St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn [via Brokelyn]

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