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Bars and restaurants across the city will be showing the first big Republican debate of the 2016 presidential election cycle tonight. That means a lot of places will be figuring out if they get Fox News as a part of their cable subscription. Consult this guide to debate-watch parties, drink specials, plus some some late-night viewings of Jon Stewart’s final Daily Show.
201 Massachusetts Ave. NE
The official #StandWithRand watch party begins at 7 p.m.
Busboys and Poets (Takoma)
235 Carroll St. NW
Watch not just one, but two debates at Takoma’s Busboys and Poets. The restaurant will show Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, and the rest of those who didn’t make the top cut at 5 p.m. and the main event at 9 p.m.
899 O St. NW
Network for Progress, an Obama-backing group of “progressives, democrats, hope mongers, and change makers,” will host a “Summer Progress Party: Rooftop Mixer & GOP Debate/Stewart Finale!” from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The ticketed event on the rooftop of Cambria Suites is almost sold out already, but 50 tickets at $10 apiece will be available at the door. The ticket price includes food and two raffle tickets. Happy hour prices are $4 domestic beers and $6 wine.
Capella Washington D.C.
1050 31st St. NW
The Georgetown hotel will host a rooftop viewing party. Try the “Elephant in the Room” cocktail.
229 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
The bar will offer $2 sliders and $13.25 domestic pitchers for its big-screen watch party, which starts at 9 p.m.
1223 Connecticut Ave. NW
The Republican Jewish Coalition’s young professionals group will host a watch party starting at 6 p.m. If you join or renew your membership, you get your first drink free.
2333 18th St. NW
Pistolas will serve three courses of politics on its 12 TVs and projection screen, beginning with the first debate at 5 p.m. and ending with Jon Stewart’s last Daily Show episode. The event will host the DC Young Republicans, DC Log Cabin Republicans, League of Republican Women of DC, and the DC Republican Party. Specials will be available all night.
The Looking Glass Lounge
3634 Georgia Ave. NW
Come for the Republican debate, stay for Jon Stewart’s farewell. The bar will offer drinking games, specials, and “hilarity and sadness” beginning at 8 p.m.
Lou’s City Bar
1400 Irving St. NW
The Columbia Heights bar will show the debate with Trump bingo at 9 p.m. Stay after to watch Jon Stewart’s final show.
3400 11th St. NW
The Columbia Heights bar will be showing the debate in its basement bar.
Nellie’s Sports Bar
900 U St. NW
Events will start at 8 p.m. with full sound on the dining room big-screen.
1435 P St. NW
Two-for-one drink specials are available during happy hour from 5 to 9 p.m. The bar will host the debate upstairs with full audio and video.
1214 18th St. NW
For sound and size, head to Public Bar. The Dupont spot will be displaying the Donald in all of his glory on its 240-inch screen projector.
3155 Mt. Pleasant St. NW
Head to Mount Pleasant for some American-Filipino fare while watching the debate. The restaurant will display what they call the “elephant circus” on 12 TVs.
201 Massachusetts Ave. NE
Starting at 5:30 p.m., PredictIt—an “online stock market for politics”—will host a watch party at Union Pub. The event held at the outdoor bar will include drinking games, debate night bingo, a photo booth, and happy hour specials. Register for the free event here.
Ventnor Sports Cafe
2411 18th St. NW
The event starts at 8 p.m. with a GOP-themed drink menu and $1 oysters. The debate will be shown on 25 TVs.