Find Debate Watch Parties Around Town

Find debate watch parties at local bars, restaurants, schools and more

Sure, you could hang around at home and watch the debate from the comfort of your own couch.

But -- we're sorry to report -- your living room doesn't come with drink specials, 10-foot TV screens, or a gaggle of politically minded revelers. We know, what a disappointment. Head out to one of these spots for a debate watch party instead. (Although if you must stay home, keep in mind you can also watch the debate live online right here at


Argonaut (1433 H St. NE)
The debate will be shown on all TVs, but with sound downstairs only.

Ben's Next Door (1211 U St. NW)
Catch the debate at the Chili Bowl's little brother, with food and drink service until 1 a.m.

Bullfeathers (410 1st St. SE)
Teddy Roosevelt (the Nats’ version, anyway) visited Bullfeathers on Tuesday, but Wednesday’s all about this year’s candidates. Um, and the $3 pony glasses of any of their drafts.

Busboys & Poets (all four locations: 14th & U, 5th & K, Shirlington, Hyattsville)
The politically minded restaurant/bar/bookstores will likely be packed, with regular food and drink service available throughout the night. Go early if you hope to get a seat.

Mellow Mushroom (2436 18th St. NW)
Catch the debate on their 10' HD projector on the second floor. Specials: $5 off the Funky Q & Gourmet White Large Pizzas, $4 Deep Eddy vodka drinks.

Open City (2331 Calvert St.  NW)
The debates will be on, with $5 American gin and tonics starting at 5 p.m.

PostScript (1177 15th St. NW)
The casual bar at the Madison Hotel will show the debate and serves food until midnight.

Tune Inn (331 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
No specials, no frills, but yes, the debate will be on.


Concerned Veterans for America
8:30 p.m.
The Blue Water Grille (5127 Westfields Blvd., Centreville, Va.)
RSVP to Tim Nank at

GMU Watch Party (Johnson Center Atrium)
9-10:30 p.m.
Open to students, faculty, and staff.

GW Watch Party (Marvin Center, 800 21st St. NW, Continental Ballroom)
8-11 p.m.
IMPACT, AARPDC, and a panel of GW campus leaders and experts will discuss the debate with the audience before and after.

Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professionals Network
9 p.m.
Laporta's Resturant (1600 Duke St., Alexandria)

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.'s Alexandria-Fairfax Alumni Chapter
KAF Multipurpose Facility (6343 S. Kings Highway, Alexandria)
8:30-11 p.m.

UMD Watch Party (Colony Ballroom at the Stamp Student Union)
Open to the first 500 UMD students, faculty or staff who arrive. Doors open 7:30 p.m. Public Policy Dean Don Kettl will host a pre-debate discussion, 8:30 p.m. Brief Q&A and analysis, 10:30-11 p.m. Pizza and drinks will be served.

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