Where to Watch the Debate Tonight While Drinking
If you’re planning on staying at home on Monday night, there are plenty of articles telling you how to watch the debate online if you don’t have cable. (The numerous options include live streams on both Facebook and Twitter.) But to us, watching the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump debate at home sounds about as exciting as the second season of True Detective, so we checked in with more than 75 Philly bars to see where to watch the debate tonight while drinking.
Some bars are showing Monday Night Football instead. Others told us that they never show politics at the bar. Some bar managers we spoke with weren’t aware that there even is a debate. Others just couldn’t care less. And a handful said that the debate might be on but without sound, which seems kinda pointless.
Here is a list of bars where you can watch the debate tonight with sound and, perhaps more importantly, with a stiff drink. If your bar is showing the debate, feel free to add it in the comments below.
718 South St, 267-909-8814
Snack on laugenbrezel and throw back some pilsners while watching the debate on a 10-foot projection screen.
Chickie’s & Pete’s
1526 Packer Avenue, 215-218-0500
The 1210-AM debate watch with Chris Stigall, Rich Zeoli, and Dom Giordano… and free fries and pizza.
1500 Market Street, concourse level, 215-639-6104
Hosted by Committee of Seventy, Philadelphia Citizen, Philadelphia 3.0, and Influencing Action Movement. There’s a $5 cover. In a truly democratic move, partygoers get to cast a vote to decide what non-profit gets the proceeds.
200 South 12th Street, 215-964-9675
This is an official Hillary for Pennsylvania debate watch party, with special guest DJ Samantha Ronson, perhaps best known for her reported relationship with Lindsay Lohan.
City Tap House
39th and Walnut, 215-662-0105
2 Logan Square, 215-587-9040
Both locations of City Tap House will be showing all of the debates along with specialty cocktails for the occasion.
1 Logan Square, 215-963-1500
McGillin’s Olde Ale House
1310 Drury Street, 215-735-5562
The bar at McGillin’s will be doing McGillin’s Red Ale vs. Blue-berry lemonade and seeing which comes out on top while the debates show on all the bar TV’s. Also, as a bonus, we hear Good Morning America is going to be filming a segment there during the action.
22 South 3rd Street, 215-701-4883
1528 Sansom Street, 215-964-9755
Admission is $20.16, but we’re told that includes drinks.
Bonner’s Irish Pub
120 South 3rd Street, 215-567-5748
7403 West Chester Pike, no phone
This bar is owned by a retired Upper Darby cop, who is a big, big fan of Donald Trump, so it should make for an interesting evening.
Bonnie’s Capistrano Bar
1503 South 13th Street, 215-462-7282
If you just have to smoke while watching.
1100 Pattison Avenue, 267-443-6415
NBC 10 is hosting a debate watch here with station talent Jim Rosenfield and Denise Nakano.
1001 North 2nd Street, 215-923-4600
Presented by NExT Philadelphia, part of the Urban League.
Philadelphia Republican City Committee HQ
3525-27 Cottman Avenue, 215-561-0650
It’s not a bar, but we loved their writeup, so we included anyway:
Join your fellow DEPLORABLES in watching “THE DONALD” debate the issues with Chillery Clinton on TWO flat screens! $20.00 per person for refreshments! Raffle drawings for some TRUMP SWAG and a 50/50 drawing! Live Music will performed between 8 and 9 pm.
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