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Where to drink and watch the U.S. presidential debates

Grab a cocktail and settle into the second presidential debate.

Sometimes politicians are hard to watch without a drink in hand. So head to one of these bars around the city, which promise drink and food specials to get you through the 90-minute verbal sparring.

SideBAR

120 East 15th Street

If you’re one of the rare Romney fans in Manhattan, this is the place to be with your fellow fans. The Union Square-area bar will be offering $5 Rum-ney shots, made of Cruzan raspberry rum with a splash of red grenadine.

Village Pourhouse

64 Third Avenue

Even barackobama.com features this event, and notes that they are expecting a huge turn out. Most people will need to stand, but the event, named for the progressive group Drinking Liberally, includes food and drink specials like $5 Barack O-Bombs, with Absolut mandarin and Blue Curacao dropped into Sprite.

Piquant

259 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn

This Latin American and French restaurant will extend their $3 draft beer happy hour from 4 p.m. until the debate ends around 10:30 p.m., instead of the usual 8 p.m. cap.

Vodou Bar

95 Halsey Street, Brooklyn

This bar is hosting round two of their debate watch parties, with Rockobama Drink specials for $8 and happy hour specials from 6 to 8 p.m. to get you ready for the debate, which starts at 9 p.m.

Snap Sports Bar

248 W. 14th Street

The bar is offering a debate watch party with food and drink specials as you watch the debates from an option of 16 big-screen views.

Gizzi’s

16 W. 8th Street

This Greenwich Village haunt is suspending their typical live music to host “this extremely important event,” as they call it. They’re extending two-for-one happy hour specials for the debates.

Pacific Standard

82 4th Avenue, Brooklyn

Brooklyn’s Drinking Liberally group will be at the Pacific Standard when the president and former governor go head to head. The group will first meet at the 4th Avenue Pub at 7 p.m. first, before heading next door.

 
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