The election that feels like it's lasted a lifetime is finally in the homestretch! Monday's presidential debate is the first of the three final face-offs between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump before November's election, so make it count by tuning in and turning up—drinking heavily will keep your sanity in check. Here are five bars in the city where you can test your tolerance for both politics and alcohol while you watch. The debate airs Monday at 9 p.m. Eastern.
Go-to East Village sports bar the Village Pourhouse will help keep you entertained and well-liquored as you grimace. Cope with that sense of impending doom by putting back $8 drink specials, from the "Donald Drumpf" made with rum, lime, pineapple and grenadine to the "Secret Server" of vodka, blue curacao, triple sec, sweet and sour mix and sprite. 64 Third Ave., Manhattan. villagepourhouse.com
At Pine Box Rock Shop in East Williamsburg, a bevy of creative election-inspired drinks will help the political double-speak go down easier. Monday ushers in the first of the bar's "Three Sheets to the West Wing" debate parties, which it will reprise for each presidential and VP debate as well as Election Night. While watching Trump and Hillary go at it on the big screen, get lit with "The Tremendous Trainwreck" a spinoff on a Long Island iced tea "made with our cheapest liquor" and topped off with orange soda to match the Republican candidate. Alternately, "The Pantsuit," a "power cocktail with a softer side," combines Owney's rum, Midori and almond milk served on the rocks. 12 Grattan St., Brooklyn. 9-10:30 p.m. pineboxrockshop.com