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 Pourhousewill 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
AtPine Box Rock Shopin 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
Gowanus bar and event spaceThe Bell Housewill broadcast the debate live on a big screen, with drink specials all night—with 11 craft beers on tap and 13 cans to choose from, you will not go thirsty. If you leave feeling disgusted—by the debate, not the beers—make sure to avoid the neighborhood’s notorious superfund site as you make your way to the train. 149 7th St. Brooklyn. 8-11p.m.thebellhouseny.com
Because at times this election feels like one big joke,QED in Astoriawill be presenting the debate Mystery Science Theater 3000 style, with comedians offering live cracks on the mic before and during the debate. Loosening up with some laughs while downing craft beers on draft—rotating between Singlecut half-stack IPA, Brooklyn Lager and Bronx Brewery Pale Ale—sounds like a winning combination to us.Tickets go for $10. 27-16 23rd Ave., Queens. 9-10:30 p.m.qedastoria.com
Double Wide Bar and Southern Kitchenreally wants to encourage your civic engagement. On Monday night at the East Village comfort food and bourbon haven,the first 50 drinks are on the house! Get there early and drink up, then soak up the booze with done-up Southern favorites like short rib frito pie and truffle pimento grilled cheese. 505 E. 12th St., Manhattan. 8-11 p.m. doublewidebar.com