With 10 of the most vociferous candidates ever (Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, John Kasich and Rand Paul) vying for the Republican presidential nomination, the first GOP debate of the cycle promises to be even more bananas than the last three Fast and Furious movies. You’ll want company to yell at the TV with (in pride or anger), so hit one of these bar viewing parties.
The debate gets even more surreal at this Astoria theatre bar as Mystery Science Theatre 3000’s Frank Conniff joins Sirius Radio’s John Fugelsang to add their batty commentary to the proceedings. Show up early to grab a seat and some pizza; advance tickets have sold out. 27-16 23rd Ave, Astoria; 9-11pm.
The Boulevard Tavern
Drop in before 9pm to snag a seat by the big-screen TV and take advantage of the Tavern’s happy hour (4-9pm) which features half off on well drinks and house wine and $2 off draft beers and select wines. The viewing experience will likely get rowdier with every question, as the Tavern has created a custom drinking game with shots for the first time someone promises to “take America back” and talks about “stopping Hillary.” 579 Meeker Ave, Greenpoint, Brooklyn; 9pm.
If you’re in the mood to laugh about the debate between rounds of beer pong and flip cup, then let the New Kings Democrats show you a good time in the bar’s back room, then join them to view Jon Stewart’s final episode of The Daily Show. 82 Fourth Ave, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn; 8-10:30pm.
Rudy’s Bar and Grill
Embrace what makes this country great with hot dogs and a vast selection of beer at this proud Hell’s Kitchen dive. Drinking Liberally’s regular Thursday night at Rudy’s gets rowdier with GOP Debate Bingo. If you win, you should probably move out of the country. 627 Ninth Ave, Hell's Kitchen; 9-11pm.
The nation’s longest lasting Young Republicans Club hosts a night of revelry in the packed East Village bar and restaurant. Unpeel your eyes from the high-res TVs to glance at the Pourhouse’s stacked selection of international beers. 64 Third Ave, East Village; 9pm.