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George Clooney in The Ides of March
George Clooney in The Ides of March

Presidential debate-watching parties in NYC on Oct 3, 2012

Watch President Obama and Mitt Romney go to head-to-head on domestic policy with witty commentary a drink in hand.

By Jonathan Shannon

Former U.K. Prime Minister Harold Wilson is often quoted as saying "A week is a long time in politics." That may be true, but a presidential debate feels like an eternity for the majority of the American electorate. Still, it's your democratic duty to watch, at least so you can comment intelligently on the candidates' hairstyles ("looked gray"/"like he was wearing a helmet made of hair") at the watercooler. If you leave home to watch, there are no-nonesense, straight-talking options (drink specials and the like, TVs with the sound on, etc.) at places like Pete's Candy Store in Williamsburg and Black Rabbit in Greenpoint, and—frankly—your local bar. But do you really want to get in a conversation with your neighbor about his/your radical libertarian outlook? No. So we took an informal poll of our brains and gave a high favoribility rating to these presidential debate-watching parties.

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Where to watch the 2012 presidential debate on domestic policy

Presidential Debate Watch 2012 at 92YTribeca

Things to do Cultural centers Tribeca

Dump your wisecracking friend/significant other for live commentary by The Daily Show cocreator Lizz Winstead, Mystery Science Theater 3000's Frank Conniff and The Onion's Baratunde Thurston. The event begins with the funny trio chin-wagging with political junkies from MSNBC, Krystal Ball and Richard Wolffe. Winstead's, Conniff's and Thurston's quips will be augmented by a stream of comic tweets by WitSteam (, displayed on the side of the screen that's showing the debate. The wonders of modern technology, eh? $10

Galapagos Art Space
Photograph: Eric Harvey Brown

Presidential debate at Galapagos

Stake out a prime viewing spot on the red leather banquets or perch on the mezzanine at this cabaret venue. Either way, you'll be able to see the 14-by-12-foot screen.


Presidential Debate: Domestic Policy at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

Shopping Bookstores Soho

Housing Works makes a compelling argument for your vote with the promise of bingo and a loyalty bonus. Election junkies who watch three out of four of the debates at the bi-level bookstore (and have a ballot stamped as proof) will receive a free bucket of PBR at the election-night party. Arrive early for this month's edition of Adult Education at 7pm, a free series of lectures on the topic of "the Political Animal."


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