Debate-watching events being hosted at bars all around DC

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PHOTO: Open City DC, who are hosting a debate bingo event

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Do you plan on watching the first presidential debate between Trump and Clinton, but don’t feel like taking in this historic event alone in your living room? Local bars and restaurants have got you covered.

Busboys and Poets, a Northwest restaurant, bookstore, lounge and theater, is screening the debate at all of their locations.  At their 14th and V location, they are hosting a presidential debate watch, a presentation from Bill Ayers on his new book, and a panel with Bill Ayers, Jared Ball, Medea Benjamin, and Fatemeh Keshavarz. They are also hosting happy hour and debate viewing in the Cullen Room at their 5th and K location, as well as debate watch and bingo at the bar. More information is available here.

Open City DC, a Northwest restaurant that serves as a bar, coffeehouse, and diner all at once, is hosting debate bingo with a $50 gift card going to the winner. They will also serve $5 winners during the debate and it will take place during happy hour. Their location and more information is available here.

Bar Pilar is not only hosting a campaign cocktails contest for this election, they are hosting a watch party and bingo event for each debate date. Find out more about the bar here. 

Boqueria, a Spanish-inspired restaurant in Dupont Circle, is hosting a special deal called “Big Talk, Small Plates”, where $45 a person gets you reservations for every presidential and vice-presidential debate of the season and unlimited tapas. Seating is limited, so call today. More information here.

Pennsylvania 6, a bar in Northwest with a raw bar and an oyster happy hour, is extending their happy hour during the debate watch, as well as serving $1 oysters, $5 oyster shooters, and $7 house wines. Find out more about them here. 

Ventnor, a sports bar that has been hosting these types of political viewing parties for over ten years, is kicking off this debate season with their own game of bingo which will involve prizes and giveaways sponsored by local breweries. More here.

Lincoln, which has been hosting debate watch parties since 2011, is another bar where you can take in the debate while enjoying specially discounted appetizers and election-themed cocktails. Find out more about this on their website.