NYC bars hosting Democratic presidential debate parties

Ten candidates take the stage in Texas for the third round of debates.

The Democratic presidential debates continue Thursday night with 10 hopefuls taking the stage at Texas Southern University. 

For the third round of debates, moderated by ABC News, only 10 candidates qualified to take part — former Vice President Joe Biden, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Housing Sec. Julián Castro, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

Bars across the city are again hosting viewing parties, so let the drinking games and commentary commence. Below are some of our best bets.

Caucus-style watch party
RPM Underground, 244 W. 54th St., Manhattan, Thursday at 8 p.m.

RPM Underground will have separate viewing rooms for each candidate; yes, that’s right, each candidate will have their own room where their respective fans can watch and root them on. If you are undecided, there’s a room for you, too. And if you just want to have fun, RPM is playing bingo in another separate room. Special menu items will include the “Bernie Burger” with Vermont cheddar, “Mayor Pete’s Jerky Treats,” “Liz’s Fish n’ Chips,” “Chicken Wings Caucus Style,” “Bill de Buffalo wings” and more. Drink specials also include $4 beers, $6 wines and $7 well drinks from 6 to 8 p.m. Hang out after the debate to vote and see who attendees thought won the debate. Tickets are free but are required.

A “Mystery Science Theater 3000” style party
Q.E.D. Astoria, 27-16 23rd Ave., Queens, Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Comedian Christian Finnegan and others will perform amusing commentary during the debate. There will be drink specials and prizes, too. Tickets are $10.

Support for Kamala Harris at Atwood Bar & Lounge
986 2nd Ave., Manhattan, Thursday from 7:30 to 11 p.m.

Hosted by Kamala Harris For the People, all are welcome, whether you are a Harris supporter or not, to watch the debate at Atwood. There is no cover charge.

Mary O’s
32 Avenue A, Manhattan 7:30 to 11 p.m.

Watch full coverage of the debates with drink in hand at Mary O’s, which will have it screening on all the TVs. The $20 cover charge includes two drink tickets.

Open debate and watch party at MIST Harlem
46 W. 116th St., Manhattan, Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m.

NYU Forensic Justice adjunct professor Terrance Coffie will moderate an open forum and debate while MIST Harlem holds its happy hour with themed drinks and New York Urban League Young Professionals register visitors to vote. The debate will be screened following the forum. It is free to attend.

Libertarian Party gathering
Cloister Cafe, 238 E. Ninth St., Manhattan, Thursday from 7 p.m to midnight

Members of the Libertarian party are invited to watch the debate together in a private room at Cloister Cafe. A candidate for public advocate, Devin Balkind, and a candidate for City Council District 45, David Fite, will be in attendance as well. Tickets are $5 and go toward costs associated with the event.

“Pod Damn America” does the debate
Secret Loft, 137 W. 14th St., Manhattan, Thursday from 7 to 11 p.m.

The “gothic socialist” comedy podcast by comedians Alex Ptak, Jake Flores and Anders Lee is hosting a viewing party that will show the debate on a big projector screen. The hosts will make cutting commentary and jokes during the breaks. Tickets are $10-$15.

Wicked Willy’s
149 Bleecker St., Manhattan, both Thursday and Friday from 7:30 to 11 p.m.

The debate will be shown on all 15 screens at Wicked Willy’s, which will have food and drink specials each night with live music beforehand. There’s no cover but there is a two-drink minimum.

East River Democratic Club at Ryan’s Daughter
350 E. 85th St., Manhattan, Thursday from 7 to 11 p.m.

Watch the third debate with members of the East River Democratic Club and Upper East Side for Change at Ryan’s Daughter Irish Pub. There will be free snacks, menu specials and a cash bar. There is no cover charge.

New Yorkers for Andrew Yang at Little Skips East
1643 Broadway, Brooklyn, Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m.

Cheer for Andrew Yang with other supporters at Little Skips East. There is no cover.

Elizabeth Warren supporters watch party at Shades of Green
125 E. 15th St., Manhattan, Thursday from 7:30 to 11 p.m.

Cheer on Elizabeth Warren with other like-minded New Yorkers at Shades of Green. There is no cover.

Shaye Weaver