Just because you're feeling inundated by presidential debates -- this Saturday's contest is the third Democratic presidential debate, the eighth primary presidential debate and the second such showdown within the span of a week -- doesn't mean you can't enjoy the next round of political theater, this one featuring former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. If you'll be in New York, a number of bars in the Big Apple have planned to hold viewing parties Saturday night. Read on for the best ones.
The debate is scheduled to air on ABC at 8 p.m. EST. It's being held at St. Anselm College, in Manchester, New Hampshire. After Saturday, only three more Democratic debates have been scheduled, for January, February and March 2016. Martha Raddatz and David Muir, both of ABC News, are set to moderate Saturday.
So where should you head in New York City to watch and get comfortable? Here are five options, with a partial hat tip to DNAinfo.com.
In Manhattan, check out Quinn's Bar and Grill in Hell's Kitchen. It's a sports bar (politics are like sports, right?) offering dozens of craft beers to taste test. There's no cover, and you can reserve spots in advance.
Manhattanites can also go to the Manhattan Young Democrats' Party at The Corner Social in Harlem. The first 150 people to arrive receive wristbands for happy hour, according to the event invite.
In Brooklyn, Williamsburg's Banter announced it would project the debate on two giant screens. It has $20 pitchers of beer and said it would also serve $6 snifters of Calvados, an apple-flavored brandy.
Pacific Standard, in Park Slope, Brooklyn, has planned to screen the debate, as well. It's recommended that attendees seeking seats arrive an hour or so early for the debate.
For Queens-based folks, take your pick of six TVs or an 80-inch projector screen at Astoria's Raven's Head Public House. It's recommended to arrive early, given space constraints.