New Yorkers looking for a place to party while watching the first GOP primary debate have lots of options. Listed below are some of the best watch parties set for Thursday night. So order a few drinks, sit back and watch as the 10 poll-topping candidates deliver memorable one-liners or squirm under the pressure.
Q.E.D., a space in Astoria that features classes, shows and events, will be screening the Republican debate "Mystery Science Theater"-style as comedians and political commentators add their two cents over a microphone during the debate. Comedians and political commentators featured include Frank Conniff from Mystery Science Theater and John Fugelsang from Sirius and America's Funniest Videos. Admission is $8 and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
When: 9 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
Where: Q.E.D. located at 27-16 23rd Ave. in Astoria, Queens
Boulevard Tavern will be screening the debate on a big-screen TV. Get there a bit early for a good seat and enjoy the happy hour specials from 4 to 9 p.m., which include half off well drinks and house wine and $2 off all draft beers and select wines.
When: 9 p.m.
Where: Boulevard Tavern located at 579 Meeker Ave. in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
New Kings Democrats, a progressive, grassroots political organization in Brooklyn, will be hosting a watch party at the Pacific Standard, a West Coast microbrew pub. The event will also include GOP Debate Bingo.
When: 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Where: Pacific Standard located at 82 4th Ave. in Brooklyn
The New York State Young Democrats, the youth arm of the New York State Democratic Committee, are partnering with Drinking Liberally, an informal, inclusive progressive social group to host a watch party at Rudy’s Bar and Grill. There will be Debate Bingo at this watch party well.
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Rudy’s Bar & Grill located at 627 9th Ave. in Manhattan
The New York Young Republican Club will be hosting a watch party at The Village Pourhouse. There will be beer pong and flip cup all night, and specials include $14 Bud Light pitchers and $5 Jack Daniel’s Pickle Backs.
When: 7 p.m.
Where: The Village Pourhouse located at 64 3rd Ave. at 11th St. in Manhattan