New Yorkers hoping to tip back a few and watch the second GOP presidential primary debate Wednesday are in luck. A number of bars in the metropolis are planning events that will allow folks to imbibe and party as they watch the candidates go at it on CNN.

The main debate starts at 8 p.m. EDT with the so-called "happy hour" debate; less-popular candidates begin debating at 6 p.m. Listed below are a few of the best watch parties in the city. Here's what interested partygoers should know before heading out:

The New York Young Republican Club is throwing a watch party at Suite 36. The club event flyer says the bar will feature happy hour specials that offer $6 drinks from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and $7 drinks from 7 p.m.  to 8 p.m.

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Suite 36, at 16 West 36th Street


Banter in Brooklyn will be hosting a GOP debate watch party. It will show the event on all of its big-screen televisions and will be running a special that lets partygoers buy Calvados cocktails for $6.


When: 8 p.m.

Where: Banter, at 132 Havemeyer in Brooklyn


Q.E.D., a space and café in Astoria, Queens, will be hosting a party it says follows in the tradition of "Mystery Science Theater 3000." Frank Conniff, John Fugelsang and Myka Fox will provide preshow and debate commentary, adding their two cents as the event plays out. Tickets are $10 and can be bought here.



When: 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: Q.E.D. in Astoria, Queens, at 27-16 23rd Avenue.


The Pacific Standard is planning to host a watch party with Drinking Liberally Brookyln. The bar has 18 beers on tap at any given time and regularly changes the featured brews. 



When: 8 p.m.

Where: Pacific Standard, at 82 4th Avenue in Brooklyn