It's President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address to the nation and for many Americans that's reason enough to head to a party with Americans of similar political leanings and toast to the end of another four-year administration. In New York City, Democratic activists, bar owners and other politically active groups will be watching Obama's final address to the nation with food and beer. Below is a list of some of the best watch parties for the 2016 State of the Union being held in the five boroughs.
The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and the NYC Veterans Alliance will watch the State of the Union at Point Break NYC bar at 12 W 45th Street in Manhattan. The group announced: “Veterans of all eras and political persuasions are invited to join us in respectful viewing & discussion of issues that matter to us! Civilians welcome, too. IAVA is generously providing food and drinks from 8 to 9 PM; the speech will be broadcast on big screen televisions 9-10 PM.” The bar has been praised for its cheap drinks and chicken wings on Yelp. "The $5 shot wheel was great; I landed on yager-bombs so that wasn't a bad price for that drink," wrote one user.
The Democratic group that helped elect Obama, Organizing for America, is asking supporters to remember where they were when Obama was first elected or re-elected. They will gather Tuesday night in Harlem with refreshments, guest speakers and a networking session from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Henry J. Carter Center at 1752 Park Avenue.
The New York Democratic Lawyers Council is meeting at WeWork at 85 Broad St, Floor 17, in downtown Manhattan. It urged members to RSVP and noted, "With some of our most cherished civil and political rights under siege, it is more critical than ever for Democrats to focus on strengthening and expanding voting rights, and we can't do it without you!"
Army of Diamonds Entertainment is hosting a State of the Union watch party at 7 p.m. at Hudson Terrace at 621 West 46th Street in Manhattan. "Artists, executives and fans" are expected to attend, according to event organizers.
In Queens, the Powhatan Democratic Club, Queens Couny Young Democrats and other young Democratic activists are meeting at Raven's Head Public House at 38-04 Broadway in Astoria at 8:30 p.m.