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Crocodile Lounge: (325 E. 14th St. in Manhattan) This Obama-friendly debate party is sponsored by Three Sheets to the West Wing, a group raffling off Obama paraphernalia to raise money for the campaign. Co-sponsor Heineken is offering free beer from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Pacific Standard: (82 4th Ave. in Brooklyn) This Park Slope bar shows all the debates on large projection screens and features beer specials and a political brew named Hop Obama.
The Diamond: (43 Franklin St. in Brooklyn) Folks in Greenpoint can catch the debate on big screens at this craft beer bar. And some other (non-saloon) spots to watch the debates: 8 p.m.: Queens Democrats Vice Presidential debate watching party;
Mezzo Mezzo, 31-29 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria, Queens. 8 p.m.:
Harlem4Obama debate watching party; 2479 Frederick Douglass Blvd., Eighth Avenue and 133rd Street.
Alphabet City locals will be watching tonight at Duke Bar (129 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009; 212-982-5563).
Brave the fall chill for the sake of national change tonight by cheering on your candidate under the stars at the East Village’s Cultural Community Garden (9th St., nr. Avenue C, New York, NY 10009). The debate will be projected on a large outdoor screen. Free! Begins at 9.
Barack the casbah in the West Village at Mr. Dennehy’s (63 Carmine St., New York, NY, 10014; 212-414-1223), where an optional donation at the door benefits the Obama/Biden campaign. Inside, enjoy $5 appetizers and happy-hour-priced drinks from 7:30–8:30, before watching the candidates face off.
An appropriately named bar for Sarah Palin–watching, Nolita’s Sweet & Vicious (5 Spring St., nr. Elizabeth St., New York, NY 10002; 212-334-7915) will host a veep viewing party. An optional $25 cover gets you drunk on wine and beer by 9:30, just in case the debate doesn’t go your way. The bar’s big screen will let you in on the action, and the outdoor garden will project the debate on an additional screen, weather permitting. Begins at 8.
Get three sheets to the West Wing at the Crocodile Lounge, which is serving free pizza and beer (325 E. 14th St., btw Second and First Ave.; 212-477-7747).
Which veep do New York’s gay men prefer? (Biden is the obvious answer, but Palin certainly has more flair...) Find out at the Obama Pride–sponsored V.P. debate viewing party at Room Service (35 East 21st St., New York, NY 10010 212-254-5709), hosted by Alan Cumming, Christine Quinn, and Laurie Anderson. Free! Begins at 8:30.
Multiple flat-screens at Side Bar (120 East 15th St., New York, NY 10003; 212-677-2900) will broadcast the debate as the bar serves $5 Obama Mamas. A $10 donation to the Obama/Biden campaign is suggested.
Washington University alums are hosting a soiree at No Idea Bar (30 East 20th St., New York, NY 10003; 212-777-0100), since the debate takes place at their alma mater in St. Louis.
A more refined debate party and discussion is going down in Hell’s Kitchen tonight at B. Smith’s (320 W. 46th St., nr. Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10036; 212-315-1100), and the restaurant is encouraging on-the-fence voters to swing by (it’s safe to come out of hiding). Seating is limited. Party begins at 8.
And with beers on tap and Palin on the tube are Kelly’s (12 Avenue A, nr. 2nd St., New York, NY 10009) and Tom and Jerry’s (288 Elizabeth St., nr. Bleecker, New York, NY 10003; 212-260-5045).
Brooklynites will cheer on Biden tonight at Fort Greene favorite Moe’s (80 Lafayette St., Brooklyn, NY 11217; 718-797-9536). Begins at 7:30.
Babes for Obama (a real organization) will host a viewing party at Rustik Tavern (471 Dekalb Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11205; 347-406-9700). Begins at 8.
Park Slope mainstay Union Hall (702 Union St., Brooklyn, NY 11215; 718-638-4400) promises political drink specials and a cozy atmosphere to watch the debates and have some of your own. Free!
In Prospect Heights, Abigail Wine Bar (807 Classon Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238; 718-399-3200) is screening the debate in its downstairs lounge. The bar offers drink specials and snacks.