Where to Watch the Presidential Debates in DC – 2016

Credit: TheHill.com

Because it’s DC, plenty of bars will be hosting Presidential (and VP) debate watch parties in the lead up to the 2016 general election. Whether this is terrible or “This Is Why I Love DC” is debatable (as someone who cares more about my local ANC and ABRA decisions than Congress, it’s clear where I stand). That being said, these parties are usually fun times and it’s nice to have the shared bar experiences that sports towns have. So whether you’re a Hillary Clinton fan (reluctant or not) or a rare DC breed (a closeted Trump voter), here’s a list spots that are hosting parties for at least the first debate on Monday, September 26th and will likely host parties for the others (Oct 4th-VP, Oct 9th-perfect for many gov’t workers since it’s Columbus Day eve-and Oct 19th). Expect most bars in DC that have TVs to show the debate

Best bets (for both fun and crowds) are highlighted.

  • Capitol Hill/Eastern Market/Barracks Row
    • The Ugly Mug 
      • hosted by comedian
      • bingo
      • prizes
    • Capitol Lounge
      • Clinton/Trump impersonators
      • drink specials
    • The 201 Bar
      • Cloture Club debate drinking game
    • Union Pub
      • Cloture Club debate drinking game
  • Adams Morgan
  • 14th Street/U Street
    • Bar Pilar
      • 4 Election cocktails
      • bingo
    • Sudhouse
      • $3 PBR, $5 Drafts, and $5 Rail drinks
      • $4 Corn Dogs with fries or pork sliders for $6
    • Busboys and Poets
      • Post-Debate Community Discussion with Panelists:  Bill Ayers, Jared Ball, Medea Benjamin, and Fatemeh Keshavarz.
      • Also at Brookland & Mt Vernon Square
    • Local 16
      • DC Young Democrats
  • Dupont Circle
    • Teddy and Bully Bar
      • $5 Clinton BBQ Sliders and Trump Steak Bites
      • $11 Hillary/Trump-themed cocktails
  • Downtown
    • Lincoln Restaurant
      • $5 Clinton BBQ Sliders and Trump Steak Bites
      • $11 Hillary/Trump-themed cocktails
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Joselito Set to Bring Andalusia to Eastern Market in November

Joselito, a Spanish restaurant focusing on dishes from the southern area of Spain, Andalusia, is set to open in November in Capitol Hill, just steps away from Eastern Market. The eatery, located in the shuttered Sona Creamery space at 660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, comes from the folks behind the acclaimed SER Restaurant in Ballston. News of SER’s involvement with the space was first reported by the Washington Business Journal and the Capitol Hill Corner blog in early August. Javier Condon, co-owner of Joselito (as well as SER) provided details about the restaurant at Thursday night’s ANC 6B Alcohol Beverage Control Committee meeting.

The menu is still being finalized, but due to the size of the small kitchen, expect a fairly small menu- about 10 hot and 10 cold dishes (meat, seafood, veggie). Each dish will be offered in 3 sizes-tapas (small), media racion (main course size), and racion (family style). For drinks, the owners plan to offer about 6 of each of the following: cocktails, sherries, sangrias/vermouths, Spanish draft beer, and white & red wines (along with 3 sparkling wines). All wine (and perhaps other drinks) will be offered in 3 sizes (by glass, half portion, or bottle). The restaurant will have the same menu for lunch and dinner (perhaps with some sandwich options for lunch), and brunch may be on tap at a later day. Pricing for happy hour will be rather unique for DC-everything on the menu will be discounted by a certain percentage (perhaps 10-30%).

Josalito is taking over Sona’s liquor license, so it will initially have about 60-70 seats, with some outdoor seating, and be open till around 11p on weekdays and midnight on weekends. The old cheesemaking area for Sona will be transformed into additional seating (the glass partition will remain for most part). Construction on the space begins soon.

Bardo Plans to Shutter Trinidad Location and Sell Cans if Nats Park Location Approved

At a contentious ABRA fact-finding hearing on August 10th, Bill Stewart, the owner of Bardo, told the board that he would close the Trinidad/Bladensburg Rd. location if the ABRA approves his manufacturer’s license application for Bardo River Brewery just south of Nationals Park on the Anacostia in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. The owner also expects to brew 5000 barrels of beer in the first year of operation, with 7000 barrels to follow (note Bardo in Arlington never brewed more than 2500). He also plans to set up shop like the famous Mcmenamins in Oregon, establishing satellite bars in Virginia and Maryland that Bardo would sell its cans through, as well as selling cans in retailers throughout the DC Metro area. The 150-page transcript is worth a read, including

  • Bardo’s lawyer strongly objecting to ABRA inviting the ANC representative to sort of testify, calling it “illegal”
  • an ABRA Commissioner telling Bardo’s lawyer to basically “Come at me bro” and inviting him to sue him
  • Bardawg officially becoming part of the security plan
  • a discussion about how open air tanks can be targets of shootings and terrorist attacks

Barred in DC will have more on the transcript later. A week earlier, Stewart stormed out of the originally-scheduled fact finding meeting because ABRA had invited folks from the Nationals and the ANC to participate, saying that he’ll lawyer up.

Despite all this, Barred in DC predicts that ABRA will grant the manufacturer’s license to Bardo, and if it doesn’t, its denial will be overturned on appeal.

[9/1 PM Update: Transcript excerpts from DCBeerBill and Aaron Morrissey saved below]

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