Where to watch the final Presidential Debate Wednesday night!

Boston area venues are hoping local debate watchers would like a little cocktail and bites to go with the presidential barbs, blame & innuendo.


Wednesday marks the final presidential debate, with the two candidates squaring off beginning at 9pm. Below please find a guide to area venues that will be screening the debate with sound, as well as some who will be serving up themed specials.

Candidates Cocktails

Brass Union – 70 Union Square, Somerville – 617. 623.9211:

On October 19, Brass Union will screen the final presidential debate with sound in their last “Candidates & Cocktails” event of the 2016 election year. While the most contentious battle for the title comes to a near-close, Brass Union will stream it live in the lounge area complete with a 70-inch HDTV. Additionally, Brass Union will collaborate with Brockmans Gin to pour a collection of candidate-themed specialty drinks ($10 each) such as the GOP G&T, a classic gin and tonic, and the Clinton Bramble with gin, lemon, sugar and creme de mure, two unshaken drinks served specifically as to not disturb viewers. For those wanting to recreate the candidates’ blow-by-blow action while watching, Brass Union has Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots in their game collection – and, fittingly, the players are red and blue. Choose your side wisely.


Bukowski Tavern – 1281 Cambridge Street, Cambridge – 617.497.7077:

By popular demand, chef Brian Poe at Bukowski Tavern in Cambridge again will bring the fun into cooking and politics for the final presidential debate. Chef Poe will resurrect the satirical special he created for each candidate during the first debate that poke fun at some of the most talked about topics while the last battle plays out on Buks dueling HDTVs with sound, as well as debut a third special for those refusing to choose a lesser of two evils:

·         The Trump: Buffalo Maple Dusted Little Fingers – a playful nod to Trump’s ex, Marla Maples, with a side of Trump’s “little hands” – which sees mini chicken fingers in buffalo sauce with maple dust and ranch dressing. The price, according to Poe? “Five little fingers for five little dollars.” ($5)

o   Fun fact: Trump’s ex, Marla Maples, was Brian Poe’s neighbor while growing up in Dalton, GA

·         The Clinton: Email Server – send an email from your personal phone to a special address listed on the menu that night and the security breach will grant access to ordering Crooked [Hillary] Tree IPA battered onion rings with a “private server of dipping sauces” ($7.95)

·         Ken Bone: For the independent and undecided, bone marrow with chive vinaigrette and toast points ($15.95), named for the voter from Illinois who became an internet meme sensation following the last debate


The Independent – 75 Union Square, Somerville – 617.440.6022:

The Independent in Somerville is bringing politics to Union Square as they air the final presidential debate with sound on every TV in both the bar area and in the pub. For those feeling a bit queasy about the future of our country, try the Penicillin cocktail with scotch, fresh lemon, ginger and honey ($11).


River Bar – 661 Assembly Row – Somerville – 617.616.5561:

The final presidential debate will be streamed with sound on River Bar’s indoor and outdoor TVs thanks to the unseasonably high temperatures slated for this week. Political junkies can weigh their candidate options carefully over new cocktails from their fall menu, including the aptly named Ignored Prayers with reposado tequila, Barolo Chinato, Campari and Cynar ($12).


Darryl’s Corner Bar – 604 Columbus Ave. – Boston – 617.536.1100:

Come in for some soul, spice and all that jazz … infused with some Presidential Election barbs and muckraking. Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen, known as DCBK, serves up great southern comfort food and signature cocktails with a side of some of the best jazz in Boston. For the debate you will find a menu full of big Southern flavor, cocktails full of sublime combinations, and commentary by host City Councillor at Large Ayanna Pressley.