Where to Watch the Second Presidential Debate in Portland

by Alexander Frane on Oct 4, 2016 in Roundups

As Election Day draws closer, we only have two more presidential debates left. While the first one tends to bring in more attention, with drinking games and bingo, there are still some bars around town showing the second one. The second debate is a town hall style, where voters help decide the questions provided; you can provide and vote on questions here. The debate starts at 9 PM Eastern Standard Time, (so 6 PM here) on Sunday, October 9th.

We don’t blame you if you need a beer to get through this debate. Here are some of the spots to get a drink while watching the debate. All events are free. Let us know where you’ll be watching at our Facebook or Twitter.

A lovely Belgian beer bar, Bazi Brasserie has all day happy hour on Sundays, so you can get some discounted food and drinks during the debate, including $1 off select draught beers and $3.50 wells. (1522 SE 32nd Ave.; 503-234-8888)
 
The upstairs portion of EastBurn is more of a restaurant than a bar, so you will have full table service and a dinner menu while the debate is shown on a screen. Downstairs is bar service, and will have a projection for the debates, and even the inner covered patio will have a projection screen. (1800 E Burnside St.; 503-236-2876)
 
If you want to get through the second debate with as little suffering as possible, the only solution is free Salt & Straw ice cream. At Dig a Pony, that’s exactly what you’ll get! The Oregon Bus Project and Salt & Straw are hosting a viewing at Dig a Pony, the cocktail bar and nightclub from the Lightning Bar Collective(736 SE Grand Ave.; 971-279-4409)
 
An excellent Oregon brewery, Migration will be hosting the second debate, promising plenty of beer but warning against any drinking game that involve the word “winning”. (2828 NE Glisan St. 503-206-5221)
 
The Mission Theater will be showing the debate on the big screen, and is an all-ages event, though minors must be accompanied by an adult. To make it “fun”, they’ve created a Donald and a Hillary cocktail; no details have been released as to what the drinks ingredients are. (1624 NW Glisan St.; 503-223-4527)
 
It’s not a bar, but it is one of Portland’s first and favorite movie theaters to serve alcohol. Grab a slice of pizza and a beer and watch the debate on a movie theater screen to get the full effect. (2735 E Burnside St.; 503-232-5511)
 
The other historical movie theater in Portland is McMenimans Bagdad Theater, and behind that is the Back Stage Bar, a classy pool hall with multiple levels and side rooms. A large screen often shows games and events, and will be showing the debate, so you can shoot some pool while watching. (3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd.; 503-249-7474)
 
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