Democratic Debate Parties Aplenty Tonight in D.C. 

While the Republicans have had two candidate debates already for the 2016 presidential campaign, Democrats hold their first presidential primary debate Oct. 13. The debate will feature Democratic presidential candidates former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former Gov. Lincoln Chafee (D-R.I.), former Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.) and former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.).

CNN will begin its coverage of the debate at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time. Anderson Cooper will be the moderator of the two-hour debate; Dana Bash and Juan Carlos Lopez will also ask questions. Don Lemon will present questions via Facebook.

The following events include some of the debate watch parties in and around the nation’s capital.

= The National Press Club hosts a watch party for the debate at 7:30 p.m. Check out these six-dollar, candidate-appropriate cocktails: “The Hillary, Brooklyn Lager brought to you by a remote server”; “The Bernie, Stolichnaya, with a drop of Vermont Maple Syrup”; “The O’Malley, Irish Coffee (decaf)”; “The Webb, Old Dominion Pale Ale”; and “The Chafee, Sea Breeze.” National Press Club, 14th and F Streets NW, conference rooms. Contact Ruth Mohamed, (Tickets are $15 for non-members and $10 for members.)

= D.C. Democratic State Committee Presidential Debate Watch Party, hosted by Anita Bonds and other Democratic leaders, 8:30 p.m., Barcode, 1101 17th Street NW (free); contact

= D.C. Young Democrats hosts a watch party at 8 p.m. Local 16, 1602 U St. NW; 202-607-3367 or

= The Rye Bar at the Capella Hotel on 31st Street in Georgetown will be serving an appropriately themed “Pin the Tail” cocktail, which is similar to a Jack Rose. (The cocktail is priced at $16.) Starting at 8 p.m., the bar will be live streaming the Democratic debate.

= Two meetings, one place, one night: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., the D.C. Latino Caucus host representatives from the new Cuban Embassy on 16th Street for a neighborhood discussion as well as a debate watch party afterwards. (Tickets are $25.) Haydee’s Restaurant, 3102 Mt. Pleasant St. NW.

= Yes You Can Movement Mixer and Democratic Debate Watch, 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., at Open Gov Hub, 1110 Vermont Ave. NW Suite 500. Contact:

= Democratic Action 2016 (supporters of Hillary Clinton) hosts a watch party at 8 p.m. and asks for a $20.16 donation to the Democratic Action 2016 political action committee. Hotel Harrington, Harriet’s Restaurant, 436 11th St. NW (202-628-8140) Contact John Zottoli at 703-343-5186 or or Sterling Henry, 202-460-2439 or

= Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders will hold a watch party at 8 p.m. and say, “D.C.-area Bernie supporters to cheer our guy on and listen to what he and the other representatives of the non-crazy party have to say.” The Manor D.C., 1327 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-506-7776.

= Supporters of former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will host a watch party at 8 p.m. at Stetson’s Bar, 1610 U St. NW, upstairs, Blue Sky room. Contact Haley Morris at 301-221-5005.

= Hillary for America Debate Watch Party, 8 p.m., Black Finn, 1620 I St. NW; free.

= The Fairfax County Democratic Committee hosts a party 8 p.m. at Walker’s Grille, 6909 Metro Park Drive, Alexandria, Va. Contacts: or 571-969-2079 or

= The Democratic Party of Virginia hosts a watch party at T.J. Stone’s, 608 Montgomery St., Alexandria, Va. Contact Morgan Finkelstein at 804-335-0967 or


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