Let’s face it, the presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has been an imbroglio of media coverage, soundbites, faceplants and jabs at the opposing side. With Election Day just around the corner, Monday night’s presidential debate at Hofstra University in New York is going to be a circus. If you have a preferred candidate or are still undecided—or even if you couldn’t care less—Monday night’s debate will be must-see TV in all its live, ad-free glory.
Moderator Lester Holt will likely have his work cut out for him as he tries to fact check the two candidates, or keep them from talking over each other. But debate watching has become a participatory sport. For those trying to get in the mood with fellow thrillseekers, here are six spots that will host viewing parties Monday evening.
SJSU Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
Hosted by TeenHQ 6-7:30pm
Grab some snacks and talk with some millennials while watching the presidential debate live on the big screen. The event is free to the public, so everyone is welcome to argue all night long about emails, health diagnosis and hairpieces while social media comes to a boiling point.
150 E San Fernando St, San Jose.
SJSU Compean Student Union
Hosted by Pi Sigma Alpha, 6pm
Get more informed about the issues with a budding group of political experts at the Starbucks Lounge, hosted by Pi Sigma Alpha, San Jose State’s Epsilon Iota chapter. The only honor society for political science in the nation, these individuals will have some knowledge to share. Stay awake with caffeine and be ready to discuss the debate with honor students in their prime.
Starbucks Lounge, San Fernando Street and South Seventh Street.
What the @#?! Is a Proposition? & Presidential Debate Viewing Party
Alum Rock Branch Library, Community Room, 5:30-7pm
With all the hoopla surrounding the presidential debate, a number of key propositions on this year’s ballot are being overshadowed. Propositions 62, 63 and 66 to name a few. Prop. 62 would be a landmark decision in overturning the 1978 law that enforces the death penalty, while Prop. 66 could hasten the process/procedures behind capital punishment. Prop. 63 would require background checks for ammunition purchases, ban high-capacity magazines and create new felony charges for gun thefts. Learn more about these important initiatives while wading into the presidential gauntlet.
3090 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose.
Santa Clara Democratic Party
Democratic Party Headquarters.5:30-7:30pm
Join Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Campbell) and the local Democratic Party to support Hillary Clinton as she battles word for word with Donald Trump. Monday’s debate is expected to be the one of the biggest media events of the year, rivaling the Super Bowl in terms of worldwide viewership unfolds. Reserve a seat here.
2151 Monterey Rd, Ste 80, San Jose.
Piedmont Area Republican Women
Monaghan’s Restaurant, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Watch the debate in one of the few Pro-Trump settings in the East Bay while enjoying some grilled bites and drinks. Hosted by the Piedmont Area Republican Women, tickets to watch the debate are $30 per person. Hear how the GOP candidate plans to make America great again by reserving a spot in the private room at Monaghan’s Restaurant.
2820 Mountain Blvd, Oakland.
Council on American-Islamic Relations San Francisco Bay Area
CAIR-SFBA Viewing Party, Doors open 5:30pm
Gain perspective, connect with Muslims and understand the impact the presidential race is having on the Islamic community. Attendees will receive bingo cards that feature commonly used phrases in the election for a chance at winning prizes.
3000 Scott Blvd, #212, Santa Clara.
If none of these options sound appealing, you can also just belly up to the bar or stock up the fridge and drink until you no longer care.