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Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Stranger List: VP Debate Watch Parties

posted by on October 2 at 10:30 AM

There is, of course, our liveblogging of the debate and our pre-debate feminist cage-match, both of which you shouldn’t miss.

But for those of you looking to watch Palin v. Biden with the masses (good bars have good wireless! bring your laptop! don’t miss a minute of the liveblog!), I now offer the official Stranger list of party people and party places. Among them:

BottleNeck Lounge; Cafe Presse; Central Cinema (hosted by the 37th District Democrats); The Department of Safety (Anacortes); Moe Bar; On the Boards; SOLO; Spitfire (hosted by “Lots of People That Support Obama”); Sport Bar and Restaurant (hosted by Washington Women for Obama); Twilight Exit; and various other locations from Mount Vernon to Vancouver.

The full list, with addresses, start times, drink specials, tickets prices, and wireless info, is in the jump.

(What? Your party didn’t make the list and you can’t understand why? Send me an email with the party info and I’ll add it to the list if it’s worthy.)

And here’s the full list:

The BottleNeck Lounge
2328 E. Madison (between John and 23rd)
Doors at 4 with an extended Happy Hour until 6:30 featuring Stella and Manny’s on draft for $3.
Please join us. No one should watch this alone.

Cafe Presse
See all the Presidential Debates live on the big screen.
No cover. No reservations. Everyone welcome!
Café Presse
1117 12th Avenue Seattle, WA • TEL: 206.709.7674

Central Cinema / 37th District Democrats Debate Watch Party
1411 21st Avenue Seattle WA 98122
The theater and restaurant will open at 5:30 PM. Stone oven pizzas,calzones, panini sandwiches, soups and salads as well as beer and wine may be ordered and consumed in both the theater and the restaurant.

Department of Safety
“We have wireless, and we’ll be watching on the big screen in the venue.”
5:30 pm.
1011 12th St Anacortes WA 98221

Moe Bar
“Last Friday for the first Obama/McCain debate we had a great crowd. The bar has two 42in flatscreens with sound connected to our house system—so it’s audible and viewable by all! We have happy hour for the duration (from 3-8pm) and as well Fish Fry offers a happy hour on food from 5-7pm.”

On the Boards VP Debate Party and Performance
Get your VP debate AND art fix this Thursday night at On the Boards. Join OtB friends and fans in the Studio Theater while we drink cheap beers as Biden and Palin go head-to-head. Afterwards come upstairs for the opening night performance of Holcombe Waller’s Into the Dark Unknown: The Hope Chest.
Party | VP Debate Viewing | 6pm | Studio Theater
Performance | Holcombe Waller | 8pm | Mainstage Theater
On the Boards | 100 West Roy Street | Seattle, WA 98119
Wireless? Yes. Beehives? Maybe.

200 Roy Street on lower queen anne (3rd Ave N and Roy, across the street from teatro zinzanni)
We will be showing the vice presidential debate on our movie projector and have veep drink specials!

Spitfire / “Lots of People That Support Obama”
2219 4th Avenue
Spitfire will be hosting an Obama fundraiser in our backroom with a group calling themselves ‘lots of people that support Obama’ and the sponsors are:
Cathy Allen, Lincoln Beauregard, Sara Belz, School Board President Cheryl Chow, Councilmember Sally Clark, Travis Commodore, Steve Crandall & Brian Hawksford, Paul Elliott, Mike Fong, Ketil Freeman, Christian Gunter, McKenna Hartman, Shakti Hawkins, Brian Hsi, Jessie Israel, Lisa Kagan, Dan Kully, Cynara Lilly, Melissa Liton, Hilary Mohr, Charla Neuman, Kelly Ogilve, Neil Powers, Stephanie Pure, Laura Solis, Justus Stewart, John Taylor, Jason Vacha, Javier Valdez, Christa Valles, Tom VanBronkhorst, Heidi Wills and John Wyble
We will be showing the debates on all our TV’s with the volume run thru the house system. We were full by 5pm last week and assume it will be even busier for this train wreck…Happy Hour specials are:
$6 ‘Palin or “Bidden’ Specialty drinks; $5 fresh fruit margaritas; $4 wells and wine; $3 select drafts; $4.50 nachos; $3.50 small plates
No beehives necessary

Sport Bar and Restaurant / Washington Women for Obama
5pm on
Sport Restaurant and Bar, Belltown, Fisher Plaza Building, 140 - 4th Ave N, Ste 130 (across from Space Needle)
Parking available at Fisher Plaza for $5.00 ( with validation)
Over 40 Plasma Screens - everyone will be able to see and hear
Men, women and children invited, a special room for parents with children is available, if desired
Stay on after the debate for dinner and discussion, Sport Restaurant known for great food
To RSVP please call 206.903-0172 or sign up at:

Thursday, October 2 at 7:30 pm
Peter Galbraith: ‘Unintended Consequences’
Following his New York Times-bestselling The End of Iraq, Peter Galbraith describes the unprecedented challenges the next president will inherit in the Middle East. Former U.S. Ambassador to Croatia, Galbraith is one of Washington’’s leading authorities on Iraq. In Unintended Consequences, he not only shows how the Iraq war has exposed American weakness, but focuses on what can be done for the benefit of the U.S., its allies, and the Iraqis. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life, with University Book Store.
For those wanting to hear Peter Galbraith, but also not wanting to miss the Vice Presidential Debate at 6 pm, we will have television monitors set up for viewing at Town Hall. Galbraith has agreed to provide his analysis of the debate and take a few questions about it before segueing into his talk. Doors will open at 5:30.
Tickets are $5 and are available at , 800/838-3006 and at the door beginning at 6:30. Town Hall members receive priority seating. Downstairs at Town Hall, enter on Seneca Street.

Twilight Exit
“Last Friday was INSANE. It was packed, standing room only, and a lot of fun. The unanimous opinion was that we had to do it again for the Veeps.”
6:00, get there early if you want a seat!
2051 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 324-7462

Women For Obama
All events begin at 5:30 PM.

Mount Vernon:
Skaigit County Democratic Party Office
300A South First Street
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Golf Club at Newcastle
15500 Six Penny Lane
Newcastle (Renton), WA 98059

Elmer’s Restaurant
7427 S Hosmer St
Tacoma, WA 98408

‘The Office’ Bar & Grill
2030 Mottman Rd
Tumwater, WA 98512

Juliano’s Pizzeria
15606 SE MIll Plain Blvd
Vancouver, WA 98684

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So what about the conservatives? Where are they going to be? I have a strand of pearls and I can drink a white whine spritzer if need be. I want to watch them watch this debate. I want to see the reactions of the people backing this unqualified shrew.

Posted by Mikki | October 1, 2008 1:32 PM

Here's one:
Forget the pearls. You'll want to bring holy water, a string of garlic, and a cross.

Posted by watch with conservatives | October 1, 2008 1:45 PM

wow all the bar owners are really giving us some incredible drink specials thanks a lot guys...might as well get my growler filled and head up to the Department of Safety.

Posted by matt Davis | October 1, 2008 2:34 PM

wow all the bar owners are really giving us some incredible drink specials thanks a lot guys...might as well get my growler filled and head up to the Department of Safety.

Posted by matt Davis | October 1, 2008 2:35 PM

Geeze, where are "Homos For O-man­™ " supposed to meet? Not one gay bar on Capitol Hill in the whole list? Lame.

Posted by JimS. | October 1, 2008 2:55 PM

it took over an hour to get a drink at spitfire during last weeks debate. OVER AN HOUR AND IT WAS THE WRONG DRINK.

Posted by notagain | October 1, 2008 3:43 PM

Wait, is Moe Bar doing anything this time around?

Posted by Meg | October 1, 2008 4:26 PM

@6 - you won't have that problem at the Twilight.

Posted by Callie | October 1, 2008 4:32 PM

Please add "my living room couch, Melbourne, Australia, 11a Friday". It's no fun watching a debate by yourself when it's also before noon :-(

Posted by brappy | October 1, 2008 4:52 PM

Anybody near wallingford with a TV I can yell at? I'll bring the booze.

Posted by Super Jesse | October 1, 2008 5:19 PM

Conservatives are meeting around a burning trash barrel watching on an old rabbit ear TV.

Bathing optional.

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 1, 2008 10:13 PM

I didn't realize you were having a party at your place Will.

Posted by Mikki | October 2, 2008 10:37 AM

(From a previous argument...)

"The latest arrest figures from the Border Patrol and a report released on Thursday by the Pew Hispanic Center indicate that fewer people are trying to enter the United States illegally and that the number living here without documents has declined."

Posted by John Bailo | October 2, 2008 10:37 AM


Posted by Mr. Poe | October 2, 2008 10:47 AM

@12 Good one!

Posted by PopTart | October 2, 2008 10:49 AM

@14 Serious, or set-up?

Posted by PopTart | October 2, 2008 10:51 AM


Just called them to see if they were having anything. No dice. So where are the conservatives going? I want to get in on some conservative action tonight. It would be a blast.

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 2, 2008 10:58 AM

Poe, SO DO I! We have to find a place!

Posted by Mikki | October 2, 2008 11:12 AM

I'm lookin' I'm lookin'.

We'll have to look sharp as fuck. Prepare your Sunday best, or that dress you're making! Woo!

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 2, 2008 11:16 AM

@8 Callie, while normally getting a drink at the twilight would not be a problem, for last week's debate the place was PACKED. It took about 20+ minutes to get a drink in the middle of the debate AFTER the line had died down a bit. It was a lovely place to watch but bring your patience....

Posted by jess | October 2, 2008 11:26 AM



I forwarded the info to BA. E-mailed reservations in. Oh man. This is going to be so fuckin' money.

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 2, 2008 11:33 AM

@21: I can't wait!

Posted by Mikki | October 2, 2008 11:38 AM

That's SIX people confirmed! Maybe even SEVEN if #2 is going! This is going to be off the hook.

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 2, 2008 11:39 AM

I'm in for the McCain/Palin debate watch party at:
Sixth Ave Bar & Grill
2000 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

I just RSVP'd at the McCain Meetup group.

Looking forward to seeing more Sloggers. How will we know each other? Becaause I'm heading home to put on aa suit!!!!

Posted by Drawmark | October 2, 2008 12:04 PM

Look for me. I'll be the only dork with black-rimmed glasses and a gray vest, I'm sure.

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 2, 2008 12:09 PM

Looking to score tonight with a future Anne Coulter type?

Posted by Drawmark | October 2, 2008 12:53 PM

What/where would you guys reccomend for people who get off work DOWNTOWN right at 6PM when it starts?

Posted by DT Worker | October 2, 2008 1:09 PM

Here is one at the Overlake Roundtable Pizza for people not in the downtown Seattle area, but who want to be just as entertained as we will be this evening:

They have 16 confirmed and 7 maybes!

Posted by Mikki | October 2, 2008 1:23 PM

@5 JimS. just called Rplace, and they will be showing it

Posted by art | October 2, 2008 2:37 PM

Hey there, somebody asked if Moe Bar was showing the debate and the answer is hells yeah. See ya in a bit.

Posted by Steven Severin | October 2, 2008 4:24 PM

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