Detroit is set to host the second round of Democratic presidential debates this month. The extremely broad field of 20 qualifying candidates will take the stage at the Fox Theatre and make their case to a national audience. CNN’s Dana Bash, Don Lemon, and Jake Tapper will be moderating the debate beginning at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30 and Wednesday, July 31.
For Detroiters this will likely mean lots of public appearances by candidates. Expect politicians to show up for photo ops at local businesses including restaurants and bars. There are also expected to be demonstrations near the main event.
Unfortunately, seating is limited at the Fox, meaning most people won’t get to see view the debates in person. Tickets were distributed through a lottery system by the Democratic Party. Curbed Detroit has assembled a guide for watching the Democratic debates, but there’s also a handful of opportunities to catch the political theater from a seat at the bar — preferably with a pint and an appetizer. Drink everytime you don’t recognize the candidate on the screen.
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Bookies Bar N’ Grille
2208 Cass Ave., Detroit
The Sunrise Movement, Detroit Socialists of America, Metro Detroit For Bernie, and Our Revolution Michigan are hosting a debate watch party at Cass Corridor sports bar Bookies. The doors open at 7 p.m. (More info) From 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31, the Tulsi Gabbard campaign will also be hosting a Detroit debate party at Bookies. (More info)
519 East Jefferson Ave., Detroit
Elizabeth Warren supporters are hosting a watch party at the Briggs Detroit sports bar in Bricktown on Tuesday, July 30. The event is free and open to the public. (More info) Briggs will also be hosting two events with the Human Rights Campaign from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30 and Wednesday, July 31. (More info)
450 Fort St. W., Ste. 100, Detroit
Head to Anchor Bar on Fort Street for the an official Democratic National Committee watch party with representatives from organizations across Michigan. The event runs from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30. (More info)
McShane’s Irish Pub & Whiskey Bar
1460 Michigan Ave., Detroit
Corktown’s Irish pub will host two nights of watch parties organized by CitizenDetroit. The events run from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30 and Wednesday, July 31 and are free and open to the public. (More info)
Northville Sports Den
133 W Main St, Northville
The Northville and Novi Democratic clubs are hosting a watch party at the Northville Spots Den on Wednesday, July 31. The doors open at 7 p.m. with pizza starting at 7:30 p.m. ahead of the debate. (More info)
Mike’s Pizza Bar
2515 Woodward Ave.
The Pete Buttigieg campaign is hosting its official watch party a few blocks from the Fox Theatre at Mike’s Pizza Bar in the Little Caesars Arena. The event runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (More info)