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Where to Watch the Last Presidential Debate (with a Drink in Hand)

Third time's a charm. So is the third round.

If you're even considering watching the third and final presidential debate tonight — instead of, say, watching the Giants clinch the pennant in a do-or-die seventh NLCS game against the Cards — we admire your sense of civic responsibility. To make your noble sacrifice a little bit easier (and depending on how many drinks you have, possibly a little less noble), here's a short list of the few watering holes around the Bay where the grown men fighting it out on the TV above the bar will be wearing suits rather than jerseys.

Temple
Once again, the Zen-inspired, sushi-serving, self-proclaiming "greenest nightclub in the world" will be hosting a debate-watching party in support of one of the two prime-time candidates. I bet you'll never guess which one.
Doors: 5:00 p.m.
Cover: Free (with RSVP)

Red Devil Lounge
According to his website, comedian Ronn Vigh has starred in the off-Broadway show "10 Naked Men," has gone on tour with the show, "A Fag, A Hag and A Drag," and once played Joan Rivers in something called "The Jesus Roast." As Obama and Romney hash out the particulars of American foreign policy, headliner Vigh is sure to bring a measured and staid perspective to the table.
Doors: 5:00 p.m.
Cover: $5 (get tickets in advance)

Washington Inn
Another comedy show-meets-solemn presidential debate — though this one offers a bigger line-up at a bigger venue. A few blocks from 12th Street BART, Will Durst will be headlining Johnny Steele and Natasha Muse, all of whom will be dropping quips and zingers on debate topics ranging from Guantanamo Bay to the constitutionality of unchecked drone warfare. Levity awaits.
Doors: 6:00 p.m.
Cover: $10 (get tickets in advance)

Hana Zen
Last week's token pro-Romney bash was hosted by the city's Young Republicans. This week, it's the San Francisco Republicans proper (the term "Old Republicans" is not encouraged) that will be throwing the Grand Old Party's party at Pier 39.
Doors: 5:30 p.m.
Cover: Free

City of Alameda Democratic Club
A community potluck may be the most incongruously civil setting from which to watch a debate that promises to be anything but. Bring your best dish (and a bottle of wine) and enjoy the convivial spirit around you while taking in the dust-up on TV.
Doors: 5:30 p.m.
Cover: Free

Mutiny Radio
These Mission-based broadcasters will once again be "occupying the debate." Bring your own beer (and dissatisfaction with the two-party system) and get the opportunity to take the mic and air your grievances on the air.
Doors: 6:00 p.m.
Cover: Free

OMG!
Tonight's big event may not compare to Saturday's Latin beats drag show or yesterday's "Bollyburn" dance class, but the country's first and only Bollywood-themed LGBT club will certainly be one of the more exciting venues from which to watch a presidential debate.
Cover: Free

Sip Bar & Lounge
Another presidential debate, another debate viewing cocktail party at Sip. And if cocktails be your priority over politics, their list of pricey but stiff concoctions has you covered, whatever your predilection. That said, beware the "Fun" section of their menu — if Romney's stance on Iran doesn't leave you queazy, a "birthday cake shot" certainly will.
Doors: 5:00 p.m.
Cover: Free (with RSVP)

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