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Here's Where To Watch The Presidential Debate In L.A.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (L) speaks as Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listens during the town hall debate at Washington University on October 9, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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After that last debate, you were probably wondering if and how this mess could possibly continue for a third round. Well, it's here. Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will square off in their third and final debate tonight at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with Fox News' own Chris Wallace serving as moderator.

Is this real life? How is this still happening? In the wise words of Samuel Beckett, "You must go on. I can't go on. I'll go on." Anyway, here are some places where, if you must go on, you can at least make some new friends and hopefully get drunk while you watch.


HRC Los Angeles Watch Party at The Abbey
Because what better place to watch than the Abbey? We can only imagine that this will be somewhat of a party. And in this instance, HRC stands for Human Rights Campaign (the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for LGBT Americans) and not Hillary Rodham Clinton, though you wouldn't be the first to be confused. To add to the muddle, HRC's watch party is also an "official" HRC campaign event.

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The Abbey is located at 692 N. Robertson Boulevard in West Hollywood. The fun starts at 5 p.m. and the debate start at 6 p.m. Admission is free, though you can register here.

South LA Decides 2016 Debate Watch Party & Ballot Measure Forum
Join Congresswoman Karen Bass, County Supervisor Mark-Ridley-Thomas, L.A. City Councilmembers Curren Price, Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Herb Wesson, along with other local politicians and a bunch of area Democratic clubs at Holman United Methodist Church. Live coverage of the final debate starts at 6:00pm and a question and answer forum is set to follow. Note: We are pretty sure there won't be any alcohol served, as Holman is a church.

Holman United Methodist Church is located at 3320 W. Adams Boulevard in West Adams. Doors open at 5:30pm. The event is free, but you can register here.


Regal Cinemas Watch Party at L.A. Live
Does watching the debates already feel like a movie and not reality? Well then, this setting will really up that surreal quotient, for better or worse. Regal Cinemas, per their website, "is excited to offer voters, debate teams, political science classes, or regular Joes" the chance to cheer and/or jeer the candidates while watching on the big screen at participating Regal theaters. They will also be offering a free small drink to debate attendees who purchase popcorn.

Regal LA Live Stadium 14 is located at 1000 W. Olympic Boulevard in downtown Los Angeles. The screening starts at 6 p.m. and admission is free. Other participating Regal locations include their Valencia, Santa Clarita, Long Beach and Alhambra theaters.

Comedy Juice Squeezes the Presidential Debate with Ben Gleib, Margaret Cho, & Bret Ernst!
Comedy Juice Squeezes has already won us over with their tag line, "The only way to watch this shit," and their planned format also sounds pretty great. The debate will be paused for jokes, so you won't miss any of the action—it will just be interspersed with excellent commentary from Ben Gleib, Margaret Cho (!!), and Bret Ernst. This event will show the debate on a time delay.

Comedy Juice will be held at Hollywood Improv, which is located at 8162 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets cost $7 and are available here.

The Tim Conway Jr., John and Ken Broadcast and KFI Debate Viewing Party
If you can't get enough of KFI 640 AM, then this is the event for you. If you want to get there way early, you can Tim Conway Jr., John and Ken for a live broadcast of the John and Ken Show, which starts at 2 p.m. And for the less motivated, you can join them at 6 p.m. for their debate party at M3 Live Anaheim Event Center. There will also be prizes of some sort to be won.

The M3 Live Anaheim Event Center is located at 2232 S. Harbor Boulevard in Anaheim. The main event starts at 6 p.m. and admission is free, but you can register here.

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The L.A. Times' Debate Watch Spectacular
Hosted by Christina Bellantoni of the Los Angeles Times and Hrishikesh Hirway of “Song Exploder” and “The West Wing Weekly," this event will combine comedy, music, and analysis—along with pre-show video fun from Alamo Drafthouse. The debate will be shown live at 6 p.m. on the Theatre at Ace Hotel's big screen, followed by a round of political analysis from the L.A. Times politics team and then a DJ set by Miles Tackett (Funky Sole).

The Ace Hotel is located at 929 S. Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. The show starts at 6 p.m., though the Alamo Drafthouse video content begins at 5:20 p.m. Tickets are $13 and available here.


Go fuck yourselves. Just kidding! You can join the remnants of the Republican Party at Topper's Pizza in Canyon Country. According to the official L.A. GOP website, there will also be Republican debate watch parties in East San Gabriel Valley, Long Beach (x2), the South Bay and Whittier. There does not, however, appear to be a single official event in the City of Los Angeles for reasons that mystify us. SAD!

Super Depressing Republican Debate Watch Party at a Pizza Chain In Valencia
The Republican Party of Los Angeles County will be hosting this debate watching party in the patio area of Topper's Pizza (4 stars on Yelp!) in Canyon Country.

Topper's Pizza is located at 18417 Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country. The gathering begins at 5:30 p.m. and there does not appear to be any price for admission, beyond the obvious Faustian pact that we can only imagine anyone who still supports Trump has made. For additional information you can email some guy named Jason, per the local GOP's website.

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