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Trump-Clinton debate watch parties set for bars and restaurants across Tampa Bay

People wait in the hall for the presidential debate between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. [Associated Press]

People wait in the hall for the presidential debate between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. [Associated Press]

Bars and restaurants across Tampa Bay are hosting watch parties for tonight's first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The debate, held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. starts at 9 p.m. and will be televised on CNN, Fox News, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC and also C-SPAN. ABC News and Facebook are also streaming the debate on Facebook Live.

Related: Demeanor, truth, specifics are key things to watch in first presidential debate

Here are some of the places where you can find a watch party in the Tampa Bay area:


The Hideaway, 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa: Hosted by Tampa's TRUMP. RSVP with Norma Cohen at 813-992-5845 or on the event's Facebook page

O'Briens Irish Pub, 701 W. Lumsden Road, Brandon: Hosted by Florida Family Action. (813) 661-9688,

Quaker Steak and Lube, 10400 49th St. N., Clearwater: Hosted by the Pinellas County Republican Party. Look for the Trump sign waving at the entrance. RSVP to, or (727) 455-5636,

Mugs Sports Bar & Grill, 13563 Icot Blvd. Clearwater: Sign waving will take place outside before the debate, (727) 410-6758,

Beef O Brady's, 7040 Land O Lakes Blvd., Land O Lakes: RSVP with Michael Harris, (978) 979-3820.


Fodder & Shine, 5910 N. Florida Ave., Tampa: Hosted by Hillsborough County Democratic Party. State Representative Ed Narain, Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Alex Sink are scheduled to attend. The debate will be on TVs and a projector indoors, and the audio will run outside. RSVP at

USF Marshall Student Center, Beef O' Brady's, 4103 USF Cedar Circle, Tampa: hosted by For Florida's Future, Trans Student Union, National Organization for Women, Tri Iota, United Students Against Sweatshops, A.N.G.E.L.S Inc., and the Black Student Union.

Wings and Buckets, 7507 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa: Hosted by Organize NOW! (813) 513-5436,

The Queens Head Restaurant, 2501 Central Ave., St. Peterburg: Hosted by Stonewall Democrats. Drink specials. (727) 498-8584,

Beef Eaters Bar and Grill, 5639 Park St N., St Petersburg: Hosted by the Pinellas County Democratic Party. (727) 545-2333

Beef O Brady's Countryside, 2471 N McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater: Hosted by the Pinellas County Democratic Party. (727) 614-9717,


Mermaid Tavern, 6719 N. Nebraska Ave. Tampa: Live streaming on the bar and restaurant's projector, with sound. (813) 238-5618,

Tampa Tap Room, 13150 Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa: Watch the debate and get 50 cent wings and $2.75 domestic beers. (813) 961-2337,

Punky's Bar and Grill, 3063 Central Ave., St. Petersburg: 2-for-1 drinks and burger combo night. (727) 201-4712,

Ybor City Barbering Company and Bar, 1409 E. 7th Ave., Tampa: Debate on all 8 TVs. (813) 943-7575,

Trump-Clinton debate watch parties set for bars and restaurants across Tampa Bay 09/26/16 [Last modified: Monday, September 26, 2016 3:07pm]
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