The first vice presidential debate is tonight at 6. Whether you want to watch in a socially distanced bar or restaurant with a cocktail and snacks, or in the comfort of your own home with thematically on-point cupcakes, ice cream, and beer, we've got options for you. Read on to learn where you can see the debate in Seattle and pick up food and drink specials. Looking for a primer before you dive into the debate? Check out KUOW and the UW Alumni Association's Vice Presidential Debate Preview. If you're in the mood for more politics after the debate is over, tune in to the Washington Gubernatorial Debate at 8, or grab your tickets for the Stranger Debate series that starts next week.
Cone & Steiner
The neighborhood market and general store's handy Debate Survival Kit has everything you need to make it through the debate: snacks like mixed nuts and peanut butter bites to stress-eat, a bag of Angie's popcorn to throw at your screen, and Cleen Craft CBD soda and a hand-poured Orcas Island candle to calm you down.
Pickup or delivery
Add some flair to your debate viewing with election-themed packs of cupcakes from Cupcake Royale, decked out in red, white, and blue with messages like "keep your laws off my cupcakes" and images of RBG. They're available for pickup or for delivery—quantities are limited, so pre-orders are recommended for in-person pickup. The cupcakes are also available as part of SAVOR Seattle's RISE For Equality Box, a tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg with goodies from nine women-owned companies, including Cupcake Royale, Rachel's Ginger Beer, Hot Cakes, Fran's Chocolates, Gourmondo, Seattle Chocolate Company, Girl Meets Dirt, Toffee O!, and Cookies with Tiffany. The boxes will be available for delivery on October 7 and 14, and $5 from each will be donated to the ACLU, which runs the Women's Rights Project that Ginsburg co-founded.
The Growler Guys
Stave off your election-induced panic with cheesy pizza and cold beer at the Growler Guys' outdoor patio watch party.
The bright, lively neighborhood spot is showing the debate with socially distant seating starting at 6 pm, so you can grab a craft cocktail in one of their flamboyant gold owl goblets and settle in. Play along with their vice presidential debate bingo game for a chance to win a $50 gift card. Their sports bar will also have all-day happy hour.
Founder Molly Moon Neitzel was once the executive director of Music for America, a national political nonprofit that worked with bands to register their fans to vote, so it's no surprise her passion for civic engagement still shines through at her local ice cream chain. Molly Moon's new presidential candidate flavor is "Joe Pie-den Kamà la mode," an apple pie flavor with chunks of pie crust and swirls of chai-spiced caramel. All proceeds from the flavor will be donated to When We All Vote, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that is "on a mission to increase participation in every election and close the race and age voting gap by changing the culture around voting."
If you'd like an on-theme beer to sip while you watch Trump and Biden square off, pick up a four-pack of Rooftop Brewing's ImPeachMint IPA, made with Yakima hops and real peach. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County.
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