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Where to Watch the Final Texas Senate Debate in Austin

Watch Beto O’Rourke and Ted Cruz face off with food and drinks at hand

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Texas Senate candidates Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke at their first debate in Dallas
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The race for the Texas Senate seat continues with Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke and Republican candidate Ted Cruz facing off in a series of what has become two debates. The final debate takes place on Tuesday, October 16 at 8 p.m. in San Antonio.

Eater gathered Austin restaurants and bars airing the debates because it’s important to eat and drink while watching as the two candidates talk about how they would handle issues that affect the future of Texas. (If this list seems to lean towards O’Rourke, that’s because the Cruz campaign only lists one watch party in San Antonio on its official site.)

The second debate, which had been scheduled to take place on Sunday, September 30, was postponed because Cruz had to be in Washington, D.C. this weekend for voting and never rescheduled.

Know of any missing debate watch parties at Austin restaurants and bars below? Let Eater know through the tipline or within the comments.

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1. Black Star Co-op

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7020 Easy Wind Dr
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 452-2337
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The Crestview brewpub will screen the debate through its projector while serving Beto Beer on draft. It runs from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery
Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery
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2. The Brixton

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3304, 1412 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 370-2749
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The East Austin bar is screening the debate via a projector, and hosting a comedy showcase afterwards with proceeds going to SAFE Alliance.

The Brixton
The Brixton
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3. Pour House Pints & Pies

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11835 Jollyville Rd
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 270-4740
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The beer bar and pizza restaurant is screening the debate in an O’Rourke-friendly space. It runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Pour House Pints & Pines
Pour House Pints & Pines
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4. Turntable Eatery

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5111 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 599-4321
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The North Loop neighborhood restaurant’s debate watch party is another O’Rourke-friendly one, running from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Turntable Eatery
Turntable Eatery
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5. Dive Bar & Lounge

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1703 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 482-3483
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O’Rourke supporters are hanging out at the, well, dive bar between downtown and campus for the debate, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Dive Bar & Lounge
Dive Bar & Lounge
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6. Attabar

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1300 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

The East Austin bar’s O’Rourke-backing debate party runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

7. Native Hostel and Bar & Kitchen

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807 E 4th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 551-9947
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The East Austin hostel will screen the debate with an O’Rourke-friendly party in its events space from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

8. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

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1120 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 861-7040
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All locations of Alamo Drafthouse will screen the debate, starting at 8 p.m. Reservations can be made with $5 food and drink vouchers.

Alamo Drafthouse
Alamo Drafthouse
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9. Billy's On Burnet

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2105 Hancock Dr
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 407-9305
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Dive bar Billy’s on Burnet will be showing the debates starting at 7:30 p.m.

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Billy’s on Burnet
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10. Shangri-La

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1016 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-4291
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Shangri-La will be hosting a Beto-leaning watch party at 6 p.m.

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Shangri-La on East Sixth
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11. Ah Sing Den

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1100 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 467-4280
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This O’Rourke-leaning event in the Secret Garden of Ah Sing Den starts at 8pm. Half of the proceeds from the restaurant’s Blue Wave Cocktail and Baos for Beto go to the Beto O’Rouke campaign.

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Bao from Ah Sing Den
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12. Wright Bros. Brew and Brew

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500 San Marcos St #105
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 493-0963
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This casual east side spot for beer and coffee will host a Halloween-themed debate night, with politically themed costumes encouraged. There will be Beto Bingo with prizes and an art auction, hosted by &Feminist, with proceeds from the auction going to the Beto O’Rourke campaign.

Both kinds of brew at Wright Bros.
Both kinds of brew at Wright Bros.
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13. The Liberty

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1618 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 514-0502
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Dive bar The Liberty will project the debates indoors and streaming outside. There will be drink specials and possibly a Beto swag table. The event starts at 8 p.m.

The bar at The Liberty
The bar at The Liberty
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14. Counter Culture

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2337 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-1540
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This all-vegan cafe will host a O’Rourke-supportive watch party starting at 7:30, complete with Beto Bingo.

Counter Culture Cafe on East Cesar Chavez
Counter Culture Cafe on East Cesar Chavez
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15. The Park on South Lamar

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4024 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 277-3004
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Blue Action Democrats and the Travis County Democratic Party will host a watch party on South Lamar starting at 7 p.m.

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The Park on South Lamar
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16. Live Oak Brewing Company

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1615 Crozier Ln
Del Valle, TX 78617
(512) 385-2299
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The Del Valle brewing company will host an O’Rourke-supportive watch party starting at 7:30 p.m.

Live Oak Brewing taproom
Live Oak Brewing taproom
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17. Hideaway Kitchen and Bar

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4323 S IH 35 Frontage Rd suite b
Austin, TX 78744
(512) 527-3007
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An O’Rourke-leaning watch party will take place at this southeast Austin bar, from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Hideaway Kitchen & Bar
Hideaway Kitchen & Bar
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1. Black Star Co-op

7020 Easy Wind Dr, Austin, TX 78752
Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery
Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery
Black Star Co-op/Facebook

The Crestview brewpub will screen the debate through its projector while serving Beto Beer on draft. It runs from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

7020 Easy Wind Dr
Austin, TX 78752

2. The Brixton

3304, 1412 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
The Brixton
The Brixton
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The East Austin bar is screening the debate via a projector, and hosting a comedy showcase afterwards with proceeds going to SAFE Alliance.

3304, 1412 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

3. Pour House Pints & Pies

11835 Jollyville Rd, Austin, TX 78759
Pour House Pints & Pines
Pour House Pints & Pines
Pour House Pints & Pines/Facebook

The beer bar and pizza restaurant is screening the debate in an O’Rourke-friendly space. It runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

11835 Jollyville Rd
Austin, TX 78759

4. Turntable Eatery

5111 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
Turntable Eatery
Turntable Eatery
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The North Loop neighborhood restaurant’s debate watch party is another O’Rourke-friendly one, running from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

5111 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

5. Dive Bar & Lounge

1703 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701
Dive Bar & Lounge
Dive Bar & Lounge
Dive Bar & Lounge/Facebook

O’Rourke supporters are hanging out at the, well, dive bar between downtown and campus for the debate, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

1703 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78701

6. Attabar

1300 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

The East Austin bar’s O’Rourke-backing debate party runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

1300 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

7. Native Hostel and Bar & Kitchen

807 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78702

The East Austin hostel will screen the debate with an O’Rourke-friendly party in its events space from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

807 E 4th St
Austin, TX 78702

8. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Alamo Drafthouse
Alamo Drafthouse
Nick Simonite/Alamo Drafthouse

All locations of Alamo Drafthouse will screen the debate, starting at 8 p.m. Reservations can be made with $5 food and drink vouchers.

1120 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

9. Billy's On Burnet

2105 Hancock Dr, Austin, TX 78756
Billy’s on Burnet
Billy’s on Burnet
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Dive bar Billy’s on Burnet will be showing the debates starting at 7:30 p.m.

2105 Hancock Dr
Austin, TX 78756

10. Shangri-La

1016 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Shangri-La on East Sixth
Shangri-La on East Sixth
Shangri-La/Facebook

Shangri-La will be hosting a Beto-leaning watch party at 6 p.m.

1016 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

11. Ah Sing Den

1100 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Bao from Ah Sing Den
Bao from Ah Sing Den
Ah Sing Den/Facebook

This O’Rourke-leaning event in the Secret Garden of Ah Sing Den starts at 8pm. Half of the proceeds from the restaurant’s Blue Wave Cocktail and Baos for Beto go to the Beto O’Rouke campaign.

1100 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

12. Wright Bros. Brew and Brew

500 San Marcos St #105, Austin, TX 78702
Both kinds of brew at Wright Bros.
Both kinds of brew at Wright Bros.
Wright Bros. Brew & Brew/Facebook

This casual east side spot for beer and coffee will host a Halloween-themed debate night, with politically themed costumes encouraged. There will be Beto Bingo with prizes and an art auction, hosted by &Feminist, with proceeds from the auction going to the Beto O’Rourke campaign.

500 San Marcos St #105
Austin, TX 78702

13. The Liberty

1618 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
The bar at The Liberty
The bar at The Liberty
The Liberty/Facebook

Dive bar The Liberty will project the debates indoors and streaming outside. There will be drink specials and possibly a Beto swag table. The event starts at 8 p.m.

1618 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

14. Counter Culture

2337 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Counter Culture Cafe on East Cesar Chavez
Counter Culture Cafe on East Cesar Chavez
Counter Culture/Facebook

This all-vegan cafe will host a O’Rourke-supportive watch party starting at 7:30, complete with Beto Bingo.

2337 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

15. The Park on South Lamar

4024 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
The Park on South Lamar
The Park on South Lamar
The Park on South Lamar/Facebook

Blue Action Democrats and the Travis County Democratic Party will host a watch party on South Lamar starting at 7 p.m.

4024 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

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16. Live Oak Brewing Company

1615 Crozier Ln, Del Valle, TX 78617
Live Oak Brewing taproom
Live Oak Brewing taproom
Aaron B./ Yelp

The Del Valle brewing company will host an O’Rourke-supportive watch party starting at 7:30 p.m.

1615 Crozier Ln
Del Valle, TX 78617

17. Hideaway Kitchen and Bar

4323 S IH 35 Frontage Rd suite b, Austin, TX 78744
Hideaway Kitchen & Bar
Hideaway Kitchen & Bar
Summer Maulden

An O’Rourke-leaning watch party will take place at this southeast Austin bar, from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

4323 S IH 35 Frontage Rd suite b
Austin, TX 78744

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