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Brooklyn bars that will be showing the 2012 Obama vs. Romney presidential debate

These Brooklyn bars will air the 2012 Obama vs. Romney presidential debates

Brooklyn Daily

Brooklynites hail from diverse places and backgrounds, but a few common traits bind nearly all of us together: the lack of a television and a desire to enjoy most major events at a bar.

And for the borough’s politicos, the upcoming presidential debates are the Superbowl of the election season — must-see match-ups that are the prime showcases of politics as sport.

They’re also great events to watch with a drink.

Even though 79 percent of Brooklyn voters cast their ballots for Barack Obama in 2008, there’s still room for debate — at least about where to watch the debates themselves.

That’s why we compiled this handy and entirely non-partisan guide to the Obama-vs.-Romney slugfests of 2012:

1. Mo’s

The quintessential Fort Greene neighborhood pub is sure to attract a lively mix of neighbors from a community that went all out in the streets for Obama after his 2008 victory. [80 Lafayette Ave. between S. Elliott Place and S. Portland Avenue in Fort Greene (718) 797–2849, www.mosftgreene.com]

2. Commonwealth

A stand-up beer bar in the heartland of Brooklyn’s liberal intelligentsia is sure to draw an Obama-heavy crowd — especially considering that it’s the place where local Democrats such as Councilman Brad Lander (D–Park Slope) celebrate their election wins.

[497 Fifth Ave. at 12th Street in Park Slope. (718) 768–2040, www.commonwealthbar.com].

3. Galapagos Art Space

This hip DUMBO performance space will host a panel on the relationship between education and poverty before the domestic policy-themed debate, and offer some special cocktails for the actual event.

[16 Main St. at Water Street in DUMBO. (718) 222–8500, www.galapagosartspace.com].

4. Ceol

The wood-panelled pub, with its long and stolid bar, cultivates an air of traditionalism. Perhaps that’s what’s made it a recent meeting spot for the Young Brooklyn Republicans — and a potential draw for the borough’s rare Mitt Romney fans.

[191 Smith St. between Baltic and Warren streets in Cobble Hill, (347) 643–9911 www.ceolpub.com].

5. Building on Bond

This architect and designer-centric drinking hole, cafe, and restaurant on a leafy Boerum Hill street will add debate nights to its roster of brainy events that already includes a tough trivia night and meet-ups for the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research.

[112 Bond St. at Pacific Street in Boerum Hill, (347) 853–8687, www.buildingatbond.com].

6. Pacific Standard

Berkeley grads and other Bay Area ex-pats congregate at this bookish bar, which will broadcast the debate on a big screen to what will most certainly be a pro-Obama crowd. GOP fans are welcome however, the bar’s owners promise.

[82 Fourth Ave. between Bergen Street and St. Marks Place in Boerum Hill, (718) 858–1951, www.pacificstandardbrooklyn.com].

7. Spike Hill

Pabst tallboys for $4 and well drinks for $5 are sure to loosen up the political atmosphere at this Bedford Avenue bar.

[186 Bedford Ave. at N. Seventh Street in Williamsburg. (718) 218–9737, www.spikehill.com].

8. Cranberry’s

For those who believe politics really happens in smoke-filled rooms, there’s this Bay Ridge hookah bar, which will show the debates while patrons enjoy the shisha and Middle Eastern fare.

[9013 Fourth Ave. between 90th and 91st streets in Bay Ridge. (718) 833–8816].

Reach reporter Eli Rosenberg at erosenberg@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2531. And follow him at twitter.com/emrosenberg.

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