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Where to Watch Beto O’Rourke and Ted Cruz Face Off in Dallas

If you can’t be there in person, these are the next best options

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It’s already been a contentious run for Texas’ U.S. senate seat between Republican incumbent Ted Cruz and U.S. Representative Democrat Beto O’Rourke. Now the public has a chance to see the two candidates go head-to-head in a series of three debates which kicked off on September 21 in Dallas.

The next debate is set for Tuesday, October 16 in San Antonio. For folks who can’t be there in person, clearly the next best thing is watching from the comfort of a bar or restaurant with an excellent meal and chilly beer in hand. Head to one of these 10 bars to do just that.

Update 9/28/18, 10:17 a.m.: The September 30 debate between Cruz and O’Rourke has been postponed to an undetermined date.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Jack Mac's Swill & Grill

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19009 Preston Rd
Dallas, TX 75252
(972) 267-2782
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This Far North Dallas neighborhood grill will be airing the debate with sustenance like burgers, pizza, meatballs, and poutine on deck, plus a bunch of local draft beers listed on the chalkboard behind the bar.

2. The People's Last Stand

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5319 E Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 370-8755
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The People’s Last Stand will be offering happy hour pricing during the debate including draft beer for $5 to $7, wine for $8, and a whole bunch of cocktails for $7 or $8 like the pineapple julep, sangria, house gin & tonic, and strawberry paloma.

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3. Strangeways

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2429 N Fitzhugh Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 823-7800
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This might be the ground zero for Beto supporters. Strangeways’ delicious torta, “mom’s tamales,” or a sandwich smothered in cheese and bacon is the perfect accompaniment to “hear Beto lay out his vision for Texas on the national stage.” Don’t forget a side of yucca fries or elotes and a cold draft beer, of course.

4. Ross & Hall

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3300 Ross Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 301-0973
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Ross & Hall is hosting a watch party with apps like the bison chili, crab dip, and brisket poutine. Or for a full meal, the caprese grilled cheese and smoked turkey club are great bets, along with the huge assortment of draft beer.

5. The Independent Bar & Kitchen

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2712 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226
(469) 872-6860
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IBK in Deep Ellum will serve up a dozen pints for $4 which usually range from $6 to $8, plus its lengthy British Isles-inspired bar menu, burgers, salads, and sides like mac ‘n’ cheese and crispy brussels sprouts.

6. Denton County Brewing Company

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200 E McKinney St
Denton, TX 76201
(940) 435-0710
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Denton denizens can gather around for a Beto-centric watch party alongside the brewery’s own concoctions. Snag the interesting sounding “Dank Jungle Fruit” IPA, “Cherry Hoppins” amber lager, or “Bikini Bottom Pineapple Milkshake” IPA with five different hops, lactose, and “copious amounts of pineapple.”

7. Rugby House Pub

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8604 Preston Rd #100
Plano, TX 75024
(972) 668-8034
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Rugby House is hosting a party for Beto supporters thanks to Laura Gunn for State Representative Texas HD-33 and Collin County Democratic Party. Chow down on traditional Irish bangers & mash and fish ‘n’ chips alongside burgers, wings, nachos, salads, and more pub fare.

8. Northside Drafthouse & Eatery

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3000 Northside Boulevard #800
Richardson, TX 75080
(972) 238-7915
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UTDallas for Beto and UTD College Democrats will host a watch party at this bar-restaurant in the North ‘burbs. Burgers, sandwiches, wraps, tacos, and salads are on offer, along with 50 beers on tap and house cocktails.

9. Los Jimadores

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3314 Harwood Rd
Bedford, TX 76021
(817) 354-5300
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Munch on a long list of enchiladas, tamales, and tacos with a margarita in hand while watching the debate in this pro-Beto atmosphere. Los Jimadores is asking for donations as well to support pro-public education candidate Steve Riddell’s Texas House District 92 run for office.

10. Round-Up Saloon

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3912 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 522-9611
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This LBGTQ-friendly bar on Cedar Springs (a favorite haunt of Lady Gaga’s when she’s in town) will be playing the debate on the big screen over the main floor, plus there will be voter registration on-site.

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1. Jack Mac's Swill & Grill

19009 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75252

This Far North Dallas neighborhood grill will be airing the debate with sustenance like burgers, pizza, meatballs, and poutine on deck, plus a bunch of local draft beers listed on the chalkboard behind the bar.

19009 Preston Rd
Dallas, TX 75252

2. The People's Last Stand

5319 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206
The People’s Last Stand/Facebook

The People’s Last Stand will be offering happy hour pricing during the debate including draft beer for $5 to $7, wine for $8, and a whole bunch of cocktails for $7 or $8 like the pineapple julep, sangria, house gin & tonic, and strawberry paloma.

5319 E Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, TX 75206

3. Strangeways

2429 N Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

This might be the ground zero for Beto supporters. Strangeways’ delicious torta, “mom’s tamales,” or a sandwich smothered in cheese and bacon is the perfect accompaniment to “hear Beto lay out his vision for Texas on the national stage.” Don’t forget a side of yucca fries or elotes and a cold draft beer, of course.

2429 N Fitzhugh Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

4. Ross & Hall

3300 Ross Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

Ross & Hall is hosting a watch party with apps like the bison chili, crab dip, and brisket poutine. Or for a full meal, the caprese grilled cheese and smoked turkey club are great bets, along with the huge assortment of draft beer.

3300 Ross Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

5. The Independent Bar & Kitchen

2712 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226

IBK in Deep Ellum will serve up a dozen pints for $4 which usually range from $6 to $8, plus its lengthy British Isles-inspired bar menu, burgers, salads, and sides like mac ‘n’ cheese and crispy brussels sprouts.

2712 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226

6. Denton County Brewing Company

200 E McKinney St, Denton, TX 76201

Denton denizens can gather around for a Beto-centric watch party alongside the brewery’s own concoctions. Snag the interesting sounding “Dank Jungle Fruit” IPA, “Cherry Hoppins” amber lager, or “Bikini Bottom Pineapple Milkshake” IPA with five different hops, lactose, and “copious amounts of pineapple.”

200 E McKinney St
Denton, TX 76201

7. Rugby House Pub

8604 Preston Rd #100, Plano, TX 75024

Rugby House is hosting a party for Beto supporters thanks to Laura Gunn for State Representative Texas HD-33 and Collin County Democratic Party. Chow down on traditional Irish bangers & mash and fish ‘n’ chips alongside burgers, wings, nachos, salads, and more pub fare.

8604 Preston Rd #100
Plano, TX 75024

8. Northside Drafthouse & Eatery

3000 Northside Boulevard #800, Richardson, TX 75080

UTDallas for Beto and UTD College Democrats will host a watch party at this bar-restaurant in the North ‘burbs. Burgers, sandwiches, wraps, tacos, and salads are on offer, along with 50 beers on tap and house cocktails.

3000 Northside Boulevard #800
Richardson, TX 75080

9. Los Jimadores

3314 Harwood Rd, Bedford, TX 76021

Munch on a long list of enchiladas, tamales, and tacos with a margarita in hand while watching the debate in this pro-Beto atmosphere. Los Jimadores is asking for donations as well to support pro-public education candidate Steve Riddell’s Texas House District 92 run for office.

3314 Harwood Rd
Bedford, TX 76021

10. Round-Up Saloon

3912 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75219
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This LBGTQ-friendly bar on Cedar Springs (a favorite haunt of Lady Gaga’s when she’s in town) will be playing the debate on the big screen over the main floor, plus there will be voter registration on-site.

3912 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219

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