5 Fun Places To Watch The GOP Debate

It's been more than a month since the last Republican debate, so naturally, it's time for another one. The fifth GOP presidential debate of the year will take place on Dec. 15 in Las Vegas' Venetian hotel; like the second Republican debate, CNN will host and air the event. While the general public's appetite for watching Republicans insult each other on stage in front of a live studio audience might be diminishing at this point, the event is still likely to get a huge draw, as it's one of the last times the candidates will debate before the Iowa caucuses. And if you're wondering where to watch the GOP debate, you've got plenty of options.

First of all, if you'd like to tune in but lack a subscription CNN, worry not — the network has announced that it will offer a free livestream of the debate on its website. All you need, then, is a computer, tablet, or smartphone. But figuring out how to watch the debate is only half the battle; the other half is figuring out where to watch it. Depending on how portable your viewing device is, you've got a myriad of choices. Here are a handful of them:

Your Living Room


The default viewing location for many people, the living room is a great place to watch the debate for two reasons: It's not hard to get there, and when the candidates say something that makes you tear your hair out in anger, you won't be messing up somebody else's carpet.

A Coffee Shop

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Alternatively, if you're watching on a laptop or tablet, you could watch the debate at your local coffee shop, provided it has Internet access. The big advantage here is unlimited access to coffee, which may come in handy when Jeb Bush starts talking.

A Friend's House

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My personal favorite way to watch debates, a friend's house is the ideal choice for people who follow politics primarily for its entertainment value. Add a bowl of guacamole and some chips, and you've basically got an off-season Super Bowl party, with the key difference that the winner of this game could end up running the country.

A Bar

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This is a good option if you don't have access to a computer or other viewing device. A lot of bars air presidential debates on their TVs, and taking advantage of this ensures that you'll have no shortage of alcohol to fuel your drinking games, or alternatively, your general outrage at Donald Trump.

A Movie Theater


Every now and again, independent theaters will screen presidential debates. That's how I watched the final debate between Barack Obama and John McCain in 2008, and because it was broadcast in HD, I could clearly see every single pore and bead of sweat on the candidates' faces. On second thought, that's a good reason to not watch the next debate in a movie theater.