DNC 2016

Where to watch Hillary Clinton’s historic acceptance speech in Philly

Instead of just hearing about the city’s heritage, this is a chance to be part of it.

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Instead of just hearing about our city’s storied heritage, this time we’re part of it. No matter your political preference or how hot and bothered you’re still feeling about how things turned out, Thursday night is a chance to watch history being made in Philadelphia.

Hillary Clinton — former Secretary of State, US Senator and First Lady — will one-up her remarkable resume by becoming the first woman ever to accept a major political party’s nomination as candidate for President of the United States.

Where can you catch a broadcast of the last evening of the Democratic National Convention? Lots of bars will surely have a TV  or two tuned to the Wells Fargo Center, but there are several planned watch parties. Some of them are outside, so you can bring your own chair to a patio or a plaza. Some of them are in bars with just two TVs, some are in bars with more than 70. A few are paid events (and a couple are sold out), but many are free. There’s even a chance to catch the governor spinning tunes.

Check out the options below, and if you have another to add to the list, send it our way.

DNC watch party at The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons

BYO chair or blanket and score discounts from Crabby's Cafe, Gunners Run and the Wahlburgers food truck (plus more deals from the spots across the street at Liberties Walk) as you watch on the 400-square-foot high-def outdoor TV.

Where: The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons at 1001 N 2nd St. 19123

When: July 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

How much: Free


DNC watch party at National Mechanics

Learn about GOTV volunteer opportunities and meet fellow Philly Dems while eating off a special DNC menu (full beer and food lineup also available — including lots of vegan options).

Where: National Mechanics at 22 S. 3rd St. 19106

When: July 28, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

How much: Pay as you go / No cover


Gov. Tom Wolf DJs for The Flow

Catch the start of the show at this edition of the local happy hour for a cause, which is calling in the big guns for a dance party benefitting Ardella's House. In addition to the gov, Rep. Donna Bullock, Rep. Joanna McClinton and other pols will spin.

Where: T.G.I Fridays at 1776 Ben Franklin Pkwy. 19103

When: July 28, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

How much: $10-$20 donation


Drinking Liberally DNC watch party

Progressive groups including Philly for Change, For Pennsylvania's Future, America Votes, NextGen Climate, Americans for Democratic Action and Equality PA say they're "united in the sentiment that Donald Trump would be a disaster for America" so they're joining for a watch party at this funky modern dive.

Where: Franky Bradley's at 1320 Chancellor St. 19107

When: July 28, 2016 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

How much: Pay as you go


Board Games and the DNC at Commerce Square

Play games from Philly Social Adventures and score food and drink specials from Du Jour Cafe while watching the convention at this outdoor plaza in the Financial District (yeah,if we have one, this is it).

Where: Commerce Square at 2001 Market St. 19103

When: July 28, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

How much: Free / Pay as you go


DNC watch party at Brick and Mortar

At this American tavern next to the (forthcoming, hopefully) Viaduct Rail Park, the sound will be on and all the TVs — including two 9-foot screens and two 55-inch plasmas — will be tuned to the convention floor. Food and drink deals will be offered throughout the night

Where: Brick and Mortar at 315 N. 12th St. 19107

When: July 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

How much: Pay as you go


DNC watch party at the Trolley Car Diner

The huge blowup screen on the patio at this Chestnut Hill bakery/diner/deli will be showing the convention with sound, and you are even welcome to bring your own chair (although there are some already).

Where: Trolley Car Diner at 7619 Germantown Ave. 19119

When: July 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

How much: Pay as you go


DNC on 76 TVs at Chickie’s & Pete’s

The sound will be on and the 76 TVs at this South Philly sports bar will be rocking the convention show, including the Jumbotron. Expect food and drink deals throughout the night.

Where: Chickie's & Pete's South Philly at 1526 Packer Ave. 19145

When: July 28, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

How much: Pay as you go


DNC watch party at Frankford Hall

During Hillary's speech, sound will be on both of the screens at Stephen Starr's Fishtown beer garden, including the 80-inch behemoth at the inside bar. If you're early, happy hour runs until 7 pm with $5 half-liter drafts and $3.50 sausages.

Where: Frankford Hall at 1210 Frankford Ave.

When: July 28, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

How much: Pay as you go


DNC specials and TVs with sound at McGillin’s

It's not a watch party, per se, but if customers ask for it, bartenders will turn up the sounds on the TVs at this 160-year-old tavern. There's a special DNC food and cocktail menu, plus regular Thursday night specials like$3 nachos and margs.

Where: McGillin's Olde Ale House at 1310 Drury St. 19107

When: July 28, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

How much: Pay as you go


DNC watch party at Pennsylvania 6

Slide into a red leather banquette or pull up a stool at the marble bar and order some oysters and cocktails while you watch the convention show.

Where: Pennsylvania 6 at 114 S. 12th St. 19107

When: July 28, 2016 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

How much: Pay as you go


DNC watch party at Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen

A special DNC-themed menu and a cocktail called the "Pant Suit" will welcome watchers to this Kensington tavern, where the TVs will be on with sound.

Where: Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen at 2370 E. Norris St. 19125

When: July 28, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

How much: Pay as you go


DNC watch party at the Fine Palate

Catch the show at this Center City bistro with $1 oysters and a special $25 three-course menu all night long.

Where: The Fine Palate at 231 S. 15th St. 19102

When: July 28, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

How much: Pay as you go


DNC watch party at the Kennedy House

This apartment co-op is hosting a party for Hilz supporters with free wine (you bring the snacks). RSVP is requested since space is limited.

Where: Kennedy House at 1901 JFK Blvd. 19103, Rm 518

How much: Free


Irish American Democrats convention party

Irish American elected officials, delegates and Dem party leaders will gather with drinks, a buffet and Celtic music.

Where: The Irish Pub at 2007 Walnut St. 19103

When: July 28, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. to July 29, 2016 at 2:00 a.m.

How much: $50


A celebration of Pennsylvania and New Jersey (SOLD OUT)

In partnership with AT&T, a party hosted by the South Jersey Young Democrats, Pennsylvania Young Democrats, Code for Philly and Greater Philadelphia Chamber Young Professionals Network.

Where: Hilton Penn's Landing at 201 S. Coloumbus Blvd. 19106

When: July 28, 2016 from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

How much: Free


DNC watch party at the New Century Trust (SOLD OUT)

Join The oldest continuously running women’s organization in the US (founded 1882) to celebrate something its founders dreamed of. Food by Miles Table, wine by the Pyramid Club.

Where: 1307 Locust St.

How much: $40


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