Tonight’s presidential debate is already heating up the water cooler conversation and it’s time to get your game face on!  Where are you watching the big showdown?  If you’re looking for something as cozy as your living room but still want to get out of the house and be around other politicos, you might enjoy The Stand comedy lounge, which will be live streaming the debate and hosting a hilarious comedian who will give commentary on each candidate’s response.  Tickets to the “Presidential Smackdown” are only $10 (Click here to purchase) and we really must warn you from our recent experience, the food is amazing!

If you are tired of hearing the political parties go at each other’s throats this campaign season and wonder how you will make it through another month of the bickering, consider these alternatives to the bitter liberal and conservative debate this evening.

Those looking for an outlet to release some steam will want to check out the new Fit For Office class being offered at New York Sports Club.  The classes, which are free for members, feature a series of circuit training stations with inventive names like The Primary, Campaign Trail and even Voter TKO.  At one point you can even box with the instructor who is wearing mitts that feature the presidential candidate’s faces.  Cap it all off with some catchy USA-themed tunes and that’s some serious patriotism!

If working out isn’t your thing, how about a cocktail that commemorates the campaign season?  In honor of the election, Renaissance Hotels has concocted a wide range of cocktails to enjoy regardless of your political view. These tempting libations can be enjoyed by Democrats and Republicans alike… so join your friends across the aisle and have a drink.


  • 1 oz Knob Creek Bourbon
  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth

Stir ingredients over ice in a mixing glass then strain into an ice-filled rock glass or serve straight up. Garnish with orange twist and cocktail cherry.


Capitol Hill

  • 1 oz / 30 ml Bulleit Bourbon
  • 1 oz / 30 ml Cruzan Single Barrel Rum
  • 1 oz / 30 ml Martini Rossi Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 dashes Bitter Truth JT Decanter’s Bitters
  • Bitter Truth is distributed by Domaine Select Wine Estates

In a mixing glass add all ingredients with ice and stir, strain and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange slice with star anise.



Photo credit (NYSC) Mitchel Gray for Town Sports