This presidential debate will be either — depending on one’s perspective — frightening or amusing. Here's a look at the bars hosting debate viewing parties around the region.

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Phinney Market Pub & Eatery: Come join Seattle Times columnist Nicole Brodeur and political reporter Jim Brunner for the debate. There will be drink specials, bingo and prizes. (918 Phinney Ave. N.)

Prime 21 Lounge:  This swanky Bellevue bar in the back of  Daniel’s Broiler will show the debate. Note: we checked 15 Eastside bars that had multiple TVs and all of those will be showing the ball game instead.  It’s a good reminder that just because your local bar has a TV, don’t assume the debate will be on. (10500 N.E. Eighth St.,  21st. Floor, Bellevue)

Naked City Brewery & Taphouse: In Greenwood,  KUOW’s Ross Reynolds will emcee the debate viewing party. As said on the invite, “come to watch/commiserate/laugh/sob/gasp in delight — or horror” (8564 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle).

 The Comet Tavern and Lost Lake Café:  Both bars are connected but the big screen will be at the Comet. Drink and food specials with raffle tickets handed out with every drink purchase. 922 E Pike St,

Moe Bar: If the Comet becomes standing-room only, cross the street to Moe Bar, where there will be  cocktail specials and “political coloring sheets” to doodle on.   (1425 10th Ave.)

 Bluwater Bistro: Its Leschi location will show the debate at the bar or for something more private, book one of its booths, where each table gets its own 22-inch HDTV. There will be presidential-themed drinks and (much better) half off on martinis and Manhattans (102 Lakeside Ave., Seattle).

Tini Bigs:   This Queen Anne bar was among the first to turn the debate into a viewing event. Come say goodbye as this martini bar will soon close to make way for a seven-story mixed-use residential-retail complex. You can also go next door to its sister bar Hula Hula where there’s  a 110-inch projector and three flat screens.  As soon as the debate ends, karaoke begins (100 Denny Way, Seattle).