Local Bar Hosts Viewing Party For James Comey Hearing

Houstonians watched the former FBI director’s testimony with drinks in hand.

Axelrad Beer Garden opened before 9 a.m. Thursday so Houstonians could watch the James Comey hearing with a drink. For many, it wasn't their first time there. Axelrad held similar viewing events during the 2016 election.

Watching from the front row, Houstonian Ariel Jones said, "It's fascinating. I'm learning a lot. Everybody seems to be really engaged because I think just the general shock and confusion about what is going on in the Oval Office."

Arianna McKinney ordered from the list of cocktail specials designed just for the hearing. "I had an Impeachment and a Frozen Covfefe, which is hilarious just to order that, by the way," she said.

"I have the ability to work from home so I just took the morning to come be a part of history with my community," Kimberly Cook said. "I think it's really important that all Americans listen to what's going on today because it's historical and I'm really grateful that Comey, even though he's a private citizen, came forward to testify in front of the Senate hearing today."

Several other bars around the country also hosted hearing parties. At Axelrad, the crowd spilled over to the outdoor space, where people listened to the former FBI director's testimony in brightly colored hammocks.

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Jen Rice


Jen Rice is the City Hall reporter at Houston Public Media, where she covers topics like Houston City Council and housing. Jen was born and raised in Houston's 100-year floodplain. She graduated from Barnard College at Columbia University and has a master's degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs...

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