When it was announced that James Comey, who was fired as FBI director in May, would be testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee, many people across the country had the same thought — I need a drink.
Bars across the country seized the opportunity organizing testimony watch parties on Thursday everywhere from Washington, DC, to Houston, Texas.
Business Insider decided to visit the lone bar in Brooklyn that was holding a viewing party — Building on Bond, a cafe-bar mashup in the scenic, tree-lined neighborhood of Boerum Hill.
We arrived at 9 a.m., about an hour before the testimony began, and one thing was clear — the media was ready for the watch party, even if Brooklynites hadn’t yet shown up.
When I entered the bar and bought an iced coffee, there was just one customer settled in to watch the testimony. Meanwhile, there were close to 10 reporters, videographers, and photographers from various media outlets.
While people were lining up down the block for $5 vodka shots and “FBI” sandwiches at Shaw’s Tavern in Washington, DC, most people who came into Building on Bond before 10 a.m. were there for their morning cup of coffee.
One college student, grabbing her cup of coffee to go, told me she planned to watch the testimony from the back of her lecture hall.