President Barack Obama officially began his second term in a quiet ceremony at the White House yesterday morning, but today is when the fun happens. If you’re home and one of the many Brooklynites without a television and/or cable, you can catch a live stream of the swearing-in ceremony hosted by The 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee and beginning at 11:30 a.m. You can even channel the President himself by running through his official Spotify soundtrack for your own private Inaugural Ball! But if you’d like to welcome the event in good company, you’ve got a couple spots to choose from.
The Gate (321 Fifth Avenue) opens at 2:00pm to stream Inauguration coverage. According to the Inauguration schedule, Obama will already have signed the documents by then, but what’s the point of a 24-hour news cycle if not to repeat clips over and over for the people who think 11:30 a.m. is just too early? Since The Gate specializes in craft and vintage beers, it’s not surprising that they have a special and incredibly rare beer on tap today: the 4-year cellar-aged Ommegang Obamagang 2009.
For something on a bit of a larger scale, BAM is streaming coverage of the events for free as part of its Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The celebration began early this morning with live musical performances, and will continue with a simulcast of the Inauguration beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Jay Peter Sharp building (30 Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene).
And, though neither of these bars are hosting Inauguration events per se, both Old Carriage Inn (312 Seventh Avenue) and Jackie’s 5th Amendment (404 Fifth Avenue) open early (10 a.m. and 8 a.m., respectively) and have TV screens. The bold can try their luck at requesting a channel, though we offer no guarantee of the results.