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The Best Academy Awards Viewing Parties in Los Angeles 2020

The Academy Awards are this Sunday which, if you are reading this, means you are either a) attending the Oscars or b) deciding on what you will be serving during your Oscar party or c) wondering where you could go to watch the Oscars with a friend or ten. Below I’ve highlighted the best options in Los Angeles, from Santa Monica to Los Feliz, where the 92nd Oscars will air on the big (or sometimes little) screen and bottles of champagne will be popping.

Joker leads the 2020 field with 11 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, 1917 and The Irishman received 10 nods each. The rest of the Best Picture nominees include Ford v Ferrari (4 nominations), Jojo Rabbit (6), Little Women (6), Marriage Story (6), and Parasite (6). Who is your favorite to win in the acting awards? Could Parasite potentially upset frontrunners 1917, The Irishman, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and take the top prize?

Viewing parties across the city invite you to make your predictions, sip an Oscar-themed cocktail, and join the global audience of viewers as the winners are announced.

Big Bar at The Alcove, Los Feliz
Watch the stars under the stars as Big Bar and The Alcove screen the Academy Awards on a 12-foot screen draped over the front of their building! There will be cocktail specials and dinner specials. No reservations needed. Come early for Happy Hour and the best seating.

Upper West, Santa Monica
Upper West features the modern American cuisine of Chef Nicholas Shipp, which is showcased in a loft-like space with an expansive 800 square-foot patio. On Feb. 9, Upper West presents the 7th Annual Oscar Fundraiser, with 25% of the night’s proceeds going to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Fill out an Oscar ballot and be eligible for prizes. The silent auction features items like gift baskets, yoga and pilates packages, dinner for two, show tickets and more. Suggested donation of $20 for entry. Doors at 4:30 p.m. and reservations are recommended though not required.

The Polo Lounge, Beverly Hills
An unforgettable night of glitz, glamour and Hollywood drama at one of the glitziest and most glamorous hotels in Los Angeles. Oscars night has been a long-cherished tradition at the hotel for many years. Join The Polo Lounge to watch the awards show unfold with a three-course dinner, where big screens mean you won’t miss a minute of the action. Sittings at 5pm and 6pm. Show begins 5pm. Three-course menu − $150 per person. Enjoy a champagne-studded prix-fixe menu that includes the likes of black truffle cavatelli, prime beef filet, crab cake, oysters, risotto Milanese, a crab-and-caviar tian, and more.

Annenberg Space for Photography, Century City
Celebrate the opening weekend of Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling with a special Oscars Viewing Party. Watch the ceremony on the Annenberg’s brand new 18-foot screen – Samsung’s “The Wall” – surrounded by iconic portraits by some of Vanity Fair’s most acclaimed photographers and subjects. You’re invited to cast your ballots, dress to impress (gowns and suits encouraged, but not required), sip drinks, and snack on popcorn. RSVP at Eventbrite. Space is limited – admission will be first-come, first-served as capacity allows. Registered guests will sign in starting at 4:30pm and seating will be open to standbys at 5:30pm.

Four Seasons LA, Beverly Hills
After a week of showing each best picture nominee, Four Seasons’s Culina will screen the ceremony in the bar, lounge, and on the patio. Reservations are recommended but not required.

The Hollywood Roosevelt, Hollywood
The Hollywood Roosevelt hosted the first Academy Awards ceremony in the Blossom Ballroom on May 16, 1929. The landmark hotel is hosting their annual Oscar Viewing Party in the Blossom Ballroom from 4pm – 11:30pm, featuring a four-course prix fixe menu, premium open bar, and priority access to the afterparty at Teddy’s. Tickets are $275 and on sale at Eventbrite. Note: Unless a guest has purchased an entire table, guests will be assigned communal seating on a “first reserve” basis. Immediately following the Oscars at 9pm, the hotel’s Historic Lobby hosts Tim Davis with the Jazz Symposium 19-piece Orchestra. DJ Rick Trainor will keep the party going at Teddy’s starting at 10:30pm.

Dynasty Typewriter, Koreatown
Dynasty Typewriter will host their first-ever Oscars Watch Party, taking place at the historic Hayworth Theatre from 5pm – 9pm. Hosted by Dave Holmes, the party is wide open – buy drinks at the cash bar, bring a themed snack to share, dress up, and snap a selfie on the floral navy carpet. Bring an awards speech for ANYTHING you’d like to win an award for and read it on the Dynasty stage during commercial breaks! Free admission, RSVP at Dynasty Typewriter. Entry and seating are first come, first served.

Ever Bar, Hollywood
This year’s roster of drinks at Ever Bar will be inspired by the year’s Best Picture titles, includes the likes of a paintbrush-topped tipple (a nod, of course, to The Irishman’s “I heard you paint houses”); a cherry-blossom–tinged ode, served in a canteen, to one of the more peaceful scenes in 1917; and a bottle of High Life served beside a Campari-packed negroni for Ford v Ferrari. Feeling fancy? There’ll even be a red carpet, for all your photo ops; the party begins at 4:30pm.

Cole’s, Downtown
Located in the Historic Core of Downtown LA., Cole’s French Dip will be showing the Academy Awards along with food and drink specials. Enjoy a $6 Half Dip and Fries and cocktails inspired by a few of the Oscar nominated films: Bounty Law (inspired by “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”) – Bourbon, Amaro Angelino, Lemon, Orange, Egg White | I Heard You Paint Houses (“The Irishman”) – Irish Whiskey, Amaretto, Angostura | A Marriage Story – Can of Champagne Velvet & shot of Bulleit Rye.

MiniBar, Hollywood
Calling all fans of the Academy Awards and Rabbit Hole Whiskey! You are cordially invited to join Women Who Whiskey Los Angeles for our 3rd Annual Oscars Bash at MiniBar – Hollywood! On Sunday, February 9, watch the Big Show on the Tiny TV in Minibar with featured whiskies from Rabbit Hole Distillery: the official 2019-2020 bourbon of the prestigious James Beard Foundation – Taste America® program. Your $25 per person ticket includes a welcome cocktail, a dram of each of Rabbit Hole’s four whiskies, tax and tip plus a chance at taking home a special bottle as the winner of the Oscar pool. Rabbit Hole whiskey cocktails will also be available for purchase and when the Big Show ends, we’ll hand off the evening to the Jazz DJ for an all vinyl night. Women Who Whiskey Los Angeles ticket holders get early entry at 4pm so we can settle in and pick the best seats before the bar officially opens at 5pm. MiniBar will be providing Mini Snackage as well! Gentlemen also welcome.

W Hotel, Hollywood
The W Hotel’s al fresco Hollywood hideaway is bringing the larger-than-life event onto an enormous 30 foot screen for their Sunday viewing party, which comes complete with food specials and cocktails inspired by the likes of The Irishman and Jojo Rabbit. The fun starts at 5pm. Reservations are recommended.

Enjoy!

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