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Where to Watch the Oscars in Los Angeles

Still deciding where to watch the Academy Awards? Perhaps you wanted to throw an Oscar themed bash at your house, but as the day grows nearer you and your friends would rather celebrate out on the town. Well, good news! The Dolby Theatre is not the only place to watch the ceremony. Whether you prefer a black tie event, a chic benefit for a nonprofit, or a dive bar with drink specials, Tinseltown has you covered.

Below I’ve compiled a list of bars, restaurants, and theaters all over Los Angeles hosting their very own Oscar parties. So, while a relaxing Sunday evening spent on the sofa with friends sounds splendid, here are over 25 spots you might want to hit up instead.

1739 Public House, Los Feliz – 1739 Public House, Los Feliz’s neighborhood pub has an unofficial Oscars party every year. Over 80 craft brews on tap!

The Abbey, West Hollywood – Benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles’s 16th annual Oscar viewing party at The Abbey in West Hollywood. Receive VIP treatment and watch the Oscars in style. Celebrity host TBA.

The Ace Hotel, Downtown – Time Out and Ace Hotel present An Awards Show Watch Party. It’s Hollywood’s big day, the awards show to end all awards shows, and in honor of our spirit queen and two-time statue winner Mary Pickford, Ace Hotel and Time Out are opening up this cinematic temple to revel in the spectacle of The Academy Awards. From the first red carpet faux pas to the last little gold man, they’ll be streaming it all live on the Theatre’s big screen, for you and a few hundred of our closest friends. Creative fancy dress strongly encouraged.

Akasha, Culver City  – Dine while you watch at this delicious California and New American cuisine restaurant in the historic Hull Building.

The Alcove, Los Feliz – Watch the stars under the stars on a 12-foot screen at Los Feliz’s The Alcove’s annual viewing party. Cocktail specials and dinner specials.  No reservations needed. Go early for Happy Hour and the best seating!

The Art Theatre of Long Beach, Long Beach – Support the arts with a donation to The Art Theatre of Long Beach and attend a glitzy Oscars experience.

The Association, Downtown – The Oscars presented in HD Plasma TVs and surround sound. They also recommend dressing in your most fashionable attire. Starts at 5pm; free with reservations, reservations@theassociation-la.com, $5 at the door

Avalon Hotel – One of Beverly Hills’ most iconic boutique hotels located just blocks from Rodeo Drive. Do a little shopping then come to the Avalon for dinner and drinks while watching Hollywood’s biggest night.

The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills – The 27th Night of 100 Stars will once again be held at one of Beverly Hills’ most chic hotels.

Caulfield’s Bar & Dining Room, Beverly Hills – With special Oscars-themed cocktails and bites, sit back, relax, and watch a live screening of the Oscars in this comfortable yet classy environment.

The Cinefamily, West Hollywood – Comedian Doug Benson and friends make fun of and talk over the Oscars broadcast, with an all day long potluck happening on the patio. It’s as dumb as it sounds! The event is first-come, first-served, though you have to pre-register beforehand.

Franklin & Company, Beachwood Canyon – The sound will be muted, but the ceremony will be on. So if you’re only interested in the Oscar fashion and the announcement of the winners, check out this hip spot on Franklin Avenue.

The Hollywood Roosevelt, Hollywood – Celebrate the glamour of old Hollywood at the location of the very first Oscar ceremony in 1929. Cocktail attire required and reservations strongly suggested.

Hyperion Public, Silver Lake – Everyone is welcome at Hyperion Public’s annual, lowkey Oscar bash. Come for brunch (I recommend the biscuits and gravy), stay for the show at the bar.

Jameson’s Irish Pub, Hollywood – $5 Jameson’s and $9.95 bottomless mimosas make this an awesome and relaxed option for the Awards.

Paley, Hollywood – Paley will be serving Oscar’s dress-inspired-cocktails for the weekend. The Tea Length, inspired by Audrey Hepburn 1954. Plus, the Gwyneth Paltrow, a blend of vodka, Chambord, strawberry banana yogurt and sparkling rosé; and more. May the best woman win.

The Polo Lounge, Beverly Hills – Inside the Five-Star Beverly Hills Hotel, The Polo Lounge has been serving Academy Award winners since 1941. Get in on the Oscars action with specialty cocktails celebrating each of the 2017 Best Picture nominations.

Sofitel, Beverly Hills -Presented by French Tuesdays and the Notice Network, mingle and network with film and entertainment talent, agents, attorneys, directors, distributors, directors, financiers, producers, writers and members of the press. Attendees will be entered to win two premium roundtrip tickets to Paris. Sofitel boasts a star studded red carpet event, multiple plasma’s located throughout the venue, and an Oscar themed cocktails and dining menu.

Tanzy, Westwood – Reservations are recommended at this swanky Italian spot with a modern menu & attached lounge modeled after a Balinese forest.

Tavern, Brentwood – If you don’t want to miss Sunday’s college basketball or The Oscars, Tavern is an excellent choice as they’ll be screening both. Sports fans and movie lovers unite!

Terrazza Lounge at Casa del Mar, Santa Monica – Celebrate Hollywood in one of Santa Monica’s premier beach hotels. Sparkling Rose $12, bottle $50. Terrazza Lounge couches will be first come, first served. But private group cabanas are available! Call for reservations.

Tres BY José Andrés, Beverly Hills – The $40 ticket includes a red carpet photo op and keepsake photograph, welcome glass of Cava and truffle popcorn, premium seating and one raffle ticket.

Universal Studios Hollywood, Burbank– Experience Hollywood’s Biggest Night with MEND Poverty, as they host a special viewing of the 89th Academy Awards. Proceeds from the charity gala will benefit MEND, which at last year’s event raised over $250,000.

W Los Angeles, Westwood – Sip cocktails and mingle with friends at the revamped W in “West Beverly Hills” (Westwood).

Be sure to call ahead to confirm details and availability!

Enjoy! And Happy Oscar Sunday!

– Jacqueline


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