Searching for a place to hedge bets and celebrate the Academy Awards in style? Look no further. We’ve compiled a list of spots for cinephiles to party--Hollywood style.
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Go a little old Hollywood and pair a prix-fixe dinner with a viewing party at the first site of the Academy Awards. The meal includes an appetizer, cheese plate, entrée, and dessert. Not hungry enough for a full meal? Not to worry; the hotel also offers an à la carte menu. Make sure make reservations. 7000 Hollywood Blvd. (323) 769-8888. www.thompsonhotels.com.
Whether you’re film buff or you just want a reason to dress up, this Mexican restaurant in West Hollywood has something for everyone. Social hour, which starts at 4 p.m., features street food and, for those feeling like fashionistas, a red carpet. Pick the highest number of Oscar winners and you'll win a $100 gift card to the eatery. 8155 Melrose Ave. (323) 655-5009. www.redorestaurant.com.
At the Terranea resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, Oscar night includes Academy Award-themed faire like a Django-inspired dinner, a Zero Dark Thirty dessert and, of course, cocktails à la James Bond. The party starts at 4 p.m.; dinner begins at 5 p.m. Winner of the Oscar pool receives a dinner for two at the restaurant. 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes. (310) 265-2836. www.terranea.com.
What better way to watch the Oscars than with cocktails fashioned after the Best Picture nominees? The restaurant at the Avalon Hotel will keep the drinks flowing with cocktails like Silver (Linings) Fizz and Zero Dark Thirsty. Wondering what Django’s Smash tastes like? Bourbon, mint, and lemon—a concoction that will catch you off guard, just like Django’s bright blue suit. 9400 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 277-5221. www.viceroyhotelgroup.com.
The Hollywood American Legion
If you’re looking for a quirky way to watch the Oscars, this is the place for you. In 2004, The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King took home 11 Academy Awards. That year, fans threw a massive black-tie viewing party in Hollywood to celebrate. They’re back at it again this year to see whether The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will win. The event includes entertainers, Celtic music, and a performance by none other than Pippin himself: Billy Boyd and his band, Beecake, are set to rock the house. 2035 N. Highland Ave. (323) 851-3030. www.hollywoodpost43.org.