Oscars Viewing Parties That Are Almost as Cool as Staying Home and Eating Lots of Dip

Some options for regular humans who want to celebrate Hollywood’s biggest night

The Oscars are coming and that means glitz and glam and, if you’re a not-famous person, going to a friends house, making fun of the winners’ outfits and tear-drenched speeches, and eating lots of snack foods. Not since the Super Bowl have we had a chance to all get together and pretend like dips and the things you stick in them don’t have any calories. That was like three weeks ago!

But the Academy Awards can also be an excuse to put on a clean pair of slacks and get out of the house. On the off chance you will not be at a buddy’s apartment stuffing your face full of little pastry things from the Trader Joe’s frozen aisle, here are some places you can watch the big show in public.

Cole’s French Dip

Nothing goes with watching a bunch of stick figures parade around in gowns quite like a French dip. On Sunday, the legendary DTLA sandwich joint and bar is hosting a viewing party from 5-8 p.m. with $7 bubbly wines, $8 spritzes (Cocchi Americano, Campari, and sparkling wine), and $9 martinis. They’ll even have a red carpet—try not to stain it with gravy. 118 E. 6th St., downtown.

Station Hollywood

Starting at 4 p.m., the W Hollywood’s “outdoor oasis” will be showing the big event on a 30-foot screen and slinging Academy Awards-themed drinks like the Grapefruit Gaga.  Afterward, dip into the Living Room for an Oscars-themed jazz night with Nikki Leonti of America’s Got Talent. 6250 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood.

MiniBar Hollywood

Female-centric drinking society Women Who Whiskey L.A. is hosting a pop-up Oscar party at MiniBar with the help of sponsor High West Distillery from 4-8 p.m. Tickets are $25, but that includes a cocktail, five whiskey samples, snacks, and entry to the Oscar pool (you won’t believe it, but the prize is a bottle of whiskey). Keep in mind: MiniBar has a pretty small TV, so this party is more about drinking and fun than actually watching the Oscars. 6141 Franklin Ave., Hollywood Hills.


The WeHo Italian spot is offering the chance to book tables with prime views of one of three TV screens, plus a prosecco toast at the end of the evening. Hey, it’s Oscars night and they serve a $48 black truffle pizza. Treat yourself. 8764 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood.

BG Lounge

This lounge inside Beverly Hills restaurant Nerano is serving movie-themed specialty drinks including the Shallow and the Bohemian Tonic. Grab a seat on one of their velvety sofas and pretend you’re backstage at the Dolby. 9960 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills.

The Abbey

Iconic WeHo gay bar hosts its annual And the Winner Is… party from 3-8 p.m. (although we’re sure the fun will continue a lot later than that). There’s no cover and complementary apps, so they recommend arriving early. 692 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood.

6th & La Brea 

Register in advance (here) to watch the awards on one of the brewery’s very many televisions starting at 5 p.m. There will be food and drink specials, plus you can fill out a ballot for a chance to win prizes (aka drink vouchers for use at a later date) throughout the night. 600 S. La Brea, Hancock Park.

The Stalking Horse

6th & La Brea’s sister brewery in West L.A. is also hosting a Oscars viewing party. Wear red-carpet attire and get a free glass of bubbly or a beer; there’s also a red-carpet photo booth and an Oscars ballot to fill out to win prizes. Oscars-themed drinks include the Queen (inspired by Bohemian Rhapsody), Dicks Boulevardier (inspired by Vice), and Cleo (inspired by Roma). 10543 Pico Blvd., West Los Angeles.

Ever Bar

Starting at 3:30 p.m., Ever Bar at the Everly Hotel in Hollywood will be serving “visually stunning” cocktails themed to the Best Picture contenders. And you’re so close to the actual show, it’s almost like you’re there. 1800 Argyle Ave., Hollywood.

Sportsmen’s Lodge

Really feel like making a big stink of the occasion? Sportsmen’s Lodge hotel in Studio City is offering an in-room overnight viewing package with complimentary robes and slippers, champagne, dinner, and dessert, and popcorn delivered to your suite. 12825 Ventura Blvd., Studio City.

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