Just because you’ll never, ever get to watch the Oscars from the comfort of the plush seat next to Viola Davis doesn’t mean
you still can’t watch Sunday night’s ceremony in style.
At the swanky Hamilton, for example, you can walk the red carpet and pose for “paparazzi” before heading in to watch the ceremony. Or perhaps you’d prefer to raise a prohibition-era Bee’s Knees to “The Artist” in the more intimate Quill bar at the Jefferson.
Below, find five places to celebrate the Oscars on Sunday, whether you’re looking to break out a gown or tux, or skinny jeans and Chucks. (Before you go, be sure to create your own Oscar ballot here.). And for more Oscar-watching bashes, just search the Going Out Guide for “Oscar party.”
Art Soiree and the Alliance Francaise roll out the red carpet at the Hamilton -- and bring in paparazzi and limos — for their black-tie optional Oscars bash on Sunday; it will also feature live music from Tommy Lepson and the Lazy Boys.
The Jefferson’s Quill bar is just the sort of place you’d imagine finding George Clooney after the Oscars, bowtie undone, throwing back a Laphroaig. And that's why it's an ideal place to flock for even those of us who weren’t nominated. Sidle up to the swanky bar to watch the ceremony, sip cocktails inspired by the best picture nominees and sup on salmon tartare. Among the special Oscar night additions to the menu: For “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” the bar will whip up a Manhattan; while for “The Artist,” it’s the Prohibition-era cocktail the Bee’s Knees.
The popular sports bar changes the channel for a night to celebrate the glam Academy Awards. But somehow, we suspect the Oscar revelers here still be wagering on the outcomes.
The D.C. Film Society’s annual bash at the beer-soaked drafthouse is a funky party with critics weighing in and answering questions, giveaways and, of course, the Oscars, broadcast on the theater’s vast movie screen. (Is there a better way to watch the red-carpet fashions? We don’t think so.)
The lovably grungy Back Room plays host to what’ll be the most hipster of all watch parties, where the crowd will be rooting for “Midnight in Paris” and ....well, that’s pretty much it. Hoping for some classy Oscar-night dining at this free party? Your options include burgers and vegan nachos from Food for Thought.