Lights. Camera. Party! Los Angeles 2013 Oscar-Watching Parties

The 85th Academy Awards will take place on February 24, 2013 7 pm EST/ 4 pm PST

Ah, the Oscars! Hollywood’s biggest night and one of the most prominent award ceremonies in the world. Each year, the Academy Awards ceremony is televised live in more than 100 countries as the oldest award ceremony in the media, recognizing excellence in cinematic achievements of the past year.

This year, the awards will be broadcast live February 24th at 7 pm EST/ 4 pm PST. Here are some of the best watching parties in town… because it’s so much more fun when you can gab about the fashions and winners among friends and strangers!

Beverly Hills Hotel's Polo Lounge

Polo Lounge at Beverly Hills Hotel – Since it opened in 1941, the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel has been a Hollywood establishment for glamour, glitz, and gallivanting. It’s no stranger to celebrities and L.A.’s heavy hitters can be spotted here frequently. Don’t expect to see them Oscar night – they’ll be at the show. But you can pretend. 9641 Sunset Blvd. (310) 276-2251, beverlyhillshotel.com/the-polo-lounge.

Red O – beyond their fantastic menu of Mexican & California-inspired dishes, Red O is known for their dramatic décor and sexy space. For their Oscar Viewing Party, tables will be shifted around and lounge seating brought in to transform the space into a luxurious lounge. Big screens will be in both the main dining area and lounge areas, with a special red carpet at 4 pm for guest arrivals to feel part of the Oscar glam. Formal dinner reservations are also being accepted and a specialty cocktail menu has been designed for the night. 8155 Melrose Ave. (323) 655-5009, www.redorestaurant.com

Hollywood Roosevelt — Where better to enjoy the Oscars than at the site of the very first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929? The legendary Hollywood Roosevelt will host their annual viewing dinner and party in Public Kitchen with a four-course menu + cocktails for $99 with admission to the party. The show will be screened on large plasma screens in the lobby, in addition to the restaurant. A limited a la carte menu will also be available for a reduced rate. Reservations highly recommended. 7000 Hollywood Blvd. (323) 466-7000, www.thompsonhotels.com/hotels/la/hollywood-roosevelt    

Montage Beverly HillsParq Bar has a clever Oscar-themed cocktail menu they’re serving now through the main event. 225 N Canon Dr  Beverly Hills. (888) 860-0788 www.montagebeverlyhills.com Menu is as follows:

Chris Covella's "Slice of PI" at Osteria La Buca

Osteria La Buca — directly across from Paramount Studios and a favorite among studio stars is where Chris Covella will be mixing a special Oscar-themed cocktail: “Slice of PI” – Applejack, Ginger liqueur, Lemon, Egg White, Cardamom, and Whiskey barrel-aged bitters. 5210 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles. (323) 462-1900, www.osterialabuca.com.

The Corner Door — Get rid of the negativity and instead choose a from Beau du Bois. The drink was inspired by Bradley Cooper’s character, Pat Jr., in Silver Linings Playbook. Pat Jr.’s mantra the entire movie is to stay positive so he can piece his life back together. The drink is made with Rittenhouse Rye, which is a Pennsylvania styled Rye, and is stirred with the bitter Amaro Ciociaro and the sweet and elegant Lazzaroni Amarretto.

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Beau du Bois's "Positive Attitude" at The Corner Bar

The film, set in Philadelphia, shows Pat Jr. dealing with his strong, bi-polar personality. The dichotomy of this character inspired the overlapping flavor found in combining the Amaro with Amarretto and backing it up with a strong Rye. 12477 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City. (310) 313-5810, thecornerdoorla.com.

While having du Bois make it is the better option, those who forgo the watching party can attempt to have a positive attitude at home:

2oz Rittenhouse Bonded Rye
3/4oz Amaro Ciociaro
1/2oz Lazzaroni Amarretto

Stir ingredients in a Mixing Glass until chilled. Use a Julep Strainer to strain into a chilled Cocktail Coup. Garnish with a Lemon Peel.

The Exclusive Wine of the Oscars

If you want to drink what Ben, Anne, Steven, and JLaw may be drinking during the ceremony, pick up a bottle of Sterling. This is the 7th year (non-consecutive) that Sterling Vineyards is the exclusive wine of the Oscars.

Upon finalization of Wolfgang Puck’s menu, Harry Hansen, Senior Winemaker, and his team presented their wine selections and worked in tandem to pick the wines that will be served at this year’s event.

FUN FACTS ABOUT STERLING AT THE OSCARS:

  • 540 bottles of 2007 Sterling Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon at Governors Ball
  • 540 bottles 2009 Sterling Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay at Governors Ball
  • 600 Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at Pre-Show Reception
  • 600 Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley Chardonnay at Pre-Show
  • 2,280 total bottles of Sterling Vineyards wine
  • 13,680 total glasses of Sterling Vineyards wine
  • 1,824,000 – number of premium Sterling grapes used to create spectacular wines for the Oscar celebrations

To brush up on your Oscars trivia and see a fantastic timeline of the history of the Academy Awards, click here.

About Lindsay Taub:
Lindsay Taub is an LA-based writer/editor who covers travel, lifestyle, culture, music/arts, food, wellness, and more. She calls Los Angeles home when she's there, but prefers to leave the city for the mountains and open spaces as often as possible. She loves cooking, gardening, live music, hiking with her three rescue dogs, and rustic luxury. Follow her on instagram/twitter @lindsaytaub and follow the Pacific Punch @ThePacificPunch or email lindsaytaub58@gmail.com. Learn more at www.lindsaytaub.com and www.voyagevixens.com .***
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