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SiliconBeachClearly: Where to Watch the Oscars

While the A-list stars will congregate at the Dolby Theatre for the 86th-annual Academy Awards ceremony this coming Sunday, March 2, there’s plenty of ways to participate, even if you aren’t nominated for a statuette. These six L.A. restaurants will all be doing something special to celebrate Hollywood’s biggest night.

Upper West
This hidden gem in Santa Monica is putting together its first-ever Oscars bash, beginning at 4:30 p.m. For a suggested donation of $20, you’ll have access to raffles, prizes and a contest to pick the award winners. Proceeds will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Wags and Walks.

For more information, visit Upper West.

3321 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 586-1111

Bar Nineteen12 at the Beverly Hills Hotel
Walk the red carpet — yes, there will be one; there always is — into the lobby of the storied Pink Palace. Bar Nineteen12 will be offering special cocktails in honor of the Oscars; plus, there are TV screens, so you can watch the event on Sunday.

The nine new drinks are all inspired by the nine Best Picture nominees and include the Nebraska-inspired “Cornhusker Sour,” with Hudson corn whiskey, Bulleit rye and yuzu sour; the Captain Phillips-themed “Pirate’s Punch,” with Mt. Gay Black Barrel rum, Clement Créole Shrubb, lime and grapefruit; and the Wolf of Wall Street-themed “Lemmon Quaalude,” with Absolut Citron vodka, Pernod absinthe, lemongrass and lemon. Each is available now through March 3.

For more information, visit Bar Nineteen12.

9641 Sunset Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 276-2251

W Los Angeles – Westwood
The W’s sexy lounge Whiskey Blue will be celebrating the Oscars by projecting the awards ceremony on large flat-screen TVs, so guests and visitors won’t miss a minute of the show. There will also be an Oscars-themed photo booth for souvenir pics, and anyone who wants to play along to guess the winners will be given a voting ballot.

The bar will be serving specialty cocktails named after some of Best Picture contenders, such as the “Gravity,” with tequila, Thai chili-infused Aperol and grapefruit juice, as well as the “Dallas Buyers Club,” with bourbon, orange bitters and Angostura bitters.

The event will run from 5 p.m. until the Academy Awards come to a close, probably around 9 p.m. Guests are encouraged to dress in formal attire — if you feel like getting dolled up — but you won’t be turned away for wearing more casual clothes.

Speaking of fancy, high rollers have the option to rent out the Extreme Wow Suite, which is being converted into a private screening room for the occasion, complete with Bose Surround Sound and a 70-inch big-screen TV. The cost is $2,500, which includes an open bar, catered food, free parking for up to five cars, an in-room photo booth and other party favors. The space fits 10 people; four can spend the night.

For more information, visit the W Los Angeles – Westwood.

930 Hilgard Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 443-8232

One Dragon, One Party Event at the The Cat & Fiddle
At what may be the geekiest Oscar party ever, fantasy-loving creatures of all ages will take over this otherwise rock n’ roll pub for a “Middle earth-style” celebration. Big screens will be strategically placed in the dining room and out on the patio, in addition to the regular mounted TVs that are always there.

The family-friendly event will take place March 2 from 4 p.m.-11 p.m. The ticket price for teetotalers is $65 per person; adult beverage consumers pay $70. It’s all-inclusive (unless you order extra food or drinks), so everyone will get a three-course dinner, including tax and tip, plus a raffle ticket.

Additional perks include guess-the-winners games, a silent auction and social media interactions. The dress code is cocktail attire, though anything black will work; costumes are encouraged, but leave any weaponry at home.

For more information, visit TheOneRing.net.

6530 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 468-3800

The Bazaar
Leave it to the Bazaar to do something truly unique in honor of the Oscars. “The Golden Trio” includes the restaurant’s whimsical spin on a Philly cheesesteak sandwich, which will be dressed up with gold dust for the occasion; golden chocolate bonbons from the Patisserie; and a “Spanish Golden Ale” cocktail with gin, sherry, chocolate bitters, tonic and lemon air.

It’s available now through March 2. The cost is $25 per person.

For more information, contact the Bazaar.

465 S La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 247-0400

CAST & Cameo Bar at the Viceroy
A few playfully named specialty drinks will be available at both the restaurant and the bar of this Santa Monica boutique hotel. Though Cameo Bar isn’t type of place to normally promote its TVs, they are there and they will be tuned in to the show. This isn’t a formal event, but rather a nice spot to watch the show with like-minded people who enjoy the upscale lounge atmosphere.

Sip a “Wolf of Ocean Avenue,” with Grey Goose Cherry Noir, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and soda water; the “L.A. Hustle,” with sparkling rosé and Chambord liqueur; and the “12 Years Aged,” with 12-year-old Glenlivet, grapefruit peel syrup, orange bitters and a mist of Fernet Branco.

For more information, visit the Viceroy.

1819 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 260-7500

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