This Sunday, even if you haven’t seen a single Oscar-nominated film, chances are you’ll be watching the awards anyway—perhaps while following our semi-beloved film editor Mark Asch’s live tweets, which should be a refreshing alternative to the frantic facebook statuses (OMFG JAMES FRANCO IS SO H0T!!!!) you’re bound to see. Great advances in technology mean you can read and re-tweet outside of your home and take a break from your pet/roommate/parent/parole officer who doesn’t care what witty things you have to say. There are a few great bars and restaurants holding viewing parties, and if nothing else, this means plenty of drink specials.
Kiki and Jinner’s Oscar Party
Come early to cast ballots and enter to win prizes, and enjoy drink specials like the $3 Red Carpet Cocktail and cocktails named after Best Picture nominees: Black Swan (Stoli Vanilla Black Russian) and True Grit (Tall Boy and a shot of whiskey) sound like sure winners.
Union Hall, 705 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY, 7 PM, FREE
Brooklyn Winery’s Oscar Viewing Party
Oscar night is a night to be fancy, and what better way to be fancy than skipping your usual PBR and Jack combo in favor of wine? Luckily, you don’t have to go to far. The Parlor at Brooklyn Winery will have an Oscars Bingo game for those who wish to indulge and specials on all their sparkling wines (keep that pinky up). Five lucky film buffs will win tickets to the Classic New York TV and Movie Sites Tour, so you can nerd out with a friend once the Oscars are over.
Brooklyn Winery, 213 North 8th Street, Brooklyn, NY, 7 PM, FREE
Murray Hill’s 10th Annual Oscar Party
In case you haven’t noticed, a lot of thespian types tend to take themselves too seriously. If you’re the type that would much rather laugh and throw shit at the screen, then you should stop by Joe’s Pub Sunday night for a few drinks and to watch Murray Hill conduct interviews with “nominees” (read: hilarious celebrity impersonators) and audience members. There will also be movie trivia, and prizes for the best- and worst-dressed— guests are encouraged to dress up as their favorite celebrity (Zsa Zsa Gabor).
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY, 7 PM, $25 (Tickets)
Clover Club’s Annual Oscar Party
If you’re still all bent out of shape about not being able to go to some gussied-up event, you can pretend you’re one of the rich and famous at Clover Club, where guests can enjoy hors d’oeuvres, fancy schmancy cocktails, and just generally sit around feeling superior. Space is limited, so be sure to call ahead to make reservations.
Clover Club, 210 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY, 6 PM
Call (718) 855-7939 for reservations.
Southern Hospitality’s Oscars Watch Party
Since you don’t have to worry about fitting into a designer gown or tux, why not take the opportunity to stuff your face? Southern Hospitality’s Oscar Night features a slew of drink specials, including $5 cocktails (the Social Network Cosmo sounds like a lot of fun) and $6 frozen margaritas. You can win free drinks, appetizers, gift certificates and general happiness if you enter the Oscar Pool, but the best part is there are free shots of 901 Tequila for everyone if The Social Network wins Best Picture. Just like at home.
Southern Hospitality BBQ and Bar, 1460 Second Avenue (near 76th Street) New York, NY, 8 PM