Christian Finnegan (Best Week Ever) and Kambri Crews
Gotham Comedy Club; 6:30 p.m.; 208 W. 23rd St., nr. Seventh Ave.
It's the third year this husband-and-wife team will be hosting festivities for the big night, and the first time there's a guaranteed seating option if you reserve a spot online; $10 gets you a seat and your first cocktail. But if you want to do it up like the stars, you can reserve a VIP spot for $85, which covers a top-shelf open bar, unlimited hors d'oeuvres for the first two hours, and gratuity.
Murray Hill Oscar Party
Joe's Pub; 7 p.m.; 425 Lafayette St., nr. Astor Pl.; 212-539-8777
Feel like you're actually at the Kodak Theater when Murray Hill hosts a night of performances, impersonations, movie spoofs, and fake interviews with guest comedians including Neal Medlyn and Erin Markey. You'll want to borrow some diamonds for this one, because they'll not only be heckling the sartorially challenged onscreen, but audience members will also receive "Best" and "Worst" Dressed. (Although, it may be more fun to vie for the "Three Sheets to the Wind" award instead, which is exactly what it sounds like.)
Village Pourhouse Oscar Viewing Party
Village Pourhouse; 7 p.m.; 366 W. 46th St., nr. Ninth Ave.; 212-979-2337
It's Hollywood's biggest sporting event, so where better to watch it than at a sports bar? A sprawling one at that, with 22 screens so you can ogle all the pertinent, well-toned angles. If your Oscar ballot holds the most accurate predictions, you'll win a free hour of open bar for you and ten of your closest friends. RSVP to email@example.com and score a free Bud Light draft or well cocktail during the red-carpet preshow from 7 to 8 p.m.
Kiki and Jinners' Oscar Party
Union Hall; 7 p.m.; 702 Union St., at Fifth Ave., Park Slope; 718-638-4400
Not only is this party free, but it gets creative with drink specials. Try a $3 Red Carpet Special (Champagne and pomegranate liquor), a Black Swan (Stoli Vanilla Black Russian), a King's Speech (Beefeater and Tonic), or the Fighter (Bloody Mary). That should help you get soused enough to come up with good quips for the Joan Rivers Live! From the Red Carpet preshow on E! before the show. Or not. Either way, it'll be entertaining.
Oscar Viewing Party With Jon Friedman and Sara Benincasa
92YTribeca; 7 p.m.; 200 Hudson St., nr. Canal St.; 212-601-1000
The Rejection Show's Friedman and comedian Sara Benincasa play your James and Anne, hosting a night of drink specials and "erudite commentary." (Except, unlike the real Oscar hosts, you can be sure they'll be funny.) $10 gets you entry and a free glass of Champagne, and you're encouraged to dress to impress.
Brooklyn Winery Oscar Viewing Party
Brooklyn Winery; 7 p.m.; 213 N. 8th St., nr. Driggs Ave., Williamsburg; 347-763-1506
The winery offers a low-key option in their gorgeous upstairs parlor: viewing on a big screen, specials on their sparkling wines, and an intimate space (capacity is 50 people) that's easy to get comfortable in, so bring friends.