Murray Hill Oscar Party
Joe’s Pub; 7:30 p.m.; 425 Lafayette St., nr. Astor Pl.; 212-539-8777
If you’re a fan of no holds barred, offensive commentary, this is the one for you. Watch Murray Hill take snarky jabs at Hollywood’s exclusive club, with other funny compadres like Jenn Harris and Mike Albo. Hill also promises to do his best Bradley Cooper impersonation with a garbage bag on his head. There will also be the usual–fake red carpet, movie trivia, and a ton of prizes.
WitStream Oscars party
The Bell House; 7 p.m.; 149 7th St., nr. Second Ave., Gowanus, Brooklyn; 718-643-6510
Hosted by Dave Hill and Jena Friedman, the Witstream Oscars Party will be the only event in town that will engage with the social media–a barrage of tweets serving as subtext for the Oscar ceremony. Tune in as the comedic twitterverse regards the awkward moments, victory speeches, pretend-gracious losers, misunderstood jokes, and every wart and mole of the ceremony with the kind of wry cynicism that gets us off our rocks. Let us all be smug, funny, and a touch vile.
Sixth Annual Alt.Oscars
XL Nightclub; 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.; 512 W. 42nd St., nr. Tenth Ave.; 212-239-2999
Here’s where non-celebrities get gussied up to be part of an alternate universe where you win cash prizes (not prestigious golden trophies) for categories like best costume and best celebrity (doppelganger?). This is perhaps the closest you’ll get to the real thing, unless of course, you’ve miraculously managed to snag an invite for Daniel Boulud’s exclusive party. The night will feature a bunch of red carpet hosts like Triple Edwards (formerly CBS news on the Logo network) and Pearl Thomas, fake paparazzi (“a rowdy mob”), and celebrity portraits.
The Big Oscars Quiz Thing
92YTribeca; 6 p.m.; 200 Hudson St., nr. Canal St.; 212-601-1000
Attention film-nerds! The “nation’s greatest live trivia experience” returns for New York’s first ever live Academy Awards game show: “The Big Oscars Quiz Thing.” If you think Meryl Streep is the only actress who owns the greatest number of miniature gold Titans, don’t bother going to this one.
Ultra-Mega Oscars 2013
Nitehawk Cinema; 7 p.m.; 136 Metropolitan Ave., nr. Berry St., Williamsburg; 718-384-3980
This one’s for the cult-fringy-alt-indie folk. Deepak Ananthapadmanabha, host of “The Circuit” on MOJO HD, will play MC for the night. Also, the Nighthawk specials–a menu inspired by Oscar nominated films screened at the theater–will be offered. Sample these: Zero Dark Thirty (Food: The Compound, Beverage: Founders Porter) and Beasts of the Southern Wild (Food: Fried Oyster Po’ Boy with Hush Puppies and a Spicy Remoulade, Beverage: Winks Bathtub Gin).
Loreley Oscars Party
Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten; 7 p.m.; 7 Rivington St., nr. Chrystie St.; 212-253-7077
If, for some reason, German beer is not exclusive to the Super Bowl experience but makes just about any viewing experience much more exciting for you.
Ginger’s Oscars nights Red Carpet Academy Awards Bingo Show & Party!
Ginger’s; 7 p.m.; 363 Fifth Ave., nr. 5th St., Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-788-0924
Ginger Bar’s hostess “Luscious Lola” will run a pre-Oscar Red Carpet Bingo show, followed by a sure-to-be raucous viewing party, with complimentary finger foods.
Ardesia Wine Bar: Oscar Party
Ardesia; 7 p.m.; 510 W. 52nd St., nr. Tenth Ave.; 212-247-9191
It’s not like your friend was nominated and it’s not the Super Bowl, so there’s no need to go overboard. A nice dinner and some wine at a casual bar and lounge, minus all the fuss, should do the trick. They’re offering complimentary popcorn, and it’s a wine bar, so it’s possible to pair a vintage with each category, if you’re so inclined.
iAdventure.com presents 2013 Oscars Viewing Party
SideBAR; 6 p.m.; 118 E. 15th St., nr. Irving Pl.; 212-677-2900
If you want to get out, but not too far out of your comfort zone, SideBAR brings you a “low-key” Oscar viewing party, where $10 admission includes one beer or cocktail, or if you’d rather get sloshed with the losers onscreen you can pay $50 for a 2-hour open bar.
Riviera Sunday Oscar Party
Lavo; 8 p.m.; 39 E. 58th St., nr. Madison Ave., 212-750-5588
Entry is free, but table reservations are highly recommended for this Sunday’s post-brunch bacchanalia promising folks dancing on tables and bottles. So many bottles. That’ll be quite the scene in black tie dress, which is required for entry.
Brooklyn Winery: Third annual viewing party
Brooklyn Winery; 7 p.m.; 213 N. 8th St., nr. Driggs Ave., Williamsburg; 347-763-1506
The screening party will take place in the Brooklyn Winery’s Harvest Room and Atrium, with a couple delicious Oscar-themed sparkling cocktails. It’s free to enter and seating is first come, first served, so show up to this one early.
The Big Screen Plaza
Eventi Hotel; 6 p.m.; 851 Sixth Ave., nr. 30th St.; 212-564-4567
If you’ve dreamed about your favorite stars in Godzilla-esque dimensions, watching the Oscars on New York’s only 30 ft. screen might just do it for you. There will be drink specials ($3 select beers and $6 themed cocktails) and you also get a bottle of champagne for your table for guessing the winners. Reserve a spot by email. firstname.lastname@example.org
Oscar Night 1929
KTCHN restaurant; 7 p.m.; 508 W. 42nd St., nr. Tenth Ave.; 212-868-2999
KTCHN pays homage to the very first Academy Awards gala held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in 1929 with a prix fixe special, inspired by the menu at the first Oscars–Consomme Celestine, Filet of Sole, and Long-Branch Potatoes. The grand prize for guessing the winners will include a one night stay at THE OUT NYC and a KTCHN-engraved candy Oscar Statuette.
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