This year’s Academy Awards take place on Sunday, March 2. Below are our picks for the best, not-yet-sold-out viewing parties in the city this year. Have a look, then go ahead and firm up your plans. Tickets definitely won’t last. By Jessica Allen.
You’ll feel like a star at the 230 Fifth Viewing Party, held at New York’s most glamorous rooftop bar. In addition to a champagne open bar (plus beer and wine), this event offers you panoramic views, perhaps as close as you can come to outer space in this city. Be sure to wear your fanciest duds (the invite specifically says no hoodies or sneakers allowed). Screens will be showing the main event, blankets will be available if it gets chilly, and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Hosted by comedian Hedda Lettuce, the Queen of Green, this Oscar party is held at Bowtie Chelsea Cinemas. You’ll get all-you-can-eat popcorn, all-you-can-drink soda, and lots of snark about the attendees. There will be raffles and prizes too, although you just might get heckled as you accept. The event is broadcast on the big screen, minus the commercials, and benefits Riedel Dance Theater, a NYC-based company that tries to tell stories through dance.
Joe’s Pub will welcome Murray Hill (aka “the hardest working middle-aged man in show business”) and his gang of comedians, cabaret singers, and comrades for their annual Oscar Party. Attendees are encouraged to dress like their favorite celebrity, as well as to vote for “Best Dressed,” “Worst Dressed,” and which movies/actors will win. There will be trivia, one-liners, and a “Three Sheets to the Wind” award for the drunkest audience member.
The 2014 Open Bar Oscars Viewing Party at SideBar begins at 6:30 pm, and features a two-hour open bar, including special Oscar-themed drink specials. (Gravity Bomb! or Christian bALE, anyone?) As if that weren’t enough of a draw, this upscale sports bar near Union Square offers multiple screens on which to watch the stars make speeches, get teary, and pretend to be glad when the award goes to someone else.
Brooklyn Winery, a boutique winery in Williamsburg, welcomes one and all to its fourth annual Oscars Screening Party. No cover means you can spend your precious pennies on vino, but it also means no reserved seating. (Get there early.) The awards will be shown on a big screen, and the bar will feature a special, to-be-determined cocktail, along with seasonal light fare (think duck pate, fried buttermilk chicken bites, and sweet potato and chickpea falafel) and standard well drinks.