2/20/2013 01:18:00 PM

Oscar Week: Academy Award Viewing Parties, Cocktails and More

The city is all abuzz with Academy Award fever, and just because the nominees aren't eating or drinking this week (they need to get into those dresses), doesn't mean you can't. Here are a bunch of parties and specials happening this week.

If you can't join them, pretend you're there. There's a special Wolfgang Puck-sanctioned menu at the Hotel Bel-Air bar all week, including Oscar night when Puck will be feeding the stars at the Governor's Ball. The special Red Carpet menu ($65) includes dishes he's served at the Oscars after party over the last 19 years, things like chicken liver pastrami on rye spanikopita, Maryland blue crab cakes with basil pesto aioli, grilled lamb chops with cilantro mint raita, and hazelnut dacquoise with salted caramel golden souffle cake. Dine there the night of the party - you never know who will show up when things start winding down everywhere else (701 Stone Canyon Rd.; 310-472-1211).

At The Bazaar, the Golden Trio takes center stage all week: The Philly Cheesesteak, chocolate bonbons from the Patisserie, and a sherry-gin cocktail all get gold dusted for the Oscars. Get all three together for $25 through Sunday (465 S. La Cienega Blvd.; 310-246-5555).

Get as close to the action as possible at the Roosevelt for a live viewing party right across the street from the red carpet. There will be a live viewing party at Public Kitchen & Bar - the event will be projected on two large flat screens in the dining room, and you can nimble on a three-course menu of Wagyu beef tartare, dover sole and lemon Napoleon. Champagne and bottle service will also be available to toast the winners throughout the evening (7000 Hollywood Blvd.; 323-769-8888).

Down at the Terranea Resort, the viewing party at Mar'sel includes a menu nod to the Best Picture nominees, dishes like potato latkes, caviar, creme fraiche and chives, lamb with barley, cucumber, crushed olives and pita bread, anda bittersweet chocolate cake with dulce de leche gelato. A cocktail menu - of course there's a 007-inspired Vesper - will also be available. The party starts at 4 PM, with dinner starting at 5 PM. Guests who get the most correct winners on their Oscar ballot will win a dinner for two at the restaurant (6610 Palos Verdes Dr.; 310-265-2836).

Red O will extend its Street Food Social Hour for its viewing party on Sunday, including $2 oysters, classic guacamole, taquitos, corn masa quesadillas and plantain sopes. The party comes complete with a red carpet and plenty of TVs for watching around the room. If you think you know who's taking home the most statues, vie for the $100 gift card that goes to anyone who predicts the most (8155 Melrose Ave.; 323-655-5009).

Sip Academy Award-inspired cocktails at Oliverio at the Avalon Hotel, the Montage Beverly Hills and Whiskey Blue at the W Los Angeles all week. What does Django taste like? Maybe like a blue velvet suit, or tequila, blue caracao, egg white foam and a dash of cayenne pepper (at the Montage Parq bar). And Argo, sparkling cranberry and rosemary, is as fake as their movie was (at the Avalon). The Les Mis at the W is a simple sparkler with organic vodka, ginger syrup and soda.


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