The 89th Academy Awards air Sunday night. And with LA-type temperatures blanketing D.C. as of late, one can actually entertain the notion of spending an evening strolling the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre.
Many restaurants are broadcasting the big show and offering specials — think: $1 oysters at Oceanaire, and a fancy pizza party at Declaration — to draw movie fans all over town. The extra-long program extends from 8:30 p.m. to midnight, so there’s plenty of time to pack in bites and booze (all without worrying about fitting into a custom-made Marchesa gown).
Here are some Tinseltown tidbits to know for cocktail hour chatter: Comedian Jimmy Kimmel is hosting the event for the first time; La La Land racked up the most nominations in history (a record-tying 14), with its stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling up for best actress and actor; films Arrival and Moonlight are also expected to clean up.
Without further adieu, here’s where one can reach for the stars on Feb. 26.
The Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse
2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington, Va.
The DC Film Society's 25th annual Oscars party will show the broadcast live on the big screen at this local haunt. Doors open at 7 p.m.; tickets are $21. Film critics Tim Gordon and Travis Hopson will guide attendees through the maze of nominees and conduct the “Predict The Winners” contest. Silent auction items include theater, event and movie tickets, as well as a Manchester by the Sea poster signed by nominated writer and director Kenneth Lonergan.
1837 M St. NW
Head to this Dupont Circle hot spot for unlimited tapas and drinks — priced at $49 per person (plus tax and gratuity) — while watching the Oscars. Endless booze includes wine, sangria and draft beer, while tapas include cheeses, fire roasted eggplant, Spanish omelets, and squid.Seating in the screening room is limited; call (202-558-9545) to reserve.
804 V St. NW
Watch the Oscars in style in Shaw starting at 5 p.m. Walk down the red carpet at 6 p.m., with the real red carpet arrivals shown on Declaration’s three multicast screens. Specials include $17 pizzas (A La La Land Pizza and Denzel’s Delight), as well as $20 bottles of prosecco, and $8 cocktails such as A Streep Statement and A Dancing Ryan. The best-dressed customer gets $50.
1201 F St. NW
The seafood haven will be serving dollar oysters in the bar from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. All televisions will be showing the red carpet and awards.
Ventnor Sports Cafe
2411 18th St. NW
A red carpet and special video trivia night is the name of the game at this Adams Morgan sports bar. Oscars-themed trivia starts at 6:30 p.m., then the awards will be aired on its 40-plus TVs on both floors. A special cocktail menu will feature champagne and a food menu highlighted by caviar.