The night to honor the very best in film is always a big reason to tune in, and this year’s 90th annual Oscars hosted by Jimmy Kimmel will be an especially historic one to watch, with the #MeToo movement set to take center stage at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
Across the country, D.C. bars and restaurants are getting in on the action by offering food and bubbly specials and prizes for those picking the winners. Some are taking the night even more seriously by instructing guests to dress to impress.
Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken
The homegrown doughnut shop, which recently expanded to the City of Angels, is selling a special red carpet doughnut for $4.75. The red velvet doughnut is covered in edible glitter and available in its Virginia and D.C. stores on March 4 (but pre-orders are recommended).
1443 P Street NW
This neighborhood bar in Logan Circle is throwing its seventh annual Oscars viewing party, complete with themed cocktails, small plates, and all-day happy hour both at the bar and dining room. Those who pick the correct category winners will receive free glasses of sparkling wine. Free and open to the public.
2004 18th Street NW
Starting a 6 p.m., find drink specials all night on rosé, prosecco, and sparkling wine by the glass and bottle. Movie buffs can fill out Oscar ballots, with a cash prize and Duplex Diner gift cards up for grabs for the winners (more details on event here). Its full dinner menu will also be available.
Ventnor Sports Cafe
2411 18th Street NW
Starting at 6:30 p.m., the Adams Morgan bar is hosting a pre-Oscars trivia night, followed by a massive viewing session on its 40 TVs. All cocktails for the night are $8 and bites accented with caviar, like flatbread with smoked salmon crème fraîche, are $6. Look for an actual red carpet spilling out of the typically dressed-down watering hole.
515 15th Street NW
The glitzy D.C. hotel is naturally in on the action, inviting guests to don their “finest designer threads” to strut on the red carpet. The night’s menu includes popcorn and bubbly pairings like as truffle popcorn and Charles de Fere Champagne with butter, minced black truffle, truffle oil, parsley, and parmesan cheese ($15) and nominated movie-inspired cocktails like the “Lady Bird - Like Yale but Not Yale” with gin, green chartreuse, traverse cherry whiskey, lemon juice, and basil simple syrup ($12). RSVP here.