Hollywood’s biggest night of the year is Sunday, when the Dolby Theatre will host the biggest movie stars in the world — and superstar chef José Andrés — for the 91st annual Oscars.
D.C. bars and restaurants are getting in on the glitzy evening by offering food and drink specials and prizes for on-point award picks. Many are encouraging guests to don red carpet attire and dress to impress. Here’s a list of places to watch the Academy Awards this year:
1837 M Street NW
The Spanish bar’s live viewing party kicks off at 8:30 p.m. with a special menu of nominee-themed tapas, sweets, and unlimited sangría ($49 per person plus tax and gratuity). “A Coca de Setas is Born,” an obvious ode to A Star Is Born, features grilled flatbread, porcini purée, and Idiazábal cheese.
1443 P Street NW
For the Logan Circle hangout’s 8th annual Oscars viewing party, guests can sip on themed drinks like the gin “Bohemian Raspberry” or the “Wakanda Forever”, a frozen sangria-style drink. Commissary will be screening the awards show with its full wall projector and big screen televisions. Start the party early at 5:30 p.m. with a $90 mixology class instructing guests how to make the drinks during red carpet coverage. Winning Oscar ballot picks will receive free glasses of sparkling wine. Happy hour will be served at the bar and dining room.
1054 31st Street NW
The secluded Georgetown oyster house is throwing a red carpet fete on Oscar night (7 p.m. to 11 p.m.). Carla Sanchez of Spicy Candy DC and Zarah Burstein of DC Magazine are hosting the event, which will have several treats from Dyllan’s menu, hand-rolled sushi, and bubbly all night for $50 a person.
1200 16th Street NW
Parties of five to eight can book one of the glamorous hotel’s private “cabinet rooms” to throw their own private party, complete with TVs and plush seating. At additional cost, patrons can order full access to the menu from the next-door lobby lounge Quill.
To pick something up for your own party, head to Milk Bar for its new cake flavor: Popcorn. Layer. Cake. The towering dessert features layers of popcorn cake, corn fudge and salted caramel. Each order comes with a sidecar snack of strawberry jam and caramel popcorn.
1220 Connecticut Avenue NW
The classy Dupont club will roll out the red carpet to help support the Washington Film Institute, complete with a step-and-repeat and black tie dress code. Tickets ($25-$50) include a glass of Champagne, with additional beverages available for purchase. And just like the real Oscars, there’s no food served — so prepare accordingly. Prizes will be dished out to the best dressed and awards prediction winners. 7:30 p.m. to midnight.