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Catch Oscar Fever at These LA Hot Spots

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | February 23, 2016

Catch Oscar Fever at These LA Hot Spots

PHOTO: Hollywood street sign. (Photo courtesy L.A. Convention and Tourism Board)

It’s the talk of the town here in Hollywood – and signs of Oscar season are all around – and by signs, I mean detour signs reminding locals that Hollywood Boulevard is closed for the 10 days around Oscar night.

Yes, if you are visiting L.A. for the Academy Awards you are sure to hit a few traffic snarls – it wouldn’t be L.A. without one – but it's also one of the most exciting times to visit tinsel town if you are a fan of the silver screen. For those who have caught Oscar fever and want to get the low-down on celebrating cinema’s biggest night, here are a few places to hit the town.

Where to See and Be Seen

Hollywood will be spilling over with celebrities frequenting clubs bars and restaurants over the weekend, and one of the top places to find them will be The Four Seasons Hotel at Beverly Hills. The bar at the Four Seasons is more swank than flash, but it’s a haven to celebrities, and a likely haunt for several in town for the awards.

Sunset Boulevard’s Bar Marmont — at the Chateau Marmont hotel — is always crawling with famous faces.

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The Bazaar by Jose Andres at the SLS Hotel is perpetually bustling, cool to look at and has a pretty good probability for celebrity sightings. Pick up a glass of champagne here or enjoy some small plates before the big show.

Hollywood Roosevelt is always a favorite with the “it” crowd. It’s close to the Dolby Theater and has a happening nightlife.

Urth Café – fans of Entourage will be familiar with this coffee and breakfast joint on Beverly Boulevard – is certain to host a few stars on its patio on Oscars weekend.

Oscars Parties

There are a ton of parties all over Hollywood that fete the winners and nominees – and many are open to the public. VIP Concierge is the best place to go for a run down of parties and to purchase tickets, but here is a rundown of some of the most well-known celebrations. They have tickets to Elton John’s dinner and after party, In-Style’s party, the Vanity Fair/Fiat Young Hollywood Pre-Oscar Party and more.

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Night of 100 Stars is another party that is open to the public. This Academy Award party takes place at the Beverly Hilton, where celebs turn out in droves for the black tie affair and Oscars viewing party. Tickets are available on the website for those looking to pony up the cash — $1,490 per person. This is also one of the few parties where you can buy just single tickets instead of pairs.

To do the Oscars for a cause, the APLA The Envelope Please 15th annual Oscar viewing party takes place at the Abbey in West Hollywood, Calif. This year’s celebrity host is NCIS’s Pauley Perrette. Tickets to the party start at $500.


There are also a number of screenings around town. Through the Oscars website, you can find Oscar week film showings from documentaries and shorts to feature animation and foreign language films.

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