13 places to watch the 2013 Academy Awards in Toronto
Watching the Academy Awards in Toronto is sometimes best designated to private parties of one, in your pyjamas, so as not to disturb those who are less passionately invested with your opinions, predictions, and inevitable outrage. There's something to be said, though, for setting your hair in Dietrich pincurls, donning a sleek crimson number, and debating the narrative merits of Beasts of the Southern Wild with die-hard fans of Lincoln (there surely must be one or two of you out there, somewhere). If nothing less than arguing who wore it best, and who muddled their acceptance speech the most will do, there are many venues in Toronto who'll be happy to have you come Sunday, February 24.
Here's the list of where to watch the 2013 Academy Awards in Toronto:
Toronto Oscar Party
With only 300 tickets available to this larger-than-life screening of the 2013 Oscars, this party is suitable for only those 19 and over, and a dress code is effect. Although no outside food or drink is permitted, your entrance fee will score you a free drink from their licensed bar, and a nomination form that may garner you prizes.
Projection Booth - East (1035 Gerrard St. E.) 5PM $15
Bloor Broadcast: 85th Academy Awards
The recently face-lifted Bloor Hot Docs Cinema's screening of the awards will be hosted by Thom Ernst of TVO's Saturday Night at the Movies, and you can expect trivia, prizes, themed eats and drinks, and a come-one-and-all dress code that means satin will mingle with Snuggies.
The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West) doors at 6:30PM Free
Oscars and Oysters
For the Oscar high-roller, a night of award gold, artisanal cheeses, and oysters courtesy of Neptuno. Not quite what you'd expect from a grilled cheese shop, but this 8-course tasting comes complete with a screening of the Oscars, with proceeds benefitting the Stop Community Food Centre.
Cheesewerks (56 Bathurst St.) 7:30PM $85
Drake's Oscar Party
The Drake's Oscar Party is a long-standing tradition, and it returns with film critic Richard Crouse at the helm. Your hunches will be incentivized with prizes awarded for most correct guesses, and there'll be popcorn, ballots, and a champagne menu. Celebrity-worthy outfits are encouraged.
Drake Hotel (1150 Queen St W) 6 PM Free
Fox Theatre free screening
The Fox Theatre is opening its doors for a free screening of film's big night out, complete with all the cheers, tears, and jeers you can stomach. They recommend showing up at 7:15 p.m. for the pre-show, but early birds will score the most enviable seats.
Fox Theatre (2236 Queen St E) 7PM
A Red Carpet Affair
The Office Pub is throwing a stylish soiree, replete with a special Oscars menu and featured cocktails, trivia and prizes, and for a touch of cheese factor, there'll be a pro shutterbug on hand to capture your slinky stroll down the red carpet (you're instructed to "dress to impress").
The Office Pub (117 John St.) 7PM $5
Revue Cinema free screening
In the spirit of loving cinema, the Revue on Roncesvalles is treating die-hard Oscar fans to a free screening of the awards show. As with all things free and of limited seating, arrive early to secure a spot.
Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles Ave) 7PM Free
Oscars at Pegasus on Church
Pegasus is keeping it simple and sweet: customers will receive ballots and must make their predictions before 8 p.m., and the most prescient among you will win a $100 gift certificate to Pegasus. Regardless of whether you guess correctly or not, the awards will be screening, and the atmosphere will be, as always, fabulous.
Pegasus on Church (489B Church Street) before 8PM
Seven44 Oscar Night
Seven44 hosts an Oscar party for a fourth time, and the awards will screen live on 10 screens throughout the venue. There'll also be trivia, prizes, and dressing up as your favourite starlet or Hollywood hunk won't be taken amiss.
Seven44 (744 Mount Pleasant Road) 6PM $5
The Oscars are an annual, all-out event at O'Grady's, with the staff dressing up as movie characters (and the Oscar statue). They screen the Oscars with full sound, and you'll have the option to buy into a trivia game for a cash prize. From the outdoor red carpet at the beginning of the night, to karaoke at the end, it's a great place to bury your sorrows if Life of Pi gets robbed.
O'Grady's on Church (518 Church St) 7PM Free
Zemra Bar Lounge
Zemra Bar Lounge is being taken over by Oscar fever, with a special Oscar-themed menu, a red carpet made for strutting (with shot-hungry paparazzi), an Oscar poll, and a competition for best and worst dressed. Added bonus: your entrance fee to the dineT.O.-sponsored soiree includes complimentary champagne and appetizers.
Zemra Bar Lounge (778 St. Clair Ave. W.) doors at 6PM $5
Who will take home the Gold?
The Tilted Kilt might be known for being a sports bar (and a naughty, pleated-skirt-and-push-up one at that), but they're cinephiles, too--they'll be screening the Oscars, and serving up their usual pub fare and pints (as well as showing sports on select TVs).
Tilted Kilt (38 The Esplanade) 8PM
Oscar Party 2013 at the Riverside Public House
The Riverside Public House will be screening the Academy Awards on their big screen, and there'll be Oscar-themed cocktails on offer throughout the night. Prizes will be awarded for the best red carpet look (either classic Hollywood or inspired by the nominees), and reservations for dinner are highly recommended.
Riverside Public House (725 Queen Street East) 5PM for dinner, prix fixe and regular menu available
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