Williamsburg’s premier movie house and eatery is rolling out a red carpet for photo ops, which means this is the place to rock your plunging-neckline dress à la Amy Adams in American Hustle. Your ticket includes a $25 food-and-beverage voucher so you can play along with a drinking game throughout the telecast, or make use of themed specials like the August: Osage County–inspired “Eat the F*cking Fish” (cornmeal-battered catfish, $13) and vodka-infused sweet tea ($8).
Ellen DeGeneres isn’t the only hardworking host on duty come Oscar Sunday. The king of one-line zingers, Murray Hill, is emceeing his 13th annual gala, complete with celebrity impersonations, movie spoofs, trivia, interviews from a fake red carpet and hilarious running commentary. Think the glitterati have all the fun? Here, guests compete for best- and worst-dressed (the latter is arguably still preferable to the “Three Sheets to the Wind” award for most intoxicated Oscar attendee).
Prove your movie-geek mettle at this pregame trivia show; prizes for the winning team include vouchers for On Location TV and movie tours, sweet treats and more. After you’ve won over the crowd with your smarts, take it easy and watch the action unfold on two large screens. But you’re not off the hook for long: During the ad breaks, quizmaster and TONY copy chief Noah Tarnow will test individuals on their IMDb knowledge.
This Hell’s Kitchen bar and restaurant doubles as a live music venue, with its popular dueling pianos show taking over the space every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Whether you catch a local band or the regular piano show, you can enjoy specialty cocktails and classic bar bites. Sip on The Bar Nine, a combination of vodka, light rum, tequila, gin, blue curacao, sour mix and lemon-lime soda, or try the Midtown Manhattan with bourbon, sweet vermouth and bitters. Nibble on loaded nachos ($9) or buffalo boneless chicken strips ($10), or order the bourbon-glazed burger ($11) or bacon-wrapped hotdogs ($12) for a full meal. Coming with a big group? You might want to look into the bar’s standard open bar package: It includes three hours of all the beer, wine and well drinks you can drink for just $60 per person.
Venue says: “The Original NYC Dueling Pianos. Catch them at Bar Nine in Hells Kitchen every Thursday (8PM), Friday (9PM) and Saturday (8:30PM)”