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Your Best Bets for Oscar Night Fun



    Your Best Bets for Oscar Night Fun
    Helix Lounge

    The Academy Awards are this Sunday night, and if you're not planning on guarding the coach with a bowlful of tortilla chips (a totally respectable plan, by the way), we have three alternate plans for you.

    First, the swanky: D.C.'s "only official Academy-sanctioned viewing party" is Oscar Night D.C. at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (1250 New York Ave. N.W.) from 7 p.m. to midnight. Grab your fancypants -- dress is black tie -- and enjoy an open bar, hors d'oeuvres and a notable guest list. Tickets are $100 for general admission, or $175 for VIP (of which $75 is tax-deductible). Proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross of the National Capital Region.

    Second, the you-don't-have-to-smile-ironically-when-ordering-themed-drinks, but-it-totally-doesn't-hurt: Helix Lounge(1430 Rhode Island Ave. N.W.) hosts an Oscar Night Happy Hour with themed drinks and up-close red-carpet action on their 46-inch flat-screen TV from 5-11 p.m. Specialty cocktails include the King's Peach (Absolut Peach Vodka, peach liqueur, splashes of sour and Sprite; $7) and the Black & White Swan (Absolut Vodka and Kahlua on the rocks with light cream; $7). If you're hungry, you might "like" a half-price Zucker-Burger ($6).

    Finally, the I-knew-the-winners-this-whole-time, this-event-is-below-me: The Washington Film Institute throws a black-tie-optional Oscar viewing at Georgetown's very own L2 Lounge (3315 Cady's Alley N.W.), where you can share your "100 percent correct" predictions with a winner-takes-all Oscar pool! This "Art Soiree" features five huge flat-screen views of the event, a special performance of movie music by string quartet Singing Strings D.C., and a "Best Dressed" contest, complete with prizes, drinks, and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

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