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The 7 Best Oscars Watching Parties In San Francisco And Oakland

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The “Gay Super Bowl” is just one week after the real Super Bowl this year, and maybe your invtation to the Vanity Fair party got lost in the mail. So if you’re still looking for a kick-ass, glam Oscars party, then the winner is…. You! Because here are the coolest Oakland and San Francisco Oscars parties busting out the ballots, ballgowns, and bingo for the 92nd annual Academy Awards.

Image: Academy of Friends

Academy of Friends 40th Annual Academy Awards Night Gala 

The “Best Supporting” Oscars soirée is the Academy of Friends Academy Awards party, since all proceeds benefit the LGBT Asylum Project. Well established as San Francisco’s most glamorous Oscars party, this year’s 40th anniversary celebration at the Commonwealth Club will feature food from Dunyā, Lark, and Blind Butcher, booze from Maker’s Mark, Roku gin and 21st Amendment Brewery, and the golden Oscars go-go boys and girls for whom this party is known.

$150 and up, Tickets Here


OSCARS Viewing Party at Novela

Free popcorn is on the menu alongside the regular fine fare at Novela on Mission Street, with the with a red carpet, additional themed food and drinks, and Oscar ballots.

Free with RSVP


92nd Academy Awards Watch Party at the Balboa Theatre

Very good comedian Dominique Gelin emcees the Balboa Theatre’s annual party and you can win free Balboa movie tickets by picking the right winners.

$15, Tickets Here

Roxie Theater’s Up the Awards Benefit Bash

The annual Red Carpet March of Shame kicks off at 3:30, and the Roxie Theater’s big-screen watch party for wise-asses who like to make fun  of the ceremony also features “captivating shorts, twisted music videos, intriguingly perplexing film clips and generally hilarious cinematic detritus, rendering the entire evening blessedly commercial-free.”

$16, Tickets Here


The Knockout Presents the Annual Oscars Watching Party

KJ Omar rocks trivia during the commercial breaks, and grand prize is up for grabs in a ballot contest as the Knockout presents its annual Oscars Watching Party.

Free, No Cover


Annual Academy Awards Party & All-You-Can-Eat Appetizers at the New Parkway

You can easily eat $25 worth of appetizers to make up for your ticket prize at Oakland’s New Parkway Theater, and they’re broadcasting the red carpet too. 

$25, Tickets Here


92nd Academy Awards Viewing Party with Carnie Asada

According to this FunCheap listing, Carnie Asada is hostessing the show at Oakland’s Port Bar, “to be followed immediately by a very Hollywood-inspired #Blessed Cabaret and Latina Cantina.” 

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