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Staying in on Oscars night with a bottle of Prosecco and a spread of bodega snacks is tempting, sure, but some emotions (the thrill when an actress refuses to finger-walk the mani cam, the outrage that The Lego Movie's Oscars snub inspires) are best experienced in a crowd. That's why we rounded up ten places where you can watch the ceremony this Sunday-from venues with Joan Rivers impersonators (who will ask you who you're wearing) to big-screen indie theaters and bars that don't shy away from questionably-named, nominee-themed drinks (like the Benedict CumberPickleback, for example).

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230 Fifth Rooftop Lounge

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Watch the stars under the stars at 230 Fifth’s Oscar viewing party. The flatiron rooftop bar’s event will include a champagne, beer and wine open bar from 7pm to 11pm and an hors d’oeuvres station from 7pm 9pm. Tickets start at $25, and can be purchased here. [Photo]
West Village restaurant Louro is offering up a $45, three course, Oscar-inspired menu starting at 7pm. Choose from appetizers like the “Boyhood” (bacon mac and cheese with clothbound cheddar and elbow pasta), entrees like the “Grand Budapest Hotel” (potato pierogis, housemade sauerkraut, caramelized onions, and sour cream), and desserts like the “Wild” (wild blueberry sorbet, sumac pudding, and oat crumble). [Photo]

Le Poisson Rouge

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Film and trivia buffs, look no further than Le Poisson Rouge on Oscars night. The events space is hosting an Academy Awards-themed edition of The Big Quiz Thing, starting at 5:30pm. Watch the Oscars telecast and enjoy Le Poisson Rouge’s full dinner and drinks menu, with chances to win big during commercial breaks. Prizes include movie tour passes and admission to Broadway shows. Tickets, which go for $10 to $15, can be purchased here. [Photo]

Espoleta

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While the celebs are probably avoiding carbs and butter pre-Oscars, theres nothing stopping you from having a pizza party! Giulio Adriani’s pizza parlor Standing Room Only is hosting a speakeasy-style screening at Espoleta, complete with a three-course meal (appetizer, pizza, dessert, drink pairings) for $38. [Photo]

Nitehawk Cinema

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Leave it to Nitehawk to go all out for the Oscars. The boozy Williamsburg theater is offering up a nominee-themed menu starting at 6pm on Sunday. Some standouts: Boyhood’s “Texas Tea with Hiding Vodka” (Tito’s vodka, sweetened black tea, lemon) and Birdman’s “Good Bird” (hot and crispy chicken wings with dill yogurt sauce and carrot slaw). You can buy $25 tickets (which reserve you a seat, but exclude the cost of food and drinks) here. [Photo]

Videology

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Videology’s screening room officially turns into Oscars Party Central at 6pm (aka red carpet time), but we recommend getting there way earlier to snag one of the coveted back corner booths. (They’re slightly elevated, giving you an unobstructed view of the 11-foot screen.) Bonus: the Williamsburg bar-slash-theater has an extensive nacho menu. [Photo]

Littlefield

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Over in Gowanus, the Skint’s having a free screening party at Littlefield complete with a red carpet and a Joan Rivers-esque interviewer, ready to ask you who you’re wearing. The RSVP list for free champagne is full, but you can still enjoy popcorn and drink specials like “The Grand Marnier Budapest Hotel” and “Benedict PickleCumberbacks,” as well as sweets from Daily Pie. RSVP here. [Photo]

Symphony Space

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The Upper West Side performing arts center is screening the Oscars for free at 8pm in its Leonard Nemoy Thalia Theater, and offering up $5 beer and wine specials. There will also be a (not free) showing of Best Foreign Film nominee Ida at 6:30pm, and, if you purchase tickets here, you’ll get first dibs on seats to the Academy Awards portion of the night. [Photo]

The Royal

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This sports bar is switching its 40+ screens from the big game to the red carpet. $25 gets you access to the open bar from 7pm to 8pm, and bottles of wine are half off all night. [Photo]

Brooklyn Winery

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Brooklyn Winery’s fifth annual Oscars viewing party kicks off at 7pm, although doors to the screening room open at 6pm and seating is a first come, first served kinda deal. Sit back, order a flight and a plate of fried buttermilk chicken, and let Neil Patrick Harris hypnotize you with his ability to dance effortlessly in a tuxedo. [Photo]

230 Fifth Rooftop Lounge

Watch the stars under the stars at 230 Fifth’s Oscar viewing party. The flatiron rooftop bar’s event will include a champagne, beer and wine open bar from 7pm to 11pm and an hors d’oeuvres station from 7pm 9pm. Tickets start at $25, and can be purchased here. [Photo]

Louro

West Village restaurant Louro is offering up a $45, three course, Oscar-inspired menu starting at 7pm. Choose from appetizers like the “Boyhood” (bacon mac and cheese with clothbound cheddar and elbow pasta), entrees like the “Grand Budapest Hotel” (potato pierogis, housemade sauerkraut, caramelized onions, and sour cream), and desserts like the “Wild” (wild blueberry sorbet, sumac pudding, and oat crumble). [Photo]

Le Poisson Rouge

Film and trivia buffs, look no further than Le Poisson Rouge on Oscars night. The events space is hosting an Academy Awards-themed edition of The Big Quiz Thing, starting at 5:30pm. Watch the Oscars telecast and enjoy Le Poisson Rouge’s full dinner and drinks menu, with chances to win big during commercial breaks. Prizes include movie tour passes and admission to Broadway shows. Tickets, which go for $10 to $15, can be purchased here. [Photo]

Espoleta

While the celebs are probably avoiding carbs and butter pre-Oscars, theres nothing stopping you from having a pizza party! Giulio Adriani’s pizza parlor Standing Room Only is hosting a speakeasy-style screening at Espoleta, complete with a three-course meal (appetizer, pizza, dessert, drink pairings) for $38. [Photo]

Nitehawk Cinema

Leave it to Nitehawk to go all out for the Oscars. The boozy Williamsburg theater is offering up a nominee-themed menu starting at 6pm on Sunday. Some standouts: Boyhood’s “Texas Tea with Hiding Vodka” (Tito’s vodka, sweetened black tea, lemon) and Birdman’s “Good Bird” (hot and crispy chicken wings with dill yogurt sauce and carrot slaw). You can buy $25 tickets (which reserve you a seat, but exclude the cost of food and drinks) here. [Photo]

Videology

Videology’s screening room officially turns into Oscars Party Central at 6pm (aka red carpet time), but we recommend getting there way earlier to snag one of the coveted back corner booths. (They’re slightly elevated, giving you an unobstructed view of the 11-foot screen.) Bonus: the Williamsburg bar-slash-theater has an extensive nacho menu. [Photo]

Littlefield

Over in Gowanus, the Skint’s having a free screening party at Littlefield complete with a red carpet and a Joan Rivers-esque interviewer, ready to ask you who you’re wearing. The RSVP list for free champagne is full, but you can still enjoy popcorn and drink specials like “The Grand Marnier Budapest Hotel” and “Benedict PickleCumberbacks,” as well as sweets from Daily Pie. RSVP here. [Photo]

Symphony Space

The Upper West Side performing arts center is screening the Oscars for free at 8pm in its Leonard Nemoy Thalia Theater, and offering up $5 beer and wine specials. There will also be a (not free) showing of Best Foreign Film nominee Ida at 6:30pm, and, if you purchase tickets here, you’ll get first dibs on seats to the Academy Awards portion of the night. [Photo]

The Royal

This sports bar is switching its 40+ screens from the big game to the red carpet. $25 gets you access to the open bar from 7pm to 8pm, and bottles of wine are half off all night. [Photo]

Brooklyn Winery

Brooklyn Winery’s fifth annual Oscars viewing party kicks off at 7pm, although doors to the screening room open at 6pm and seating is a first come, first served kinda deal. Sit back, order a flight and a plate of fried buttermilk chicken, and let Neil Patrick Harris hypnotize you with his ability to dance effortlessly in a tuxedo. [Photo]