The Eight Best Oscar-Watching Parties in S.F.

The Oscars have no host this year, but that doesn’t mean you have to be at a no-host bar.

Image: Jim Norrena, ACT OUT Photography

This Sunday’s Gay Super Bowl, informally known as the 91st annual Academy Awards, is an occasion celebrated at house parties, banquet halls, and dive bars across San Francisco. If your invite to the Vanity Fair party never quite arrived, these red carpet San Francisco Oscars parties will bring the bingo, ballots, and ballgowns.

Where to watch the Oscars in San Francisco if you still don’t have Academy Award night plans? The winner is … you, if you attend one of these San Francisco Oscars-watching parties to indulge your favorite vice and hope that a star is born.

Academy of Friends 2019 Gala
The “Best Supporting” award goes to the Academy of Friends’ annual party, since 100 percent of ticket sales benefit the AIDS Legal Referral Panel, St. James Infirmary, and other HIV advocacy nonprofits. The Tablehopper herself, Marcia Gagliardi, curates a collection of high-end noshery for your culinary enjoyment, with wine tastings from Chandon, Rodney Strong, and Tank 18 in event emceed by Carnie Asada and Dining Around’s Joel Riddell.
5 p.m., City View at Metreon, 135 Fourth St., tickets.

Champagne, Caviar, and Oscars at White Rabbit
People, we are talking Moët & Chandon champagne plus caviar here, included complimentary with your ticket purchase to one of the swankiest Oscars parties in San Francisco. Prizes will be awarded for Best Dressed and Most Accurate Oscars Ballot, and a portion of proceeds goes to the Plumpjack Foundation.
4 p.m., White Rabbit, 3138 Fillmore St., tickets here.

The Oscars Dinner at KAIYŌ
The massive, 135-inch HD projection screen at Peruvian Nikkei hotspot KAIYŌ goes all-Oscars, all the time on Sunday night with Academy Award-themed bites and drink specials. Reservations are highly recommended, and prizes will be awarded to the guests who nail their ballot most accurately.
5 p.m., KAIYŌ, 1838 Union St., reservations recommended.

Funcheap’s 2019 Oscars Party: Oscar Bingo & Bottomless Champagne
On the lower-priced end of the spectrum, FunCheapSF presents San Francisco’s Biggest Free Oscars Party at SOMA StrEat Food Park. Understand that the bottomless-Champagne deal will cost you $28. But Oscars ballot and bingo cards are free, and the place will be crawling with food trucks and HDTVs playing the Academy Awards ceremony live.
4 p.m., SOMA StrEat Food Park, 428 11th St., free but RSVP required.

Who’s Your Favourite? – Oscars Watch Party
Chef Ryan Scott’s impeccable mecca for day drinking Finn Town brings back its annual S.F. Oscars party, with oysters, bar bites, and half-price sparkling wine. Themed drink specials include A Star is Gaga, the Caged Bird, and the Captain Phillips.
3 p.m., Finn Town, 2251 Market St., walk-ins welcome.

Oscars Watch Party with Irene Tu
The Richmond’s Balboa Theatre has been playing the Oscars on their big silver screen since Douglas Fairbanks was still sipping phosphates and spinning phonographs with his phrenologist. Very excellent comic and host Irene Tu presides over comedy, prizes, and games at the biggest Oscar party screen in town.
5 p.m., Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa St., tickets.

Oscars Party at The Knockout
Your annual punk rock-karaoke Oscars affair at The Knockout features KJ Omar Rockriguez as “your personal TiVo with Oscars trivia during the commercials,” with ballots and a grand prize for whoever knocks out the most correct Oscar predictions.
5 p.m., The Knockout, 3223 Mission St., free.

The 91st Academy Awards, with All-You-Can-Eat Appetizers
Our honorable East Bay mention goes to Oakland’s New Parkway Theater, who are again busting out all-you-can-eat appetizers to go along with a big-screen Oscar broadcast complete with red carpets and a cash bar.
4 p.m., New Parkway Theater, Oakland, tickets.

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