Los Angeles may not have a football team, but the Oscars have always been our version of the Super Bowl. That being said, why not watch this Sunday's ceremony at a few locations that have been around since Hollywood's Golden Age? Here are five places that are as steeped in Hollywood history as those little golden statuettes.
The Roosevelt Hotel: Can't make it to the actual ceremony on Sunday? Why not watch it at the very place that hosted the 1st Academy Awards back in 1929. Each year The Roosevelt Hotel pays homage to its storied past by setting up screens in its lobby and Library Bar where guests, and wanderers off the street (not to say you are one), can watch their favorite stars accept their awards. And if you ask really nicely, the bartenders will usually whip up an Oscar-themed cocktail during the awards ceremony. Now how awesome would it be if their Lincoln-inspired drink was served in a top hat?
7000 Hollywood Blvd., 90028; 323-466-7000
Sunset Trocadero: Everything about this place says Old Hollywood, from the black and white photos of Gary Grant on the walls, to the flat screen TV playing an endless loop of James Cagney movies. The Trocadero may be one of the few bars on the Sunset Strip leftover from Hollywood's Golden Age (Grant was a regular back in its 30s heyday), but its old-timey setting will make you feel like you're watching the Academy Awards in style. Plus, it's right across the street from Chateau Marmont, where several of Hollywood's A-listers stay when they're in town for the awards.
8280 W. Sunset Blvd., 90046; 323-656-7161
Pig N' Whistle: Since the silent movie days of the 1920s, Pig N' Whistle has been serving up drinks and eats to the Hollywood crowd. It originally opened as casual eatery where hungry moviegoers could grab a bite before a show at the Egyptian Theatre next door. Over time, however, stars as big as Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy eventually made it their go-to spot for lunch. With that much movie history packed into one place, Pig N' Whistle is an ideal location to watch this year's Oscars. And while you're there, be sure to order any of their house specialties, like bangers n' mash, fish n' chips, or their rustic shepherd's pie. You can check out Pig N' Whistle's full menu by visiting the website.
6714 Hollywood Blvd., 90028; 323-463-0000
The Prince: Formerly known as The Windsor, The Prince has been around since the mid-20s, and was once a spot where American Presidents dined. It was even used as a filming location for movies like Chinatown, Thank You for Smoking, and the upcoming The Incredible Burt Wonderstone starring Jim Carrey and Steve Carell. Today, The Prince is known primarily for its spectacular Korean-style deep fried chicken. If you have yet to try it, you're definitely missing out. The Prince will be open on Sunday, meaning you can also watch the Oscars there. And how many times can you say you ate fried chicken where both Jack Nicholson and Steve Carrel filmed a movie?
3198 ½ W. 7th St., 90005; 213-389-1586
Boardner's: Boardner's was once a favorite drinking spot of Errol Flynn, and is today inhabited by an eclectic mix of hipsters, business types, and tourists. It's also known for having one of the most gorgeous art deco-inspired bars in town, as well as arched windows and iron scroll work throughout. There's also a social room in the back with two high-definition TVs. It's there that you can watch Argo sweep all the major categories on Sunday night (except Best Director, of course). Boardner's also hosts happy hour all day on Sunday, which includes beers for $4 and under, $5 well drinks, and house wine for $5.
1652 N. Cherokee Ave., 90028; 323-462-9621