· Beverly Hills Hotel
The Polo Lounge pays tribute to Oscar with nominee-inspired nibbles and drinks, like the Black Swan (above), a black-and-white parfait with chocolate-almond streusel and flourless chocolate cake topped with a cutie swan, and its birds-of-a-feather cocktail, the Odeite & Odile, with Blavod Black Vodka, Kahlua and cream on the rocks. As you imbibe, check for Oscar winners; Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck partied there after picking up their statuettes.
· Palihouse Holloway
Head to Palihouse for its Vanity Fair Parlour this week. Drop in for a drink and see an exhibit of iconic Vanity Fair photos. Stay the night and snag a VF gift bag with goodies from L'Oreal, Stella Artois, Lucky Brand Jeans and more, and attend private Vanity Fair events like a wine tasting. If you want the swag, reserve your spot now; only two $450 rooms are left for Oscar night. Reserve a room via email@example.com.
· W Los Angeles-Westwood
Fashionistas will want to flock to Whiskey Blue for a free 3 p.m. Oscar party thrown by fashion bloggers Monica Rose, a celeb stylist; Geri Hirsch of BecauseImAddicted.net; and Kate Mulling, West Coast editor of Refinery29.com. Watch the awards on a 90-inch screen and dish on nominees for best dressed and best makeup. You'll feel like a red-carpet starlet yourself with Bliss Los Angeles' skin-reviving oxygen blasts, Glamglow's mud masks and Jouer Cosmetics will copy your fave actress' makeup.
· The Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire
Get plastered at BLVD bar on Oscar night with its special menu of muddled vodka lemonade cocktails named after Best Picture contenders. Try the blueberry-flavored Fighter "who kept on drinking" or the cherry and moonshine whiskey-filled True Grit "of a Hollywood Cowboy." Or sip Moet cocktails, like the Silver Screen Punch with lemonade, pineapple, strawberry, ginger, vodka and bubbly.
· Hollywood Roosevelt
For a nostalgic pick, head to the Hollywood Roosevelt. It held the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929. Now you can watch the 83rd show in the famed hotel, which will set up screens in its lobby and Library Bar. The hotel will also serve up some Best Picture-themed cocktails to keep things festive.
[Photo: Beverly Hills Hotel]