The annual Academy Awards are highly anticipated by many as a glamorous evening dedicated to honoring Hollywood’s finest. On February 24, 2013, the 85th Annual Academy Awards will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane, broadcast from Hollywood’s charming Dolby Theatre. But why should Hollywood’s hottest get all the attention? If you’re looking for an A-List Oscar party to attend, don’t miss these special events.

Aegis Foundation Oscar Night
Union Restaurant
731 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(888) 252-3447

Date: Feb. 24

If you’re looking for the ultimate red carpet treatment, you’ll want to head on over to Union for the Aegis Foundation’s Oscar Night, the only party outside of Hollywood officially sanctioned by the Oscars. Hosted by Christopher Straub of “Project Runway,” this black-tie-optional Oscar extravaganza will be one to remember. Regardless of whether your money is on “Zero Dark Thirty” or “Lincoln” to steal Best Picture, enter the “Predict the Winner” contest for a chance to win fabulous prizes. Nibble on hors d’oeuvres and sip cocktails while socializing with fellow Oscar aficionados. With all proceeds benefiting Smile Network International and The Sanneh Foundation, getting glammed up never felt so good, so be sure to get your tickets now.

Oscar Night
Brit’s Pub
1110 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 332-3908

Date: Feb. 24

Looking for a more low-key Oscar celebration? Head on over to Brit’s Pub in downtown Minneapolis for its annual Oscar party in the beautiful Clubhouse Lounge. Starting at 6 p.m. (doors at 5 p.m.), Brit’s is hosting a fun-filled Oscar party featuring movie trivia with John Cosgrove, food and 2Gingers cocktail specials, prizes and more. The event is free to attend, so have your award predictions ready and come out to Brit’s for dinner and a show. Pull up a seat, chow down on free popcorn and enjoy the Oscars playing on the big screen.

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Minneapolis Movie Bears Oscar Night
The Chatterbox Pub
800 Cleveland Ave. S.
St. Paul, MN 55116
(651) 699-1154

Date: Feb. 24

The Minneapolis Movie Bears, a GLBT-friendly social organization, will be hosting its annual Oscar Night at the Chatterbox Pub. Think you know who will sweep the Oscars this year? Cast your vote before the show begins to be entered to win a special grand prize. Fabulous prizes include an Android tablet, iPod Nano, movie passes, gift certificates and more. Arrive early to participate in the annual Oscar trivia contest (can you beat last year’s winner?). Admission is free, but donations will also be accepted and will benefit the Movie Bears’ AIDS Walk team. Show your support for your favorite actor and a good cause by heading over to the Chatterbox Pub for an Oscar night to remember.
The After Party:

W Minneapolis – The Foshay
821 Marquette Ave., 27th floor
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 215-3700

Why stop the party after the Oscars have finished screening? You’re dressed to the nines and feeling as glamorous as the Hollywood stars, so why not continue celebrating? Head over to Prohibition, located on the 27th floor of the Foshay Tower at the W Hotel to recap the results with after-party cocktails. Cheers to a fantastic evening at this speakeasy-style retreat while enjoying an amazing view of the Minneapolis skyline.

Seven Sushi Ultralounge and Skybar
700 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 238-7770

When the Oscars have ended, keep the glamorous evening going with a trip to Seven, a swanky, ultra-hip bar and restaurant. Seven transforms into a chic, energetic venue as the wee morning hours approach, providing the perfect environment to debate whether or not this year’s award winners were well selected. Occupy one of Seven’s three fabulous levels, including its scenic rooftop. Even though it’s cold outside, Seven keeps you warm and toasty with its tented enclosure.

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A Minnesota native that was born and raised Up North, Minneapolis is where Christina Kalinowski currently calls home. Christina appreciates irony, loves bacon, enjoys a hearty libation (drink responsibly, folks), and is an avid proponent of the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness. Her work can be found at