Academy Awards: Los Angeles to London, celebrate Hollywood's Oscars

Luxury hotels, bars and restaurants offer special drinks and menus in honor of the Academy Awards  Photo: Living the Oscar lifestyle

LOS ANGELES, February 19, 2013 —  In honor of the upcoming Academy Awards, a few luxury hotels are offering themed experiences created especially for Hollywood’s biggest night.

Sure, you could hole up at home and watch the ceremony from the comfort of your own sofa, but why? A glamorous event calls for glam night out.


Wolfgang Puck pulls out the stops in London when he prepares a special menu for lucky guests at Dorchester Collection’s newest property. Puck’s CUT at 45 Park Lane will be offering diners the chance to celebrate the 85th Academy with a menu designed — and cooked — by him on Friday, February 22, Saturday, February 23, and Sunday, February 24, 2013.

Los Angeles Hotel Bars

Toast the season’s nominees and sample specially created cocktails while watching the award shows at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Guests who want to splurge can enjoy a reserve vintage 1985 Veuve Clicquot Champagne ($350 in a 1.5L magnum format) that commemorates the 85th awards event.

At Hotel Bel-Air, guests can toast the winners with a Red Carpet Cocktail, created with Ketel One Citroen, Cointreau, lemon juice, simple syrup, and splash of raspberry puree ($18). The bar is also serving up the “Best Dressed” — a libation filled with Skyy Citrus, Cointreau, lime juice, passion fruit puree, and cranberry juice ($18).

Canyons in Utah

Sorrel River Ranch Resort and Spa in Moab, Utah, yes, Utah, spans the world of luxury and comfort all at once. It is hard to imagine a more beautiful setting than a ranch nestled between Canyonlands and Arches National Parks.  The property is home to one of the West’s best farm-to-plate restaurants. Every dish on the special  Academy Awards menu pays tribute to this year’s film contenders. For instance, “Life of Pi” is a personal deep fried Utah apple pie served with Madagascar vanilla bean custard while “Lincoln” is chicken fricassee with Southern style biscuits. The menu is available on the evening of the Academy Awards for $99 per person.


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