The Oscars aren’t just a shameless excuse to put a picture of George Clooney on your blog. They’re also a shameless excuse to drink at the bar.

Wondering where you’ll watch the Oscars this year? In the bars category, consider Kell’s in Pike Place Market and the Bottleneck Lounge on East Madison Street.

Kell’s, which organizes the event as a benefit to St. Joseph’s Baby Corner, asks guests to “dress to impress” and will be raffling off prizes. Doors open at 4pm, the awards show begins at 5pm. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door and include appetizers, ballots, and prizes.

The Bottleneck Lounge will also be opening up at 4pm and will serve drink specials themed around the best actor nominees. It’s free and you can wear jeans or whatever.

Oh and if Oscar is not your buzz, opt instead to attend this absinthe soiree at the Sorrento Hotel with local cocktail historian extraordinaire, Robert Hess. To paraphrase something I heard a bartender say recently at that very hotel: “The green fairy is much more interesting than the red carpet.” Price of admission is $20.

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