The 93rd Academy Awards airs live on ABC Sunday, April 25, at 5 p.m., but — like many awards shows during the pandemic — the proceedings will look a lot different in 2021. Instead of a mostly staged affair with a host, the Oscars “will look like a movie, not a television show,” the producers said in a press release (even though there will be some stars in the audience). Regardless of format, movie buffs will no doubt tune in, and they’ll need some solid sparkling booze and snacks to match the glitz and glamour. Here are a few options to consider around town, listed in alphabetical order.
This classic Madrona craftsman has a reputation as a solid leisurely hangout, but also made some adjustments during the pandemic, including offering takeout booze kits. The Prosecco cocktail version includes Scrappy’s grapefruit bitters, brown sugar cubes, a recipe, and a paper maché ice bucket that should keep the drinks cold for a few hours. On the food side are heat-at-home meals for two (either halibut or grilled asparagus as mains), as well as a charcuterie and cheese box.
For those who want to toast the year in film with a glass of bubbly, this Capitol Hill natural wine shop should fit the bill. Star attractions on the list include a sparkling Movia Puro (60 percent Chardonnay and 40 percent Ribolla Gialla), which comes in a funky upside down container so the bottle can be disgorged, dispersing the sediment. There’s also a menu of takeout friendly bar food perfect for watching the festivities: chocolate, gourmet salted cod, and bags of frozen dumplings.
Beacon Hill’s acclaimed Mediterranean-influenced restaurant offers a variety of small to-go plates that work for chilling on the couch, including some wonderful hummus and labneh, as well as must-try pork and lamb meatballs. The takeout drinks list is extensive, with cocktails such as the mezcal sour Stone Gossard, plus a tempting sparkling rosé.
Perched in Ballard’s Sunset Hill neighborhood, this upscale bistro is a special occasion restaurant that highlights fire-roasted vegetables and an assortment of thoughtfully-crafted seafood dishes. Items include the popular Dungeness crab on a charred rice cake and duck pate, available to go, which might do nicely as a fancy snack plate paired with a sparkling Oregon sauvignon blanc currently on offer.
The longtime Ballard nightlife destination recently became a full-fledged Korean restaurant, with short ribs, rice cake skewers, kimchi fried rice, and wings — all event-worthy meals or snacks. The drinks list is robust, featuring soju prominently and some Cava (for those who want bubbles). Among the marquee cocktail offerings is the poetically named Where Stars Drown, with Batavia arrack, honeydew-infused soju, coconut milk, and absinthe, and there are kits to make Somaek, a Korean drink with beer and soju.