When it comes to E3, partying should be pretty low on the scale of to-dos. Night time is reserved for article-writing, preview-posting, podcast-recording, and smoke breaks. Food? Forget about it. You’ll be eating tacos out of the side of a truck as your only sustenance.
But enough about my impending lack of sleep. For some of the more adventurous people out there, E3 is a great way to hob your nob with the industry faithful, forging strong relationships along the way. Heck, many a press leak has sprung over a glass of Dewars. We’ve begun compiling a list of the parties for those who have the time and energy.
There’s an unofficial Facebook group for E3 parties as well. Quick updates are in tow: Unofficial E3 2011 Party List
We’ll be hopped up on Five Hour Energy, crying in our hotel rooms.
Ah, whatever. We’ll be getting drunk at the CAG party.
WEDNESDAY June 8th
Annual Cheap Ass Gamer Party
We had a great time last year, killing a couple hours with many of our industry friends. If you’ve got a light schedule (somehow) then this is the one to attend.
From CheapyD: Join me, Shipwreck and many other thirsty gamers for open bar from 9pm-2am on Wednesday 6/8 at Broadway Bar in Downtown LA. You must be 21+ to attend.
RSVP on FACEBOOK
American McGee’s Alice Art Show
June 8-12, E3 Private Reception June 8th
LINK: Gallery 1988
With the new Alice game just about ready to launch, American McGee is hosting a special gallery show with artwork inspired by the series. The Wednesday private reception features tons of great work from the game, artwork inspired by the game, girls “dressed like Alice”, a DJ, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres.
Location: Gallery 1988
Email: email@example.com for information
Video Games Live: Bonus Round
June 8, 2011, 8:00pm
Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE
Created and Produced by Tommy Tallarico
The awesome VG Live returns to LA for a special E3 performance! Witness the Golden State Pops Orchestra bring game music to the stage, and come early for a pre-show Guitar Hero tournament!
Third Annual Women in Games International/Blacks in Gaming E3 Party
Roller derby! Stunts! Drinks! All of these go together well, which is why several sponsors have come together to help host this event.
Location: Exchange LA
Sonic Boom – Sonic’s 20th Anniversay Community Day
June 8th, Nokia Theatre, 6-10PM
LINK: SEGA Blog
Fancy yourself a Sonic fan? Feel like dressing like a Sonic character? Well, Sega has a deal for you! This free event is open to the public, and features your first chance to play Sonic Generations. The company is offering prizes, giveaways, and more. More tickets are being released each day.
Map: Club NOKIA
Gamers First presents: Free 2 Play Cocktail Mixer at E3!
Wednesday, June 08, 2011 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (PT)
Free 2 Play Forum is back at E3, presenting our annual cocktail mixer and bringing together the big shots of the Free 2 Play industry… and you! Beverages on them!
Location: The Belasco
1050 S. Hill St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
RSVP Here: http://e3f2p.eventbrite.com/
Prime World E3 Party
Wednesday, June 08, 2011 at 9:00 PM – Thursday, June 09, 2011 at 1:00 AM (PT)
This was once an invite-only event, but has since opened up. All you need to get into this star-studded event (MACY GRAY!) is to use the password “primeworld” when checking in to the Eventbrite page.
Located at the Groundfloor Gallery.
RSVP via Eventbrite with password “primeworld”
THURSDAY June 9th
8-Bit E3 Afterparty
June 9th, 8-11PM
LINK: Meltdown Comics
Close out E3 with a special party event at the world famous Meltdown Comics! The event is all ages, and brings live music made from hacked gaming consoles from chip-rock artists like The Glow Stars, Mr Spastic, Crash Faster, and Wizwars.
MAP: Meltdown Comics
RSVP via FACEBOOK
E3 Hollywood and Games Mixer 2011
Time: 6pm – 9 pm
Come and meet the new generation of leaders in the game and film/television industries! What started as a private networking dinner is now a full-blown mixer, sponsored by Microsoft. So cut out of work early, or walk over from E3 to enjoy a few drinks, pick up swag, eat complimentary cake, and network with the best at the Golden Gopher in downtown Los Angeles.
The E3 Hollywood & Games Mixer is held in support of Fund the Future! and its mission to improve quality and diversity in games and entertainment. This year’s fund will go toward a scholarship to Clarion West, a six-week intensive writing workshop in Seattle, taught by the best in speculative fiction today.
Place: Golden Gopher (http://goldengopher.la/)
417 W. 8th St. (between Olive and Hill)
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Sponsored by Microsoft
Order tickets via Eventbrite:
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Catered towards the development community, but open to all E3 goers and fans, the GameDevDrinkUp seems to be a pretty good wrap-up to the E3 festivities, especially being located at the Golden Gopher.
Follow them on Twitter for up-to-date info.
Where: Golden Gopher, 417 West 8th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014 (www.goldengopherbar.com)
Digital LA – E3 Digital Drinks & Band Jam @ Conga Room
Thursday, June 09, 2011 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM (PT)
It’s Digital LA’s third annual E3 Digital Drinks and Band Jam, located at the Conga Room. The event brings a live music, video game-themed drinks, and networking all in one swanky place.
RSVP on EventBrite, or free if you “flash your E3 badge”
There is the one and only BTB Artwalk Edition Party, to bring your artwalk night to a great big bang.
Since this is E3 week (gamer city) they’re throwing an 8-bit themed party.
DJ Higher (Pum Pum Tuesdays/ Jamaica Gold)
Free PBR while supplies last!
$3 PBR all night
Plus! If you have an E3 badge from attending the E3 convention you get $1 off all drinks
Party photography by HMS
No cover all night
See last week’s photos!
Here is the Facebook event: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=190747620976347
FRIDAY June 10th
Joystiq 2011 E3 Reader Meetup
What: Joystiq’s E3 2011 Meetup Extravaganza
When: Friday, June 10, 5:30PM – 9:00PM
Where: La Cita Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
336 South Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA. 90013
How: By any means necessary (and legal, of course). Also, we’re sorry to say that the
event is restricted to our readers who are over 21 years of age.
World of Tanks Nightly Suite Afterparty
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/wotafterparty
11PM – ???
Here’s a wacky event. The folks behind World of Tanks are throwing a hotel party every night of E3, with chances to win an iPad and try out their game. Also, free drinks on them.
Westin Hotel, Laguna Suite
404 South Figueroa Street
If we’ve missed a party, or you know of one that we don’t have on this list, please contact us and let us know!
SUNDAY June 5th
The 2011 Child’s Play Invitational Golf Tournament
June 5th, 11:45 AM
LINK: Penny Arcade
There’s absolutely no better way to kick of E3 week than with a great cause. Before all the sweaty, hard work begins, unwind with friends and industry-member alike and raise some funds for Child’s Play with this fun golf tournament. The day includes the full tourney, lunch, green & cart, awards ceremony, and more!
Location: The Brookside Golf Course adjacent to the Rose Bowl, 1133 Rosemont Avenue, Pasadena, CA.
RSVP: Penny Arcade
Major Nelson’s E3 Xbox TweetUp
June 5th: 6PM-7:30PM
LINK: Major’s Blog
The Major is hosting a get together at Lucky Strike for all friends and fans (no E3 credentials required). The event will provide beverages, food, and prizes, as well as a little bowling too.
RSVP via FACEBOOK
WHISKE3Y: Destructoid’s 5-year E3 Anniversary Party
Our crazy-ass friends at Destructoid are hosting a party in celebration of: themselves! Kinda egotistical, but also kinda nice. Hey, they get to become completely wasted on company time. Drinks on them! EXCITE!
Location: Seven Grand
RSVP on FACEBOOK
TUESDAY June 7th
IndustryGamers E3 Cocktail Reception
Tuesday, June 7th, 7-9PM
The smart lads at IndustryGamers know that all work and no drinkage equate to a poor E3 report. That’s why they’ve partnered with Frogster America and Gameforge to host a cocktail event, complete with open bar.
For info/RSVP, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org