The 139th Kentucky Derby is on Saturday and believe it or not, you can celebrate here in NYC in style. Seriously, don’t you just want to wear a flowered dress and a fancy hat or a seersucker suit and swill bourbon and laugh at the folly of it all? I thought you did.
So here are the basics:
The races take place this Saturday from 4-7 pm ET. The post time for the actual Kentucky Derby is 6:25. This year’s favorite is Verrazano, a horse named after they NYC bridge that connects Staten Island and Brooklyn. (Yes!)
Here are a few local places to take it all in:
mad46: Their annual rooftop Kentucky Derby Bash at the Roosevelt Hotel on 46th street takes place from 3 to 10 pm. A giant flat screen TV will broadcast the race and guests will be awarded prizes for the most stylish derby attire and hats. And yep, mint juleps will be served. (FYI this should be a good choice as the weather forecast is sunny with a high of 68 degrees.)
Boulton And Watt: (Avenue A at 1st St.) This gastropub has a whopping seven televisions that will broadcast the race, so clearly you won’t miss a thing. A hat competition will follow. The party begins at 2 pm.
Brickyard Gastropub: (9th Ave. between 52nd and 53rd) The race will be screened on nine ginormous TVs. $5 mint juleps can be sipped while you chow down on derby-themed appetizers. Plus the best-dressed party goer will win a $50 gift certificate.
21 Club: (West 52nd between 5th and 6th) You can truly feel fancy here. From 3:30-5:30 pm, $45 gets you two Woodford Reserve mint juleps (apparently WR provides the official derby MJ’s), assorted bar bites like cornmeal fried oysters with remoulade and Kentucky ham on a biscuit, with tax and tip incuded. Pick a winner throughout the broadcast and you can score Woodford Reserve prizes (which I assume means more mint juleps which is not a bad thing). Dinner for two at “21″ will go the best dressed in Derby attire.