Time to break out the seersucker, over-the-top hats and your strongest trifecta prediction: Derby Day 2018 is upon us! This year, Woodford Reserve Bourbon is teaming up with some of the best parties around New York City.
The Mondrian Hotel Rooftop
Head to the rooftop bar at the Mondrian Park Avenue to swank up your Derby Day with expansive city views. Sounds will be provided by NVM and KidClack. There will be Woodford Reserve drink and Carafe menu specials.
The party starts at 3:30PM and goes late. Tickets begin at $20 and can be purchased here.
444 Park Avenue South, Midtown East
Down in Tribeca’s, Distilled NY will be kicking off Derby Day from 2:30PM to 7:30PM. Celebrate with Woodford Reserve’s Juleps for James promotion at a discounted rate – $1.44 for a Woodford Reserve Mint Julep, in honor of this being the 144th Derby. $1 from the sale of each Julep will go toward the James Beard Foundation.
In addition to screening the race, Distilled is running a Gameraisr for Derby Day. Gameraisr asks participants to donate to take part in guessing which four horses will finish in the top four and in what order. Players will be ranked based on the accuracy of their predictions; The player that is the most accurate will win a prize. The money that players put in for this Gameraisr is benefitting Thorn, an organization that’s working against child abuse and trafficking in America.
211 West Broadway, Tribeca
Summer Garden & Bar at Rock Center Café
In the midst of the hustle and bustle of Rockefeller Center, the Summer Bar & Garden will host a classic Kentucky Derby Day party. Outdoor TVs will be showing coverage and guests can enjoy Unlimited passed hors d’oeuvres & desserts along with one cocktail, wine or beer included in ticket price. There will also be a live bluegrass band and Derby outfit & hat contests. Enjoy Kentucky Mules and Mint Juleps with Woodford Reserve and take home an Official 144th Kentucky Derby glass as your keepsake gift.
Tickets are $49 (plus tax & gratuity) can be purchased here.
20 West 50th Street, Rockefeller Center
Whiskey Brooklyn Group
The entire Whiskey Town family of bars will be showing the Kentucky Derby and have DJs on from 7PM to keep the party going. There will be specials on all Woodford Reserve cocktails for the event and there is no cover at any of the spots. Enjoy $10 Mint Juleps, Kentucky Lemonades and Presbyterian. Whiskey Town, Whiskey Tavern, The Whiskey Brooklyn, The Whiskey Shop, The Whiskey Annex, The Big Whiskey, the little whiskey, Lawless Liquors and The Whiskey Lifestyle.
29 East 3rd Street, East Village
On May 5th there will be a Woodford Mint Julep cocktail for $14, as well as a complementary Woodford Mint Julep tasting during the race. DJ OBAH will be moving the crowd with the music from 5PM to 7PM. There is no cover charge and for reservations, call 212.510.8552.
321 Malcolm X Blvd, Harlem
If you live in New York, the next closest thing to being at Churchill Downs is heading to Belmont Park. Catch all the action on the big screens and be able to actually place bets. Head to the Park or treat yourself to Bourbon at Belmont that will kick off at 3PM with exclusive tastings and enjoy a Woodford Reserve Belmont Jewel which is the official cocktail of the June 9th Belmont Stake
2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont
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