Best Parties in NYC to Celebrate Derby Day 2018 with Woodford Reserve

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

Mondrian Park Avenue

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

Distilled NY

Distilled NY

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

Whiskey Town

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

Corner Social

Corner Social

Corner Social

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

Belmont Park

Belmont Park (shot by Michelle Young)

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

Goodnight Sonny


Goodnight Sonny; PC Bowery Collective

This East Village spot is throwing a Derby brunch, and will be the go-to spot before the race. There will be $12 Mint Juleps, and with every one sold, Woodford Reserve will donate $1 to the James Beard Foundation. Not feeling Julep-y? Try the Derby Day Boulavardier. After fueling up at Goodnight Sonny’s, head over to their sister bar, The Lost Lady for the same Mint Julep deal – money going to the James Beard Foundation – and a screening of the race.
Goodnight Sonny: 134 First Avenue, East Village
The Lost Lady: 171 Avenue C, Alphabet City

The Saltbox

Saltbox Montauk

The Saltbox, Montauk (PC: Yelp)

If you’re more into a beachy vibe, The Saltbox in Montauk is getting into the Derby action, too. There will be a special Woodford Reserve Driftwood cocktail just for the race day, along with live music.
99 Carl Fisher Plaza, Montauk

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