13 Places to Celebrate the Kentucky Derby in NYC

13 Places that you can get dressed up and celebrate the Kentucky Derby in NYC this weekend. It’s about that time of year again – the Kentucky Derby. And that means one thing: parties. With lots of Mint Juleps and fun, floppy hats. Here is our list of the best places to catch all the race day action and where to drink to celebrate Kentucky Derby 2017 in NYC.

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Get you seersucker suits and hats and get ready to drink Mint Juleps all day. If you are looking to splurge, there is even a $1,000 Mint Julep.

13 Kentucky Derby Parties in NYC

1. Eleven Madison Park

Eleven Madison Park Kentucky Derby Party

There really is no Kentucky Derby party quite like the one at Eleven Madison Park. They will be featuring a raw bar, fried chicken, Mint Juleps, cigars, and live music. In addition, there will be fried chicken by Chef Daniel Humm with special guest, Chef Michael Solomonov of Federal Donuts. This will be the final time.The annual bash at this four-star restaurant is back for the last time. $275 per person.

11 Madison Avenue, New York, NY – Purchase Tickets Here

2. 21 Club

21 Club Kentucky Derby Party

Celebrate the Derby in style at this Midtown institution (there are even jockey statues out front, guys!), whose Derby party features two classic Mint Juleps, two hours of Southern Hors D’oeuvres and games all day. Guests can also indulge in the ’21’ Club’s signature Triple Crown cocktail. Tickets are $65.

21 West 52nd Street. NY, NY – www.21club.com

3. Bounce Sporting Club

Bounce Sporting Lounge Kentucky Derby

This upscale sports bar knows how to throw a party – and it’s will be quite an afternoon for the Derby! Bounce Sporting Club hosts the 143rd Kentucky. They will be doing bottle specials with $595 for 3x Champagne, $325 bottles of Bourbon, $225 bottles of Champagne. There will also be discounted Mint Juleps throughout the day.

55 West 21st Street, NY, NY – www.bounceny.com

4. American Whiskey

American Whiskey Chelsea

Free Admission. There will be $10 drink specials made with an ice luge. There will also be entertainment set up such as corn hole & shuffleboard games, a bluegrass band. AND everyone is encouraged to dress up in derby attire – prize for the best hat!

247 W 30th ST, NY, NY 10001 

5. Maison Premiere

Maison Premiere Kentucky Derby Party

The Kentucky Derby will feature a radio broadcast of the race and live music from 2-8 pm. In addition, they will be serving some festive mint juleps from Bar director Will Elliott. Oysters will be served until 2.

298 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211 – www.maisonpremiere.com

6. Sweetwater Social

Sweetwater Social New York City

The will be hosting Derby with $30 Whiskey flights, $12 Punch, $10 Mint Juleps, $10 Frozen Grasshoppers. There will also be games and indoor horse racing, Southern-inspired food specials. Prizes will be given for “Best Dressed” and “Best Hat.” There will also be a live Blue Grass band. Reservations Only — Events@Drinksweetwater.com

643 Broadway, New York, NY 10012

7. 8th Annual SSMAC

8th Annual Soldiers Sailors Marines

Doors open at 2 pm at the SSMAC Club on Saturday. They offer a GA & Vineyard Vines Drawing Tickets. They will have a catered brunch and open bar with mint juleps, brunch cocktails, beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. They will be hosting an SSMAC Derby Hat and Bow Tie contest, horse race game, and raffles.

283 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

8. Brass Monkey

Brass Monkey Meatpacking

Brass Monkey will be showing the Derby on all screens. The F&B offering will include a Woodford Reserve Frozen Mint Julep, Jack Daniel’s cocktails and twice-fried Kentucky fried chicken.

55 Little W 12th St, New York, NY 10014

9. Brickyard Gastropub

Brickyard Bar

This Midtown sports bar will be toasting the Derby all day long, with a party featuring drink and food specials – Mint Juleps, natch – and a “Best Derby Hat” contest.

785 9th Avenue, NY, NY – brickyardnyc.com

10. Watermark Bar

Kentucky Derby Party Watermark Bar

Throughout the day guests can enjoy delicious eats with fried chicken in the sunshine and enjoy the waterfront views. Enjoy a number of games like giant Beer Pong, face painting, Horseshoe, and Cornhole. There will also be an hourly hat/ best-dressed contest, so guests are encouraged to dress in their Derby finest! Everyone will also get one free raffle entry to try and pick the winning horse.

78 South St, New York, NY 10038

11. Tanner Smith’s

Tanner Smith's Kentucky Derby Party

This year Tanner Smith’s in Midtown has partnered with Brown-Forman to create an exclusive cocktail menu that includes the Talk Derby to Me, Sir Barton, Round Robin Julep, The Winona, Brown Eyed Girl. These cocktails include everything from tequila, mescal, Woodford Reserve Rye, Old Forester Bourbon, and Chartreuse. The Billy Woodward band will be playing starting at 4 pm and there will be prizes for the best-dressed female, male and of course the best hat. There will be a DJ after the race and Fleur Seule, a live swing band will be playing downstairs from 10 pm to midnight.

204 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

 12. Saxon & Parole

Saxon and Parole New York City

This is Saxon’s 2nd annual Kentucky Derby bash. There will be a live bluegrass band, old fashioned horse race betting, an unlimited selection of Mint Juleps including classic and some seasonal variations. Tickets include unlimited bites (Oysters, Pulled Pork, Fried Chicken,) and unlimited bubbles and beer.

316 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

13. Ainsworth Midtown

Ainsworth Midtown

The Ainsworth will be showing the race and will be providing guests with a complimentary glass of champagne for those arriving in Derby attire. They will be doing $8 Mint Julep specials during the race.

122 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001

Special Mention

Head to New York Distilling to meet the legendary King Cocktail, Dale DeGroff. He will be leading a presentation through the world of whiskey and thoroughbred racing. Meet the players, plungers, and steeds who forever changed the Sport of Kings. Discover the best whiskey drinks through the ages as we celebrate the rich heritage of Bourbon Whiskey and the entrepreneurs who pioneered this great American spirit.
New York Distilling – 79 Richardson Street, Brooklyn, NY

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