Where To Celebrate The Kentucky Derby In New York City

By Luis Lucero

This week the annual arrival of “The most exciting two minutes in sports”, the Kentucky Derby. Alas, not everyone can make it to Louisville in time for the event on May 4th. But the excitement of the Derby can still be experienced within the five boroughs! Here are three places in particular that are worth checking out for the inner equestrian.

Kentucky Derby style.  (Photo: Vineyard Vines)

Kentucky Derby style. (Photo: Vineyard Vines)

Due West (189 W 10th St)

Beginning May 4th, Due west will be showing the Kentucky Derby along with serving Mint Juleps and other cocktail specials. The party continues May 5th for Cinco de Mayo with lively music, house bottled Palomas, and Mexican Boilermakers which will ensure a good time.

The Wilson (132 West 27th Street)

For something a little less extravagant, this event can be experienced for only $60. The race will be shown on not only several 80” HD televisions throughout the venue, but also on a big screen projector on the front patio. Other activities include an open bar, pop a shot, and even giant jenga. The Wilson is located in the INNSIDE New York NoMad Hotel. Tickets can be bought here and tables can be reserved by emailing reservations@ingoodcompany.com

Refinery Rooftop (63 West 38th Street)

As is tradition during each year’s Derby, the Refinery Hotel, Winnie’s Jazz Bar, and Refinery Rooftop are all hosting their annual Derby Party across the entire hotel. Across all three venues are three unique parties, complete with live music and DJs. Drink and food specials include Classic Mint & Raspberry Juleps and Kentucky delicacies like Country Ham Devilled Eggs & the classic fried chicken and biscuit sliders dish. Capping things off is a “Best Dressed” contest, in which the winner will receive tickets to next year’s Derby. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased here.

Boulton & Watt (5 Avenue A)

There’s partaking in a themed party and there’s watching the race on a patio screen. Then there’s having the experience of having the Churchill Downs brought to NYC. And that’s what this Lower East Side restaurant is doing for the Derby, complete with artificial turf, inflatable horses, and derby duds. Drinks like Bourbon Juleps and Botanical Spritzers will be only $8 from 3 pm to the Derby’s end and the visitor with the best hat will win a $100 Boulton & Watt gift certificate. Reservations can be made by calling 646-490-6004.

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