Bust out your best Derby hat for, “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” as the ponies “run for the roses,” at Churchill Downs. If you’re staying in town for the race, check out these proper parties around town.
1375 Washington Street, Boston
4pm to 7pm, $32.64
How big is your hat? Boston Chops’ 3rd annual Kentucky Derby party will feature a contest for best hat, a menu of roasted suckling pigs, side dishes, and passed appetizers from Chef Chris Coombs, and classic Derby drinks: Mint Juleps, Woodford Reserve and Mumm’s sparkling wine. Tickets for the evening are available for only $30 per person and can be purchased via Eventbrite.
Rowes Wharf Bar and Rowes Wharf Sea Grille
Boston Harbor Hotel
70 Rowes Wharf, Boston
This Derby Day celebration will feature the Louisville Cooler with Woodford Reserve, Limoncello, simple syrup, mint leaves, lemon wedges, and Angostura Bitters, served over crushed ice. The race will be broadcast live in the Rowes Wharf Bar where you can also nibble on seasonal menu items from chef Daniel Bruce.
399 Grove Street, Newton
Don your finest Derby attire and watch the ponies as you sip on a Strawberry Buck cocktail made with Kentucky’s own Makers Mark Bourbon, Angostura Bitters, honey, lemon juice, muddled strawberries, and ginger beer ($12).
Emerald Ultra Lounge
200 Stuart Street,Boston
12:30pm to 7pm
Wear your best Derby fashion to this Talk Derby to Me party with a race themed cocktail menu: Mor Spirit (Kentucky whiskey, Drambuie, Peach Schnapps, pineapple & orange juice, Jack Rudy Grenadine), Gun Runner (Southern Comfort Black Cherry, Crème Yvette liqueur, fresh lemonade), and the Exaggerator (Clementine Vodka, VS Brandy, Ginger Canton Liqueur, Blue Curacao, orange juice). Small plates will also reflect the big race theme with sweet corn hush puppies, dry rubbed barbecue pork ribs, and cajun shrimp with roasted garlic butter. For reservations, email email@example.com.
Darryl’s Corner Bar and Kitchen
604 Columbus Avenue, Boston
2pm to 6pm, $10 or $15 day of event
The southern spot will hold its 5th annual DCBK Derby Day with a southern inspired buffet, and themed cocktails like the Mint Julep, Blackberry Bourbon Smash, and Bourbon Sweet Tea. Wear your best Derby attire and hat because two lucky guests will win a SALMAGUNDI gift certificate for $75 and a custom hat box, a $100 gift certificate to Salon Monet, a gift card to DCBK and more. RSVP to dcbkderby2016.eventbrite.com.
348 Congress Street, Boston
3pm to 7pm, $123.05
This swanky Fort Point hot spot will host its 7th annual Kentucky Derby party. Tickets, available here, include 3 cocktails, small bites, a live broadcast of the race, and an official 142nd Kentucky Derby commemorative glass. Tax and gratuity are included.
Olde Magoun’s Saloon
518 Medford St., Somerville
Catch the spirit of the Derby with a Mint Julep, Founders’ Kentucky Breakfast Stout, or try a selection of the bar/restaurant’s 30 different bourbons. Menu options will also include special sandwiches for $12.95. The Kentucky Hot Brown is an open-faced house-smoked turkey, bacon, and tomato sandwich on Texas toast, smothered in Mornay cheese sauce with hand cut fries. The Pork Chop Sandwich layers house-smoked pork loin with Kentucky BBQ sauce on a brioche roll, and is also served with hand cut fries.