Where to Celebrate Derby Day in D.C.
Derby Day in DC is fast approaching, which means you need these three things: seersucker anything, a ridiculous hat, and an endless supply of mint juleps within arm’s reach. Don your Derby Day best and head to these bars/restaurants to celebrate the fastest two minutes in sports.
Four specialty cocktails will be available during all Triple Crown races. This weekend, make sure to try The Derby, made with bourbon, sweet vermouth, orange curacao and lime. If you prefer to go down the traditional route, fear not — Mint Juleps will be available all day long. (1500 New Hampshire Ave, NW; 202-483-6000)
Join head bartender James Nelson as he mixes up two variations of the classic derby cocktail: a Traditional Julep (mint-infused Maker’s Mark, simple syrup and fresh mint) and a Spiced Peach Julep (mint-infused Maker’s Mark, spiced peach syrup, fresh mint and bruléed peach). The cocktails are $16 each and will be available during lunch and dinner service. (1625 I St, NW; 202-689-8999)
If you’re looking to go all out on Derby Day, head to Due South, where you can get $40 bottomless frozen mint juleps along with Derby-themed food specials and the chance to win prizes and giveaways including a $150 gift card to the restaurant. This deal will run from 3 - 7 PM. (301 Water St, SE; 202-479-4616)
From 3 - 7 PM, Jack Rose will be hosting its 4th Annual Kentucky Derby Celebration. Head upstairs to the terrace for craft juleps, cocktails, Flying Dog Mint Julep Ale, derby punch and Kentucky-themed bites. (2007 18th St, NW; 202-588-7388)
Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar
Get your tickets to the 3rd Annual Kentucky Derby Pig Roast. Bourbon lovers can rejoice, as Chef Ryan Gordon from the Queen Vic has partnered up with Little Miss Whiskey’s to create a menu incorporating bourbon into all roast items. For $48, you’ll get all you can eat access to items like Apple and Bulleit Bourbon injected whole roasted pigs, Bulleit Bourbon and caramel dipped pork belly lollipops, pimento mac and cheese, and more. Mint Juleps will be available for purchase, and the Derby will be aired live. (1104 H St, NE; 202-555-1212)
Starting at 2 PM on Derby Day, enjoy mint juleps on tap and rolled oyster hot browns. Stay for a live viewing of the race; all guests are encouraged to wear their Derby best. (1841 7th St, NW; 202-316-9396)
The Willard InterContinental Hotel
Celebrate the Kentucky Derby at the Willard’s annual Bonnets and Bowties event. From 4 - 7 PM, enjoy Maker’s Mark mint juleps, an open beer and wine bar, live jazz music, a Southern style buffet, casino games, and the chance to win “Best Derby Bonnet.” Tickets are $99. (1401 Pennsylvania Ave, NW; 202-628-9100)
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