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Where to Watch the 2017 Kentucky Derby in D.C.

by Lanna Nguyen on May 2, 2017 in Roundups
Where to Watch the 2017 Kentucky Derby in D.C.

It’s the that time of year...break out the seersucker suits, fancy hats, and pastel colors and get dressed up for the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby. From hat contests to viewing parties, here’s where to catch the fastest two minutes in sports.

Barley Mac
Take in all of the Kentucky Derby action al fresco at Barley Mac’s patio party. Tickets include specialty cocktails (Mint Juleps, Black Eyed Susans, Belmont Jewels), Kentucky bites, Best Derby Outfit prizes, live bluegrass music, patio games and more.  2 - 6 PM, tickets are $35. (1600 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington; 571-800-3070)

Due South
Head to the Second Annual Due South Derby Party at Navy Yard. From 3 - 7 PM take part in Derby Day festivities including themed food and drinks (like bottomless Frozen Juleps, Kentucky Hot Browns, Ham and Biscuits and Kentucky Fried chicken wings), contests and giveaways. Don your best headgear and take part in the Hat Contest - winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and get to take home a $100 Due South gift card. (301 Water St, SE; 202-479-4616)
 
Jack Rose
Watch the 143rd Kentucky Derby at Jack Rose’s rooftop viewing party. The 5th Annual celebration will run from 3 - 7 PM and include mint juleps, Derby punch, complimentary Kentucky-inspired bites, and bourbon flights. Free to attend. (2007 18th St, NW; 202-588-7388)
 
Red Derby
Get your fancy hats and fascinators ready for Red Derby’s Big Hat Brunch in honor of the Kentucky Derby. In addition to a Big Hat contest, there will be hat decorating, drinks and plenty of Derby Day festivities. (3718 14th St, NW; 202-291-5000)
 
Willard interContinental
A Derby Day tradition in DC, the historic downtown hotel will host its 31st Annual Bonnets and Bow Ties Kentucky Derby Celebration. There’s no better place to take in The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports than at the location where DC was first introduced to the mint julep, thanks to Henry Clay. Tickets to the soiree include mint juleps, unlimited beer and wine, Southern-inspired bites (like hot brown turkey sandwiches, pimento cheese benedict station, and derby pie) casino games, live jazz and prizes for “Best Derby Bonnet and “Fanciest Bow Tie.” 4 - 7 PM, tickets are $99. (1401 Pennsylvania Ave, NW; 202-628-9100)

Photo via Flickr user Bill Brine 

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