Derby Day Draws Near

May 1, 2014

Derby Day is near and there are many places to celebrate in the District. BYT has posted their best parties in the city to enjoy the race and festivities.

POSTE – Poste is going all out. Expect a southern feast from Chef Dennis Marron and Mint Juleps on tap from Head Bartender Josh Berner, while jamming out to some local Bluegrass. On the upper deck Poste will host an entire afternoon of competitive Wii horse races. The ultimate winner will win the mother of all prizes, an overnight stay in the Booker T. Noe house on the Jim Beam estate with private tour of the Jim Beam American Stillhouse. Derby attire is encouraged! General admission tickets are $75 and include all you can eat and drink, access to the racing games and a souvenir Derby glass.

SOUTHERN EFFICIENCY – Mint Juleps on tap.

LITTLE MISS WHISKEY’S – What is the only thing better than a costume contest where you can win gift certificates to your favorite restaurants AND Billy Dee Williams bobblehead dolls? A costume contest judged by a drag queen Kristina Kelly. Also on the menu: Bulleit Bourbon Mint Juleps, Mint Julep Crunkcakes, BBQ prepared by Ryan Gordon of The Queen Vic (including bourbon injected whole roast pig) and more. No Cover Charge.

BOURBON – Both the 18th street and the Glover Park locations are serving mint juleps in proper cups, and mini Kentucky hot browns. No cover at each.

RED DERBY – Kick things off with their Derby Day brunch feat. $3 mimosas and Bloody Marys (festive hats strongly encouraged) and then slide into a full day of $5 mint juleps while the race plays on the projection screens.

BRIXTON – Is showing all the races all day long. There is a costume contest, plus $8 juleps and $5 beer specials all day long.

LOGAN TAVERN – Washington Post has the scoop on the one Derby season cocktail you can get here but nowhere else: “The Mint Julep isn’t the only drink served at Churchill Downs: The Kentucky Oaks, an annual race for three-year-old fillies held the day before the Kentucky Derby, has its own cocktail, too. The Oaks Lily is basically a vodka and cranberry with sour mix and triple sec. The Lily will be on the menu at Logan Tavern’s Derby viewing party, alongside mint juleps and a ginger Arnold Palmer, for $8. Other menu items include ham and biscuits and fried green tomatoes ($5-$8), and a $15 bourbon sampler that includes Angel’s Envy, Basil Hayden’s and Bulleit.”

DRINK THE DISTRICT: DERBY DAYS – Unlimited Tastings of 75+ Beers & Wines, Vouchers good for (2) mint juleps, Unlimited full pours of 2 select wines and 2 select beers, access to DC food trucks, Lawn games (such as corn hole, giant jenga, bear pong & bocce), Prizes for best hat, best dress, and best guys outfit. More details here.

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