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Fashionable Kentucky Derby Parties in NYC
May 1, 2023, 7:52.16 pm ET


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Somewhere Nowhere (112 W 25th St, NYC)

Somewhere Nowhere is hosting its annual NYC Derby Day celebration, where you can cheer on your favorite horse while sipping on refreshing Mint Juleps and vye for a $1,000 gift certificate by showing off your fanciest Churchill Downs ready hat and outfit. The space will be decked out with 2000 Roses, curated menu of light bites and cocktails, and immersive experiences. Dress to impress.

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Mollusca (1 Little W 12th St, NYC)

Mollusca's Mint Julep is designed to capture the essence of the Kentucky Derby's refined elegance. The cocktail is a mix of Old Forester 86-proof Bourbon, fresh mint and blackberries, and a touch of Toasted Hazelnut Demerara syrup. The cocktail is served in a beautiful golden cup with a generous sprinkling of gold flakes.

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Foxtail at Arlo Soho (231 Hudson St, NYC)

Race over to Foxtail, Arlo Soho’s ground level bar and outdoor lounge. Wear your Derby best to this year’s viewing party and speakeasy event complete with a hat-maker on hand for custom creations and other fun activities. A selection of snacks will be served along with Woodford Reserve Mint Juleps, Woodford Spring Sours, and Herradura Reposado Old Fashioneds. Walk-ins welcome. No cover.

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Gamehaus (5-14 51st Ave, Queens)

Gamehaus is hosting a Derby watch party. The bi-level venue features a dozen large-screen TVs along with 11 foot tall LED video wall, and an array of arcade and table games. Craft cocktails and elevated bar foods are offered. Best Dressed in Derby attire wins $250 first place and swag for second; Best Hat wines $100 for first place and swag for second.

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Common Ground (63 Gansevoort St, NYC)

This sought-after nightlife destination just steps from the Whitney Museum and Highline features DJs Sets with comfortable banquettes for viewing, and flatscreens throughout the space. Guests can nosh on food towers and bites like quesadillas, pretzel sticks, and wings while watching the races and dancing the night away.

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Albert’s Bar (140 East 41st St, NYC)

Can’t make it to Churchill Downs this year? Try Albert’s Bar in Midtown. This cocktail destination will be showing the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 6 with mezzanine seating, 4 flat-screen TVs, as well as a 4x6-foot projector screen. The viewing experience will be paired with two classic, bourbon-based cocktails in homage to the Bluegrass State’s main export.

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Little Rebel (219 2nd Ave, NYC)

Little Rebel in the East Village offers plenty of space for a Kentucky Derby watch party. The two-story craft cocktail bar and restaurant is a neighborhood staple serving up high-quality cocktails and bar bites in a Victorian-style space with high ceilings, crown molding, and chandeliers for a classy viewing party.

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Roof at Park South (125 E 27th St, NYC)

ROOF at Park South will host a Derby Soirée to celebrate the Kentucky Derby in style. The event in partnership with Woodford Reserve Bourbon and Herradura Tequila will offer guests a selection of beverages, including the classic julep. There will also be Derby-inspired bites, exciting giveaways (including gift cards to Sweetbriar), and a friendly competition for the best dress outfit. Tickets via Resy