Where to Celebrate the Kentucky Derby in NYC on May 7th

April 25, 2022, 6:50.28 pm ET  

Photo: Somewhere Nowhere                                                                             

Somewhere Nowhere (112 West 25th St) in Chelsea is hosting an over-the-top Derby Day Party on Saturday, May 7th. Cheer on your favorite horse while sipping on Mint Juleps and vye for a $1000 cash prize by showing off your fanciest Churchill Downs look. This over-the-top event in its 11th year will feature over 2,000 real roses across the entirety of the venue, a curated menu of light bites and cocktails, immersive experiences, burlesque dancers, NYC's best live DJ's, Jazz Bands, a trumpet player to announce when the race is about to take place and more. Open-bar admission includes a 1-hour vodka open bar ($45) from 2pm - 3pm with access to both floors and VIP Table reservations feature expedited entry, a VIP Hostess, and bottle service. For more information or to purchase your ticket, visit, www.derbyday.nyc.


The rooftop bar at Arlo Soho (231 Hudson St) is transforming into a full rooftop watch party celebration with enough Woodford Reserve to last beyond your Mint Julep. As the official rooftop launch and Derby Party, the Renwick Hospitality team is going all out with plenty of signature cocktails including a Coconut Mint Julep and Spiked Lemonade to go along with Derby-inspired bites such as Bacon Wrapped Deviled Eggs, Pimento Cheese Dip with Kentucky pita bread and Crispy Chicken Sandwich, lettuce, tomato, chipotle mayo to stay in the Southern-inspired theme. There will be a Hedge Wall for photo opps and a chance to win dinner at their restaurant Lindens for those who show up decked out in their best Derby outfit. A hat maker will be on site for custom creations those wanting to update their getup. The event is free general admission for standing room via sign up on Event Brite ART SoHo x Kentucky Derby. Reserved tables are available, starting at $150 and bookable via OpenTable Kentucky Derby Experience.

Photo: Vineapple Cafe                                                                                       

Located just blocks away from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn Heights, Vineapple Cafe is a bohemian-chic neighborhood restaurant and café that specializes in Italian-leaning New American cuisine and inventive cocktails. For the Kentucky Derby, award-winning beverage director Jennifer Sandella (Burger and Lobster, Barter Detroit) has created a classic Mint Julep featuring Woodford Reserve Bourbon.  

For those who may be celebrating the Kentucky Derby on the Upper West Side, Tasca will be offering onlookers the Tasca Mint Julep for those looking for a little Spanish flair to go with the most exciting two minutes in sports.  Created by Mixologist Pablo Aguilar, Tasca’s Mint Julep is composed of Elijah Craig Small Batch Kentucky Bourbon, lemon juice, ginger syrup, mint leaves, ginger beer, and Gonzales Byass Spanish Vermouth.

The Roof at Park South is holding a Kentucky Derby After Party Saturday, May 7 from 7:00pm-10:00pm. Food includes assorted tea sandwiches (cucumber, radish and caviar, smoked salmon), fried chicken, raw bar (oysters, shrimp cocktail, clams, scallop ceviche, jonah crab claws). Drink specials include Bodvar Rosé, and Kentucky Mules.  No coverage charge (VIP Package available: $125pp)

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