Kentucky Derby Gets the KC Treatment

Saddle up for a day of fun on Saturday.

If you thought celebrating Derby Day was reserved for the crowd at Churchill Downs, think again. Check out these fun spots to watch the race (or to just indulge in drinks and don some stellar headwear).

Julep is inviting patrons to put on their hats and come out for drink specials all day. Doors open at noon, and you won’t have to worry about missing a second of the action—Derby coverage will be projected beginning at 4 p.m., proving the only thing better than a day at the races is a day at the bar.

For a twist on classic Derby drinks, head to Westport Ale House. Bartenders will be serving up Watermelon Mint Juleps and Crispin Cider Mint Juleps leading up to the race, which will be shown on the Ale House’s many massive TVs.

Photo via Westport Ale House’s Facebook page.

Who needs to watch horses race when you can see gerbils dart toward the finish line? Tower Tavern is holding its annual Derby Day Gerbil Race as well as a silent auction and wine toss. Tickets cost $25 in advance or $35 at the door and include one of Tower Tavern’s signature cocktails and appetizers. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired.

Classic southern charm is on the menu at Tavern in the Village and Tavern at Mission Farms from 2 to 6 p.m. Stop by either spot in your best dress or bowtie for an extended happy hour featuring the Thai Tavern Julep along with other Dark Horse Distillery cocktails and traditional Derby dishes (think Kentucky Derby Burgoo Stew and shrimp and grits). Regardless of which horse you’re betting on, you have the chance to go home a winner thanks to prize giveaways like a tasting party for 10 at Dark Horse Distillery, gift certificates and merchandise from local businesses and boutiques.

See who wins the race while keeping your eyes on a very different prize at VanBrock, which is hosting a cocktail derby from 5 to 7 p.m. In addition to providing food and mint juleps, the jeweler will be showing off the latest designs from Temple St. Clair. Sounds like a winning day to us.