14 places to watch the Kentucky Derby this weekend
Looking for a seat for the Kentucky Derby’s big comeback on the first weekend in May, hitting the track just before 6 p.m. Saturday night? Dust off your dapper duds, pull your big, fancy hat out of the closet and sabotage it at one of these fourteen local bars, restaurants and hangouts hosting Derby Day celebrations – with all the mint juleps, clothes and horse riding action that you missed last. spring. And for more spots with the country’s most famous four-legged sprint, check out our guide to sports bars and patio guides.
750 N. Jefferson St., (414) 808-1588
When looking for a place to watch the most important sporting events of the day, you better start with the place with “sport” right there in the name. Indeed, this downtown sports haven will host a Bubbles and Bowties night for the big race on Saturday, with julpets and mint bloodies at $ 7, bottomless mimosas at $ 17, a DJ starting to mix things closer to race time at 3 p.m. and, of course, the Kentucky Derby on all of its many screens – including its outdoor patio space. And yes, there will also be bubbles – $ 30 for a bottle – and bow ties. In fact, there’s over $ 1,000 in cash and prizes on the table for the best bow tie – as well as the best hat, biggest, and best dressy mask – in attendance. Because why leave the competition on Saturday to the horses only? The festivities start at 11 a.m.
6732 W. Fairview Avenue, (414) 292-3969
Maxie’s may have to narrow things down by considering (* gestures to everything *), but the annual Derby gathering of the beloved Southern food restaurant will always be a dandy. The Saturday night special will serve a special Kentucky menu including Kentucky Bourbon Beer Cheese Soup, Chilli Flatbread, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Kentucky Hot Browns, Peanut Butter Pie and much more. more – with, of course, mint juleps, Derby teas and more. other race-ready libations to wash it all down plus the race itself on additional TVs for entertainment.
Better yet, not only will ten percent of sales by Saturday go to the Hunger Task Force, but so will 100 percent of the $ 5 “bets” that the Derby horses will win, place and place on. will show. Successful bets will always win, earning awesome giveaways at other great restaurants at Maxie’s and Black Shoe Hospitality. With great food, great prices, and money for a great cause, it’s clear everyone is winning this Derby Day at Maxie’s. For more information and reservations, visit Maxie’s website.
7208 W. State St., (414) 258-9886
Need a little extra luck with your Derby bet on Saturday? Why not go to Leff’s Lucky Town for a bonus mojo! (I’m sure they don’t call it Lucky Town for nothing.) And even if your pony of choice fails at the finish line, you’ll have at least a terrific time at this Tosa hotspot, serving up a special Derby. Kentucky drinks like mint juleps, Kentucky mules, and Derby Daze cocktails from 3 p.m. Plus, those who arrive in their dashing Derby outfit and beautiful hats will receive half of their cocktails. See, aren’t you feeling lucky already ?!
14460 W. College Ave., (414) 427-3838
This suburban sports meeting place, located in New Berlin, will participate in the races on Saturday. Firing the starting pistol at 3 p.m., Matty’s will be offering several food and drink specials as well as prizes for Best Dressed Man, Best Dressed Woman and Best Derby Hat by its Rustic Bar space – and then, of course. , many screens inside and outside to watch the race when it starts around 6 p.m.
1019 N. Old World 3rd Street, (414) 224-8500
Besides having the fastest two minutes in the sport on its many TV screens, Buck Bradley’s doesn’t throw a huge or special Kentucky Derby party. Saturday will however mark a very special day worthy of frivolous festivities in the famous Old World hotspot of Third Street, home to “the longest bar east of Mississippi”: its reopening! So celebrate the return of a great bar – open on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. – in addition to celebrating the country’s most famous horse race at Buck Bradley’s.
1128 N. 9th St., (414) 226-2337
Bourbon and mint juleps can steal all the spotlight on Derby weekend, but don’t forget a tasty and refreshing beer. You’ll be able to find plenty of it at the Milwaukee Brewing Company’s Derby Party starting at 2pm, serving up their classic beers as well as special versions of their hard mint julep seltzer and cask-aged “Run for the Roses” beer. Need something to pass the time before the Derby takes off on the big screen of the taproom? Take a brewery tour in this beautiful, still relatively new space. Plus, put away your well-worn pandemic pajamas and dust off your dashing Derby duds, as there will be a best dressed contest and more to accompany the filly festivities.
1033 N. Old World, 3rd Street, (414) 897-8320
Kentucky would have learned something about oak barrels – so this Old World Third Street haven would be a suitable place to participate in the ultimate race. And in case the presence of an abundant bourbon alone doesn’t get you in the Derby-ing mood, starting at 2 p.m., Oak Barrel will serve you loads of food and drink – inside and out. outside – worthy of the special day. The menu will include $ 4 Jim Beam shots, $ 5 Kentucky Bourbon vanilla cream ale, $ 6 tall Maker’s Mark mixers, Kentucky fried bacon appetizers at $ 5. $, Winner’s Circle mint juleps at $ 8, Oaks Lily at $ 8 and up. So come; that should be a barrel of fun.
1213 N. Water St., (414) 224-1690
Haven’t you had the opportunity to discover the brand new brothers recently? Well, the Kentucky Derby provides a pretty stellar excuse to check out the new space (renovated last fall) while participating in the race on the Water Street Bar’s many TV screens. Plus, starting at 11 a.m., there will be drink promotions – including $ 7 mint juleps and Bloody Marys, $ 8 personal mimosa pitchers, and $ 24 bottles of The Palm Rose – and a contest for the best Derby hat. of the House. So for this Derby Day, gather all your brothers at Brothers. (And your sisters and friends and anyone else, of course.)
230 E. Pittsburgh Ave., (414) 930-4827
As the horses crawl through their starting gates on Saturday night, you could walk to the NorthSouth Club with their special Derby Day reservations – complete with 90 minutes of shuffleboard, a mint julep cocktail (with your own copper Julep cup ) and one entry into a raffle for a bottle of Woodford Reserve Limited Edition Kentucky Derby, all for $ 20 per person. Reservations are available at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – but spots go faster than Saturday’s four-legged runners, so head to the NorthSouth website quickly. And if the horse of your choice doesn’t win your bet, well, he has the ax throwing as well to help release some anger.
1850 N. Water Street, (414) 431-9009
You won’t see any red if you go to the Red Lion Pub for your Kentucky Derby festivities. For true horse racing enthusiasts, the British-style pub will offer races throughout the afternoon starting at 2:30 p.m. – with summer hummers at $ 6 as well as Kentucky mules at $ 8 and Mint juleps to help quench your thirst and soothe your throat after screaming. to your horse of choice. The Red Lion pub will also have a fashion crash, with the best Derby Day outfit and the best Derby hat both bringing in $ 50 gift cards. With all of that, the Kentucky Derby should be a good time at the Red Lion Pub.
5300 S. 76th St. # 1450a, (414) 423-1365
143 avenue W. Saint Paul, (414) 423-1365
Whether you want to head to the original Southridge Mall or the freshly opened Third Ward location, you’ll find the Kentucky Derby – and tasty race-friendly drinks including $ 8 Old Forester mint juleps and $ 9 Woodford mint juleps. Or, if those drinks aren’t for you, Explorium has plenty of its own delicious craft beer to get you down the home stretch. And if for some reason the Kentucky Derby isn’t your speed, the two Explorium locations will also show the slightly slower Turtle Derby at 5 p.m. before the main event.
500 W. Florida Street, (414) 374-4766
Unfortunately, Iron Horse’s usual Talk Derby to Me party will have to wait until 2022. The boutique hotel’s beautiful outdoor patio will still be well-equipped for Saturday’s big race, with multiple TV screens to watch the sprint. with some Derby drink promotions. So while it might not be as difficult as it usually is, The Yard is still a four-star way to watch the four-legged contestants this weekend.
10842 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 774-9782
Mo’s will be all about the roses on Saturday – the rose race, in fact. The Irish pub’s Tosa location, located at 10842 W. Bluemound Rd., Will air the race around 6 p.m., but before that, the popular hangout will host an equestrian celebration starting at noon and with a big Derby hat competition at from 3 p.m. the winner will receive a Mo’s Irish Pub gift card, so make sure you arrive with your most premium headgear in the hopes of being crowned hat champion before the day’s big competition begins.
1401 E. Brady Street, (414) 224-8111
Not about the pomp and prestige surrounding the Kentucky Derby? Is the only competition you care about on the track, not on people’s heads? Do you prefer your sports dressed, not dressed? Well, have we got the Derby Day party for you. Nomad World Pub doesn’t need any of the frills or fancy outfits. It’s here to gallop, play, and swallow hard liquor – and they’ll have that glorious triple crown on Saturday starting at 11 a.m., serving horses on its screens, pulling tabs for bonus money (but probably more wasting money.) and no-frills drinks including $ 3 High Life bottles, $ 4 Jack Daniels shots and High Life big boys and Lynchburg lemonades at $ 7.