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Kentucky Derby 2016: Where to Celebrate

The South comes to the Rocky Mountains, inspired by the Kentucky Derby Races.

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These restaurants and bars are bringing out their biggest hats and sweetest teas in anticipation of, during, and after the big race on Saturday. From cocktail specials to costume contests, these are the events you don't want to miss.

Note: Venues are listed in alphabetical order. Know of another cool party? Send us a tip or leave it in the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Del Frisco's Double Eagle

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8100 E Orchard Rd
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
(303) 796-0100
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From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., this suburban hot spot is offering a $40 per person special, which includes two cocktails and passed appetizers. Fried pickles and pulled pork sliders are on the menu and prizes will be raffled and awarded to the best dressed.

2. Blackbird

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305 S Downing St
Denver, CO
(303) 733-3923
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From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy the party, watch the race on the big screen, and partake in the $50 Derby buffet that comes with two specialty cocktails. Prizes will be awarded to the Best Hat, Best Tie, and Best Dressed.
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3. West End Tavern

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926 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 444-3535
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Sip on cool Woodford Reserve Mint Juleps as prizes are awarded to the best dressed guests or win big during the annual hermit crab race. West End Tavern will throw a party all over again for the Preakness on May 21 and Belmont Stakes on June 11.
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4. Nickel

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1100 14th St
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 889-2128
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Located inside Hotel Teatro, The Nickel will feature $5 mint juleps on May 6 and 7. Weather permitting, the restaurant has an outdoor patio with plenty of head space for chapeaus, and it is conveniently located just blocks from the Denver Center for the Performing, the Derby Party headquarters.
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5. Nocturne

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1330 27th St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 295-3333
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RiNo’s Nocturne will host a post-Denver Derby celebration with $7 mint juleps. The artfully restored industrial warehouse is open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., with a live jazz performance from 7 to 11 p.m.
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6. Lil Devils Lounge

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255 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 733-1156
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This ever-popular gay hangout on South Broadway is hosting its own crazy hat party on Saturday, starting at 2 p.m. The winner gets a $30 bar tab. The rest of the guests get $4 Jim Beam Devil's Cut Mint Juleps.
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7. Rackhouse Pub

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2875 Blake St
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 570-7824
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The Rackhouse, C Squared Ciders, and Bierstadt Lagerhaus are inviting you to join them in your fanciest attire. What to look forward to? Prizes for best hat, best dressed; a bottle of C Squared Ciders Alma if you pick the winning horse; and a taste of Bierstadt Lagerhaus newest collaboration with Strange Craft Beer Company. There will also be derby-inspired drink and food specials and the race showing on the big screen.

8. School House Kitchen & Libations

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5660 Olde Wadsworth Blvd
Arvada, CO 80002
(720) 639-4213
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This second annual Derby Party takes place from 12 to 7 p.m. on Saturday. There will be live Bluegrass music, food specials, Bulleit Mint Juleps, and more! Come dressed to impress.
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9. Solitaire Restaurant

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3927 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 477-4732
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Join Solitaire for a great Highlands Derby Party. The bar is opening at 2 p.m. with happy hour prices until 6:30 p.m.

10. Terminal Bar

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1701 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 460-3701
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The large bar inside Union Station partnered with Bulleit Whiskey for a truly extravagant Derby After Party on the patio! Among the attractions is a live DJ, a custom photo booth, and a Best Dressed competition. Bulleit Bourbon Mint Juleps are an extra perk!

11. Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill

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1605 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 623-0316
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The LoDo pub and eatery has partnered with Buffalo Trace Distillery to host a Kentucky Derby party. Guests can enjoy Mint Juleps, fun bites, and a great view of the race on the pub's 9 TVs. Those wearing a Derby hat will be entered to win a raffle prize.

12. RiNo Yacht Club

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3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216
(720) 485-5581
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The bar inside the Source is celebrating the 142nd "Run for the Roses" aka The Kentucky Derby with live music by Parlor Pickers, classic Derby fair (tea sammys, country ham, oysters, etc) drink specials, and plenty of bourbon. The party starts at noon. Disclosure: The editor is married to one of the developers behind The Source, the development in which the RiNo Yacht Club resides.
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1. Del Frisco's Double Eagle

8100 E Orchard Rd, Greenwood Village, CO 80111
From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., this suburban hot spot is offering a $40 per person special, which includes two cocktails and passed appetizers. Fried pickles and pulled pork sliders are on the menu and prizes will be raffled and awarded to the best dressed.
8100 E Orchard Rd
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

2. Blackbird

305 S Downing St, Denver, CO
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From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy the party, watch the race on the big screen, and partake in the $50 Derby buffet that comes with two specialty cocktails. Prizes will be awarded to the Best Hat, Best Tie, and Best Dressed.
305 S Downing St
Denver, CO

3. West End Tavern

926 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302
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Sip on cool Woodford Reserve Mint Juleps as prizes are awarded to the best dressed guests or win big during the annual hermit crab race. West End Tavern will throw a party all over again for the Preakness on May 21 and Belmont Stakes on June 11.
926 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302

4. Nickel

1100 14th St, Denver, CO 80202
Adam Larkey
Located inside Hotel Teatro, The Nickel will feature $5 mint juleps on May 6 and 7. Weather permitting, the restaurant has an outdoor patio with plenty of head space for chapeaus, and it is conveniently located just blocks from the Denver Center for the Performing, the Derby Party headquarters.
1100 14th St
Denver, CO 80202

5. Nocturne

1330 27th St, Denver, CO 80205
Adam Larkey
RiNo’s Nocturne will host a post-Denver Derby celebration with $7 mint juleps. The artfully restored industrial warehouse is open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., with a live jazz performance from 7 to 11 p.m.
1330 27th St
Denver, CO 80205

6. Lil Devils Lounge

255 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
Official Website
This ever-popular gay hangout on South Broadway is hosting its own crazy hat party on Saturday, starting at 2 p.m. The winner gets a $30 bar tab. The rest of the guests get $4 Jim Beam Devil's Cut Mint Juleps.
255 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209

7. Rackhouse Pub

2875 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205
The Rackhouse, C Squared Ciders, and Bierstadt Lagerhaus are inviting you to join them in your fanciest attire. What to look forward to? Prizes for best hat, best dressed; a bottle of C Squared Ciders Alma if you pick the winning horse; and a taste of Bierstadt Lagerhaus newest collaboration with Strange Craft Beer Company. There will also be derby-inspired drink and food specials and the race showing on the big screen.
2875 Blake St
Denver, CO 80205

8. School House Kitchen & Libations

5660 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80002
Adam Larkey
This second annual Derby Party takes place from 12 to 7 p.m. on Saturday. There will be live Bluegrass music, food specials, Bulleit Mint Juleps, and more! Come dressed to impress.
5660 Olde Wadsworth Blvd
Arvada, CO 80002

9. Solitaire Restaurant

3927 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80212
Join Solitaire for a great Highlands Derby Party. The bar is opening at 2 p.m. with happy hour prices until 6:30 p.m.
3927 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80212

10. Terminal Bar

1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80211
The large bar inside Union Station partnered with Bulleit Whiskey for a truly extravagant Derby After Party on the patio! Among the attractions is a live DJ, a custom photo booth, and a Best Dressed competition. Bulleit Bourbon Mint Juleps are an extra perk!
1701 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80211

11. Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill

1605 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202
The LoDo pub and eatery has partnered with Buffalo Trace Distillery to host a Kentucky Derby party. Guests can enjoy Mint Juleps, fun bites, and a great view of the race on the pub's 9 TVs. Those wearing a Derby hat will be entered to win a raffle prize.
1605 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80202

12. RiNo Yacht Club

3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216
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The bar inside the Source is celebrating the 142nd "Run for the Roses" aka The Kentucky Derby with live music by Parlor Pickers, classic Derby fair (tea sammys, country ham, oysters, etc) drink specials, and plenty of bourbon. The party starts at noon. Disclosure: The editor is married to one of the developers behind The Source, the development in which the RiNo Yacht Club resides.
3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216

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