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Big Hats On: Here's The Guide To Derby Parties

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Get your party hat on and gear up for some strong mint juleps in honor of the most exciting two minutes in sports. The Kentucky Derby is on Saturday and Denver is definitely getting in the Southern spirit. Whether you are looking for some friendly gambling, Southern food, or a Derby-meet-Cinco-de-Mayo shindig, these twelve places seem to have something for everyone.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Central Bistro and Bar

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1691 Central St
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 477-4582
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Join the crew at Central Bistro with your race day caps to enjoy drink specials and derby-inspired food. The party starts at 2 p.m. and the race will be shown in the bar and on a big screen projector in the dining room. Derby drinks include Grey Goose Cocktails and Woodford Reserve Juleps for $7.

2. Session Kitchen

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1518 S. Pearl Street
Denver, CO 80210
(720) 763-3387
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Watch the Kentucky Derby here while enjoying Session-style southern snacks like frog legs with parsley sauce, Kentucky hot brown buns and chocolate walnut bourbon cookies. Event begins at 2 p.m. and the race will be shown upstairs. $30 includes food and Southern cocktails are available a la carte. Prizes for the best derby attire.

3. Wazee Supper Club

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1600 15th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 623-9518
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The favorite LoDo spot will show the Kentucky Derby race and offer an untraditional mint julep with bourbon, mint, sugar, and a splash of ginger beer served in a copper mug, a la Moscow mule style for $6.

4. Atticus

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1125 E Evans Ave
Denver, CO 80210
(720) 459-8273
The party at Atticus goes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $45 and include two classic cocktails, a buffet, and some friendly gambling. There is a hat and bow tie contest with prizes. Tickets can be purchased at dand@tabletotavern.com.

5. Denver Deep Dish

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819 Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80206
(720) 515-9090
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Denver Deep Dish at the Bar Car is hosting a pizza-eating contest during its Kentucky Derby party. The challenge will be to down a large three-topping pizza in an hour. Entry is free if you finish, but if not you'll have to pay for the pie. Contestants will receive a T-shirt and pizza coupon, while the winner will leave with bragging rights and a trophy.

6. Reiver's Bar and Grill

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1085 S Gaylord St
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 733-8856
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Reivers Bar & Grill will open at 10 a.m. for brunch and cocktails. Brunch will be served until 2 p.m. and guests may also order off the standard menu featuring Smokehouse BBQ sandwiches, burgers, salads and more. All day, in keeping with the cocktail tradition of Derby, Reivers will offer $5 Mint Juleps featuring Woodford Reserve bourbon. Bonus: there is a derby hat contest.

7. Max's Gill and Grill

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1052 S Gaylord St
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 722-7456
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The party, an annual tradition in its 13th year, starts at 11 a.m. The cover for the shindig is $5. There will be five bars located around the venue, a DJ, dancing, and more.

8. The Corner Office Restaurant

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1401 Curtis St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 825-6500
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The Corner Office is celebrating the Kentucky Derby with $6 cocktails such as the Woodford Reserve mint julep punch, Grey Goose La Poire, and the Cocky Jockey. They will also be serving $3 Hot Browns: house roasted turkey breast, smoked cheddar, applewood bacon, and gravy on a pretzel bun.

9. EDGE Restaurant And Bar At Four Seasons Hotel Denver

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1111 14th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 389-3000
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Pre-Derby brunch starts at 11 a.m. A three-course brunch is available for $32. Bottomless mimosas and Grey Goose Bloody Marys are $15. A post-race party starts at 4:35. The restaurant is also offering a three-course authentic Southern dinner that night starting at 5 p.m. for $60 per person.

10. The Lobby

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2191 Arapahoe St.
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 997-9911
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Starting at 9 a.m., The Lobby will open up for brunch and more. There will be prizes for best dressed and best hat, lawn games, and great drinks.

11. The Source

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3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216
While the New Belgium takeover will be in full swing in the common area bar, the Kentucky Derby will be shown on a giant screen. Guests are invited to dress the part and spend their Saturday enjoying local food artisans and retailers, along with esoteric beers from the Lips of Faith series.

12. Margs Uptown

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500 East 19th Avenue
Denver, CO 80203
Marg’s Taco Bistro Uptown will be hosting a Cinco de Mayo/Kentucky Derby celebration. There will be Demetrio drink specials all day, swag/giveaways and a guest DJ. Drinks will include: Demetrio Anejo Old Fashioned, Demetrio Anejo Mint Julep, Demetrio Repo. Shot & sangarita chaser, Demetrio Mexican Mule, Demetrio Blanco coin margarita and Tecate and a shot of Demetrio Blanco.

1. Central Bistro and Bar

1691 Central St, Denver, CO 80211
Join the crew at Central Bistro with your race day caps to enjoy drink specials and derby-inspired food. The party starts at 2 p.m. and the race will be shown in the bar and on a big screen projector in the dining room. Derby drinks include Grey Goose Cocktails and Woodford Reserve Juleps for $7.
1691 Central St
Denver, CO 80211

2. Session Kitchen

1518 S. Pearl Street, Denver, CO 80210
Watch the Kentucky Derby here while enjoying Session-style southern snacks like frog legs with parsley sauce, Kentucky hot brown buns and chocolate walnut bourbon cookies. Event begins at 2 p.m. and the race will be shown upstairs. $30 includes food and Southern cocktails are available a la carte. Prizes for the best derby attire.
1518 S. Pearl Street
Denver, CO 80210

3. Wazee Supper Club

1600 15th St, Denver, CO 80202
The favorite LoDo spot will show the Kentucky Derby race and offer an untraditional mint julep with bourbon, mint, sugar, and a splash of ginger beer served in a copper mug, a la Moscow mule style for $6.
1600 15th St
Denver, CO 80202

4. Atticus

1125 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80210
The party at Atticus goes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $45 and include two classic cocktails, a buffet, and some friendly gambling. There is a hat and bow tie contest with prizes. Tickets can be purchased at dand@tabletotavern.com.
1125 E Evans Ave
Denver, CO 80210

5. Denver Deep Dish

819 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80206
Denver Deep Dish at the Bar Car is hosting a pizza-eating contest during its Kentucky Derby party. The challenge will be to down a large three-topping pizza in an hour. Entry is free if you finish, but if not you'll have to pay for the pie. Contestants will receive a T-shirt and pizza coupon, while the winner will leave with bragging rights and a trophy.
819 Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80206

6. Reiver's Bar and Grill

1085 S Gaylord St, Denver, CO 80209
Reivers Bar & Grill will open at 10 a.m. for brunch and cocktails. Brunch will be served until 2 p.m. and guests may also order off the standard menu featuring Smokehouse BBQ sandwiches, burgers, salads and more. All day, in keeping with the cocktail tradition of Derby, Reivers will offer $5 Mint Juleps featuring Woodford Reserve bourbon. Bonus: there is a derby hat contest.
1085 S Gaylord St
Denver, CO 80209

7. Max's Gill and Grill

1052 S Gaylord St, Denver, CO 80209
The party, an annual tradition in its 13th year, starts at 11 a.m. The cover for the shindig is $5. There will be five bars located around the venue, a DJ, dancing, and more.
1052 S Gaylord St
Denver, CO 80209

8. The Corner Office Restaurant

1401 Curtis St, Denver, CO 80202
The Corner Office is celebrating the Kentucky Derby with $6 cocktails such as the Woodford Reserve mint julep punch, Grey Goose La Poire, and the Cocky Jockey. They will also be serving $3 Hot Browns: house roasted turkey breast, smoked cheddar, applewood bacon, and gravy on a pretzel bun.
1401 Curtis St
Denver, CO 80202

9. EDGE Restaurant And Bar At Four Seasons Hotel Denver

1111 14th St, Denver, CO 80202
Pre-Derby brunch starts at 11 a.m. A three-course brunch is available for $32. Bottomless mimosas and Grey Goose Bloody Marys are $15. A post-race party starts at 4:35. The restaurant is also offering a three-course authentic Southern dinner that night starting at 5 p.m. for $60 per person.
1111 14th St
Denver, CO 80202

10. The Lobby

2191 Arapahoe St., Denver, CO 80205
Starting at 9 a.m., The Lobby will open up for brunch and more. There will be prizes for best dressed and best hat, lawn games, and great drinks.
2191 Arapahoe St.
Denver, CO 80205

11. The Source

3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216
While the New Belgium takeover will be in full swing in the common area bar, the Kentucky Derby will be shown on a giant screen. Guests are invited to dress the part and spend their Saturday enjoying local food artisans and retailers, along with esoteric beers from the Lips of Faith series.
3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216

12. Margs Uptown

500 East 19th Avenue, Denver, CO 80203
Marg’s Taco Bistro Uptown will be hosting a Cinco de Mayo/Kentucky Derby celebration. There will be Demetrio drink specials all day, swag/giveaways and a guest DJ. Drinks will include: Demetrio Anejo Old Fashioned, Demetrio Anejo Mint Julep, Demetrio Repo. Shot & sangarita chaser, Demetrio Mexican Mule, Demetrio Blanco coin margarita and Tecate and a shot of Demetrio Blanco.
500 East 19th Avenue
Denver, CO 80203

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