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Where To Celebrate Derby Day in Denver

Don your biggest hat: It’s Derby Day

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It’s the start of spring and Denverites know what that means: the onset of patio parties — or in this case, pony parties. Derby Day on May 4 unofficially starts the city’s transition into warmer weather and outdoor events. This year, 10 Denver-area bars and restaurants are offering plenty of Woodford Reserve mint juleps and prizes for Derby goers that dress to impress.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. St Julien Hotel & Spa

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900 Walnut St
Boulder, CO 80302
(720) 406-9696
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Those closer to Boulder can stop by the hotel’s terrace in their best eerby attire for the annual party. The first 100 guests can expect a free mint julep to welcome them to the free event and everyone can enjoy an appearance from Medicine Horse Program’s own Little Sebastian, Sadie.

St. Julien Hotel & Spa
St. Julien Hotel & Spa
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2. Denver Mini Derby

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Conservatory Green at Stapleton
Denver, CO 80238

After visitors watch the Kentucky Derby, mini horses will compete in their very own pint-sized derby in Denver. Tickets include access to a mini horse AND corgi race, an open bar, and potential prizes for snazzy dressers.

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Denver Mini Derby
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3. Blue Moon Brewing Co.

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3750 Chestnut Pl
Denver, CO 80216
(303) 728-2337
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The “Churchill on Chestnut” party start at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, featuring new brews such as the bourbon barrel-aged mint julep beer, live music, a DJ, and pulled pork sandwich bar courtesy of a Tenderbelly pig roast. The 21-plus event is free but interested parties are encouraged to register ahead of time and check out food and drink packages.

Blue Moon RiNo
Blue Moon RiNo
Blue Moon RiNo [Official Site]

4. Mythology Distillery

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3622 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 458-0501
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The distillery bases its $11 special cocktail on the $1,000 mint julep recipe featured each year at Churchill Downs racetrack on Derby Day.

Mythology Distillery
Mythology Distillery
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5. Julep

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3258 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 295-8977
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Would a restaurant by any other name throw a Derby party? Well, yes, but the Southern-style spot is ready for a second year of Derby debauchery with more drinks, bites, and prizes. From noon to 5 p.m. on May 4, Julep will offer three specialty cocktails, derby-inspired snacks, and a $100 gift card to the best dressed couple. Tickets start at $69 per person.

Julep
Julep
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6. Avanti Food & Beverage

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3200 N Pecos St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 269-4778
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The food hall offers $10 Woodford Reserve juleps, served in special cups that customers can take home, on race day.

Avanti Food & Beverage
Avanti Food & Beverage
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7. Poka Lola Social Club

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1850 Wazee St., Ground Floor
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 460-2725
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The free celebration invites customers to dress in their race track best and explore a mint julep bar at the Dairy Block bar.

Poka Lola
Poka Lola
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8. Union Station

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Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80202

From 1 to 5 p.m., travelers can stop by the Terminal Bar patio in dapper Derby attire to drink the Royal Street Ramblers, or upgrade to the VIP experience, which includes free booze.

Union Station
Union Station
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9. 54thirty

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1475 California St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 893-1888
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The event on May 4 from 1 to 6 p.m. includes a welcome mint julep, automatic entrance in a best-dressed contest, and the chance to party on the 54thirty rooftop.

10. The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, Autograph Collection

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321 17th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 297-3111
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From 2:30 to 8 p.m. on May 4, the established downtown hotel hosts race day festivities complete with live bluegrass, mint juleps, wine, Odell brews, and food.

Brown Palace
Brown Palace
Brown Palace [Official Site]

11. Denver Derby Party

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1400 Curtis Street
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 865-4220
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The original Derby day party, which claims to be the largest celbration outside of Kentucky, returns to Sculpture Park for an eighteenth year. Festivities range across four blocks of debauchery, both indoors and outdoors.

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Denver Derby Party/Facebook
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1. St Julien Hotel & Spa

900 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302
St. Julien Hotel & Spa
St. Julien Hotel & Spa
St. Julien Hotel and Spa/Facebook

Those closer to Boulder can stop by the hotel’s terrace in their best eerby attire for the annual party. The first 100 guests can expect a free mint julep to welcome them to the free event and everyone can enjoy an appearance from Medicine Horse Program’s own Little Sebastian, Sadie.

900 Walnut St
Boulder, CO 80302

2. Denver Mini Derby

Conservatory Green at Stapleton, Denver, CO 80238
Denver Mini Derby
Denver Mini Derby
Denver Mini Derby/Facebook

After visitors watch the Kentucky Derby, mini horses will compete in their very own pint-sized derby in Denver. Tickets include access to a mini horse AND corgi race, an open bar, and potential prizes for snazzy dressers.

Conservatory Green at Stapleton
Denver, CO 80238

3. Blue Moon Brewing Co.

3750 Chestnut Pl, Denver, CO 80216
Blue Moon RiNo
Blue Moon RiNo
Blue Moon RiNo [Official Site]

The “Churchill on Chestnut” party start at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, featuring new brews such as the bourbon barrel-aged mint julep beer, live music, a DJ, and pulled pork sandwich bar courtesy of a Tenderbelly pig roast. The 21-plus event is free but interested parties are encouraged to register ahead of time and check out food and drink packages.

3750 Chestnut Pl
Denver, CO 80216

4. Mythology Distillery

3622 Tejon St, Denver, CO 80211
Mythology Distillery
Mythology Distillery
Mythology Distillery/Facebook

The distillery bases its $11 special cocktail on the $1,000 mint julep recipe featured each year at Churchill Downs racetrack on Derby Day.

3622 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211

5. Julep

3258 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Julep
Julep
Julep [Official Site]

Would a restaurant by any other name throw a Derby party? Well, yes, but the Southern-style spot is ready for a second year of Derby debauchery with more drinks, bites, and prizes. From noon to 5 p.m. on May 4, Julep will offer three specialty cocktails, derby-inspired snacks, and a $100 gift card to the best dressed couple. Tickets start at $69 per person.

3258 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

6. Avanti Food & Beverage

3200 N Pecos St, Denver, CO 80211
Avanti Food & Beverage
Avanti Food & Beverage
Avanti Food & Beverage [Official Site]

The food hall offers $10 Woodford Reserve juleps, served in special cups that customers can take home, on race day.

3200 N Pecos St
Denver, CO 80211

7. Poka Lola Social Club

1850 Wazee St., Ground Floor, Denver, CO 80202
Poka Lola
Poka Lola
Adam Larkey

The free celebration invites customers to dress in their race track best and explore a mint julep bar at the Dairy Block bar.

1850 Wazee St., Ground Floor
Denver, CO 80202

8. Union Station

Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202
Union Station
Union Station
Union Station/Facebook

From 1 to 5 p.m., travelers can stop by the Terminal Bar patio in dapper Derby attire to drink the Royal Street Ramblers, or upgrade to the VIP experience, which includes free booze.

Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80202

9. 54thirty

1475 California St, Denver, CO 80202

The event on May 4 from 1 to 6 p.m. includes a welcome mint julep, automatic entrance in a best-dressed contest, and the chance to party on the 54thirty rooftop.

1475 California St
Denver, CO 80202

10. The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, Autograph Collection

321 17th St, Denver, CO 80202
Brown Palace
Brown Palace
Brown Palace [Official Site]

From 2:30 to 8 p.m. on May 4, the established downtown hotel hosts race day festivities complete with live bluegrass, mint juleps, wine, Odell brews, and food.

321 17th St
Denver, CO 80202

11. Denver Derby Party

1400 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80204
Denver Derby Party/Facebook
Denver Derby Party/Facebook
Denver Derby Party/Facebook

The original Derby day party, which claims to be the largest celbration outside of Kentucky, returns to Sculpture Park for an eighteenth year. Festivities range across four blocks of debauchery, both indoors and outdoors.

1400 Curtis Street
Denver, CO 80204

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