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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.

St Julien Hotel & Spa

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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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Denver Mini Derby

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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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Blue Moon Brewing Co.

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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]

Mythology Distillery

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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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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
Julep [Official Site]

Avanti Food & Beverage

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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
Avanti Food & Beverage [Official Site]

Poka Lola Social Club

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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
Adam Larkey

Union Station

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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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54thirty

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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.

The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, Autograph Collection

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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]

Denver Derby Party

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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.

Denver Derby Party/Facebook
Denver Derby Party/Facebook
Denver Derby Party/Facebook

St Julien Hotel & Spa

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.

St. Julien Hotel & Spa
St. Julien Hotel & Spa
St. Julien Hotel and Spa/Facebook

Denver Mini Derby

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.

Denver Mini Derby
Denver Mini Derby
Denver Mini Derby/Facebook

Blue Moon Brewing Co.

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.

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

Mythology Distillery

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.

Mythology Distillery
Mythology Distillery
Mythology Distillery/Facebook

Julep

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.

Julep
Julep
Julep [Official Site]

Avanti Food & Beverage

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.

Avanti Food & Beverage
Avanti Food & Beverage
Avanti Food & Beverage [Official Site]

Poka Lola Social Club

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.

Poka Lola
Poka Lola
Adam Larkey

Union Station

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.

Union Station
Union Station
Union Station/Facebook

54thirty

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.

The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, Autograph Collection

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.

Brown Palace
Brown Palace
Brown Palace [Official Site]

Denver Derby Party

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.

Denver Derby Party/Facebook
Denver Derby Party/Facebook
Denver Derby Party/Facebook

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