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Charleston’s 2017 Kentucky Derby Parties



Photo credit: Marie Rodriguez

Looking for some Kentucky Derby plans? Look below for a few options (all events take place on Saturday; check back for updates):

  • The Alley
    • The Alley and Charleston Brown Water Society will host their 4th Bourbon Derby Party from 5 pm – 8 pm
      • Bourbon tastings
      • Live bluegrass music from The Bluestone Ramblers
      • Best Dressed Contests
      • Horse Picking Contest
      • Woodford Reserve Mint Juleps
  • Bay Street Biergarten
    • 5 pm to 8 pm
      • Benefits non-profit organization Charleston Moves
      • Raffle for a custom New Belgium Grizzly cooler
      • Raffle tickets are $1 and proceeds from this will benefit Charleston Moves
        • $1 from each New Belgium sold will also be donated to Charleston Moves
      • New Belgium Slow Ride competition where the person to cross the finish line last, will be first
        • Winner earns a free one-night stay in Asheville + tasting room and New Belgium brewery tour
      • Big Hat Contest for a chance to win a $25 gift card
      • Enjoy live music by Dallas Baker and Friends
      • Drink specials
        • Woodford Reserve Mint Juleps – $7
        • New Belgium Fat Tire – $4
        • New Belgium Dayblazer Can- $4
        • New Belgium Citradelic Tangerine IPA – $4
  • The Brick
    • 5 pm – 2 am
      • Bourbon specials
      • Horse picking contests
      • Live music by Sufferin Moses from 10:30pm – 1 am
  • Burwell’s Stone Fire Grill
    • 4 pm to 7 pm
    • Maker’s Mark Derby Party
      • Mint Juleps, Old Fashioned, and Brown Derbys during happy hour
      • Giveaways
      • Dress in your best derby attire
  • Charitable Society Derby Party
    • 4 pm to 7 pm at The Cocktail Club (479 King Street)
      • Light apps and drink specials
        • Mint juleps
        • Cocktail Club’s signature punch bowl
        • Best dressed prizes to one lucky guy and girl
        • Purchase tickets here. Ticket prices go up at the door.
  • Gentry Bar & Room
    • 276 King Street
    • A Very Gentry Derby
      • Derby-inspired brunch menu (11 am to 4 pm) from Chef Marvin Woods
      • Gentry Bourbon Mint Julep ($8 all day)
      • Best Hat Contest for the ladies and Best Derby Outfit Contest for the guys with a $250 gift card for each winner (at 5 pm)
      • Live music from The Secrets at 1 pm
  • Home Team BBQ (downtown location)
    • Home Team BBQ partners with Revelry Brewing and Virgil Kaine Lowcountry Whiskey Co. to host “Talk Derby to Me” from 3 pm to 7 pm
    • Admission includes:
      • One drink ticket (two tickets if you are dressed up for the Derby)
      • Special cocktails will be offered for the event
        • Virgil Kaine Kentucky Mules
        • Frozen Virgil Kaine Mint Julep
      • Tea sandwiches by Chef Jonathan Banta
      • Live music by Bootless
      • Attendees will also receive tickets to “bet” on the races with. Winners will received swag from all three hosts
      • Cash prize for the best dressed male and female
      • A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit Hogs for the Cause
    • Click here for more info
  • James B. Edwards Derby Under The Oaks
    • “Derby Under the Oaks” is James B. Edwards spring fundraiser
      • Ticket price includes:
      • Oopen bar from Iacofano’s
      • Heavy hors d’oeuvres by Hamby’s
      • Live music from The Good People
      • Raffles
      • Games
    • Click here for more info
  • Night at The Races
    • The Junior League of Charleston’s Kentucky Derby Gala
    • Starts at 4 pm at Harborside East in Mount Pleasant
      • Derby-inspired cuisine
      • Auctions
      • Open bar
      • Live music
      • Click here for more info
  • Prohibition
    • “Down & Derby Patio Party” from 2 pm to 7 pm
      • Dress in your Derby best
      • Prizes
      • Roses for the ladies (and gents)
      • Mint Juleps & Bloody Mary bars
      • Racing Contests
      • Official Kentucky Derby Racing Programs
      • Official Kentucky Derby merch & prizes
  • The Rooftop at The Vendue
    • 3 pm to 7 pm
      • Seersucker Saturday
      • Live Music
      • Derby Cocktails
      • Prizes for Best Hat and Best Dressed
  • Tavern & Table
    • 4 pm to 8 pm
      • Benefits the Rein and Shine Charity
      • Contestants will have a chance to enter two contests
        • A Big Hat Contest
          • Chance to win $25 gift card
        • Horse Picking contest
          • Chance to win $100 gift card (if you pick the correct horse and your name is drawn)
          • Derby contest tickets are $1, which will go to Rein and Shine
      • A portion of the proceeds from the special derby menu will be donated to Rein and Shine
        • Mint Juleps
        • Hot Browns
      • Live music from Dave Landeo

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  1. Kathryn Schley

    April 19, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Where’s the 2018 list? 🙂

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