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Charleston’s 2018 Kentucky Derby Parties



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

  • 492
    • Cinco de Derby Party
    • 5 pm – 7 pm
    • Altos Tequila cocktails and tastings
    • Specialty cocktails
    • Mexican food
  • The Alley
    • 4 pm – 8 pm
    • Kentucky Derby on the TVs
    • Live bluegrass music from The Bluestone Ramblers
    • Specials:
      • $8 Woodford Reserve Mint Juleps
      • Kentucky Hot Browns and Frozen Margaritas to celebrate Cinco De Mayo
      • Horse picking contest where the lucky few who pick the correct winner of The Derby will be entered to win a custom bike from Affordabike
  • Bay Street Biergarten
    • Derby De Mayo
    • 3 pm – 11 pm
    • Derby on the TVs
    • Live bluegrass music from Dallas Baker & Friends (3pm-7pm)
    • Specials
      • New Belgium Pints – $5
      • Woodford Mint Juleps – $7
      • Modelo Pints – $4
      • Frozen Mexican Mules ($7 and $10)
      • Grapefruit Paloma featuring Owen’s Craft Mixer – $7
      • Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwiches – $13
      • Nacho Plate – $13
    • Big hat contest where the “lovely lady with the best hat will win a $25 gift card”
    • New Belgium Horse Picking Contest where the person/people who pick the correct winner of the Derby will be entered to win a custom New Belgium Bicycle
    • Click here for more info
  • Burwell’s Stone Fire Grill
    • Kentucky Derby viewing party from 3 pm to 5 pm
    • Mint juleps and other drink specials
    • Guests can select a horse they think will win and everyone who picks the winning horse will win a prize
      • One of the horses is even paired with a $200 gift certificate to Burwell’s
    • Click here for more info
  • Edmund’s Oast
    • Kentucky Derby + Cinco de Mayo Party
    • 3 pm to 6 pm
    • Themed drink menu
      • Mint juleps featuring Maker’s Mark, pitchers of margaritas, a shot luge
    • Food specials
      • Including tacos
    • The Derby will be aired for patrons to enjoy
  • JBE Derby at the Farm
    • The Stables at Boals Farm (242 Boals Farm Road)
    • 4 pm to 8 pm
    • The Derby at the Farm is James B. Edwards spring fundraiser that raises money for their technology department and foreign language program
    • Ticket price includes open bar from Iacofano’s, heavy hors d’oeuvres by Rodney Scott Barbeque and Dish and Design Catering, live music from “The Good People”, raffles, games, and the Kentucky Derby on the big screen.
    • Click here for more info
  • Morgan Creek Grill
    • Cinco de Derby
    • Party starts at noon
    • Taco Bar outside for $10 a plate
    • Mint Julep specials all day
    • Kentucky Derby playing on all levels of the restaurant
    • Food and drinks specials
    • Live music from Charles Cannon (5:30 pm – 8:30 pm)
    • Guests are encouraged to wear their best hat – Cinco style or Derby style.
  • Tavern & Table
    • 4 pm to 8 pm
    • Bluegrass music from The Ol 55’s
    • Woodford Reserve Mint Juleps
    • A $100 gift card is up for grabs if you pick the winning horse and your name is chosen (free to enter)
    • Another $100 gift card could be yours if you wear your most festive, fancy, and awesome big hat – our judges will be on the lookout all day.
    • Click here for info
  • Tin Roof
    • 2nd Annual Fillies & Stallions Kentucky Derby Viewing
    • Starts at 3 pm
    • “Rock your best seersucker and the biggest hat you can get your hands on or just roll in the way you are”
    • Mint Juleps, Oak’s Lillies
    • Derby Pie
    • The races will be on the screen all day
  • Trifecta of Fun at The Charleston RiverDogs
    • Held at The Joe’s Riley Park Club
    • 5 pm – 10 pm
    • Fundraiser for Make A Wish SC
    • Ticket will grant you a clubhouse experience with open bar (beer and wine), full catering by Merchantile & Mash, and a chance to win high dollar prizes
    • Click here for more info
  • The Washout
    • Derby de Mayo Block Party
    • Starts at 2 pm
    • Live music from The Spazmatics and Dallas Baker & Friends
    • Best Hat Contest
    • Stick Horse Races
    • $4 margaritas and mint juleps

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