Derby Day

There Are Many Places Where The Kentucky Derby Will Be Observed

Horses go with food and drink, as Argus Brewery proves.
Horses go with food and drink, as Argus Brewery proves. Photo: courtesy Argus Brewery

The Kentucky Derby is a nearly perfect holiday for bars and restaurants, in that it offers two minutes of sports no one really cares about anyway and in return for sitting through it you get an entire day of drinking. Many places have Kentucky Derby specials, and we have gone through our inbox like a thoroughbred on the inside track to bring you them all, win place or show. Whatever that means. And they’re off! Hiyo Silver!

Joe’s on Weed has a whole Derby Days Street Festival from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., including off-track betting, Derby themed food and drink specials, and the music of country band SaddleBrook.

Old Town Social will have a Derby Day crawl beginning at Old Town Social and continuing on by bus to RM Champagne Salon. Chef Jared Van Camp will be cooking up a variety of Southern-inspired specials.

Chicago Q will be raising money for Ronald McDonald House from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. $42 gets you the BBQ buffet, the Derby on TV, and your first drink.

American Junkie will benefit PAWS Chicago with a special mint Julep souvenir cup and cocktail ($50), a portion of which goes to the animal rescue organization.

• Filini will have a “Run For the Roses” Derby Party in the bar from 1 to 9 p.m., featuring a full Southern spread including traditional treats such as Biscuits with ham and pepper jelly, Pimento cheese tea sandwiches, and Shrimp Dip Divine, and mint Juleps and other classic drinks. There’s also a best hat contest which will win you a $100 gift certificate.

• The Fifty/50 Group invented “Cinco de Derby” last year and continues the theme with its combination of both Derby and Cinco de Mayo drink specials. The former include $5 Wild Turkey bourbon shots at The Fifty/50, $5 Woodford Reserve mint juleps and 20% off Lillie’s Q BBQ Pulled Pork pizzas at Roots Handmade Pizza.

• South Water Kitchen will offer free deviled eggs loaded with bacon, chives and mustard caviar to guests wearing (non-baseball) hats, and $7 mint juleps.

Little Market Brasserie will add a Louisville classic to its menu— the Hot Brown. There will be Derby Pie for dessert, too.

Bub City will have hot browns, too, along with mint juleps in a commemorative glass you can keep for $10.

Division Ale House will have a pig roast on its sidewalk patio from 3 to 6 p.m. $25 gets you all you can eat plus Miller Lite drafts.

John Barleycorn River North will have a Derby Day Crawfish Boil; $30 gets you the bugs, fried chicken, gumbo and more, while drink specials include $6 mint juleps.

There Are Many Places Where The Kentucky Derby Will Be Observed