It’s called the most exciting two minutes in sports. While that may be debatable, the revelry of the Kentucky Derby is not. Between the wide-brimmed hats, bourbon-filled drinks and decadent Southern-inspired cuisine, it’s hard not to be enthusiastic about horse racing — even if it’s only for two minutes. Here’s where to watch the big race in style throughout South Florida.Read More
Where to Watch the Kentucky Derby in South Florida
1. Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino
This Kentucky Derby watch party will boast mint juleps, food stations, attire contests, horse race raffles, photo booth, casino free play and more. Purchase tickets here.
2. The Citadel
Sip on mint julep specials from 4 to 7 p.m. on the Citadel’s rooftop, and guests are encouraged to dress in their Derby best with Best Hat Contest wins a Citadel Bar gift card.
3. StripSteak by Michael Mina
Miami Beach, FL 33140
Guests can watch the race while enjoying celebratory Kentucky Derby hors d’oeuvres, fried chicken thigh sliders, and Benedictine tea “Sammy’s” while sipping on $5 mint juleps. The StripSteak staff will be decked out in full Derby gear and will be hosting an array of events including a “Best Dressed” contest for Men and a “Best Hat” contest for ladies. And Derby Day ballot ticket will allow guests to bet on the Derby winner and whoever guesses the first, second and third place horses will win a dinner at StripSteak
4. Beaker & Gray
Beaker & Gray’s bar team will be serving up Mint Juleps with a “twist” on May 4, and as a keepsake of the party, bargoers who order the cocktail will be able to take home the signature copper cups.
5. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
At this Southern-inspired eatery, sip on $6.50 mint juleps while cheering on your favorite horse, and dress to impress with your best bow ties and fanciest hats, because the best dressed will take home a $250 gift certificate.
6. Lost Boy
At Lost Boy’s Derby party, kicking off at noon, it will be serving up mint juleps and will boast Derby-inspired festivities, such as best dressed competitions, best hat contest and best couple award.
7. The Wharf Miami
Head to the Wharf for its Derby Day party with $12 mint juleps, specials on Woodford Spires and Rye Mojitos from noon to 7 p.m., best dressed contest and a live viewing of the race.
8. American Social
From 3 to 8 p.m. guests can channel their inner Southern gentleman or belle, and sip on $6 Kentucky Bourbon Ale and $8 Maker’s Mark Mint Juleps. And the first 50 people to register through Eventbrite will receive a complimentary mint julep. Register here.