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Where to Watch the Kentucky Derby in New York CIty

By Patty Lee | May 1, 2014 By Patty Lee  |  May 1, 2014

The horses are fast and the races are short, but you can keep partying long after the greatest two minutes in sports are over this Saturday — just hit up one of these hot Derby Day bashes.

Maison Premiere: The folks at this throwback cocktail and oyster den will broadcast the race live on their antique radio. Chef Lisa Giffen puts her spin on traditional race-day dishes like the Kentucky Hot Brown and Benedictine dip, while barkeeps dole out frosty mint juleps in classic pewter cups. (2-8PM; 347-335-0446)

Sweetwater Social: Toss on your fanciest hat or seersucker suit and take part in a derby fashion show-down at Tim Cooper and Justin Noel’s subterranean dive. Bartenders will pour bourbon flights, a Derby Day punch and — of course — mint juleps. (2-7PM; 212-253-7467)

21 ClubThe iconic midtown speakeasy is throwing a bash to match its jockey-themed decor. Along with a bourbon and rum-splashed punch, newly-installed chef Sylvain Delpique will serve Kentucky-inspired bites such as cornmeal fried oysters and mini pecan pies. (3:30-5:30PM; 212-582-7200)

Blue Smoke: Both outposts of Danny Meyers’ popular barbecue house will celebrate with live viewings and free juleps for guests sporting festive hats or attire. (212-447-7733)

Distilled: Beverage director Benjamin Wood gets in the racing spirit with three drinks specials. Watch the horses take off while sipping on a classic mint julep, brown derby or the Derby Shrub, which mixes chamomile-steeped bourbon with amaro bitters, apricot shrub and mint. (3-8PM; 212-601-9514)

Red Rooster HarlemMarcus Samuelsson teams up with haute milliners Goorin Brothers to sell their finest toppers at his uptown eatery. Along with hats, guests can purchase mint juleps and $7 Bulleit bourbon cocktails. (5PM; 212-792-9001)

Stone Rose LoungeSip mint julep flights and classed up Southern eats — like lobster-truffle mac and cheese — at this stylish lounge overlooking Central Park. Ladies in derby hats will receive a complimentary glass of sparkling rose. (Noon; 212-823-9770)

Rochelle’sShow up at this Lower East Side hotspot before 5PM to take advantage of their early bird special: $8 Old Forester mint juleps. (2PM; 212-673-2400)

Brickyard: Catch the race on nine giant flatscreen televisions while sipping one of 24 beers on tap. The race-themed menu also boasts mint juleps, chocolate pecan pie, mini hot browns and Kentucky burgoo. Like in years past, the winner of the hat contest goes home with a $50 gift card. (212-767-0077)

Royalton: Down as many Maker’s Mark mint juleps as you can during the one-hour open bar. The $35 ticket also includes Southern snacks, games and music from DJ Lily Vanili. (3:30-8PM; 212-869-4400)

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Maison Premiere

Bar Williamsburg
Atmo.25 Decor25 Service18 CostM
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Sweetwater Social

Lounge Greenwich Village
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21 Club

American West 50s
Food23 Decor25 Service25 Cost$81
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Blue Smoke

Barbecue Battery Park City
Food21 Decor18 Service20 Cost$44
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Blue Smoke

Southern American Murray Hill
Food21 Decor18 Service20 Cost$44
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Red Rooster Harlem

American Harlem
Food22 Decor22 Service21 Cost$54
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Distilled

TriBeCa
Food23 Decor20 Service22 Cost$48
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Stone Rose Lounge

Lounge West 50s
Atmo.22 Decor22 Service18 CostM
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Leave Rochelle Out Of It

Bar Lower East Side
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