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While the 2020 Kentucky Derby has been postponed from May to September (and no spectators), the 147th run for the Roses is back in its right place on the calendar this year, and a limited number of fans can attend the celebrations in Louisville’s famous Churchill Downs. While two of Denver’s biggest events – the Denver Derby Party and the Denver Mini Derby – aren’t happening this year, there are still a number of places around town where you can put an over-the-top hat on. Sip a mint julep or three and cheer your favorite filly when it crosses the finish line. The 2021 Kentucky Derby mailing time is set to around 4:57 p.m. – but the festivities start early and run late.
1701 Wynkoop Street
Derby Day is back at Union Station in Denver and it promises to be great. While the VIP Cooper Lounge and Garden Dome picnic options are already sold out, preppy guests can watch the race in the Terminal Bar or on the terrace, which also features live music from the Royal Street Ramblers. Enjoy a Woodford Reserve Mint Julep or Frozé along with other food and drink specialties and wear your most festive mask – the best thing is to get a prize.
All dressed up and no place to go? Poka Lola is as chic as your Derby Day hat!
Poka Lola Social Club
1850 Wazee Street
Live music, themed cocktails, and freebies (will it be a pony?) Are the order of the day at the Dairy Block’s Poka Lola Social Club in LoDo. The fun begins on Saturday lunchtime with music from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. In addition to drinking juleps, there is a derby daisy and a hibiscus highball, all made from Woodford bourbon.
West End Tavern
926 Pearl Street, Boulder
Pearl Street is getting soaked at Boulders West End Tavern in Bourbon this weekend. From Thursday, April 29th through Sunday, May 2nd, stop by for $ 10 Woodford Reserve Mint Juleps, $ 12 for exclusive Derby Woodford Reserve and other specialty drinks. There’s Kentucky Fried Chicken and Waffles, Devilish Derby Eggs, and a Top Hat Award. Reservations are welcome.
The Golden Mill is ready for race day.
The golden mill
1012 Ford Street, Golden
Out to Golden? The city’s newest hangout, The Golden Mill, features music (the Carbone Family Band from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Burn It Blue from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.), the race on the TVs, and mint juleps on tap by the giant self-potting wall Drinks.
The monkey barrel
4401 Tejon Street
What do lobsters and Kentucky have in common? We don’t know, but Monkey Barrel’s Crawfish & Kentucky Derby Party still sounds like a good time. Watch the race on more than twenty indoor and outdoor screens as you sip beers imported from the bluegrass state and enjoy a jumble of mudbugs from the Bayou Boys’ Cajun and Creole food truck.
Newport Street and East Chenango Avenue
There will be no viewing of the race on The Big Wonderful’s Derby Weekend, but festive attire is recommended and there will be plenty of live music, festival shopping, food trucks and all the cocktails you can drink with this dog and kid. friendly event in the Belleview Station of the Tech Center. The good times roll in on both Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 8pm
Follow the horses in Steubens Arvada (here in times before COVID).
Adam Larkey Photography
523 East 17th Avenue, 303-830-1001
7355 Ralston Road, 303-830-0096
Steuben’s Uptown is offering Elijah Craig mint juleps for $ 10 all day on Saturday, while the Arvada location is debuting the Brown Derby Cocktail: bourbon, honey syrup, grapefruit, also for $ 10. Spritz kits will be available for $ 40, and all specials at both locations will be available for eat-in and take-out.
Stoney’s Bar & Grill
1111 Lincoln Street, 303-830-6839
1035 East 17th Avenue, 720-485-5503
Both the OG Lincoln Street location and the 17th Street Uptown Joint of Stoney’s Bar & Grill will open at 11:00 a.m. on Derby Day with specials (including mint juleps and $ 25 white Claw Bucket). The race will be played on many of the sports field televisions and the best-dressed guests will go home with gift baskets.
Argonaut wine & schnapps
760 East Colfax Avenue
If you’d rather just party with your pod, Argonaut is for you. This shop’s Woodford Reserve Derby Party Pack contains a liter of Kentucky’s Finest, Woodford’s special mint julep syrup and copper cups. A portion of the proceeds from each box will go to the CSU Sean “Ranch” Lough Scholarship Fund.
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