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The Best Places to Watch the Kentucky Derby

2nd May 2019 // By Emma Reynolds

Dubbed the ‘Greatest Two Minutes in Sports,’ this year’s 145th Kentucky Derby is just around the corner. Whether you’re headed to Churchill Downs in Louisville or watching at home, we’ve rounded up the best places to celebrate the Derby in style. Don’t forget to place your bets!

Roses are the official flower of the Kentucky Derby | Credit: Public Hotels

Derby Day at PUBLIC New York

Ladies, grab your wide-brimmed hats and floral dresses; men, your bow ties. The PUBLIC Hotel in New York is celebrating the derby in style with its 10th annual (and longest-running) Derby Day party in New York. Starting at 2p, the event will have a live jazz band and swing band on the rooftop, DJs, special live performances, lunch by Jean-Georges and mint juleps (the official cocktail of the Kentucky Derby) on tap. Purchase tickets in the link below – opt for The Roof ticket to get access to all venues within PUBLIC.

PUBLIC Hotel, 215 Chrystie St, New York, derbyday.nyc 

Rabbit Hole Distillery

Rabbit Hole Distillery

If it’s a last-minute getaway to Kentucky you’re after, look no further than Rabbit Hole whiskey’s distillery party in Louisville’s Nulu neighborhood. The 55,000 sq-ft distillery is going to be completely taken over with Derby-themed art installations, entertainment and craft cocktails, including the $1,100 Rabbit Hole’s “Looking Glass” cocktail. Created by bar-consulting firm mixologists, Proprietors LLC (famous for Death & Co bar in New York City) the cocktail is made using a 19th-century syphon that releases a plume of fog as the ingredients are added. Ingredients include: Rabbit Hole Straight Bourbon Whiskey, D’Aincourt Cognac Extra, Bowmore 1989 Silver Seal 21-Year-Old Scotch whisky and Belgian chocolate bitters. It has a miniature ice sculpture and hand-painted gold leaf.

Rabbit Hole Distillery, 711 E Jefferson St, Louisville, Kentucky, rabbitholedistillery.com/2019-derby-party