It’s not that exclusive but it sure is fun. If you feel like venturing to Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Derby hosted at Greenwood Park initially was an intimate gathering that soon escalated into a 600-plus-person party. Hosted at Brooklyn’s Greenwood Park (a beer garden and restaurant), the game is shown on a massive TV while everyone sips on mint juleps, whiskey or bourbon and enjoys fun games and raffles. Place your bets, clink glasses and don’t forget to wear your Southern attire (everyone here is dressed to the nines). Enjoy playing bocce ball with a mint julep in hand, of course.
Greenwood Park, 10 Jay Street, Brooklyn, brooklynderby.com
Back for another year, Refinery Rooftop, Winnie’s Jazz Bar and Refinery Hotel are hosting their annual Kentucky Derby party for guests. The party is spread over three venues with three parties, each filled with champagne, live music (like jazz and DJs) and small bites. The party is loud, fun and every person is decked out in colorful wear in celebration of the races. The best-dressed person will win a trip to next year’s Kentucky Derby. While there, don’t forget to check out the hidden speakeasy. VIP tickets are available by emailing email@example.com
Refinery Hotel, 63 W 38th St, New York, refineryhotelnewyork.com
Few people do the Kentucky Derby in New York better than Pier A. Located in the city’s FiDi neighborhood, the second floor of this enormous venue will be transformed into Churchill Downs. You have access to Millionaire’s Bar, Winner’s Circle, The Japanese Room, Tyrconnell Irish Room in addition to sipping on mint juleps, whiskey and eating plenty of Southern-style cuisine. Be sure to dress up in your Southern best. While there, enjoy views of the Hudson River and enter a raffle.
Pier A, 22 Battery Place, New York, piera.com/kentucky-derby-day-fidi-2019