The Kentucky Derby has become a wildly popular social celebration all over the nation. Named “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” The Kentucky Derby has given us a reason to gather with friends and wear fabulously fun hats. Check out some of the Kentucky Derby parties taking place on May 6th here in the Phoenix and Scottsdale areas.
Run for the Roses
“The most exciting two minutes in sports” will be celebrated in grand Southern style at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess with a Kentucky Derby brunch and lawn party, 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Saturday, May 6, 2017. Inspired by “Millionaire’s Row” at Churchill Downs, each guest will enjoy the traditions of the Derby atmosphere, including frosty mint juleps, live blues music, Bulleit Bourbon tastings and activities on the “Winner’s Circle” lawn. Since the Derby is just as much about fashion as it is horse racing, women of grace and taste are encouraged to complete their Derby look with their most stylish hats, while dapper gents might sport seersucker, both with a chance to win prizes from an esteemed panel of judges. Prizes include dinner for two in Bourbon Steak and a weekend getaway to the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Bourbon Steak’s Kentucky Derby Brunch is $109 per person, plus tax and service charge. Reservations are suggested by calling 480.585.2694. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
Derby Day Club
The 2017 Stella Artois “Derby Day Club” returns Saturday, May 6th, to Turf Paradise in Phoenix. The Stella Artois Derby DayClub opens at 10:30 a.m. with live racing at Turf Paradise beginning at 11:30 a.m. The Kentucky Derby itself will be broadcast live at the track and in the DayClub at 3:24 p.m. Inside the exclusive air-conditioned tent you can enjoy the no-host bar featuring mint juleps, beer, wine, champagne and cocktails alongside 65” TVs showing the Kentucky Derby in real time as well as convenient betting machines. All tickets include access to the only shaded Hefeweizen & Craft Beer Garden in Arizona, presented by Hensley Beverage Company. Tickets start at $15.
Hats + Horses Kentucky Derby Pool Party at LUSTRE Rooftop Bar
On Saturday, May 6, enjoy a Kentucky Derby inspired celebration at LUSTRE Rooftop Bar at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix. The pool opens at 11:00am and a DJ will be spinning beats 1-5pm and 8pm-midnight. Dress to the nines with your finest Derby-inspired hats and bathing suits. Maker’s Mark Derby cocktails, bottle service specials and additional Derby viewing screens will also be available. No cover and open to the public. For VIP cabana and bottle service packages email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Talk Derby to Me
Alyssa James Foundation along with KO’Donnells will be hosting a 2017 Kentucky Derby event called “Talk Derby to Me” on Saturday, May 6, 2017, 1-5pm at KO’Donnells in Scottsdale. Each entry to this event will allow for two drink tickets, food and plenty of fun to be had by all. There will be a step and repeat, silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, photo booth, photographer, Dj Dan, cigar roller, and more. Come out and enjoy Southern fare and a little friendly wagering. KO’Donnells will have live horse betting on site. All proceeds go to Operation Enduring Gratitude in support of our local Veterans. Entry is $60 at the door, $55 in advance.
Kentucky Derby Watch Party at Bevvy
Grab your favorite derby hat and your nattiest attire for the Kentucky Derby at the Bevvy in Scottsdale. Housed in the heart of Scottsdale’s entertainment district, the Bevvy is hosting a blowout Kentucky Derby party on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Get in on all the action with onsite off-track-betting, as well as watch (and hear) the race on the 30-plus flat-screen TVs. There will also be contests for “Best Hat,” “Best Dressed” (male & female) with winners receiving amazing prizes. Additionally, Bevvy will be expanding their patios featuring extra seating and mobile bars. There will be special Kentucky Derby Cocktails for the day featuring Bulleit bourbon. These reserve cocktails are specials for the Derby and include the official drink of the Derby, the Classic Mint Julep, plus custom made (you call its) cocktails featuring Bulleit Bourbon. The Bevvy will also be serving up their signature menu of Gastropub favorites for the Derby. For reservations, contact 602.777.1757.
Derby Day at Padre Murphy’s
On Saturday, May 6, one of the Valley’s premier off-track betting destinations, Padre Murphy’s in Glendale, will be opening early to celebrate the 143rd Annual Kentucky Derby. Beginning with breakfast (served until 11:30 a.m.), the celebration will include a variety of Derby Day drink specials (think mint juleps and peach mimosas), off-track betting, a live telecast of the Kentucky Derby (airing from 11:30 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. MST) on 90+ TVs and a Derby Day hat contest at 2 p.m. Winning hats will receive a $100 happy hour at Padre Murphy’s for 1st place, a $50 gift card to Gaston Jewelry for 2nd place and a dozen red roses for 3rd place.
Kentucky Derby Party at Kelly’s Southbridge
Celebrate this decade’s long tradition in the Valley by sipping on some tasty Mint Juleps while watching the Kentucky Derby at your favorite local eateries. On Saturday, May 6th, stop by Kelly’s at Southbridge to watch the derby and enjoy $7 Mint Juleps and $10 glasses of Mumm Champagne. Don’t forget to come dressed to the nines! Kelly’s will be giving away prizes for the best Kentucky Derby inspired hat.