The Kentucky Derby is a pretty big deal in a horse town like Saratoga, but I feel like no other year has had so many fabulous parties happening all on the same day.
While I’m already spoken for and totally looking forward to the Bacon, Brews, and Brims event taking place on Saturday, May 2nd, I figured I might as well make a list of all that’s happening that day throughout Saratoga.
Bacon, Brews and Brims at the National Racing Museum and Hall of Fame (3:30pm-7:30pm)
“Join us for the inaugural Kentucky Derby Party to benefit the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame!
This year’s theme is Bacon, Brews, and Brims, featuring delicious samplings of local brews and spirits, as well as signature bacon dishes from local restaurants.
While exploring the Museum and its local connection, guests will enjoy the hip sounds of Funk Evolution in the prestigious Hall of Fame before a live airing of the 2015 Kentucky Derby race.
Guests are encouraged to dress to impress, as an award for the most fashionable Derby attire will be presented. Also win a chance for a day at the races with a private box at Saratoga Race Course and dinner on the evening of the 88th running of the Whitney stakes race.
The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is excited to offer an authentic experience with a unique twist for the racing and foodie enthusiast. All proceeds from this year’s event will support the notable exhibits and educational initiatives at the Museum here in the heart of Saratoga Springs.”
Prime at Saratoga National
“Join us for “Prime on the Rail”…
Cash Concession Food Items | 4pm – 8pm
Beer, Wine & Spirit Vendors | Cash Bar
Ron Bill’s New Orleans Stompers | 4pm – 6:30pm
No Reservations Required
$15 Admission | Prime will make $5 donation to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Jumbo-Tron TV featuring Live Race!
Frivolous Boutique Display
Habana Hand Rolled Cigar Station
Looking for a Derby Outfit to sport? | Mens Ware by The National | 385 Broadway
Hot Shaves for Men by Hair Creations + Shoe Shining available by SNGC
deJonghe Original Jewelry cleaning station
Helicopter Tours by Independent Helicopters | Reserve at 518.796.4006 | 5pm – 7pm
“VIP In-field ” | Blue Stone Tent
$75 inclusive | featuring Prime Steakhouse Buffet | 4pm – 8pm
Private Cash Bar
Complimentary Mint Julep Drink Ticket
3 TV’s with Live Derby Race
Vendor Liquor Tasting
Reservations Required | This space will sell out | 518.306.2330”
The Brook Tavern (4:00pm)
“Join The Brook Tavern for a Kentucky Derby Day Party! Featuring Woodford Reserve Mint Juleps, Bourbon Flights, and Veuve Cliquot by the glass.
Complimentary Appetizers from 4pm to Post Time, including Kentucky Favorites: Baby Hot Browns, Pickled Shrimp, and Louisiana Deviled Eggs.”
Sperry’s (Doors open at 2:00pm, party beings at 4:00pm)
“Sperry’s will be open at 2pm on Saturday May 2nd in Celebration of Kentucky Derby. At 4pm, Blanton’s Bourbon will have a tasting table set up in the patio, as will Reyka Vodka. The patio bar will be featuring $5 drink specials with Blaton’s and Reyka. Stella will be in the patio giving away chalices and sampling Cider. At 4pm we will also be offering free live entertainment by Out of the Box featuring Larry Gravett (Jazz Blues).”
Max London’s (3:00pm-7:00pm)
“Local celebrities will go behind the stick to help raise funds for Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T.) at Max London’s in Saratoga Springs. The celebrity bartender event will take place on Kentucky Derby Day, May 2. Max London’s will donate 100% of tips as well as 5% of sales from the event to B.E.S.T. Guests can enjoy specialty cocktails, including a fresh take on the Mint Julep, the traditional beverage of the Kentucky Derby.
Celebrity Bartenders Include:
Joanne Yepsen, mayor, Saratoga Springs – 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Doug Sherman, sports anchor, CBS6 – 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Marisa Jacques, sports anchor, TWCNews – 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Chad O’Hara, radio host, B95.5 FM – 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Nancy Underwood, program director, B.E.S.T.”
The Bourbon Room (6:00pm – 2:45am)
“After the ponies are done racing, the party begins. Join us after the Kentucky Derby for the Official Woodford Reserve Derby After Party. Live Music, Bow-ties, Juleps, Big Hats & Bourbon!”
Derby Day at The Horseshoe Inn (3:00pm)
“Come celebrate horses returning to the track, spring, the tent being up and most of all, THE KENTUCKY DERBY! The bar will be open at 3:00 pm with all the day’s races leading up to the big one.
There will be drink specials and live music!”
Kentucky Derby at Fortunes (12:00pm)
“Enjoy their buffet while you wager right from your table!
Opening at noon - $32.95 per person. Call (518) 581-5790 for reservations.
Fortunes will open for regular buffet dinner following the last race.”
Lakeside Kentucky Derby Party at Dock Brown’s Lakeside Tavern (4:00pm-10:00pm)
- Live Music by The Accents
- Handicapping Contest
- Hat Contest Judged by Michele Riggi
- Team Horse Racing Trivia
- Tons of Fabulous Prizes throughout the Day!”
Kentucky Derby at Vapor Nightclub (4:00pm)
“Watch the heart-pounding action larger than life on our 16′ screen. Enjoy a special race-day menu featuring sliders, wings, hot dogs and more! Plus, $3 Coors Light and $4 Captain Morgan specials all day. Opens at 4pm – FREE Admission.”
8th Annual Kentucky Derby Party at Wheatfield’s Restaurant & Bar (4:00pm-7:15pm)
“Complimentary appetizers and drink specials for guests. Dress to impress; a Best Hat Contest will take place during the Derby Party. Guests can participate in a 50/50 raffle during this event. Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to STEP-Saratoga Theraputic Equestrian Program.”