Can’t make it down to the Kentucky Derby this weekend? You can still enjoy the “greatest two minutes in sports” at one of these fabulous parties happening in the city this weekend. Just make sure you don an equally fabulous hat.
Eleven Madison Park: Eleven Madison hosts the most expensive Derby party in the city, which, unfortunately, is already sold out! For $265 a head, guests can slurp down fresh oysters, drink bourbon cocktails, and feast on fried chicken and waffles, hot browns, deviled eggs, corn dog fritters.
Saxon + Parole: This Lower East Side staple is named for two racehorses — Saxon, who won the Belmont Stakes in 1874 and the legendary Parole, who won more money than any other American racehorse — so you know they’re going to go all out for the Derby. A $90 ticket includes unlimited mint juleps, rosé, bubbly and beer, and bites from the kitchen.
Ty Bar at the Four Seasons: According to Metro, TY Bar at the Four Seasons will offer Woodford Reserve cocktails and reps from Woodford will be judging people’s costumes. The derby will be shown on a 12 x 12′ screen.
Ainsworth Midtown In addition to serving Maker’s Mark bourbon and hors d’oeuvres, the Ainsworth’s $132 ticket will also allow guests to smoke a cigar (or two) at Nat Sherman’s roof deck lounge.
21 Club This classic restaurant has miniature jockeys outside the restaurant, so the Kentucky Derby is a big deal for them. $65 gets you two cocktails, unlimited “Southern bar bites” and lots of games to play.