Grab your giant sun hats and your fanciest spring attire for what may be considered Austin’s most stylish days of the year.  Sip on a few mint juleps with your beautiful friends and cheer on the largest athletes in the world by watching the Kentucky Derby. We found some of the hottest spots in Austin to watch the legendary race.


Victory Cup


Derby day


The Victory Cup is Austin’s premier Derby Party! Get dressed up and come enjoy several polo matches, then after the matches, watch the Kentucky Derby on a huge Mobile LED Screen on the polo field!

This is not your typical uptight polo match – come ready to party and enjoy an awesome farm to table meal prepared by local chefs on the polo field, after the match, and with the polo players!  Enjoy a gorgeous day of food, fashion, majestic horses, beautiful people and heart pounding polo at the Victory Cup! In its tenth year, The Victory Cup® has become the networking destination drawing polo enthusiasts and novices alike!

May 7, 2016, 10AM
Austin Polo Club: 13628 Gregg Manor Rd, Austin, TX
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Geraldines Off To The Races


Geraldine’s Kentucky Derby Party this Saturday, May 7 from 2-6 p.m. The event will feature mint julep specials and Southern fare created by the restaurant’s culinary team. The race will be shown on all TVs on the fourth floor – inside the restaurant and on the pool deck. It’s free and open to the public.


Hotel Ella

Hotel Ella


Hotel Ella will host a viewing party for the 142nd annual Kentucky Derby on Saturday, March 7th at 5pm! Each ticket includes complimentary valet parking, lawn games, drink specials, and TVs to watch “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports”. Derby hats are encouraged but not required. 

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here:



Trace at W Austin will host a Derby Day celebration on its beautiful outdoor lounge. Taking place from 3-6, the restaurant will have its popular outdoor Woody (bar) set up and serving Hudson Bourbon or Rye Juleps in special Julep cups with crushed Ice and julep spoons. (And you are just in time for Daily Happy Hour from 5-7 with $5 Texas spirits, $4 Texas beers, 25% off wine and $7 craft cocktails as well as special nibbles.) TVs will be set up outside so guests can watch the race and Goorin Hats will have a pop-up shop, selling hats perfect for DerbyDay. More “themed” surprises expected.


Juliet Restaurant

Italian eatery, Juliet, is inspired by the bounty and creativity of Italy, with an atmosphere recalling the ease and frivolity of “La Dolce Vita”. Lauded by for its incredible design by Joel Mozersky, the eatery on iconic Barton Springs Road is a new look for the old Austin hippies that hit Barton Springs, though its fresh look has been hit a hit with new and “old” locals alike. Beverage Director Jeramy Campbell created several cocktails inspired by the Kentucky Derby, including:

Mint Julep- Bourbon, Mint, Simple Syrup, Powdered Sugar

Horses Neck- Bourbon, Ginger Beer, Lemon Swath

Kentucky 75- Bourbon, Lemon, Peach Liquor, Prosecco

Brown Derby- Bourbon, Grapefruit, Honey



searsucker cocktail

Celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey, Executive Chef of Searsucker restaurants has always loved horses. Growing up on a farm in Oregon where his mom was a horse trainer, he tended to the horses and won a rodeo competition in high school. When he’s not in the kitchen, at a taping or spending time with his family in San Diego, Malarkey enjoys caring for his own horse, Sir Searsucker. Specials that will be available in honor of the Kentucky Derby:


Traditional Mint Julep

Bourbon / Mint / Crushed Ice / Powder

Blackberry Julep

Bourbon / Mint / Blackberries / Crushed Ice / Powder

Kentucky Mule

Woodford Reserve / Goslings Ginger Beer / Lime

Liberty Kitchen

Liberty Kitchen Cocktails

For those looking to watch the biggest horse race of the season happening on May 7th, Liberty will be showing the race at its bar and feature a special menu of Kentucky Derby inspired drinks including:  Mint Julep with Woodford Reserve, Demerara, Mint and Bitters; Ginger Apple Smash with Buffalo Trace infused with Apples, Ginger, Lemon; Brown Derby with Knob Creek, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Honey; and Kentucky Mule with Maker’s Mark, Lime and Ginger Beer.

CANTINE Italian Cafe & Bar

CANTINE will be showing the race as well as offering a special Cardamom Mint Julep with Laird’s Straight Apple Brandy, Cardamom Syrup and mint.


The Roosevelt Room

They will be opening early to host their first ever Derby Day party. The race will be projected on the big screen. Plus they will be serving Julep specials. Hats are definitely encouraged!


drink well

Will also be offering their Kentucky Hot Brown sandwich for $10, and will open at 3pm to show the race. To drink they will have Serving a Classic Mint Julep + the 2 special juleps which are the Julep Italiano-Amaro Lucano, Bourbon, Borghetti Espresso Liqueur (or other high-quality coffee liqueur), Simple Syrup, Mint Spring and the Indochine Julep-Batavia Arrack Rum, Cognac (Pierre Ferrand 1840), Ginger Syrup (a quality ginger liqueur will also work), Velvet Falernum, springs of Thai Basil. 

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