Talk Derby to Me

In Do, May 2023 by Lauren KruchtenLeave a Comment

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Place your bets on one of these local Kentucky Derby parties.

Off to the races! The 149th renewal of “the greatest two minutes in sports” takes place May 6—and with it comes a host of Derby parties around Raleigh. Don your best and biggest hats and your finest bow ties and claim your horse(s). Let the horseplay commence!

Watts & Ward
Fete the 149th run for the roses with big hats, bow ties, mint juleps, authentic food—plus live tunes from Keenan McKenzie & The Riffers feat. Laura Windley, with special guest Xara Wilde. Expect surprises throughout the event, with prizes for best big hat for the ladies and best dapper for the men. May the biggest hat win! @wattsandward

Dram & Draught
We’re not horsin’ around—Derby bets and bourbon drinks are the name of the game at Dram’s annual Derby watch party, this year taking place at all six locations and starting at noon (talk about a pregame!). The celebration includes drink specials, a hat contest, giveaways and more. See ya at the finish line. @dramanddraught

Tap Yard
Tap in with your best Derby hat/’fit and bets on your fave horses for a chance to tap out with prizes at this ultimate Kentucky Derby Garden Party celebrating the biggest horse racing event of the year. Also on tap: mint juleps, classic cocktails, live music and other activities—because while the race may only be two minutes, the fun will keep going all day long. @tapyardraleigh

Sports & Social/PBR Cary/AVA Rooftop Bar
And they’re off…! The classiest party in the Triangle comes with all your Derby day faves, from Kentucky hot brown sandwiches to mint juleps to cornhole tournaments to a $500 cash prize for the best hat. Go all out by purchasing a Winner’s Circle VIP Admission + Cornhole ticket to gain access to AVA’s Derby Days buffet and entertainment only available on the rooftop. Swanky!


Get down and Derby at this twofer Kentucky Derby and Woodford Private Barrel release party where the Woodford mint juleps will be flowing—along with hors d’oeuvres and specialty oysters. There’ll also be prizes doled to guests with the best hat and best outfit, natch, and each partygoer will receive a curated gift bag to take home. … Everyone wins! @stirraleighnc

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