Where to Watch The Kentucky Derby in NYC 2019

Where to Watch The Kentucky Derby in NYC 2019

Courtesy The Horny Ram

Whether you’re excited to cheer on horses or just want to day drink with those that do, check out these top NYC spots that are throwing some of the best Kentucky Derby Day celebrations on Saturday 5/4. From a rooftop pool party to lively race viewing event, here’s a list of our favs that offer cool cocktails and bites just for the Derby Day fun you’re after.



260 W. 40th St.

The lively, Barcelona-inspired tapas bar and restaurant, Boqueria will be showing the races at their West 40th St location. Take a seat at the spacious, light-filled bar to watch the Triple Crown races, while enjoying their signature 5 O’Clock Cocktail with bourbon, rhubarb amaro, atxa white vermouth, lemon, mint, and club soda ($14) - it’s a perfectly refreshing Mint Julep alternative, as well as being lower in alcohol so you can sip more than one while you wait for the most exciting two minutes in sports.


Partners Coffee


The fan favorite Espresso Mint Julep is returning to all Partners Coffee (formerly Toby’s Estate) locations on Derby Day. Stop by one of the charming neighborhood cafes to enjoy the limited edition refreshing summer drink, made with a double shot of espresso, textured milk and housemade basil-mint syrup, served over ice. While you’re there, check out the Brooklyn-based coffee company’s recently revamped, colorful new branding.


The Flying Cock

497 3rd Avenue, New York, NY

This Derby Day, lively Murray Hill haunt The Flying Cock will be offering a Kentucky

twist on a classic cocktail with the Spring Moscow Mule. Made with bourbon, ginger beer,

fresh lime and mint, the mule will be available all day for $13, and for $7 during happy hour (4-7pm).  Hi-res images here (credit: The Flying Cock)


The Horny Ram

951 2nd Avenue, New York, NY

TheHorny Ram, the casual Midtown East brother restaurant to The Flying Cock, will be serving up a Derby Day special in the form of the Mint Julep. Made with the classic combo of bourbon, mint and simple syrup, the cocktail will be available all day for $13 and pairs perfectly with bar bites like cornflake-crusted chicken strips and crispy shrimp tacos.


The Rooftop + Pool at The Williamsburg Hotel

96 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

The Rooftop at The Williamsburg Hotel will host a Kentucky Derby party from 2:00-7:00pm

on Saturday, May 4. Enjoy unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline, rosé courtesy of

Whispering Angel, and a live DJ (derby attire is highly encouraged) - the race will be broadcasted from The Rooftop as well!


Understudy at DeKalb Market Hall

445 Albee Square W, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Speakeasy-style bar Understudy at DeKalb Market Hall will be hosting a special, open-to-the-public Kentucky Derby viewing and party starting at 2:30 pm on May 4th. The bar will be using Marker’s Mark Gin only, in partnership with the brand’s initiative to take a pound of trash out of the ocean for every mint julep sold. From classic to basil twist and pineapple juleps, you’ll want to try them all (it’s for a good cause)!


P.S.The first 10 people to order a mint julep in a Derby Day hat will receive 1/2 off their drink, so be sure to arrive early in style!


Courtesy Boqueria

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