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Kentucky Derby 2022: Where to Watch the Horse Race in Austin

Cheer on with mint juleps and hot browns

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Don your biggest hat, sip those mint juleps, and get ready for one of the country’s biggest stylish sporting event, as the Kentucky Derby takes place this week. Even though the actual action is happening in Louisville, Austin is still getting in on the fun with race watch parties, drinks, and more.

Whether you’ve got a favorite horse you’re hoping will win, really like fancy hats, or need an excuse for mint juleps, these Derby Day parties in Austin have it all covered, from juleps at the Four Seasons, hat-making parties at Black Sheep Lodge, festivities at Nickel City, and more.

Everything below occurs on Saturday, May 7, unless otherwise indicated. Keep in mind that the approximately two-minute race begins promptly at 5:57 p.m. CST that day.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cork & Barrel

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4000 E Palm Valley Blvd
Round Rock, TX 78665
(512) 582-0155
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The Round Rock Irish pub and microbrewery is hosting its second Derby Day party. Along with its regular menu, there will be mint juleps (regular and frozen) from whiskey company Maker’s Mark, as well as a performance by singer Phil Hurley after the race. Attendees are encouraged to dress up and enter the best-dressed competition. Reservations are available for the indoor dine-in areas, and the outdoor areas are available on a walk-in basis. It runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

2. Haymaker

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2310 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 243-6702
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The Manor Road bar is getting into the Kentucky Derby spirit with mint juleps, a hat-making station, racing forms, and a best-dressed contest starting at 2 p.m.

Haymaker’s Derby Day drinks
Haymaker’s Derby Day drinks.
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3. Nickel City

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1133 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702

The East 11th Street bar is screening the horse race, along with Maker’s Mark drinks, racing forms, best hat and best-dressed contests, and ice sculptures.

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Nickel City
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4. Revelry Kitchen + Bar

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1410 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 322-5223
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The East Sixth bar’s Derby Day party is very dog-friendly, with a photobooth and best-dressed pup contests, plus mint juleps. It begins at 2 p.m.

5. Four Seasons Hotel Austin

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98 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 478-4500
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The Four Seasons will throw its ninth annual Derby Day party in the Live Oak bar with cocktails, food including hot brown sandwiches and bourbon-peanut butter pies, a pop-up hat shop, and two live miniature rescue horses. Tickets are available at the event for $50, which comes with one julep and one race betting form. It runs from 3 to 7 p.m.

The mint julep at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin
The mint julep at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin
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6. Black Sheep Lodge

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2108 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 707-2744
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The South Lamar bar’s annual Derby Day party includes mint juleps, best-dressed and hat contests, a hat-making station, and racing forms. It runs from 2 to 7 p.m.

1. Cork & Barrel

4000 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665

The Round Rock Irish pub and microbrewery is hosting its second Derby Day party. Along with its regular menu, there will be mint juleps (regular and frozen) from whiskey company Maker’s Mark, as well as a performance by singer Phil Hurley after the race. Attendees are encouraged to dress up and enter the best-dressed competition. Reservations are available for the indoor dine-in areas, and the outdoor areas are available on a walk-in basis. It runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

4000 E Palm Valley Blvd
Round Rock, TX 78665

2. Haymaker

2310 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
Haymaker’s Derby Day drinks
Haymaker’s Derby Day drinks.
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The Manor Road bar is getting into the Kentucky Derby spirit with mint juleps, a hat-making station, racing forms, and a best-dressed contest starting at 2 p.m.

2310 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

3. Nickel City

1133 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702
Nickel City
Nickel City
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The East 11th Street bar is screening the horse race, along with Maker’s Mark drinks, racing forms, best hat and best-dressed contests, and ice sculptures.

1133 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702

4. Revelry Kitchen + Bar

1410 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

The East Sixth bar’s Derby Day party is very dog-friendly, with a photobooth and best-dressed pup contests, plus mint juleps. It begins at 2 p.m.

1410 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

5. Four Seasons Hotel Austin

98 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701
The mint julep at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin
The mint julep at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin
Four Seasons Hotel Austin [Official]

The Four Seasons will throw its ninth annual Derby Day party in the Live Oak bar with cocktails, food including hot brown sandwiches and bourbon-peanut butter pies, a pop-up hat shop, and two live miniature rescue horses. Tickets are available at the event for $50, which comes with one julep and one race betting form. It runs from 3 to 7 p.m.

98 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701

6. Black Sheep Lodge

2108 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

The South Lamar bar’s annual Derby Day party includes mint juleps, best-dressed and hat contests, a hat-making station, and racing forms. It runs from 2 to 7 p.m.

2108 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

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