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Kentucky Derby 2019: Where to Party in Austin

Watching the horse race with mint juleps and hot browns

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sDon your biggest hat, sip those mint juleps and get ready for one of the country’s biggest stylish sporting event when the Kentucky Derby rolls around next month. Even though the 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 Fulton, hat-making parties at Black Sheep Lodge, a massive party at Fareground, and more. Keeping with the theme of the day, seek out Austin’s best mint juleps too.

Everything below occurs on Saturday, May 4, unless otherwise indicated. Keep in mind that the approximately two-minute race begins promptly at 5:50 p.m. CST that day.

If a noted Derby watch party is missing, let us know on the tipline or within the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lavaca Street Bar at Rock Rose

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11420 Rock Rose Ave Suite 100
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 575-4428
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The Rock Rose location of the bar is making mint juleps just for the race. It’s also running a contest where the person who picks the winning horse will receive a prize. The bar opens at 9 a.m.

Lavaca Street Bar in Rock Rose
Lavaca Street Bar in Rock Rose
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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 multiple contests, a hat-making station, and mint juleps starting at 2 p.m.

Haymaker’s Derby Day drinks
Haymaker’s Derby Day drinks
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3. Star Bar

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600 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 477-8550
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The downtown bar is combining its Derby Day party with the Star Wars celebration beginning at 11 a.m. There will be cocktails with glow stick straws and mint juleps, plus prizes for those who pick the winning horse.

4. 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 racing forms, music, and drinks starting at 2 p.m.

Nickel City
Nickel City
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5. The Roosevelt Room

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307 W 5th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 494-4094
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The downtown bar, which will screen the race, will offer $7 bourbon, Prescription, and brandy juleps all night.

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Roosevelt Room
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6. Seven Grand

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405 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 520-4582
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The downtown Austin whiskey bar will mix up juleps made with its own Seven Grand Woodford or the Old Forester Single Barrel Bourbon. Those who predict the winning and losing horses will potentially receive a prize.

Seven Grand
Seven Grand
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7. Cannon & Belle

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500 E 4th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 493-4900
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The Hilton Austin restaurant is going all out with its booze selections for the Derby. There’s a mint julep, along with the Autumn Old Fashioned and Russel’s Boulevardier, plus a Kentucky whiskey flight. To accompany the drinks, it is also offering a bites menu with items like roast beef sandwiches and dark chocolate bar. The specials begin at 4 p.m. while the television goes on at 5 p.m.

Cannon and Belle
Cannon and Belle
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8. 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 features a mint julep special and hot browns, along with best dressed contest and a hat-making station. Doors open at noon.

9. Fareground

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111 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

Horse nonprofit HorseLink is hosting a kid-friendly Derby Day party at the downtown food hall, where dressing up is encouraged, plus themed food and drinks, live music, prizes, contests, games, and more. It runs from 3 to 8 p.m.

Fareground’s outdoor space
Fareground
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10. Fairmont Austin

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101 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 600-2000
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Fairmont’s lobby bar Fulton will offer mint juleps, Old Fashioneds, and live music while it screens the race, beginning at 2 p.m.

Fulton’s space
Fulton
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11. 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 at its Live Oak bar starting at 2 p.m. with trivia contests, giveaways, hat and seersucker contests, and a build-your-own mint julep bar, and pop-up hat shop. Admission is $25, which includes a take-home cup, which will benefit local nonprofit Spirit Reins.

The mint julep at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin
The mint julep at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin
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12. Geraldine's

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605 Davis St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 476-4755
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The Rainey Street hotel restaurant will feature bourbon oysters, hot brown sandwiches, frozen juleps, and live music at 2 p.m.

Geraldine’s pool deck
Geraldine’s pool deck
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13. Gibson Street Bar

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1109 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 386-1345
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The South Lamar bar will serve mint juleps during the horse race starting at noon.

Gibson Street Bar
Gibson Street Bar
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14. Infinite Monkey Theorem

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702 Shady Ln
Austin, TX 78702

The newly relocated winery is offering its take on the cocktail de jour with the mint julep wine cocktail. It’s made with sauvignon blanc, ginger ale, mint, and ice. It begins at 11 a.m.

The wine mint julep cocktail at Infinite Monkey Theorem
The wine mint julep cocktail at Infinite Monkey Theorem
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15. Launderette

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2115 Holly St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 382-1599
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The Holly restaurant is hosting a Derby Day party by Garden & Gun and Maker’s Mark with mint juleps, a hat contest, and live music. It runs from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $125.

Launderette
Launderette
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16. Black Sheep Lodge

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2108 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 707-2744
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Black Sheep Lodge’s annual Derby Day party starts at 2 p.m. The bar will host best-dressed and most elaborate hat contests. Don’t have a hat? There will be a hat-making station. Plus there’s a race contest, mint juleps, and beers.

Black Sheep Lodge’s derby day and Cinco de Mayo chalkboard drawing
Black Sheep Lodge’s Derby Day and Cinco de Mayo chalkboard drawing
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1. Lavaca Street Bar at Rock Rose

11420 Rock Rose Ave Suite 100, Austin, TX 78758
Lavaca Street Bar in Rock Rose
Lavaca Street Bar in Rock Rose
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The Rock Rose location of the bar is making mint juleps just for the race. It’s also running a contest where the person who picks the winning horse will receive a prize. The bar opens at 9 a.m.

11420 Rock Rose Ave Suite 100
Austin, TX 78758

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 multiple contests, a hat-making station, and mint juleps starting at 2 p.m.

2310 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

3. Star Bar

600 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

The downtown bar is combining its Derby Day party with the Star Wars celebration beginning at 11 a.m. There will be cocktails with glow stick straws and mint juleps, plus prizes for those who pick the winning horse.

600 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

4. 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 racing forms, music, and drinks starting at 2 p.m.

1133 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702

5. The Roosevelt Room

307 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78701
A bar with table seating on the left.
Roosevelt Room
Marc Swendner

The downtown bar, which will screen the race, will offer $7 bourbon, Prescription, and brandy juleps all night.

307 W 5th St
Austin, TX 78701

6. Seven Grand

405 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701
Seven Grand
Seven Grand
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

The downtown Austin whiskey bar will mix up juleps made with its own Seven Grand Woodford or the Old Forester Single Barrel Bourbon. Those who predict the winning and losing horses will potentially receive a prize.

405 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78701

7. Cannon & Belle

500 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701
Cannon and Belle
Cannon and Belle
Cannon and Belle/Facebook

The Hilton Austin restaurant is going all out with its booze selections for the Derby. There’s a mint julep, along with the Autumn Old Fashioned and Russel’s Boulevardier, plus a Kentucky whiskey flight. To accompany the drinks, it is also offering a bites menu with items like roast beef sandwiches and dark chocolate bar. The specials begin at 4 p.m. while the television goes on at 5 p.m.

500 E 4th St
Austin, TX 78701

8. Revelry Kitchen + Bar

1410 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

The East Sixth bar’s Derby Day party features a mint julep special and hot browns, along with best dressed contest and a hat-making station. Doors open at noon.

1410 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

9. Fareground

111 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Fareground’s outdoor space
Fareground
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

Horse nonprofit HorseLink is hosting a kid-friendly Derby Day party at the downtown food hall, where dressing up is encouraged, plus themed food and drinks, live music, prizes, contests, games, and more. It runs from 3 to 8 p.m.

111 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

10. Fairmont Austin

101 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701
Fulton’s space
Fulton
Courtney Pierce/EATX

Fairmont’s lobby bar Fulton will offer mint juleps, Old Fashioneds, and live music while it screens the race, beginning at 2 p.m.

101 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701

11. 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 at its Live Oak bar starting at 2 p.m. with trivia contests, giveaways, hat and seersucker contests, and a build-your-own mint julep bar, and pop-up hat shop. Admission is $25, which includes a take-home cup, which will benefit local nonprofit Spirit Reins.

98 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701

12. Geraldine's

605 Davis St, Austin, TX 78701
Geraldine’s pool deck
Geraldine’s pool deck
Geraldine’s [Official]

The Rainey Street hotel restaurant will feature bourbon oysters, hot brown sandwiches, frozen juleps, and live music at 2 p.m.

605 Davis St
Austin, TX 78701

13. Gibson Street Bar

1109 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Gibson Street Bar
Gibson Street Bar
Gibson Street Bar/Official

The South Lamar bar will serve mint juleps during the horse race starting at noon.

1109 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

14. Infinite Monkey Theorem

702 Shady Ln, Austin, TX 78702
The wine mint julep cocktail at Infinite Monkey Theorem
The wine mint julep cocktail at Infinite Monkey Theorem
Infinite Monkey Theorem [Official]

The newly relocated winery is offering its take on the cocktail de jour with the mint julep wine cocktail. It’s made with sauvignon blanc, ginger ale, mint, and ice. It begins at 11 a.m.

702 Shady Ln
Austin, TX 78702

15. Launderette

2115 Holly St, Austin, TX 78702
Launderette
Launderette
Launderette [Official]

The Holly restaurant is hosting a Derby Day party by Garden & Gun and Maker’s Mark with mint juleps, a hat contest, and live music. It runs from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $125.

2115 Holly St
Austin, TX 78702

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16. Black Sheep Lodge

2108 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Black Sheep Lodge’s derby day and Cinco de Mayo chalkboard drawing
Black Sheep Lodge’s Derby Day and Cinco de Mayo chalkboard drawing
Black Sheep Lodge/Facebook

Black Sheep Lodge’s annual Derby Day party starts at 2 p.m. The bar will host best-dressed and most elaborate hat contests. Don’t have a hat? There will be a hat-making station. Plus there’s a race contest, mint juleps, and beers.

2108 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

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