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Performers at last year's La Condesa Block Party
Performers at last year's La Condesa Block Party
Photo: La Condesa/Facebook

Where to Celebrate The Kentucky Derby & Cinco de Mayo

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Performers at last year's La Condesa Block Party
| Photo: La Condesa/Facebook

In what is either a fortuitous or disastrous coincidence depending on your liver, both the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo are this weekend. Austin restaurants and bars have lined up plenty of julep and fancy hat celebrations on Saturday, followed by many margarita-fueled parties Sunday and Monday.

Each of these events even has its own block party downtown. Read on for your double-thematic party weekend.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. drink.well.

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207 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 614-6683
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drink.well will be celebrating horses going really fast with a special julep menu and floppy hats galore.

2. Bonneville

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202 Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 428-4643
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On Saturday, The Bonneville will host a Derby party from 3-7p.m., which will feature prizes for "Best Dressed" and "Best Hat."

3. Half Step

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75 1/2 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 391-1877
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Half Step has crafted a special "Prescription Julep" for the spring season - it will surely taste even better while wearing a fancy hat.

4. Gourdough's Public House

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2700 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 912-9070
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Gourdough's Derby Day Party starts at 2 p.m. and will feature a best hat contest, mint juleps, and two special donuts: The Hot Brown and the Sticky Kentucky Swine

5. J Black's Feel Good Lounge

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710 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 433-6954

J. Black's will serve mint juleps and Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Yes, there will be a hat contest.

6. Trifecta on 3rd

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360 Nueces St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 320-9909

The first annual Derby Fest will take place at the Austin 360 on Saturday, and VIP ticket holders can get their own "private bar" at Trifecta. Plebes will be able to enjoy many of Austin's finest food trucks.

7. Hotel Ella

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1900 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 495-1800

Hotel Ella will host a Derby Fest benefiting The Livestrong Foundation from 3-6 pm. on Saturday. Yes, there will be fancy hats and juleps.

8. Apothecary Cafe & Wine Bar

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4800 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 371-1600

Don't want to get crazy with the hats and what-not, but craving something julep-y? Apothecary is serving a derby pie with julep ice cream.

9. La Condesa

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400 W. 2nd St.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 499-0300
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La Condesa goes all-out for Cinco de Mayo, which they will celebrate on Sundy, May 4, by closing down their entire block. The restaurant's signature tacos will be on offer, as well as lots of other festivities.

10. Searsucker

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415 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 394-8000
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Searsucker will play "Mexican beer roulette" on Cinco de Mayo, which involves receiving a mysterious Mexican beer in a brown paper bag. Sure, why not.

11. Pelóns

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802 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 243-7874
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If you wish to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in a super-classy way, Pelon's is hosting a "Cinco de Drinko" party on May 5. The party kicks of at 2 p.m. with $3 margaritas and $1 "street tacos"

12. District Kitchen + Cocktails

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5900 W Slaughter Ln Ste D500
Austin, TX 78749
(512) 351-8436
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Way South Austin can enjoy a Cinco de Mayo part at District Kitchen and Cocktails, who will be serving discounted street food and margaritas.

13. Black Sheep Lodge

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2108 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 707-2744
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Both Black Sheep & sister bar Haymaker will celebrate Cinco with a special party, though details are still to come.

14. The Silo On 7th

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1300 East 7th Street
Austin, TX 78702

The Silo on 7th will launch their service industry brunch on Monday, May 5th. They'll have Dos Equis on special, as well as a Bloody Mary bar.

15. Matt's Famous El Rancho

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2613 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 462-9333
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Classic Tex Mex restaurant Matt's El Rancho will be serving drink specials all weekend long in addition to Monday for Cinco de Mayo.

16. Whisler's

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1816 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

Whisler's brewers, bartenders, and butchers event this Sunday will be Cinco de Mayo themed, with barbacoa tacos from Salt & Time and lots of tequila cocktails.

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1. drink.well.

207 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751

drink.well will be celebrating horses going really fast with a special julep menu and floppy hats galore.

207 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751

2. Bonneville

202 Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78701

On Saturday, The Bonneville will host a Derby party from 3-7p.m., which will feature prizes for "Best Dressed" and "Best Hat."

202 Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX 78701

3. Half Step

75 1/2 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

Half Step has crafted a special "Prescription Julep" for the spring season - it will surely taste even better while wearing a fancy hat.

75 1/2 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

4. Gourdough's Public House

2700 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Gourdough's Derby Day Party starts at 2 p.m. and will feature a best hat contest, mint juleps, and two special donuts: The Hot Brown and the Sticky Kentucky Swine

2700 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

5. J Black's Feel Good Lounge

710 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

J. Black's will serve mint juleps and Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Yes, there will be a hat contest.

710 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

6. Trifecta on 3rd

360 Nueces St, Austin, TX 78701

The first annual Derby Fest will take place at the Austin 360 on Saturday, and VIP ticket holders can get their own "private bar" at Trifecta. Plebes will be able to enjoy many of Austin's finest food trucks.

360 Nueces St
Austin, TX 78701

7. Hotel Ella

1900 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705

Hotel Ella will host a Derby Fest benefiting The Livestrong Foundation from 3-6 pm. on Saturday. Yes, there will be fancy hats and juleps.

1900 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78705

8. Apothecary Cafe & Wine Bar

4800 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756

Don't want to get crazy with the hats and what-not, but craving something julep-y? Apothecary is serving a derby pie with julep ice cream.

4800 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756

9. La Condesa

400 W. 2nd St., Austin, TX 78701

La Condesa goes all-out for Cinco de Mayo, which they will celebrate on Sundy, May 4, by closing down their entire block. The restaurant's signature tacos will be on offer, as well as lots of other festivities.

400 W. 2nd St.
Austin, TX 78701

10. Searsucker

415 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701

Searsucker will play "Mexican beer roulette" on Cinco de Mayo, which involves receiving a mysterious Mexican beer in a brown paper bag. Sure, why not.

415 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701

11. Pelóns

802 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

If you wish to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in a super-classy way, Pelon's is hosting a "Cinco de Drinko" party on May 5. The party kicks of at 2 p.m. with $3 margaritas and $1 "street tacos"

802 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701

12. District Kitchen + Cocktails

5900 W Slaughter Ln Ste D500, Austin, TX 78749

Way South Austin can enjoy a Cinco de Mayo part at District Kitchen and Cocktails, who will be serving discounted street food and margaritas.

5900 W Slaughter Ln Ste D500
Austin, TX 78749

13. Black Sheep Lodge

2108 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Both Black Sheep & sister bar Haymaker will celebrate Cinco with a special party, though details are still to come.

2108 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

14. The Silo On 7th

1300 East 7th Street, Austin, TX 78702

The Silo on 7th will launch their service industry brunch on Monday, May 5th. They'll have Dos Equis on special, as well as a Bloody Mary bar.

1300 East 7th Street
Austin, TX 78702

15. Matt's Famous El Rancho

2613 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Classic Tex Mex restaurant Matt's El Rancho will be serving drink specials all weekend long in addition to Monday for Cinco de Mayo.

2613 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

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16. Whisler's

1816 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

Whisler's brewers, bartenders, and butchers event this Sunday will be Cinco de Mayo themed, with barbacoa tacos from Salt & Time and lots of tequila cocktails.

1816 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

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