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

Bonneville

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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."

Half Step

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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.

Gourdough's Public House

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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

J Black's Feel Good Lounge

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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.

Trifecta on 3rd

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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.

Hotel Ella

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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.

Apothecary Cafe & Wine Bar

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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.

La Condesa

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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.

Searsucker

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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.

Pelóns

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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"

District Kitchen + Cocktails

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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.

Black Sheep Lodge

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

The Silo On 7th

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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.

Matt's Famous El Rancho

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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.

Whisler's

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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.

drink.well.

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

Bonneville

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

Half Step

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

Gourdough's Public House

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

J Black's Feel Good Lounge

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.

Trifecta on 3rd

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.

Hotel Ella

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.

Apothecary Cafe & Wine Bar

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.

La Condesa

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.

Searsucker

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.

Pelóns

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"

District Kitchen + Cocktails

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

Black Sheep Lodge

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

The Silo On 7th

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.

Matt's Famous El Rancho

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

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Whisler's

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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