Things to do: These Houston restaurants and bars offer Derby Day Specials and Watch parties

The annual Run for the Roses takes place in Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 7, and if you can not be in Louisville, Kentucky to celebrate “the best two minutes in sports,” these Houston restaurants and bars are here to bring you some Derby action. From watching parties where the Christmas elves flock to hat contests and themed food and drink, here’s where you can celebrate the Kentucky Derby in Houston this year.

Bisou, 4444 Westheimer
Bisou offers a Mint Julep ($ 15) made with Angel’s Envy Bourbon, simple syrup and mint on Derby Day.

Bludorn, 807 Taft
Bludorn celebrates Derby Day festivities with $ 15 Mint Juleps all day long.

Brasserie 19, 1962 West Gray
Brasserie 19’s dining room and patio will buzz while guests watch the Derby and enjoy food and beverage offerings, plus a contest for best hats with a prize at a champagne brunch for six. The party runs from noon to the last race. Call 713-524-1919 or make reservations at brasserie19.com.

Eight rows of flint, 1039 Yale
The modern Texas ice house will host a full Derby Day party complete with a floating bar, DJ, Derby-inspired floral arrangements and a contest for best hats with a Maker’s Mark prize basket. Drink offers include $ 10 cocktails like Makers Juleps and Makers 90 Smash, plus free samples of Proprietary Makers Barrels that taste size Juleps while you watch the race.

Heights & Co., 1343 Yale
The brand new Heights patio and cocktail bar (opens May 5) holds a Kentucky Derby party on May 7, starting at 7 p.m. 13.30. Guests can look forward to the Mint Juleps and a large projector screen that broadcasts the race.

Julep, 1919 Washington
Grab your hats and bows for Julep’s annual Kentucky Derby Day Party, a sure-fire epic party complete with house cocktails, mint juleps (of course!), Champagne, a Top Chico station, two main bars, a whiskey bar, tacos from Cochinita & Co., a live DJ set and a Vinyl Ranch pop-up shop, while the bar livestreams the Kentucky Derby. The party takes place from kl.

Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen Restaurant, 1743 Post Oak
Kenny & Ziggy’s invites guests to watch all the Kentucky Derby action from pre-races to trophy awards, while sipping on race day drinks from Traditional Mint Juleps and Broadway Mint “Joeleps” to Kir Royals and Mimosas. On the noshing side, the delie will feature bar-sized servings of small Reubens, Zaft-Tots, Lox ‘n’ Latkes, Fried Kreplach, Grilled Challah turkey sandwiches and more.

click to enlarge Juleps and a Kentucky Derby Turtle Race start the day's festivities at Loch Bar.  - PHOTO: ALEX MONTOYA

Juleps and a Kentucky Derby Turtle Race start the day’s festivities at Loch Bar.

Photo by Alex Montoya

Loch Bar, 4444 Westheimer
The River Oaks District seafood tavern will come alive with a Kentucky Turtle Derby race at. 3
pm, where eight elite turtles will run off and race to be the first to cross the finish line. The festivities continue with a “best hat” contest, raffle prizes and Mint Juleps ($ 12) offered until 6 p.m.

MAD, 4444 Westheimer
MAD’s remarkable bourbon and mint cocktail, Granizado Smash ($ 18), is made with green mint flavor, shaved ice cream with Makers Mark 46, peach liqueur and lemon poured at the table edge.

Pier 6 Seafood & Oyster House, 113 6th
Put on your spectator suit or fascinators and head to San Leon for a Kentucky Derby party on the patio.
Special offers include Woodford Reserve Bourbon Mint Julep ($ 8 all day) and Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve wine flights, plus a best-dressed contest and Run for the Roses photo wall. The party goes down from 4pm to 7pm

RARE Restaurant & Lounge, 4105 Washington
Chef Don Bowie’s new modern steakhouse will offer a handmade classic Mint Julep ($ 15) made with Angel’s Envy bourbon, sweetener and fresh mint, as well as a unique 4105 Julep ($ 8) with Bacardi Spiced Rum or Cazadores Reposado, passion fruit syrup, fresh mint and Peychaud’s Bitters .

Regent Square, 1203 Dunlavy
Regent Square invites the community to a Kentucky Derby-themed soiree ahead of the big race on Wednesday, May 4th from 6 p.m. 18:00 to 20:00. Guests are invited to come in their most delicious spring for an evening of mint juleps, horse racing, fun photo ops, food trucks, a DJ and a hat contest. The event is free to attend and all ages are welcome.

The Rustic, 1836 Polk
The Rustic’s annual Talk Derby To Me soiree features Triple Crown Sliders, Mint Juleps, a costume contest, live music and more.

The Taste Room, 818 City and Country
Chef Beto Gutierrez has created a late Derby-themed menu with Bourbon pairings for $ 75 per person. Highlights include Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Watermelon Salad and a chipotle honey glaze paired with Maker’s Mark 46; Pan Seared Pork Belly served with white cheddar groats and smoked pecan cajeta and Basil Hayden’s; Roasted Ribeye with horseradish whipped potatoes and bourbon peppercorns demi paired with Buffalo Trace; and homemade Blueberry Cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream and a salted bourbon caramel sauce, paired with Angel’s Envy. The taste experience begins at 16. Call 281-822-1500.

Toulouse Cafe and Bar, 4444 Westheimer
Toulouse will offer Mint Juleps and broadcast the race while serving its signature fresh
Blackberry Mule and Rose All Day Punch for additional spring cocktail options.

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