11 Kentucky Derby Parties This Saturday in Metro Phoenix

Turf Paradise is bringing the atmosphere of Churchill Downs to the Valley with the Stella Artois Derby DayClub.
Turf Paradise is bringing the atmosphere of Churchill Downs to the Valley with the Stella Artois Derby DayClub.
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This Saturday, May 6, marks the 143rd Kentucky Derby – a.k.a. the “most exciting two minutes in sports.” But as you’re probably aware, the celebration has gone beyond Louisville and what’s happening on the dirt track at Churchill Downs.

In Phoenix, the Run for the Roses is about big-hat contests, matching your pocket squares to your bowties, getting toasted on mint juleps, and, if there’s time, reading Hunter S. Thompson’s "The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved."

Now that you’re in the right mindset, here are 11 places where you can find Kentucky Derby parties happening throughout the Valley this Saturday.

Looks like you're ready for Derby Day.EXPAND
Looks like you're ready for Derby Day.
Benjamin Leatherman

Bevvy Food + Drink
Celebrate the 143rd Kentucky Derby at Bevvy in Scottsdale starting at 8 a.m. Bevvy is offering complimentary entry for ladies who arrive dressed up, and reservations can be made at 602-777-1757. See the Bevvy Food + Drink website for details.

Blue Martini Lounge
The people at Blue Martini want you to “Talk Derby to Me” during the Hats, Horses & Happy Hour Derby Party, which starts at 1 p.m. and goes till 2 a.m. The Derby Happy Hour is from 1 to 7 p.m., meaning there will be cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, well-dressed patrons, dancing, live entertainment, and lots of big hats – so there will, of course, be a Best Derby Hat Contest. VIP table reservations can be made at 480-638-2583. See the Blue Martini Lounge website for more.

Bourbon Jacks Bar & Grill
For a gathering of big hats in Chandler, try downtown’s Bourbon Jacks Bar & Grill. The Kentucky Derby Party here goes from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and is putting out an APB for the East Valley’s best dressed. Drink specials include mint juleps, Kentucky Mules, and some Deep Eddy vodka. Call 480-664-1738 or see the Facebook event for more details.

Brick & Barley in Tempe.EXPAND
Brick & Barley in Tempe.
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Brick & Barley, A Neighborhood Bar
Downtown Tempe’s Brick & Barley is hosting a Kentucky Derby B&B Style event, meaning the Derby will be showing on all projection screens and TVs while attendees can partake in Kentucky-themed games, food, drinks, and contests. Enjoy bourbon balls and classic mint juleps, and yes, hats are encouraged. Call 480-290-5272 or see the Facebook event for more details.

Check out the rooftop Derby Watching Party.
Check out the rooftop Derby Watching Party.
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Casablanca Rooftop Lounge
Enjoy Derby Day with panoramic views of Scottsdale this weekend. There’s a Derby Watching Party happening at the Casablanca Rooftop Lounge from 2 to 5 p.m. in Scottsdale. It’s also a fundraiser to benefit the local Therapeutic Harp Foundation. Call 480-290-5272 or see the Facebook event for more details.

Read on for more of this Saturday's Kentucky Derby to-dos.



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