Our Picks For Kentucky Derby Viewing Parties And Food And Drink Specials At Bars And Restaurants In And Around Philadelphia, May 2-3

We're off to the races, Philadelphia, as the 140th Kentucky Derby makes its mark in the City of Brotherly Love as an array of viewing parties pop up at bars and restaurants throughout the region. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Raise your mint julep, the 2014 Kentucky Derby returns for its 140th year of horse races on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3.

The Southern festivities are felt all throughout the country, and Philadelphia certainly isn’t left in the dust, as a number of bars and restaurants in the region host Kentucky Derby parties complete with food and drink specials — think plenty of refreshing mint juleps and filling hot browns all around town — and a live-stream of the horse races.

Plus, the concentration of parties in Graduate Hospital make for the perfect opportunity to check out the Plazapalooza spring festival at the Grays Ferry Avenue Triangle.

Adding to the score of events in the city on Saturday, May 3 — the day we’ve dubbed Super Spring Saturday — read on for our picks for Kentucky Derby parties, below.

Rex 1516: Rex 1516 in Graduate Hospital hosts its annual Kentucky Derby celebration honoring its Southern roots (have you had the shrimp and grits!) with freshly-muddled mint juleps for $8 a glass, pimento grilled cheese, shrimp po’ boys and a live showing of the horse race on the restaurant’s televisions.

When: May 3
Where: Rex 1516, 1516 South Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Pub and Kitchen: Put on your finest Derby attire and head to Pub and Kitchen in Graduate Hospital for its Run for the Roses party, an afternoon affair with a live-stream of the races. Sip mint juleps and indulge in traditional Kentucky Derby fare at the well-loved Gastropub.

When: Saturday, May 3, 3-7 p.m.
Where: Pub and Kitchen, 1946 Lombard Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Bank & Bourbon: Bank & Bourbon, the new ground-floor restaurant at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel celebrates the Kentucky Derby with hot browns and mint juleps as the race coverage fills the large screen television at the bar. For those who place their bets on a specific horse, cheer on your pick while sipping a carefully-crafted cocktail from the bar.

When: May 2-3
Where: Bank & Bourbon at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Khyber Pass Pub: Khyber Pass Pub, Old City’s resident Southern-inspired pub puts on its annual Kentucky Derby affair complete with a showing of the races, discounted mint juleps (of both the non-frozen and frozen variety) and traditional Kentucky Derby food specials. Transport your taste buds to the deep South at this day-long fête.

When: May 3
Where: Khyber Pass Pub, 56 S. 2nd Street
Cost: Pay as you go

More Derby Day picks, below.

The Cambridge: The Cambridge reopens its backyard patio for the spring with a number of festivities all weekend long including Southern-inspired menu additions and mint julep specials in celebration of the Kentucky Derby. Enjoy the food and drinks of Churchill Downs while soaking up the spring weather.

When: May 3
Where: The Cambridge, 1508 South Street
Cost: Pay as you go

The Strip Joint: For the Strip Joint’s first Kentucky Derby, expect a party fit for a Southern belle and gentleman. Sip traditional cocktails in addition to a special-edition ginger julep and a Kentucky champagne cocktail. Specials begin during brunch at 10 a.m. and continue throughout the races on Saturday, May 3. Prizes will be awarded to those sporting the best hat and to whoever selects the winning horse.

When: Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m.
Where: The Strip Joint, 918 S. 22nd Street
Cost: Pay as you go

The Twisted Tail: The Twisted Tail teams up with Woodford Reserve bourbon for a Kentucky Derby party and fundraiser for PAWS on Saturday, May 3. Enjoy bourbon flights and mint juleps at the Society Hill spot. Sport your best Southern hat in hopes of taking home a prize. Also enjoy a 50/50 raffle where half of all proceeds will be donated to PAWS.

When: Saturday, May 3, 2 p.m.
Where: The Twisted Tail, 509 S. 2nd Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Lloyd Whiskey Bar: Lloyd Whiskey Bar in Fishtown starts the party at 11 a.m. when it opens its doors for brunch. Indulge in special menu additions and keep the party going with Mint Juleps all day long.

When: Saturday, May 3, 11 a.m.
Where: Lloyd Whiskey Bar,
Cost: Pay as you go

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse: Sip a different featured cocktail during each round of the Triple Crown Races as Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse gets in on the action with a weekend viewing party. Enjoy the tried-and-true mint julep, in addition to a Black-Eyed Susan and Belmont Jewel throughout the day. All drinks ring in at $15 a glass.

When: Saturday, May 3
Where: Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, 1426-28 Chestnut Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Xfinity Live: One part Kentucky Derby viewing party and one part Cinco de Mayo fiesta, Xfinity Live hosts a twofer event on Saturday, May 3. From 2 to 6 p.m., catch the races on the bar’s 32-foot screen while enjoying $5 mint juleps and other drink specials. After the Derby, celebrate Cinco de Mayo a little early with food and drink discounts begin at 9 p.m.

When: Saturday, May 3, 2-6 p.m.
Where: Xfinity Live, 1100 Pattison Avenue
Cost: Pay as you go

Paramour at The Wayne Hotel: Raise a glass to the Kentucky Derby and the start of the alfresco dining season at the Paramour at the Wayne Hotel with its annual Kentucky Derby party. For $50, enjoy Southern-inspired bites, wine and mint juleps and a live-stream of the derby all while raising money for the programs of the Radnor Conservancy. Dress in outfits fit for the actual derby for the chance to take home a prize. Tickets are required for entry and are available online.

When: Saturday, May 3, 4-6:30 p.m.
Where: Paramour at The Wayne Hotel, 139 E. Lancaster Avenue
Cost: $50


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