Celebrate the Kentucky Derby

This blog will be updated throughout the week to highlight bars and whiskey brands in Seattle who are celebrating the Kentucky Derby. Check back often!

On Saturday, May 7, 20 horses will take to the track for the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby.

Possibly more important than the race though is bourbon. Lots and lots of bourbon. Since the Kentucky Derby is ran in the state where bourbon was created, it's always been a race associated with bourbon, and specifically the mint julep cocktail.

The Barrel Thief (Fremont)

3417 Evanston Ave N #102, Seattle, WA 98103

This year, The Barrel Thief is hosting their Kentucky Derby Party with their neighbors, The Sixgill. Both bars are having contests and games, drink specials, and broadcasting the race. And after the race, they’ll have stick pony races in the parking lot. Prizes will be awarded for best hat and those who guess the winners.

If you wish to reserve a booth or table, or inquire about larger group reservations, please write to GotYerWhiskey@bthief.com.

The Bottleneck Lounge (Capitol Hill)

2328 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

The Bottleneck will have Maker’s Mark mint Juleps and plenty of additional Kentucky bourbon on hand as well. Prizes will be awarded for best hat as well as the coveted Seattle Slew Best Dressed for Derby Excellence Award.  

Enjoy burgers and fries from their sister bar, Two Doors Down (where the race will be shown as well). Kids are welcome in Two Doors Down. No cover at Bottleneck or Two Doors. Race day schedule is as follows (more or less):

Doors at 2 p.m.
The traditional singing of My Old Kentucky Home:  3:00 p.m.
Post Time:  3:10 p.m.
Presentation of Prize for Best Hat:  4 p.m.
Presentation of the Seattle Slew Best Dressed for Derby Excellence Prize:  4:15 p.m.

J.P. Trodden Distilling (Woodinville)

18646 142nd Ave NE, Woodinville, WA 98072

The event at J.P. Trodden will run from 1-5 p.m.
$25 gets you a mint julep or bourbon punch plus lunch. Beer and wine will be available to purchase through their neighbors, DiStefano Wineries. The cover also gets you $10,000 in “live betting money” for your chance to pick the winners in their in-person live betting booth.

Prizes will be awarded for: Ladies best hat, most dapper gent, most money won.

Tavern Law (Capitol Hill)

1406 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Doors will open at noon at the Tavern Law. There will be complimentary food to go with Bulliet mint juleps. Take pictures with your friends at the photo backdrop. The best dressed as well as the best photo post from the event will each win dinner and cocktails for two at The Old Sage!

The Westy Sports and Spirits (West Seattle)

7908 35th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126

The Westy will be showing the race as well as running a shuttle to Emerald Downs. The shuttle will be limited to the first 25 people to sign up. Price is $20 and that includes two beverages (pearl vodka, rebel yell, or el mayor) and a happy hour appetizer. The shuttle will leave the Westy at noon and departs from Emerald Downs at 4:30 pm.

The Whisky Bar (Belltown)

2122 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

The event will begin at 2 p.m. at the Whisky Bar.
Featuring Makers Mark, Makers 46 and Makers Cask Strength plus Makers Mark Mint Juleps.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Mary's Place (www.marysplaceseattle.org). Cash donations will be accepted and $1 from every Mint Julep sold will also be donated from the Whiskey Bar.

Prizes will be awarded for: Prizes for the best women's and hats for men.
Dress in your most dapper KY Derby outfit!