5/04/2012 10:31:00 AM

Where To Drink for the Derby in NYC

This Saturday is Derby Day and you know what that means - time to drink Mint Juleps. Oh, and something about horses, but we're always too focused on the whiskey to pay much attention to that. Bars around NYC are breaking out the silver glasses and crushed ice to celebrate - here are our picks for Derby Day parties. Saturday is also Cinco de Mayo, so once the horses race around 6:30 PM you can switch out your Derby hat for a sombrero and head over to your favorite Mexican joint.

Lowcountry: This Southern-fried joint in the West Village knows what you want to do on Derby Day: drink. Their announcement invites you to come "drink the Derby away" with specials like a $38 pitcher of ginger juleps (212-255-2330).

JBird: This UES joint is serious about their cocktails, and mixologists Jason Litrell and Marshall Altier will be mixing up drinks like a prescription julep, which is based on a recipe from an issue of Harper's Magazine published in 1857. Knowing that you're drinking part of history surely justifies another round (212-288-8033).

Mad46: This Midtown rooftop bar will host it's annual Derby Day party and the jockeys at the racetrack aren't the only ones who will be winning prizes that day. This haunt will give awards out to the best dressed folks in attendance and the race will be shown on all their flat screen TVs (212-885-6095).

Maison Premiere: The New Orleans-inspired cocktail den in Williamsburg will host a Derby par-tay from 3 to 7 PM featuring the prerequisite juleps, a live band and some barbecue. Watching the race on TV is so 2008 - instead, this bar will broadcast it live on their antique radio (347-335-0446).

Seersucker: This Brooklyn eatery is encouraging folks to come dressed in their Derby finest for their party, which takes place from 4 to 10:30 PM. Chef Robert Newton is cooking up some specials (think Kentucky hot brown biscuit) and juleps will be served, including a house-made twist on the drink dubbed the strawberry rhubarb julep (718-422-0444).


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