5 Places To Celebrate Derby Day In Austin

April 27, 2016

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You don’t miss out on Derby Day. Here’s where to watch the Kentucky Derby and sip on mint juleps all day long.

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The Victory Cup

The Victory Cup Derby Day

The Victory Cup Polo Match is returning to Austin, Texas this spring to present: “The Victory Cup Derby Day — The Best Derby Party In Texas.” The Derby Day Victory Cup Polo Match will benefit Austinite Matt Mackowiak’s fundraising campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), which raises hundreds of thousands of dollars each year for research to fight blood cancers.

You will never forget this day! The Derby, Polo, Fashion, Luxury Cars, Wine and a Farm to Table Dinner… and that list is incomplete! Get dressed up and come enjoy several polo matches, then after the matches, watch the Kentucky Derby on a huge Mobile LED Screen on the polo field!

When: May 7, 2016, 10AM
Where: Austin Polo Club: 13628 Gregg Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78653
Tickets: Purchase here


Derby Day

Derby Day at 111

Enjoy the Sourced Craft Cocktails experience, learning how to make the perfect mint julep + enjoying others on the curated menu! There will be live music while watching the pre-race and the most exciting 2 minutes in sports, all while in a stunning setting – the now restored historic urban-loft event space One Eleven East.

When: May 7, 2016, 3-6:30PM
Where: One Eleven East in Hutto, Texas
Tickets: Purchase here



Derby Day Hotel Ella

Derby Day Watch Party at Hotel Ella

Each ticket includes complimentary valet parking, lawn games, drink specials, and TVs on the front lawn to watch “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports.” Specialty cocktails by 9 Banded Austin Whiskey

When: May 7, 2016, 5PM
Where: Hotel Ella
Tickets: Purchase here


8th Annual American Whisky Festival

8th Annual American Whiskey Festival

Opal Divine’s Penn Field is celebrating the Kentucky Derby on May 7 with it’s 8th Annual American Whiskey Festival. Special derby day festivities will take place during the day before the whiskey festival kicks off at 6 p.m.

Opal’s is starting the day with a derby brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, which is followed by the derby party at 5 p.m. The derby party includes a Ladies Hat Contest, Austin’s Best Mint Julep Competition (featuring a selection of whiskeys from the whiskey festival) and, of course, watching the derby itself.

When: May 7, 2016, 6PM
Where: Opal Divine’s Penn Field, 3601 S Congress Ave K100, Austin, TX 78704
Tickets: More info


Derby Day at Trace W Austin

Trace at W Austin will host a Derby Day celebration on its beautiful outdoor lounge. Taking place from 3-6, the restaurant will have its popular outdoor Woody (bar) set up and serving Hudson Bourbon or Rye Juleps in special Julep cups with crushed Ice and julep spoons. (And you are just in time for Daily Happy Hour from 5-7 with $5 Texas spirits, $4 Texas beers, 25% off wine and $7 craft cocktails as well as special nibbles.) TVs will be set up outside so guests can watch the race and Goorin Hats will have a pop-up shop, selling hats perfect for Derby Day. More “themed” surprises expected.

When: May 7, 2016, 3-6PM
Where: W Hotel


Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.