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Celebrate the Kentucky Derby in Style at Atlanta’s Best Restaurants

Mandy Dish
Celebrate the Kentucky Derby in Style at Atlanta’s Best Restaurants


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 Morgan Lanier or Valerie Miller

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Contests, Specials and Mint Juleps Galore Highlight Derby Day Festivities


ATLANTA (April 25, 2019) – The Kentucky Derby is affectionately known as the most exciting two minutes in sports. But at Atlanta’s best restaurants and bars, the excitement lasts much longer, thanks to a lineup of Derby Day festivities featuring championship-caliber food and drink specials and festive contests. So race to one of these establishments on Saturday, May 4—and be prepared to go the distance!


HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern is pulling out all the stops with Kentucky Derby parties at all three locations on Saturday featuring race action on large-screen TVs, live music from 5-9 p.m., derby trivia, and a special menu including hot browns, Kentucky burgoo, Kentucky bourbon balls, pimento cheese sandwiches and chocolate bourbon pecan pie. Drink specials include liquid bourbon balls and mint juleps for $8, all day Friday and Saturday. Bourbon flights featuring Woodford Reserve products are also available throughout Derby Week with 50 percent of the proceeds from each flight going to the Georgia Equine Rescue League. Last but not least, wear your best finery because an award will be given for Best Hat (a $100 HOBNOB gift card) and Best Dressed Couple (a $150 gift card) after the race. Brookhaven: 404-464-8971. Perimeter: 470-395-7904. Midtown: 404-968-2288.


The historic environs of The Georgian Terrace Hotel provide the perfect backdrop for the 4th annual Kentucky Derby Viewing Party at Livingston Restaurant + Bar. From 3-7 p.m., rock to music from DJ Yvonne Monet as you participate in fun raffles and contests, enjoy passed appetizers and sip on a triple crown of $12 specialty cocktails including mint julep (Four Roses bourbon, Angostura bitters, house mint syrup and mint sprig garnish), Caballito (Herradura Silver tequila, Cocchi Americano aperitivo, grapefruit, cucumber and lime) and Run Pony, Run! (Chattanooga 1816 whiskey, Aperol, Jack Rudy bitters and lemon). Tickets are $25 per person and include one drink and a selection of appetizers. Event proceeds benefit the Sotherly Foundation, dedicated to assisting America’s wounded veterans. 866-845-7551;


Celebrate the Derby and Cinco de Mayo at the same time at Derby de Cinco, Saturday and Sunday at Loyal Tavern in Marietta. Fill out a bracket to predict the winner all week long leading up to the race for the chance to win a gift card, and enjoy drink specials including mint juleps with Old Forester ($5), Herradura Reposado margaritas ($7) and 22-ounce Dos Equis lagers ($5.25). 678-921-0456;


Murphy’s will be celebrating the Kentucky Derby with festive cocktails. Enjoy Bulleit mint juleps for $10 while sampling the new spring menu. 404-872-0904.


The Southern Gentleman welcomes all Southern gentlemen and ladies to its annual Kentucky Derby Party, where guests can catch all the action on multiple screens and take part in a Derby Day Hat contest, a Best Dressed competition and other contests—all while enjoying special Derby-inspired cocktails including the Spire (Woodford Reserve bourbon, lemonade, cranberry and a lemon twist), Oaks Lilly (Finlandia vodka, lime, Combier, cranberry and a lemon twist), Horseshoe margarita (Herradura Blanco with lime and agave) and, of course, mint julep (Old Forester bourbon and mint simple). The event takes place from 3:30-7 p.m. on the restaurant’s covered patio. Tickets are $35 per person and include small bites and two drinks. All guests also receive a special branded julep cup. 404-939-9845;