Sombreros and Seersucker: Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo Parties in Metro Phoenix

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May 5: Big day this year. While Cinco de Mayo -- the yearly celebration of the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces in 1862 -- lands on the same date annually, only occasionally does it also match up with the Kentucky Derby, held the first Saturday in May. The combination of these two events means you have a lot of options in your Saturday bar-going. Here are our top choices for drinking this weekend, whether you're into sombreros or seersucker. (Or both.)

For the Kentucky Derby:

Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby Brunch -- Bourbon Steak
The restaurant at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess will celebrate the 138th Run for the Roses from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with live blues by the Chuck Hall Band, games of horseshoes, bourbon tastings, and brunch complete with a complimentary mint julep, commemorative Kentucky Derby glasses, and a special "Seersucker Cocktail" -- made with bourbon, peach and mint -- created for the event. Inside, plasma screens will broadcast the race; outside, thoroughbreds rescued by the Arizona Equine Rescue Organization (AERO) will pose for photos. Entry to the brunch is $69 with a portion of the proceeds benefitting AERO's efforts.

Kentucky Derby Dandy Party -- Old Town Whiskey
No better place to indulge in the time-honored Derby Day tradition of bourbon-drinking than at this whiskey joint. The races start at noon, but there'll be plenty to distract from them -- cabaret ladies, $5 mint juleps, prizes for the best-dressed and a "betting" booth to win a one-night stay at the Saguaro.

Woodford Reserve Derby Party -- Talking Stick Resort
The "official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby," Woodford Reserve is the actual bourbon used in Mint Juleps at Churchill Downs, so you'll be getting an authentic experience at this party hosted by Woodford Reserve and Chambord at Talking Stick Resort (9800 E. Indian Bend, Scottsdale). Show up in your best Derby attire, as prizes will be awarded for biggest hat, best men's and women's hats, and best derby-inspired clothing. RSVP here.

Location Info

Bourbon Steak

7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Old Town Whiskey - CLOSED

4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Talking Stick Resort

9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Loco Patron

4228 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Canteen Modern Tequila Bar - CLOSED

640 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Fat Tuesday

680 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Turf Paradise

1501 W. Bell Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

School of Rock

411 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

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Sounds like the perfect party storm....Upper Deck is the place to be...they'll probably have that Craftsman completely closed off for party time with Dos just across the street.


Or you can try your handicapping skills among the degenerates at the many Turf Paradise OTBs around the Valley. No fancy hat contests, just booze and betting. That's where I'll be. 

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