Five Fashionable (and Booze-Filled) Kentucky Derby Parties in Metro Phoenix

Photo: Dan Dry,
Grab your hats and get thirsty for mint juleps -- it's Kentucky Derby time.

The 139th annual event is home to outlandish outfits, southern cocktails, and more than a few reasons to forego watching the actual horse race, and instead, watch the crowd. Here are a few parties on our Derby list for May 4 ...

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5. The Phoenician
For a fancy bash on the lawn, head to The Phoenician in Scottsdale where Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon will be flowing and Mint Juleps come in keepsake copper cups. The party, from 1 to 4 p.m. includes best hat and best Southern gentleman's fashion contests as well as raffle prizes and a full menu of Southern eats. Tickets are $40. Call 480-423-2530 for reservations.

4. Coach House
Old Town Scottsdale's Coach House is leaving Cinco de Mayo in the dust this weekend in favor of its favorite horse race. The bar/restaurant is putting up a free BBQ lunch and a shuttle service will be running from the location to Upper Deck, a local off-track betting spot. Prizes will be given out for best hats. Admission is free.

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