Where to watch the Kentucky Derby in Miami

Written by
Ryan Pfeffer
Horse Racing
Photograph: Unsplash/Mathew Schwartz

Okay—so Miami isn’t necessarily a horse racing town. But are we on board for a good excuse to drink and cheer? You bet! Our sports teams only give us an excuse to do that, like, once every 300 years. So when the nation tunes into the Kentucky Derby this Saturday, May 5, at approximately 6:30pm ET, head to one of these spots to celebrate, bet and throw back a little too much bourbon. 

Bourbon Steak
Watch the horses while eating cow at Michael Mina’s classy Bourbon Steak. Order a Mint Julep—which will be slashed to just $10 on Saturday—to go with your steak and sit back and watch the big race.

Gulfstream Park
South Florida’s biggest race track will certainly be tuning in to the Derby. Pre-game with a buffet at Gulfstream’s Ten Palms Restaurant or participate in Gulfstream’s Cinco de Mayo margarita crawl before you pick a spot to watch and place a bet.

Batch Gastropub
If you want to go somewhere and enjoy a bit of both Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby, Batch Gastropub is a safe bet. The Brickell spot will be showing the race and encouraging patrons to come donning the floppiest of hats.

StripSteak by Michael Mina
Prefer to watch the race in a fancy-schmancy environment? Head to the Fontainebleau’s StripSteak, where the bar and lounge area will be converted to a viewing space complete with Mint Juleps galore and hors d'oeuvres.

ETARU Hallandale
Straddle county lines at ETARU Hallandale, who have prepared a special version of the Mint Julep for the race. Just ask for the Kori Julep ($12), made extra strong with bourbon and whiskey.

L Bar
Get in the betting spirit at L Bar, located in the gambling mecca of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Special cocktails will be offered and money will be won (and lost). Just take out your cash in advance to avoid the dreaded ATM fees.

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