Thursday, May 2, 2013
6 fabulous parties in DFW screening the Kentucky Derby on Saturday
Just try to say "seersucker" without giggling.
DALLAS Humor us a moment and pretend that you won't be sitting on Millionaire's Row at Churchill Downs on Saturday to view 139th running of the Kentucky Derby. Wherever will you wear your egregiously large floppy hat or seersucker suit? Luckily, Dallas will host a number of Derby viewing parties for those otherwise unable to hop a private jet to Louisville for the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports. Check out some of our favorite events planned for Saturday, May 4.
Kentucky Derby Day at Lone Star Park -- One rarely needs an excuse to head over to Lone Star Park during racing season, but the Derby offers a couple of special and compelling reasons to gallop over to Grand Prairie. Patrons will enjoy live music by Big Mouth from the Courtyard of Champions stage from 1 to 5 p.m., and the park hosts a yearly Kentucky Derby Day Hat Contest with two Grand Prizes awarding "The Most Stylish" and "The Most Creative" hats with $500. Three additional winners will receive an "Honorable Mention" prize. Judging begins at 3 p.m. in the Saddling Paddock and contestants must be at least 18 and present to participate.
Jockeys and Juleps Party at Sissy's Southern Kitchen -- While the mint julep may be the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, Sissy's reasonably asks, "Why limit yourself?" For Chef Lisa Garza's Henderson hotspot's second annual party, the bar will offer a number of special $7 cocktails such as Sissy’s Mint Julep, Kentucky Punch, Presbyterian Bourbon Press, and Alabama Sunset. The Red Carpet Special and Kentucky Derby will play on the big screen behind the bar from 3 to 6 p.m., and best dressed will win a prize. There's no need for reservations for the party, but they are encouraged for guests who would like to stay for dinner. Call 214-827-9900.
Polo on the Lawn -- In its 12th year, this annual event at Prestonwood Polo & Country Club invites guests to watch the local polo match, pausing of course for the Derby on the big screens in the pavilion. Bartender Amber West from Central 214 will mix up her take on the mint julep, The Equestrian, made with Texas honey -- also available through Saturday at Central 214. A portion of every one sold will benefit Project Transformation, which supports Dallas’ low-income children with free literacy programs. It's a family-friendly ordeal with music, dancing, a silent auction, and guests strutting the runway in Derby fashions. Tickets range from $45 to $150 and include a commemorative champagne glass for the divot stomp. Guests may also BYOB. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 214-533-8997.
Derby Dandy Party at the Londoner -- New-ish to Greenville Avenue, The Londoner's East Dallas location isn't thinking "Southern hospitality" so much as glamor from a bygone era. Patrons are asked to look to Gatsby and Spiv styles for inspiration in '20s, '30s, or '40s era costumes for prizes. It's less about which decade you choose as much as how you pull it off in full-on fashion for the photo booth. In addition, they'll be serving up $5 Juleps and $5 Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders.
Place your bets and your beer on a long shot -- If you're the type who prefers to party at home, we have one winning combination for your private Derby party. Even with 40-1 odds, the Bleacher Report picks Frac Daddy as "best long shot." The horse started strong by "destroying" the competition back in November, but health issues have kept him down since. He pulled out a second place victory at the Florida Derby, and Saturday may well be time for an all-out comeback. Since Texans love swagger, bragging rights, and Revolver Brewing Company's Mother's Little Fracker, Frac Daddy seems like just the oil-inspired horse to boom. After all, everyone just places bets based on the best names anyway.
Seersuckers & Sundresses at Mason Bar -- Known for its classic cocktail program, Mason Bar has upped the ante and instead of hosting a costume contest will instead offer an opportunity to win a fabulous Derby hat. Guests just have to RSVP online to receive $4 "U Call Its" and $4 beers all night, in addition for a chance to win a hat. Other drink specials include $3 Juleps, $2 Miller Lights, and $20 Derby Punch Pitchers. Doors open at 11 a.m. for the party, and the race will screen on each of the bar's TVs.
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