Where to cheer and sip for the Kentucky Derby in Philadelphia

Kentucky Derby in Philadelphia
Here are some local spots to watch and celebrate the Kentucky Derby in Philadelphia.
Kory Aversa

The race is on and the mint juleps are flowing—here is where to celebrate and watch the Kentucky Derby in Philadelphia. 

Figo Ristorante 

Figo’s celebration will be showing the Kentucky Derby with plenty of space to watch on the outdoor patio and new lounges which recently opened at the venue. While spectating, visitors can sip on $12 Kentucky Mules, which will be offered all day long. Guests can also wear their best hat or fascinator for the chance to win a $100 gift card. 

Kentucky Derby in Philadelphia
Figo RistoranteProvided

1033 N. 2nd St., figoitalian.com

Harrah’s Philadelphia 

Harrah’s is known for throwing one of the largest Derby Day celebrations in the Philadelphia/Delaware County area. And this year, guests can experience live racing and catch the competition on the giant trackside screen, plus family fun for all ages with music, a Derby hat contest, a cheesesteak eating contest, food and drink specials, entertainment and more, a release states. 

This particular event is free and will be held rain or shine at the racetrack, Philly Tap & Tavern, and the outdoor patio area at the casino on Saturday, May 6, beginning at 1 p.m.

777 Harrah’s Blvd, Chester, caesars.com

The Twisted Tail

This Saturday, The Twisted Tail is going all out for a Derby Day party in Headhouse Square. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the plaza will be decked out for the celebration with live music, a Maker’s Mark Mint Julep tent (serving juleps, margaritas, beer and more), plenty of food (think BBQ glazed meatballs, Kobe beef hot dogs, chorizo tacos and more), lawn games, raffles, giveaways, a jumbotron screen showing the action and plenty of other activities. 

The celebration will also feature a best-dressed competition in the form of a Best Ladies Hat competition for the ladies and the Most Dapper Gent competition for gentlemen. Additionally, inside The Twisted Tail, visitors can check out a special What’s the Catch? menu with highlights including fish n chips, spicy salmon wonton cups and more.

Kentucky Derby in Philadelphia
The Twisted TailThe Twisted Tail

 509 S. 2nd St., thetwistedtail.com

Parx Casino 

Philadelphians can watch the historic race and also participate in a day chock full of family fun while here on May 6. While at the venue’s Picnic Grove, visitors can watch the race and also, check out pony rides, moon bounces, face painters, and more. Additionally, Vinyl Countdown will be on site for live music from 1 to 5 p.m., and there will also be some food and beverage specials as well as souvenirs to take home. Gates open at 10 am. 

As a release states, advance wagering on the Kentucky Derby will be available beginning Friday, May 5 however. Philadelphians 18 or older can wager at Parx Racing and must be 21 or older to gamble.

2999 Street Road, Bensalem, parxcasino.com

Sports & Social 

This Saturday May 6, Sports & Social will be partnering with Woodford Reserve for a Kentucky Derby watch party, complete with a 52-foot 4K media wall, Mint Juleps, Kentucky Mules, plus prizes and giveaways. And as a special bonus, the first 100 guests will receive a complimentary Woodford Reserve copper mug. 

Kentucky Derby in Philadelphia
Sports & SocialProvided

900 Packer Ave., philadelphia.livecasinohotel.com

El Camino Real

To celebrate the Kentucky Derby in Philadelphia, El Camino will be offering a Big Hat Brunch, where Philadelphians can wear a big hat to get a free mimosa. The restaurant will also be serving up specialty mint juleps (including the pineapple mint julep in a pineapple), plus Nashville hot chicken biscuit sandwiches and pimento cheese stuffed burgers.

1040 N. 2nd St., elcaminophilly.com

Joey Chops

Joey Chops will be hosting a party for Derby Day on it patio this Saturday, May 6. Food and drink specials will be available for a special happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m., and visitors can wear their Southern best and enjoy the Derby while sipping Old Forester Mint Juleps for only $6.

245 Lancaster Ave., joeychops.com

Brewerytown Food Hall 

The newly opened space is spending its first Kentucky Derby in Philadelphia by throwing a party packed full of live music, food specials, $12 Mint Juleps and other surprises all while showing the race on its big screen this Saturday. The fun begins at 2 p.m.

Kentucky Derby in Philadelphia
Brewerytown Food HallKory Aversa

1363 N. 31st St., btownfoodhall.com

Rosalie Wayne 

Rosalie Wayne’s Second Annual Derby Day Celebration will boast a watch party from 5 to 7 p.m. For $100 per person, visitors will receive two signature cocktails made with Makers Mark (like a Mint Julep and a Kentucky Peach Mule), plus signature small bites. 

The release states that the event will be filled with live music, Derby Day Bingo, fun Derby swag, a best-dressed contest for best hat, best-dressed man/woman, and best-dressed couple as well as an interactive photo wall. Tickets are available on Eventbrite. 

139 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, rosaliewayne.com

Harry’s Bar & Grille 

Those who want to head to the coastal town of Cape May to watch the big race can stop at Harry’s Bar & Grille for a day chock full of food specials (think Kentucky hot browns, a blackberry mint julep margarita and more). Then for the Derby Day after-party, John King will play from 5 to 9 p.m., and those dressed best will win gift cards to Harry’s. 

1025 Beach Ave., harryscapemay.com