Ready for a bourbon-soaked blowout? Or maybe 3? On Saturday, May 1, the real live Kentuckians who own Floyd, Union Hall and The Bell House, plus a few other legendary Kentucky transplants, are throwing the Triple Crown of Derby parties with mint juleps, Southern food, Seersuckers, big screen races, and big money prizes.
At Floyd, David Witt, Kentucky native and renowned purveyor of awesome tiny sandwiches (you might also recognize him as the host of Mother Tongue, The Union Hall Spelling and Grammar Bee) has helped make this party a neighborhood tradition for 5 years running with his free country ham biscuits and Derby pie. Wash it down with $5 mint juleps as you watch the races on the big screen. If your Derby hat happens to fantastic enough to earn the $100 prize, you could recoup your losses at the bar and OTB. Come early–the free eats won’t last long. Noon-on, 131 Atlantic Ave., Boerum Hill, 718-858-5810, floydny.com>>
Stumble on to Union Hall for more $5 juleps. Fuel up at the back patio cookout before playing some weird-ass game Kentuckians call Cornhole bean bag toss (a kind of backwoods Bocce), then catch the race on the big screen. Even if your horse doesn’t come through, your Derby hat could pull in yet another $100 for its awesomeness. Noon-on, 702 Union St., Park Slope, 718-638-4400, unionhallny.com>>
Don’t have a hat? Milliner La China Loca will be selling them at The Bell House, one of the many attractions at the world’s most excellent Derby party ever, hosted by Col. Michael Boyd and William Crane. There’ll be Tailgating BBQ by Nick Suarez and Theo Peck from the Brooklyn Food Experiment, and Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream from 2-5. Square dancing from 2:30-4:30 from David Harvey and NYC Barn Dance, followed by champion trick-roper Chris McDaniel’s amazing feats. Maker’s Mark mint juleps will be free 5-6 (and $5 the rest of the day). And a real effing Bugler, Ryan Resky, will lead the crowd into the main room with a live rendition of the Call to the Post, where The Nouvellas will then sing “My Old Kentucky Home.”
After the race on the Bell House’s huge screen, Bunnie England and the New Originals will host live band karaoke, and prizes will be doled out for the best performances, the best hat, and the best dressed man. 1 pm-on, 149 7th St., Gowanus, 718-643-6510, thebellhouseny.com>>
If you can hit all three Derby parties, you’re a champion.
Photos from top via silive and Gabi Porter.