Unless you own a racehorse, Saturday’s 142nd Kentucky Derby will be as much about giant hats and mint juleps as ponies. There’s a whole day of bourbon-and-champagne fun leading up to those two minutes of racing, and we rounded up some of the best things to do before the main event at 6:34 p.m.
What started in 2003 with three roommates having a good time in their apartment has grown into a 500-guest affair. This year’s Brooklyn Derby is going down at Greenwood Park (555 Seventh Ave., South Slope), where they’re turning the beer garden into a bourbon garden with yard games like bocce, a hat-making station and “areas that can only be defined once mint juleps are in our system.” Get in on the all-inclusive party ($75) from 4-8 p.m. with Maker’s Mark juleps, wine and beer, Southern snacks and live bluegrass and big band music.
The party at Flatiron’s upscale mancave The Liberty NYC (29 W. 35th St.) is pulling double duty for the derby and as a celebration of its fourth anniversary. The fun goes from 3-9 p.m. with f-r-e-e Maker’s Mark juleps, bubbly, food and prizes for best race attire. Reserve your spot on Eventbrite.