Friday, May 1, 2009

Break out the seersucker

The Kentucky Derby is this Saturday, and while we're a far cry from the Mason-Dixon line, there will be chances to score some BBQ, swig some mint juleps and dress to the nines for the race.

The Bell House in Gowanus will host a free party starting at 1 p.m., featuring BBQ, an ice cream truck, a free mint julep happy hour (from 5 to 6), their first Annual Live Under Card "Horse" Race, prizes for the best hat and best-dressed man, and of course the race shown on a big screen. There will also be band karaoke after the race, wtih free dub pies in between sets.

Over at Union Hall in Park Slope, there will be live music on the back platform, a corn hole toss competition (with prizes), food, $3 Maker's Mark juleps and cocktails, and the race shown on a big screen. The event is also free, starting at 2 p.m.

t.b.d. in Greenpoint gets in on the fun with a best hat contest (this one for the ladies), a Southern "sidewalk" BBQ, $4 Maker's Mark juleps, and bluegrass music from 4 p.m. to the start of the game at 6 p.m., where you can see it on three large flatscreen HDTVs.

If you're looking to make a little money during the race, Sheephead Bay's Ill Fornetto will host a Derby day special, featuring fod and wagering. New York City OTB will be distributing promotional items and the first 50 customers will receive the book "The Most Glorious Crown."

What are your plans for this annual tradition? Share in the comments section.


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