Kentucky Derby 2016

If you can’t make it to the Kentucky Derby itself to take in “the most exciting two minutes in sports”, along with all of the pageantry, hats, wagering and the perfect Mint Julep, there are plenty of other options to enjoy one of the biggest events in all of sports. Splash Magazines Worldwide has put together a list of venues, cocktails and everything you will need to enjoy the Derby in your own way.

Of course you would rather be at Churchill Downs, but Las Vegas is a not a bad second choice and we have food and cocktails suggestions from Tilted Kilt, The Still, and CliQue Bar & Lounge.

Munch on some Ribs or Chicken Wings while sipping on Tilted Kilt’s Mint Julep, Whiskey Sour or Apple Rye Old Fashion while cheering on your favorite horse! The recently opened The Still inside of the Mirage Hotel & Casino offers Crispy Chicken Wings or mini-cheeseburgers to go along with a Kentucky Mule or the "Great Bambino." Finally our favorite new lounge in all of Las Vegas, CliQue, serves up the fabulous "Bennie Blanco" among their amazing lineup of cocktails.

Mint Julep at CliQue

Tilted Kilt “The Mint Julep”


1.5 oz. Marker’s Mark
1.0 oz. Simple Syrup
12-14 mint leaves

In a double old fashioned glass muddle the mint leaves with the Simple Syrup just enough to release the oils but not tear the leaves. Fill glass with ice, add Jim Beam Black and stir until glass is frosted. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Tilted Kilt Mint Julep

In keeping the Kentucky Derby tradition that started in 2006, GREY GOOSE will feature the GREY GOOSE Oaks Lily cocktail, the official cocktail of the Kentucky Oaks races, which take place on Friday at Churchill Downs. This signature cocktail, served in a commemorative glass, is a Derby fan-favorite, outselling the famed Mint Julep on Friday at the races, year after year. The GREY GOOSE Oaks Lily will be available on the red carpet and for purchase at racetrack concessions and VIP areas throughout the races, with a portion of the proceeds from the sales of the GREY GOOSE Oaks Lily to benefit Horses and Hope.

Grey Goose

GREY GOOSE vodka will raise a glass and toast to the arrival of summer at this year’s Kentucky Derby with the refreshing signature summer serve, “Le Grand Fizz.” The cocktail will be served on The Kentucky Derby Red Carpet and is a balanced, effervescent combination of GREY GOOSE Vodka, St-Germain liqueur’s floral sweetness, topped with soda and a squeeze of lime juice.

Greg Goose Oaks Lily

Additional GREY GOOSE Vodka activations at 2016 Kentucky Derby

GREY GOOSE Vodka Transports Derby Goers to the French Riviera
Following the 142nd running of the Kentucky Oaks, GREY GOOSE Vodka will transport invited guests to the French Riviera for the Kentucky Oaks After Party, the premier party of Derby weekend. Guests are invited to celebrate the start of an extraordinary summer and enjoy the signature GREY GOOSE cocktails of Derby weekend at the exclusive Kentucky Oaks After Party at Passalinos, as well as surprise performances from notable attendees at the celebrated races.

Boulangerie Bleue & The U.S. Debut of The World’s Most Intimate Martini Bar
GREY GOOSE®, the world's leading super-premium vodka, recently announced plans for an extraordinary collection of summer experiences through the doors of a secret Boulangerie. Popping-up in 20 cities and summer hot spots around the world, the GREY GOOSE Boulangerie Bleue, will launch in May and transport consumers to the French Riviera via a secret entrance through a traditional French bakery. The GREY GOOSE 'Boulangerie' concept is inspired by founder and Maître de Chai François Thibault, who challenged convention to create a vodka of exceptional quality from only the finest soft, winter wheat from Picardie, known as the 'bread basket' of France.

Taking the Boulangerie concept a step further, GREY GOOSE has created The World’s Most Intimate Martini Bar, disguised as a beautifully designed camionnette delivery van. Housing just two guests and a bartender, the luxuriously appointed bar offers the ultimate GREY GOOSE Martini experience. The exclusive GREY GOOSE Camionnette has appeared in a number of prominent city locations across the world including Edinburgh, Manchester and London’s Covent Garden, and will now appear in the U.S. for the first time at the 2016 Kentucky Derby. Following derby weekend this exclusive pop-up is set to continue its U.S. journey throughout the summer ahead. Derby goers are advised to keep an eye out at Churchill Downs and around Louisville throughout the week for a chance to experience The World’s Most Intimate Martini Bar.

Caesars Palace’s newest cocktail destination, Montecristo Cigar Bar, is the place to be to catch all the Kentucky Derby weekend action. Montecristo will be celebrating both Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7. Guests are encouraged to secure a premier spot, and with VIP registration, will receive complimentary Miller Lite and Coors Light, as well as Woodford Reserve and Woodford Reserve Mint Julips, Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label Brut Champagne, Sonoma- Cutrer Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, well brand cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages and light appetizers. Guests will also receive complimentary party favors including Derby hats and bow ties, as well as a personal sized custom Montecristo Cigar Bar at Caesars Palace engraved bottle of Woodford Reserve. Seating will begin one hour before the start of the race and conclude at race end. Register here:

Bound by Salvatore at The Cromwell will host the Ultimate Derby Party, beginning at noon. Break out your hats, fascinators and seersucker suits as guests are encouraged to dress in their Derby best to partake in the "The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports" fun. In addition to Bound’s award-winning cocktail menu, Mint Juleps will be buy one, get one free for $14.

Caesars Palace
Drink specials at Race and Sports Book Bar, Slice Bar, Seahorse Lounge, Lobby Bar and Spanish Steps:
o $16 Woodford Reserve Mint Julep
o $14 Woodford Reserve Cocktails
o $15 Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay
o $18 Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir
o $24 Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut Champagne
· The Cromwell
Specials at Interlude:
o $14 Woodford Reserve Mint Julep (make it a double for $5 more)
o $15 Hot Brown Sandwich
· The LINQ Hotel & Casino
Drink specials at 3535, Catalyst Bar and TAG Sports Bar:
o $14 Woodford Reserve Mint Julep
· Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Drink specials at EXTRA Lounge, Heart Bar, Ringer Wings, Pizza & Slivers:
o $12 Woodford Reserve Cocktails
o $10 14 Hands Hot to Trot Red Wine
· Paris Las Vegas
Drink specials at Napoleon’s Lounge, Le Central, Burger Brasserie and Le Bar Du Sports:
o $12 Woodford Reserve Cocktails
o $10 14 Hands Hot to Trot Red Wine
· Bally’s Las Vegas
Drink specials at Sully’s Bar and Indigo Lounge:
o $12 Woodford Reserve Cocktails
o $10 14 Hands Hot to Trot Red Wine
· Flamingo Las Vegas
Drink specials at Garden Bar and It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar:
o $10 Woodford Reserve Cocktails
· Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
Drink specials at iBar and Masquerade Bar:
o $11 Woodford Reserve Cocktails
Sunday, May 8
Mother’s Day

Le Village Buffet at Paris Las Vegas and Spice Market Buffet at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino have prepared specialty brunch and dinner menus, perfect for spoiling mom, starting at $35.99 per person. In addition to its vast traditional selection, Le Village will feature pomegranate and granola parfaits, lobster bisque, seafood scampi, glazed ham, leg of lamb, stuffed sole, seafood quiche, mini caprese salads and more. Spice Market will feature squid salad, mushroom ravioli, stuffed herb pork belly, jerk chicken, five spiced leg of lamb, honey glazed pork chop, chili verde burrito and more, in addition to the large array of items traditionally served.

Shade Hotel is bringing the elegance and excitement of the Kentucky Derby to Manhattan Beach with its second annual Kentucky Derby Party. On Saturday, May 7 beginning at 12 p.m., the luxury boutique hotel’s restaurant and lounge will transform into the perfect venue to watch the Run for the Roses.

Guests can enjoy G.H. Mumm champagne, mint juleps and Derby-inspired cocktails, as well as hors d’oeuvres and small plates. Attendees will also have the chance to participate in contests and win prizes.

Derby hats and attire are encouraged. A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit Richstone Family Center. The event is co-hosted by Southbay Magazine, G.H. Mumm and Bella Beach Clothing Boutique, and will feature Derby Day dresses from Lilly Pulitzer.

To make reservations for bottle service in the courtyard, or for further information, visit Shade Hotel, or call 310-469-3466.

For more information visit: Kentucky Derby

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