9 Kentucky Derby parties in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Glendale

Extravagant hats, refreshing mint juleps, the strains of “My Old Kentucky Home” and heart-pounding horse races. It’s time to run for the roses at the 141st Kentucky Derby.

Although central Arizona isn’t at all like Kentucky, eight establishments are hosting Kentucky Derby parties Saturday, May 2, for “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.” Partiers will be decked out in colorful floral dresses, sharp spring suits and, of course, big hats. The thoroughbreds are expected to set off about 3:25 p.m.

Kentucky Derby Viewing Party

The new downtown Phoenix establishment hosts its first Kentucky Derby party, featuring $6 mint juleps and Kentucky Hot Brown Burgers. Dress in your best derby wear and you might win a prize.

Details: 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2. DeSoto Central Market, 925 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-680-7747, desotocentralmarket.com.

Kentucky Derby Lawn Party at Bourbon Steak

The chic Scottsdale restaurant hosts a high-end soiree inspired by Kentucky Derby’s Millionaire’s Row. Dine on a brunch menu featuring Kentucky hot browns, shrimp and grits arancini, country ham, red-eye gravy biscuits, buttermilk oyster sliders and more. The party includes icy mint juleps, live blues music, bourbon tasting and other activities. Dress to impress because a panel of judges will be awarding the most inspired outfits. Prizes include a woman’s hat or dinner for two at Bourbon Steak. Outside on the Winner’s Circle, take photos with a thoroughbred racehorse, play lawn games and test drive BMWs. The derby will be shown on plasma screens.

Details: 1-5 p.m. Saturday, May 2. Bourbon Steak, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Drive. $85. 480-585-2694, scottsdaleprincess.com.

Kentucky Derby Party at the Phoenician

The Phoenician hosts an elegant party featuring classic Southern dishes, a Winner’s Circle Raffle, contests for best hat and best Southern fashion with prizes, and complimentary engraving with the purchase of Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon. A portion of the proceeds benefits After the Homestretch, an organization that helps retired racehorses find homes. Guests may take photos with several of the organization’s horses. The race will be shown on multiple flat-screen televisions.

Details: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 2. Orchid Lawn, the Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. $65. 480-423-2530, thephoenician.com.

Bubbles and Brown: Race for the Roses

Upscale pub Kelly’s at Southbridge will host a relaxed Kentucky Derby party featuring $10 glasses of Perrier-Jouët Rose champagne and $8 mint juleps made with Maker’s Mark bourbon. Awards will be given out to the guest with the best hat and the best-dressed couple, and the race will be shown on big-screen TVs.

Details: Saturday, May 2. Kelly’s at Southbridge, 7117 E. Sixth Ave., Scottsdale. Free. 480-393-3205, kellysatsouthbridge.com.

Bourbon and Bubbles

The hip, modern Second Story Liquor Bar and restaurant hosts this second annual event. Enjoy the special brunch menu, as well as a best hat contest, $1,000 in giveaways and mint juleps. The $20 ticket includes a Perrier-Jouët champagne toast.

Details: Party starts at noon and ends when the race is over. Saturday, May 2. Second Story Liquor Bar, 4166 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. $20. 480-945-5555, secondstoryliquorbar.com.

Derby Day Party at Padre Murphy’s

The West Valley Irish pub opens its doors at 8:30 a.m. to welcome Kentucky Derby fans. Breakfast will be served until 11:30 a.m., as well as specials on mimosas, mint juleps and other cocktails. The race will be shown on more than 80 TVs; the bar also will feature live off-track betting. A hat contest starts at 2 p.m., with the winner receiving a $100 happy hour at the bar.

Details: Doors open at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 2. Padre Murphy’s, 4338 W. Bell Road, Glendale. Free. 602-547-9406, padremurphy.com.

Kentucky Derby Party at Turf Paradise

Turf Paradise hosts the largest derby party in the state with an expected 8,000 people. Place your Kentucky Derby wagers and then watch the race live. The track also will host its own races, as well as a fashion contest, live music and activities for the kids. The first 4,000 paying guests will receive a commemorative derby glass. Various seating options are available and filling up quickly, so make reservations soon.

Details: Gates open at 7:15 a.m. Saturday, May 2. Turf Paradise, 1501 W. Bell Road, Phoenix. $25-$65 for packages. $5 grandstand admission. Free for age 16 or younger. 602-375-6471, turfparadise.com.

Kentucky Derby Party at the Bevvy

The new gastropub hosts a big bash for the derby, featuring off-track betting, contests for best hat, biggest hat, best dressed and celebrity lookalikes. The race will be shown on more than 30 screens. The unofficial derby anthem, “My Old Kentucky Home,” will be playing throughout the day.

Details: Doors open at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2. The Bevvy, 4420 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale. Free. 480-525-9300, bevvyaz.com.

Kentucky Derby Celebration at Southern Rail

The restaurant inside the Newton will feature its brunch menu from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with such specials as tea sandwiches, pickled shrimp and vegetables, and a caramelized onion, bacon and bleu-cheese tart. Mint juleps and creole-lemonade cocktails will be $5 during the party, and prizes will be given out for the best women’s hat, best derby hat, best men’s hat and zaniest hat. A private dining room is available for parties up to 30 people.

Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, May 2. Southern Rail, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. Free. 602-200-0085, southernrailaz.com.

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