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Fun at The Alley
Fun at The Alley
Marie Rodriquez

Kentucky Derby 2016: Where To Party in Charleston

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Fun at The Alley
| Marie Rodriquez

Charleston uses any excuse to party, and the 2016 Kentucky Derby seems as good as reason as any other. Here's a roundup of bar and restaurants promising to air the race, along with a good time, and a few mint juleps. The fastest two minutes in sports starts at 6:34 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, so don't miss it.

Establishments are presented in geographical order.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Alley

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131 Columbus St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 818-4080
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Charleston funland The Alley transforms into its own indoor Churchill Downs for the Derby. Live music starts at 5:30 p.m., and Bulleit reps will be in attendance for bourbon tastings. The kitchen will offer a Kentucky-themed menu with Hot Brown Sandwiches, country ham biscuit sliders, fried chicken, and more. Big hats, seersucker, and bow ties are encouraged.
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2. Prohibition

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547 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 793-2964
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Prohibition sets up its back patio and bar for a Kentucky Derby party, starting at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. There will be drink specials on Dixie Vodka cocktails and mint juleps, live music, and a best hat contest.

3. Bay Street Biergarten

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549 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 209-1498
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Popular East Bay Street hangout Bay Street Biergarten wants guests to get in the Derby mood with Woodford mint juleps and New Belgium specials. Attendees are encouraged to decorate hats with inspiration from their favorite cocktail or beer — the most creative wins Bier Bucks. In addition to showing the race, Biergarten will host its own New Belgium Brewery Slow Ride competition. Bring your bicycle, and at 5:00 p.m. the last person to cross the finish line (without letting their feet touch the ground) wins a custom New Belgium bike.

4. Tavern & Table

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100 Church St
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Celebrate the Kentucky Derby with views of the water at Tavern & Table. Enjoy a Hot Brown from chef Katie Lorenzen-Smith or enter the free horse picking contest for a chance to win $100 in house cash.

5. Warehouse

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45 1/2 Spring St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 202-0712
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Downtown party palace Warehouse hosts a Kentucky Derby shindig on Saturday with a discounted whiskey list from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Guests can watch the race projected on a 120-inch screen.

6. On Forty-One

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1055 Highway 41
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466
Southern restaurant On Forty-One will host a Kentucky Derby party with $5 specialty cocktails, live music, a Derby-inspired menu, and a hat contest.

7. Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ

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126 Williman St
Charleston, SC 29403
Smoked meat kings Home Team BBQ will show the race, while offering frozen mint juleps and food specials. Stop by the downtown location for the specials.
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  • 8. Little Jack's Tavern

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    710 King St
    Charleston, SC 29403
    Newly-opened Little Jack's Tavern will host a Kentucky Derby soiree this year, and the restaurant hopes it will turn into an annual tradition. Look for mint juleps all day, Benedictine tea sandwiches after 3:00 p.m., and all the pre-coverage of the race and the actual race on the 60-inch television.

    9. The Rooftop Bar at The Vendue

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    19 Vendue Range
    Charleston, SC 29401
    (843) 577-7970
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    Watch the race at The Rooftop Bar at The Vendue for a chance to win prizes. There's a bottle of Bulleit bourbon for best dressed and a bottle of champagne for best hat. Seersucker suits are suggested.

    1. The Alley

    131 Columbus St, Charleston, SC 29403
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    Charleston funland The Alley transforms into its own indoor Churchill Downs for the Derby. Live music starts at 5:30 p.m., and Bulleit reps will be in attendance for bourbon tastings. The kitchen will offer a Kentucky-themed menu with Hot Brown Sandwiches, country ham biscuit sliders, fried chicken, and more. Big hats, seersucker, and bow ties are encouraged.
    131 Columbus St
    Charleston, SC 29403

    2. Prohibition

    547 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
    Prohibition sets up its back patio and bar for a Kentucky Derby party, starting at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. There will be drink specials on Dixie Vodka cocktails and mint juleps, live music, and a best hat contest.
    547 King St
    Charleston, SC 29403

    3. Bay Street Biergarten

    549 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29403
    Popular East Bay Street hangout Bay Street Biergarten wants guests to get in the Derby mood with Woodford mint juleps and New Belgium specials. Attendees are encouraged to decorate hats with inspiration from their favorite cocktail or beer — the most creative wins Bier Bucks. In addition to showing the race, Biergarten will host its own New Belgium Brewery Slow Ride competition. Bring your bicycle, and at 5:00 p.m. the last person to cross the finish line (without letting their feet touch the ground) wins a custom New Belgium bike.
    549 E Bay St
    Charleston, SC 29403

    4. Tavern & Table

    100 Church St, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
    Celebrate the Kentucky Derby with views of the water at Tavern & Table. Enjoy a Hot Brown from chef Katie Lorenzen-Smith or enter the free horse picking contest for a chance to win $100 in house cash.
    100 Church St
    Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

    5. Warehouse

    45 1/2 Spring St, Charleston, SC 29403
    Downtown party palace Warehouse hosts a Kentucky Derby shindig on Saturday with a discounted whiskey list from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Guests can watch the race projected on a 120-inch screen.
    45 1/2 Spring St
    Charleston, SC 29403

    6. On Forty-One

    1055 Highway 41, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466
    Southern restaurant On Forty-One will host a Kentucky Derby party with $5 specialty cocktails, live music, a Derby-inspired menu, and a hat contest.
    1055 Highway 41
    Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466

    7. Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ

    126 Williman St, Charleston, SC 29403

    8. Little Jack's Tavern

    710 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
    Newly-opened Little Jack's Tavern will host a Kentucky Derby soiree this year, and the restaurant hopes it will turn into an annual tradition. Look for mint juleps all day, Benedictine tea sandwiches after 3:00 p.m., and all the pre-coverage of the race and the actual race on the 60-inch television.
    710 King St
    Charleston, SC 29403

    9. The Rooftop Bar at The Vendue

    19 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401
    Watch the race at The Rooftop Bar at The Vendue for a chance to win prizes. There's a bottle of Bulleit bourbon for best dressed and a bottle of champagne for best hat. Seersucker suits are suggested.
    19 Vendue Range
    Charleston, SC 29401

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