Place Your Bets on These L.A. Spots to Watch the Kentucky Derby

Can’t make it to Louisville? You can still sip mint juleps and watch the greastest two minutes in sports here in town

Dust off your dapper suits, summer dresses, and giant hats because the Kentucky Derby is tomorrow. And even though you probably can’t get to Louisville, you can still celebrate in style and sip mint juleps to your heart’s content. Here are some good-bet places to catch the greatest two minutes in sports.

The Brentwood steakouse will be hosting a celebration in their bar. A big screen projector will broadcast the race, and the Baltaire Julep, a customizable take on the traditional mint julep that allows each guest to choose their preferred spirit, will be in every hand. Executive chef Travis Strickland will also be offering his elevated take on the Hot Brown, the classic open-face Southern sandwich that’s traditionally layered with turkey, bacon, and mornay sauce. 11647 San Vicente Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049; 424- 273-1660. The fun starts at 1 pm.

Franklin & Company
Ladies sporting their most stylish Derby bonnets will get their first drink free at Franklin & Company tomorrow. And it gets even better: Patrons can take photos with a miniature horse as a souvenir. Five-dollar mint juleps and other Derby-inspired drinks will also be available along with for-charity betting. & Company 5923 Franklin Avenue; 323-463-1552. Starts at 11 am.

The Independence Tavern
The Santa Monica tavern will celebrate with Vincenzo Marianella’s Bernheim Bugle, his version of the mint julep made with wheat whiskey. The race will be shown on big screen TVs in the bar. The full food menu will also be available. Independence Tavern 205 Broadway, Santa Monica; 310-458-2500

Terrazza Lounge
To launch its Triple Crown Tuesdays and Saturdays summer series, the beachfront lounge at Hotel Casa del Mar will host a Derby party, complete with race-themed craft cocktails. TVs will broadcast the action, and a menu of of Mediterranean small bites will be available. Stick around after for live music. Lounge 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica; 310-430-7144

Shade Hotel
In Manhattan Beach, the Shade Hotel will be hosting their annual Kentucky Derby Party. They’ll be serving Hudson whiskey mint juleps and other Derby cocktails, plus a selection of small plate dishes. We also hear there will be contests. Hotel 1221 N Valley Dr, Manhattan Beach; 310-546-4995. Starts at 12:30 pm. Reservations are encouraged.