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Best Places To Watch The Kentucky Derby In L.A.

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Heading to Louisville this year for the Kentucky Derby might be a longshot, but don't worry. Fellow Angelenos skipping the festivities at Churchill Downs this year still have plenty of ways to be in on the action. So dust off your best Vineyard Vines bowtie and the fanciest hat imaginable because you are about to embark on some good old-fashion fun. Enjoy a front row seat for the best two minutes in sports at these L.A. hot spots serving up Mint Juleps fit for a photo finish.

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11647 San Vicente Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(424) 273-1660

On the big day of the race, Brentwood steakhouse Baltaire is hosting a Kentucky Derby celebration complete with a viewing of the main event live on a large projector screen inside the bar and lounge. Those hoping to enjoy a traditional southern cocktail on Derby Day can do so with the restaurant's very own Baltaire Julep, while Executive Chef Travis Strickland offers" a specialty elevated take on the Hot Brown," the race's classic Southern sandwich. Guests are encouraged to dress in their best Derby wear such as big hats, summer dresses, and 1920s style suits and bow-ties. Their Baltaire Julep will be the drink du jour during the 3rd Annual Kentucky Derby Viewing Party from 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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Shutters On The Beach
Coast Beach Cafe & Bar
1 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 458-0030

Shutters on the Beach is celebrating the Kentucky Derby with a viewing party and "World's Largest" champagne toast in exclusive partnership with G.H. Mumm Champagne on Saturday, May 6 along with offering two limited edition cocktails. Festivities will feature inclusion in a country-wide G.H. Mumm Champagne toast streamed live on Facebook and Instagram, with select sweepstake prizes, with guests also being able to toast to the races with the limited edition Mumm Julep Cocktail or The Winner's Cocktail.

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Santa Anita Park
285 W Huntington Dr
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 574-7223

It may not be where the center of the action is happening at Churchill Downs, but Santa Anita is throwing the "Biggest Kentucky Derby Party West of Kentucky" this weekend and you're invited! It's the most anticipated race of the year and the "most prestigious race track in America" plans to make it one of the most memorable as well. Come cheer on the race at this legendary track. Place your bets, head trackside and enjoy food, drinks, live racing and live music during the most excited 120 seconds of the year.

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zinc @ Shade
Shade Hotel
1221 N Valley Dr.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 546-4995

zinc @ Shade invites guest to join them as they host their 3rd Annual Kentucky Derby Party to celebrate all the exciting action at Churchill Downs. Dapper derby-attire for the gents and stylish dresses and hats for ladies is encouraged to celebrate the Derby throughout our open-air courtyard, lounge and terrace. Sip on their Maker's Mint Julep made with Marker's Mark bourbon, simple syrup, mint springs and a splash of water.

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