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A dozen places to watch the 2018 Kentucky Derby in Charleston

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They're working harder in those two minutes than you'll ever work your whole life. - FLICKR USER RODERICK EIME
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  • They're working harder in those two minutes than you'll ever work your whole life.
Don your best oversized hat (or fashioner, cheerio!) and get ready for the "most exciting two minutes in sports!" Yes, the average American will choose the horse with the cutest name, but that doesn't mean this isn't a real deal competition. The 144th Kentucky Derby kicks off at 6:46 p.m. ET this Saturday. Here's where to down some mint juleps while screaming your head off for favorite  "Justify" or long-shot "Firenze Fire." (Psst., we also have some fusion cinco/derby parties listed at the bottom, in case you like to place your bets with a marg in hand).

DERBY PARTIES 🏇

Kentucky Derby Social
Warehouse
4 p.m.
Free to attend
Entertainment: After-party with Seth G starting at 10 p.m. Guests are expected to "dress to impress." 
Eat & Drink: Co-hosted by Makers Mark, food and drink specials.

Bluegrass Bash Derby Party
The Alley
4-8 p.m.
Free to attend
Entertainment:
Jams from the Bluestone Ramblers, best dressed contest for stallions and fillies, and a horse picking contest for shot at new bike from Affordabike. 
Eat & Drink: $8 Woodford Reserve mint juleps, frozen margs (Cinco shoutout) and a special Derby menu featuring Kentucky Browns.

Seersucker Saturday Kentucky Derby Party
The Rooftop Bar at Vendue
3-7 p.m.
Free to attend
Entertainment: Live music, prizes for best dressed and best hat.
Eat & Drink: Derby cocktails (sponsored by Bulleit bourbon), $10 mint juleps.

Kentucky Derby Party
Burwell's Stone Fire Grill
3 p.m.
Free to attend

Entertainment: Everyone who picks the winning horse will win a prize — one lucky winner will receive a $200 Burwell's gift card.
Eat & Drink: Mint juleps and other drink specials



Kentucky Derby Party on the Creek
Tavern and Table
4-8 p.m.
Free to attend

Entertainment: Bluegrass music from the Ol 55's, viewing of the Derby, $100 gift card up for grabs if you pick the winning horse, another $100 gift card available to the best dressed.
Eat & Drink: Woodford Reserve mint juleps, Kentucky Hot Browns

Tin Roof second annual Fillies and Stallions Derby Viewing
Tin Roof
3 p.m.
Free to attend
Entertainment: Guaranteed fun plus Derby viewing.
Eat & Drink: Mint juleps, Oak Lillies, Derby pie.

🇲🇽 DERBY + CINCO MASHUPS 🏇

Trifecta of Fun
Charleston RiverDogs Riley Park Clubhouse
5 p.m.
$90

Entertainment: The RiverDogs celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby with a special game night supporting the Make a Wish Foundation.
Eat & Drink: Tickets come with access to an open bar, food from Mercantile & Mash, and a chance to win prizes.

Cinco de Derby at Morgan Creek Grill
Morgan Creek Grill
noon-9 p.m.

Free to attend
Entertainment: Charles Cannon live music starting at 5:30, Kentucky Derby playing on all TVs.
Eat & Drink: $10 a plate taco bar, Mint Julep specials.

Cinco de Derby at 492
492
5-7 p.m.
Free to attend
Entertainment: Kentucky Derby.
Eat & Drink: Altos Tequila cocktails and tastings. Specialty cocktail Strawberry Lane, a "refreshing and fruity twist on classic Mint Julep. Chef Josh Keeler will prepare Red Clam Pozole featuring Clammer Dave's clams.

Kickin' Chicken Cinco de Derbio
All Kickin' locations
11 a.m.
Free to attend
Entertainment: Derby on TV
Eat & Drink: $2 chips and salsa, $3 rose cider, $7 quesadillas, $5 One Fine Margaritas

Tommy Condon's Mashup Bash
Tommy Condon's Irish Pub
11 a.m.
Free to attend
Entertainment: Derby on TV.
Eat & Drink: Frozen margs and Mexican coffee.

Kentucky Derby + Cinco de Mayo at Edmund's Oast
Edmund's Oast in The Bower
3-6 p.m.

Entertainment: Shot luge and Derby on TV.
Eat & Drink: Themed drink menu created by Jayce McConnell and executive chef Bob Cook will offer food specials. Items include Maker's Mint Juleps, pitchers of margs, and tacos.

Derby de Mayo at Bay Street Biergarten
Bay Street Biergarten
3-11 p.m.
Free to attend

Entertainment: Big Hat Contest (winner receives $25 gift card), Dallas Baker & Friends music from 3-7 p.m., and New Belgium Brewing Horse Picking Contest (if you guess the winning horse you'll be entered to win a new bike).
Eat & Drink: $5 New Belgium pints, $7 Woodford mint juleps, $4 Modelo pints, $7/$10 frozen Mexican mules, $7 Paloma featuring Owen's Craft mixer, and $13 nacho plate.

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