So the "most exciting two minutes in sports" may only be run in front of about 23,000 fans this year, versus the usual more than 150,000 extravagantly hatted individuals. But several Greater Cincinnati area bars are hosting their own Kentucky Derby watch parties so you can still dress up in a fascinator and seersucker, grab a mint julep and watch it on TV.
NBC will air the 146th Kentucky Derby 2:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5.
Hotel Covington — Coppin's at Hotel Covington is offering a weekend's worth of Derby dining. Grab lunch or dinner Friday, brunch or dinner Saturday or brunch on Sunday with "specialty mint juleps, lily slushies, bourbon slushies and six feet of Social Distancing." Dress in your favorite Derby attire and make reservations at hotelcovington.com/dining. 638 Madison Ave., Covington, facebook.com/TheHotelCovington.
Rich's Proper Food & Drink — Rich's is hosting what they're calling a Proper Derby Soiree. Starting at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, they'll begin airing race day coverage on a 20-foot projection screen outside. Table reservations for dinner are available at 4:30 and 5 p.m., and Derby post time is around 6:45 p.m. In addition to the giant outdoor projection, they'll also be offering Derby drink specials: $15 Woodford chocolate mint juleps with a commemorative cup, $9 Old Forester mint juleps and $9 Finlandia Frozen Lily's. A Derby-inspired dinner menu will be available at socially distant tables in the parking lot. Live music from Kyle Knapp starts after the race and goes until closing. Prizes will be awarded for best dressed and best hat. RSVP for one of the limited spaces at 859-415-0069 or email [email protected] 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5. 701 Madison Ave., Covington, facebook.com/RichsProper.
Wiedemann's Fine Beer — Head to the Saint Bernard Wiedemann's taproom for a watch party and live music. They'll be airing the derby on big-screen TVs and offering special Wiedie Mint Juleps. Everything's Jake will play after. 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5. 4811 Vine St., Saint Bernard, facebook.com/WiedemannBeer.
Smoke Justis — Head to Smoke Justis for a full day of Derby-themed fun. There will be drink deals on Blue Moon and Angry Orchard mimosas, discounted early bird brunch items, games and prizes for the best Derby mask, Noon-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5. 302 Court St., Covington, facebook.com/smokejustis.
Dickmann's Sports Cafe — Dickmann's says it's offering "all of the races" on their many TVs. They will also be giving away prizes.1-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5. 479 Orphanage Road, Fort Wright, facebook.com.
The Stretch — Cocktail bar The Stretch is hosting a Jockeys and Juleps party. There will be $10 Woodford Reserve Mint Juleps in a commemorative cup. They'll be broadcasting the race on their 120-inch projection screen. Derby attire is encouraged. 191 E. Freedom Way, The Banks, facebook.com/thestretchcincy.