Kentucky Derby parties, specials in Las Vegas

It’s known as the most exciting two minutes in the sport, but Las Vegas celebrates the Kentucky Derby much longer. Whether Derby Day (or Derby Weekend) means gambling, bourbon cocktails, or a slice of chocolate and walnut cake, here are a few places to go before, during, and after the May 1st 3-year-old run to celebrate the roses.

Honey salt

Bacon and cheddar buttermilk biscuits ($ 7), fried green cornmeal tomatoes ($ 10), a hot brown Kentucky open-faced sandwich ($ 17), and a slice of chocolate, walnut, and derby cake Bourbon ($ 9) is part of the special Derby of Honey Salt daily brunch menu, available from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There’s also a competition for the best derby hat with a $ 50 gift certificate for the winner and two juleps: Classic ($ 16) and Ginger-Peach ($ 15).

1031 S. Rampart Blvd., 702-445-6100,

The book at the Linq Hotel

Since sports bets are securely packaged throughout the valley, reservations are recommended wherever they are offered. The Book at the Linq Hotel has its own 98-inch TV, Xboxes, virtual reality headsets, individual audio zones and a bottle or beverage service. Groups of six can rent them for the full day for $ 550 plus a minimum of $ 200 for food and beverages.

The Linq, 800-634-6441,

Rosina Cocktail Lounge

While this posh palazzo lounge doesn’t open until long after the Post Office, Derby Night is still a good excuse to try the “secret” Julep menu – a long-time connoisseur favorite. It goes way beyond your classic julep and includes the prescription julep (rye, cognac, fresh mint, sugar, crushed ice, Jamaican rum mist), Don’t Mind If I Do (apple brandy, bourbon, fresh mint, cane syrup, Jamaican) rum mist ), Colonial Julep (pineapple rum, rye, absinthe, fresh mint, cane syrup), Early to Rise (aged rum, coffee liqueur, fresh mint, coffee beans) and Banco de Mexico (mezcal, añejo tequila, créme de cacao), fresh mint, rose water mist ).

The Palazzo, 702-607-1945, opens on Saturday at 8 p.m. on

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

Known year-round for its southern cuisine and bourbon collection, this Miami import has a special Derby menu Friday through Sunday. Take-away orders can be picked up on race day if they are placed online by Thursday. It includes country ham biscuits ($ 15), Churchill Downs dip ($ 9), a traditional BBQ pork sandwich ($ 15), Derby cake ($ 13), and a derby box of sliders for Takeaway, Fried Green Tomatoes, Grits, Devil’s Eggs, and Smoked & Seasoned Pecans, and more ($ 145). Those who wear a derby hat to eat get a free mimosa all weekend.

The Venetian, 702-297-6541,

Wall Casino

After a free horse racing betting seminar at 6 p.m. on Friday in the Cascade Lounge, the derby weekend at Rampart Casino will be in full swing on Saturday. The guest who appears next to the race and sports book with the most impressive derby hat at the Marketplace Buffet between 1pm and 3pm on Saturday will win $ 250 in the free slot game, and anyone who wagers $ 20 on the race will be registered to to win a $ 150 gift certificate for Hawthorn Grill. Additionally, mint juleps cost just $ 2 in all casino bars all day.

221 N. Rampart Blvd., 702-507-5900,

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