Photo: Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book.
The Kentucky Derby, which falls on May 6 this year, is one of the busiest days of the year for Las Vegas sportsbooks, bars and restaurants. So take a look at some of the best ways to enjoy the "most exciting two minutes in sports" while in Sin City.
Go big on bourbon
Need some help getting into the spirit? Kentucky is known for its bourbon almost as much as its horses. Derby specials include $6 shots of Templeton Rye mixed with Branca Menta at Virgil's at The LINQ and a "Quadruple Crown" bourbon flight at the Wynn's La Cave, featuring one-ounce pours of Rowan's Creek, Noah's Mill, Jack Daniel's Single Barrel and Eagle Rare.
Place a Wager
Pay a visit to the SLS Las Vegas, where Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book has its own betting window. Wagers of at least $20 will be rewarded with a free Kentucky Derby souvenir glass from William Hill. Of course, you can also make a bet at one of the big casino sportsbooks. Favorites include the ones at MGM Grand, Venetian, Caesars Palace and Westgate. Expect big screens showing the games as well as nearby food and drink specials.
Party on the Strip
If you haven't been to the outdoor promenade known as The Park, the Kentucky Derby provides a good excuse. An all-day party gets underway at 11 a.m. inside Beerhaus, with an interactive horseracing arcade game, Derby hat giveaways and specially crafted Mint Juleps. Just down the street, Beer Park will throw a celebration of its own at the Paris Las Vegas. There will be plenty of food, including a fresh take on the Kentucky Hot Brown open-faced turkey sandwich.
If you value money and want to make an educated bet, stop by Palace Station just off the Strip. Betting experts will lead a seminar at the Race Book at 8:30 a.m. on Friday May 5. It's free and open to public. You'll leave with some extra perspective and knowledge on placing the right wager for next day's Derby race.
Need more ideas for celebrating the Kentucky Derby in Las Vegas? Contact VegasGiant by calling (702) 476-0001.
By Rob Kachelriess