The Kentucky Derby | Where to watch (and bet) in Greater Palm Springs

It’s Kentucky Derby time again! But where are the best spots in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley to watch the 145th running of the race (and maybe have a mint julep or two), which will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Listed in no particular oder. Do note: pre-race coverage begins at 9:30 am PT. Post time for the Kentucky Derby, “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports,” is 3:50 pm.

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

Let’s start with the only spot in the Coachella Valley where you can legally bet on the race: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio.  The casino will show the race around the casino and you can normally begin wagering on the ponies at 7:30 am on Friday, Mar 3rd.

Where: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84-245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio
Phone: (760) 342-5000
Website: here

360 Sports at Agua Caliente Casino Rancho Mirage

Giant screens line 360 Sports Bar at Agua Caliente Casino
(Facebook / Agua Caliente Casino)

You can catch the first of the Triple Crown races at 360 Sports on the bar’s wrap-around digital screens that put you in the center of all the action. The Rancho Mirage spot is also promising food and drink specials all day long!

Where: Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Miragem 32-250 Bob Hope Drive Rancho Mirage
Phone: (888) 999-1995
Website: here



The Rancho Mirage spot is holding a Fancy Hat Party – which means anyone wearing a fancy hat gets a free shot.  They’ll also have Mint Julips as their feature cocktail.

Where: Dringk eatery + bar, 71800 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage (The River)
Phone: (760) 888-0111
Website: here


The Indian Wells spot is serving up $5 mint juleps all day in honor of the Kentucky Derby.

Where: Eureka!, 74985 Highway 111, Indian Wells
Phone: (760) 834-7700
Website: here

Yard House

A ton of beers on tap to enjoy leading up to the race along with a solid food menu and plenty of TVs to watch The Run for the Roses.

Where: Yard House, 71800 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage (at the River)
Phone: (760) 779-1415
Website: here

Beer Hunter

Plenty of food and drinks on the menu and a plethora of televisions to watch the race.

Where: Beer Hunter, 78483 Highway 111, La Quinta
Phone: (760) 564-7442
Website: here

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