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
360 Sports at Agua Caliente Casino Rancho Mirage
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
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
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
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
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
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