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Cinco de Mayo and Kentucky Derby party guide: Double down on fun this weekend

Cinco de Mayo and Kentucky Derby party guide: Double down on fun this weekend
Posted at 7:54 AM, May 02, 2018

CINCINNATI -- We'll hit the trifecta of fun on Saturday in the Queen City.

Local bars, breweries, restaurants and Fountain Square will be hopping with multiple Cinco de Mayo and Kentucky Derby parties. Throw in the Flying Pig Marathon activities all weekend and it'll be hard to not have a good time.

Here's our guide to help you decide which events to get to on Saturday.

Kentucky Derby parties

The Urban Derby Experience: This event will put its own twist on the Kentucky Derby party experience. Drawing inspiration from Cincinnati's urban core, the party will feature cocktails by Revel OTR, beer from Listermann and Rhinegeist breweries and food from Taste of Belgium, Lucius Q, Lucy Blue Pizza, Macaron Bar and Happy Chicks Bakery. There also will be live artistic performances, a silent auction and a live broadcast of the 144th running of the Roses. The event will benefit Elementz Hip-Hop Youth Art Center. 4-7 p.m. Saturday. Union Hall, 1311 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine. $100. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Rooftop Lounge Summer Kickoff: Cheer on the horses and celebrate warmer days ahead when Lisse Steakhuis opens its rooftop lounge for the season on Derby Day. Lisse will give away a $100 gift card during the event. 2 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Lisse Steakhuis, 530 Main St., Covington. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Trifecta Derby Party: Three Covington businesses will go for the triple crown on Derby Day. Hotel Covington, Braxton Brewing Co. and the Hannaford are teaming up to offer special drinks and menu items, as well as contests for the best Derby-dressed attendees. 1-7 p.m. Saturday. Hotel Covington, 638 Madison Ave., Covington. Free general admission; $107.62 VIP tickets. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Queen City Derby Party: Enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, live music, DJ Magnificent and live wagering while supporting a worthy cause. This third annual event will raise money to support investment in African-American boys in the Cincinnati region. 3:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday. Anderson Pavilion, 8 E. Mehring Way, Downtown. $80 general admission. For more information, visit the event's Eventbrite page.

Derby at Main Street Tavern: Dress up and enjoy the tavern's take on the Hot Brown and Louisville Slugger during its Kentucky Derby party. The bar will serve 14 Hands Derby, the official wine of the race, and Maker's Mark mint juleps. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. Main Street Tavern, 701 Main St., Covington. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Second Annual Kentucky Derby Party: Octave will serve a dusty bourbon tasting, mint juleps and Kentucky cuisine. There also will be horse betting, raffles and a silent auction during the party. Starts at noon Saturday. Octave, 611 Madison Ave., Covington. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Derby Party: The Cincinnati Shrine Center will host a Derby party that includes food, drinks and horse betting. 3-7 p.m. Saturday. Syrian Shrine, 9730 Reading Road, Evendale. $20. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Third Annual RiverTowne Marina Derby Party: The marina will serve food and drinks and give away prizes for the best bowtie and Derby hat on deck. 5-7 p.m. Saturday. RiverTowne Marina, 4601 Kellogg Ave., East End. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Kentucky Derby Watch Party: Bar Louie will serve $5.50 Derby Juleps. 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday. Bar Louie, 3100 Vandercar Way, Oakley. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Oakley Wines Kentucky Derby Party: Dress up as Oakley Wines celebrates the Kentucky Derby with mint juleps, bourbon slushes and a special Derby day food menu. 3-10 p.m. Saturday. Oakley Wines, 4011 Allston St., Oakley. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Cinco de Mayo parties

2018 Cincy-Cinco Latino Festival: Enjoy three days of Latin American culture during the annual Cincy-Cinco Latino Festival. Latin music, dance, food, drink and fun will fill Fountain Square. Noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Friday events canceled due to weather. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown. www.cincy-cinco.com

Cinco de Nada 2018: This premiere Cinco de Mayo event will include an outdoor plaza party with nadaritas, tequila shots, frozen cocktails, draft and canned Mexican beers, craft brews, Red Bull and tacos. DJs will spin music from the rooftop, and there will be a photo booth outside as well. Inside, Nada will serve its full menu. 3 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday. Nada, 600 Walnut St., Downtown. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta: Christian Moerlein will celebrate Cinco de Mayo by serving two-for-$5 tacos and $5 pints of its Mexican Lime Lager. The brewery also will hold a pinata contest. Noon-6 p.m. Saturday. Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., 1621 Moore St., Over-the-Rhine. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

¡Cinco de Mayo!: Enjoy $5 margaritas, $3 Corona and Sol beers and $1 beef tacos at Dunlap Cafe. Mazunte also will dish out chips, salsa and guacamole throughout the day. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Dunlap Cafe, 1926 Dunlap St., Over-the-Rhine. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Cinco De Indie: Mad Frog, the college bar mainstay, will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a lineup of Ohio indie bands, including Summer School, Christopher Robin, Efflorescence and the Tangees. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday. Mad Frog, 1 E. McMillan St., Mount Auburn. $5. Ages 18 and up. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Cincy De Mayo Comedy Show: Come laugh with local comedians at DJ's Sports Tavern for its special event celebrating Cinco de Mayo and stay for a special hip-hop throwback afterparty. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday. DJ's Sports Tavern, 380 Glensprings Drive, Springdale. $11.42. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Cinco de Mayo DJs Carmen & Paloma bumpin' bananas fiesta time: Yep, that is the full name of this event taking place at Mixwells. The two DJs will make your fiesta a joy on Saturday. Starts at 8 p.m. Saturday. Mixwells Northside, 4169 Hamilton Ave., Northside. For more information, visitthe event Facebook page.

PKYP Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser: Come out and support a good cause at Streetside Brewery. The brewery will donate a $1 from each pint and 50 cents from each half-pint sold to the nonprofit ProKids. 1-5 p.m. Saturday. Streetside Brewery, 4003 Eastern Ave., East End. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Pineapple Brunch Party: Cinco de Mayo Edition: This edition of the Pineapple Brunch Party will take a Cinco de Mayo twist with DJs spinning island vibes and hip-hop classics. There also will be free brunch bites and mimosa specials. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Revel OTR, 111 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine. RSVP for free entry. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Cinco de Mayo Celebración: The Sandbar will have live music from 7-11 p.m., five-for-$15 Cinco beer buckets and $5 margaritas. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. The Sandbar, 4609 Kellogg Ave., East End. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

A little of both

Cinco De Derby: Cinco de Mayo party on the patio. Kentucky Derby party on the inside. That's Queen City Radio's plan for your double-the-fun Saturday. Inside, there will be a Framester booth at 9 p.m. and a Maker's Mark mint julep station with glass giveaway from 4-8 p.m. Outside, the new Airstream patio bar will serve Hornitos margarita specials and $4 Alesmith Sublime Mexican Lager. Starts at 2 p.m. Saturday and runs until 2 a.m. Sunday. Queen City Radio, 222 W. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Derby de Mayo: Stop by Washington Park for a fiesta and horse racing. The Kentucky Derby will be shown on TVs on the Southwest Porch, where there also will be themed drink specials throughout the day. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta: Rosedale OTR will serve $5 margaritas, Palomas and mint juleps throughout the day. The bar also will have Maker's Mark and Hornitos giveaways. Starts at 4 p.m. Saturday and runs until 2 a.m. Sunday. Rosedale OTR, 208 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Derby de Mayo Party: Throw on your derby hats or other apparel when you go to the Righteous Room. The bar will offer mint julep and margarita specials. There also will be pinata prizes and giveaways. Starts at 4 p.m. Saturday and runs until 2 a.m. Sunday. The Righteous Room, 641 Walnut St., Downtown. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Cinco de Derby: Buffalo Wings & Rings will offer $4 margaritas and free chips and salsa. TVs will be tuned to the Kentucky Derby. 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday. Buffalo Wings & Rings, 4615 Factory Colony Lane, Oakley. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Derby de Mayo: Mac's will serve mint juleps, margaritas, tequila, bourbon, chips and salsa and $12 buckets of beer to celebrate both the Derby and Cinco de Mayo. A DJ will start spinning records at 10 p.m., too. 6 p.m. Saturday. Mac's Pizza, 604 Main St., Covington. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Derby De Mayo at the Pub: The Pub will serve $7 mint and Spanish juleps, $3.50 Corona and Modelo bottles, $7 Julepe de Menta Tequila and traditional mint juleps, along with fish tacos. Starts at 11 a.m. Saturday and runs until 2 a.m. Sunday. The Pub Rookwood, 2692 Madison Road, Norwood. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Derby de Mayo Presidential Style: The Phoenix will serve tequila juleps, bourbon margaritas and more specialty cocktails. Wear your best Derby or other festive hats for a chance to win a tasting menu experience for two. 5-10 p.m. Saturday. The Presidents Room at the Phoenix, 812 Race St., Downtown. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.