The Well Done Kentucky Derby


The Well Done Derby

derbyIf you’re going to rage then you might as well look good doing it and nothing screams “classy drunk” like a good ole Kentucky Derby Party.  We also believe any event that can produce this image deserves a celebration.  So whether you’re a dark horse or a front runner, we put together a Well Done Derby so that you can do it right including drinks, a betting guide and of course a list of parties to attend in and around Boston. Enjoy responsibly, and remember when in doubt, ride the rails!

What to Drink

First things first, we stopped by The Boston Shaker to talk with Lonnie and learn how to make the best damn Mint Julep this side of Churchill Downs.

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  • Crushed Ice
  • Fresh Mint Leaves (6-10)
  • 2oz. Bourbon
  • 2 Cubes Brown Sugar with 1oz. of water
  • Angastora Bitters


Muddle mint, sugar, water.  Add bourbon, ice and stir for 20 seconds. Strain over crushed ice in Julep glass, garnish with mint and bitters.

Putting Your Money Down – Rake it in with tips from our Resident Handicapper – Josh Mandel

Let’s be honest, you know nothing about horse racing. You don’t know the sire for each horse, what the Beyer speed figures are, who won the Florida Derby and you certainly can’t name more than 3 horses racing in the Kentucky Derby.  However, as a man, you feel compelled to gamble for the thrill and also to see hot chicks in cute hats and little dresses.  Everyone wants to say, “I told you he was going to win”!  Well, give up on your dream of being the horse whisperer.  Don’t Google which horse will win and how to bet.  Just listen to me.

I have watched every horse, every points race, and don’t care what all of the pundits say. Let me provide you with an easy strategy to win the most money possible.

These are the only four betting strategies you should use:
1. Bet to Win – Simple, pick the horse you like to win and bet any denomination you like. I personally don’t believe this is tremendously exciting since this Derby field is so competitive and there are too many horses to choose from. However, it will give you a thrill.

2. Trifecta Box – The trifecta box is ideal for the average going dude who wants to bet and make money. Here is how it works:

You bet a trifecta be selecting a minimum three horses to finish first, second, and third. These horses must finish first, second, and third, in that exact order, for you to win the wager. You are not Nostradamus of horse racing so since picking three horses in order is too difficult you can “box” your wager. A boxed trifecta wager will win if your horses finish 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, in any order, making it more likely to win.
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3. Exacta Box – Feeling risky Welcome to the exacta box. When you select two or more horses in a race and wish to cover every possible exacta combination with those selections, an exacta box simplifies this bet.

Example: You like the #4, #5 and #6 in the Derby. Since the exacta requires you to select the first and second horses in their exact order of finish, this three horse box example would involve six combinations: 4-5, 4-6, 5-4, 5-6, 6-4 and 6-5. Instead of making all six wagers separately, you can ask for a “$2 exacta box, 4-5-6” for a cost of $12.

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4. The Party Bet – This one is fun and easy. Get a hat, write each horse number on separate pieces of paper (keep an eye on late scratches), and people will randomly pick from the hat. Their number will correspond with the number of the horse better known as post position. Charge $10 per random pick and since 20 horses are racing that gives you a pool of $200. Payout $100 for the winner, $50 for place, $30 for show, and $20 for dead last.


Good luck gentlemen!

Kentucky Derby Parties in Boston


Publico Street Bistro & Garden – South Boston (11 Dorchester St, Boston –

Marking the official launch party of their outdoor garden and atrium space, Publico will celebrate Cinco with a special taco & tequila garden party.  Executive Chef, Keenan Langlois will be serving up a duo of fish & carnitas tacos for $12.00 alongside his rib-eye tartare tacos priced at $8.00 for two.   Homemade salsa and guacamole will be additional menu specials priced at $7.00 and $8.00 per serving.  Co-owner and beverage director, Teodora Bakardzhieva will also craft a trio of margarita specials including; Smoke & Spice (tequila, mescal, jalapeno,) Fresh Watermelon & a traditional concoction which will be $12.00 each.     Publico will also open early at 4pm to get the fiesta started!

The following day, Publico will host their first annual “Run to The Rosé” Derby party in the restaurants garden.  Two giant project screens will show the derby on the interior walls within the atrium for guests to enjoy while sipping signature Publico Mint Julep cocktails ($12,) and eating Chef Langlois’ Cucumber Sandwiches ($8.00,) and derby dogs ($8.00) topped with house-made bourbon mustard.

Surrounded on four sides by the 11 on the Dot residential building, Publico’s garden is an urban oasis with open air views overhead.  The space features an outdoor bar, ivy-covered trellis and covered lounge areas that boast fire pits and built-in flat-screen TVs.

Coppersmith (40 W 3rd Street, Boston –

Coppersmith’s Executive Chef, Jason Heard will be serving up a special Mexican menu, beginning at 5pmon Cinco de Mayo.  Heard’s specials will include; Grilled Shrimp Tacos (grilled shrimp, avocado cream sauce, curtidod, mango, corn tortillas, $11 for two,) Smoked Duck Quesadilla (smoked duck, poblano peppers, jack cheese,salsa rojo, $12,) and Cemitas (Mexican sandwich made with crispy pork, avocado, black beans, peppers, jack cheese, $13.)  Specialty Margaritas will be served inside and up on the rooftop Air Deck in traditional, strawberry and ghost pepper variations for $12.00 each.

Derby Day will arrive at Coppersmith with all the pomp and circumstance. Guests can watch the world’s top thoroughbreds take to the track on two 12’ projection screens indoors or on flat screen TV’s located on the rooftop Air Deck. From the bar, the beverage team will shake up traditional Mint Juleps for $12.00 and chef Jason Heard will be serving up some BBQ favorites like ribs and wings directly out front of the restaurant from his brand new 9 ft Lang Smoker. Traditional derby attire is encouraged!

Lion’s Tail – South End (354 Harrison Avenue, Boston – 857.239.9276

Cinco de Mayo at Lion’s Tail will see the debut of the newest Tacos at the Tail menu featuring $3.00 tacos from 5pm – 6:30pm and a $9.00 trio of tacos from 6:30 to close.  Chef Diego Osorno’s latest taco incarnations include; Spicy BBQ Chicken (pico de gallo, house-made guacamole, pickled onions, lettuce, cheese,) Pork Belly (pineapple coleslaw, house-made guacamole, lettuce, cheese,) and Vegetable (spiced cauliflower, onion, pepper, golden beets, house-made guacamole, cheese.) A house-made margarita will also make a special appearance on the menu for $11 each.

In honor of the 143rd Kentucky Derby, Lion’s Tail will host its first ever “Race to the Roses” soiree.  This $40 ticketed event will be hosted from 3:30pm – 7:00pm and include a complimentary champagne toast upon arrival, endless appetizers courtesy of award-winning chef, Diego Osorno, gift bags including a take home Julep Cup and a live broadcast of the race.  Guests are encouraged to wear their finest Kentucky Derby attire as prizes will be awarded for the best dressed male and female spectators.