If there's an event that requires unique attire and another reason to drink during the day, you know Orlando is all over it.  The Kentucky Derby combines our two favorite things to do in Orlando. Day drinking and having a good time. If you're going to be donning a bow tie and derby hat this Saturday you may be in search of the signature cocktail in Orlando that has become synonymous with the Derby, the Mint Julep. Here are a few places boasting the best Mint Juleps in Orlando. 


Ember is reminiscent of the easy-going social taverns seen all over Europe and the Mediterranean. Open air seating. Drinks. Delicious menu options. On Saturday, May 6th Ember Orlando is hosting the 10th Annual Derby Day event with proceeds going to the UCF Center For Autism and Related Disabilities.  You can sip on mint juleps, place your bets and be in the winners circle all while raising funds for a great cause.

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Soco Restaurant

SoCo is an Award-Winning restaurant dishing out Southern Contemporary Cuisine in the Heart of Thornton Park. They're also known for crafting one of the best mint julep cocktails in the city.  If you're looking to sip on a few during the Kentucky Derby this weekend, make your way to Thornton Park and pull up a seat at Soco. 

Osprey Tavern

The Osprey Tavern is a neighborhood gathering place, serving refined, rustic food, hand selected wines, craft beers, and fine spirits including their Mint Julep, part of their spring cocktail series. Stop by and give them all a try during Derby Day this weekend. 

Dapper Duck

Located in the heart of Downtown Orlando the Dapper Duck serves up great food, ambiance, and cocktails. In search of a unique watering hole to sip on a few mint juleps? The Dapper Duck is the place to be on Derby Day in Orlando. 

Saddle Up All American Bar

Saddle Up, Orlando’s newest country bar is conveniently set in the heart of Downtown Orlando. Comprised of over 5000 square feet of pure country, Saddle Up to the bar and enjoy a hand crafted mint julep in the comforts of a casual country oasis. 

Santiago's Bodega

Santiago's Bodega is known for their amazing brunch. They offer a wide array of tapas-style dishes served up in a warm, colorful gathering place with a full bar. With the Kentucky Derby rounding the corner you may be looking to pair your meal with a mint julep.  Ask the bartender at Santiago's Bodega to craft one for you.  We promise you won't be disappointed.  


Prato features hand handcrafted Italian cuisine, a vibrant bar scene, and year-round al fresco dining. Blending simplicity and inspiration, Prato celebrates cuisine from Italy’s rich culinary landscape. Heading to Derby On Park Kentucky Derby Soiree? Stop by Prato for their take on a Mint Julep. The "Derby Day" combines Stranahan's Diamond Peak Whiskey, Chocolate Mint, and Madagascar Vanilla Simple Syrup.

Graffiti Junktion | Thornton Park

An American Burger joint w/ Less Attitude & More Gratitude. Savor the flavor of the eat, drink & vibe w/ a crowd that is always fresh - never frozen! Now, sipping on a Mint Julep at a burger joint may seem like a weird suggestion but trust us, their Derby-inspired cocktail is on point.  Meatloaf sandwich and potato soup not included but highly recommended. 

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