You can’t live in the South and ignore the Kentucky Derby! And when Derby days come around, it’s in your best interest to have a plan. You don’t want to be stuck without a place to don your best fascinator, do you?! Well, I’ve got the perfect place for you fancy Atlantans hoping to flaunt your best sundress and root for your favorite stallion.
Sweet Auburn Barbecue in Poncey-Highland serves BBQ with an Asian twist, and this year, they’re hosting a Kentucky Derby viewing party on Saturday, May 4! The party goes all day from 12:30 to 7:30 p.m., so you’ll have plenty of time to eat and drink to your heart’s content at this party. I’ve personally tried the BBQ Shrimp Scampi, Barbecue Nachos, BBQ Combo Plate, King of Memphis Melt, and Homemade Banana Pudding, and ALL of these items were incredible. 😛 Additionally, just for the party, you’ll have the chance to chomp into themed dishes—Pimento Cheese Biscuits, Bourbon Glazed Wings, and Cucumber Sandwiches. Getting excited yet?
Of course I can’t talk about a party without speaking of drinks. Especially not a Kentucky Derby viewing party! Sweet Auburn will be serving classic cocktails for the races—take your pick from the Pimm’s Cup and the Horse’s Neck and the Foolish Pleasure. Though you can’t go wrong, I really think you’ll love the Foolish Pleasure!
This mint julep-inspired sip is a lot like the iconic Derby drink, but it’s even cooler—it’s a slushier version! Yes, you read that right: a mint julep slushy! 😛 This is pretty much a dream come true in a glass. “Foolish Pleasure” was made in collaboration with ASW Distillery and Honeysuckle Gelato, and it was named after the winner of the 1975 Kentucky Derby. This beautiful, berry-hued drink fuses ASW Distillery’s Fiddler Whiskey with Honeysuckle Gelato’s Blackberry Lime sorbet along with brown sugar mint tea, creme de mure, Regan’s orange bitters, blackberry liqueur, and orange bitters to create a delightful, refreshing drink for a sunny spring day.
Last but certainly not least, there will also be giveaways, prizes for “Best Derby Attire,” “Best Sundress,” “Best Bowtie,” “Best Hat,” and much more. Let’s see… Great food, fabulous drinks, AND fascinators… Now that’s a Triple Crown!
Are you ready for as close as you can get to a day at the Kentucky Derby in Atlanta? Sweet Auburn BBQ is the clear winner! So grab your crew and race over to the Sweet Auburn Barbecue for Derby Day!
Saturday, May 4
12:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Sweet Auburn Barbecue, 656 North Highland Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30306
Disclaimer: Sweet Auburn BBQ provided me with a tasty meal in exchange for my opinion, however all drooling is my own. 😛
Those BBQ favorites look so amazing it would make a vegetarian change their ways. I know everyone would try that restaurant and not miss it if they are in the area
I have always wanted to go to a derby party, but it’s not really a thing up here in New England. One day I will get down your way to celebrate in style.
well doesnt think look amazing- not only this party super fun but that bbq look AMAZING ! YUM!
Okay, well, now I’m hungry. All of these foods look fabulous. And the drinks! I would want to try all of this.
The food at this restaurant looks amazing. It looks like they have a good variety of options. Looking forward to giving them a try.
Some great barbecue and a mint julip sounds fabulous. You absolutely have to have it with the big hats and the derby!
We will celebrate the Derby with friends and I see some goodies here that I want to have on my table. I love the whole experience. One day I will go to it.
Oh my gosh wow, this definitely sounds like the place to be for the Kentucky Derby. The BBQ looks way too good.
The Kentucky Derby viewing party at Sweet Auburn Barbecue sounds like really good fun. A great excuse to get dressed up and meet up with friends and enjoy some yummy food. I really want to try the Foolish Pleasure now it sounds delicious!!! Thanks for the recommendation x
The hubs always watch the Derby on TV. And I sometimes watch too. The food there looks divine. I’m drooling. 🙂
Oh wow. I would love to visit this place. All the food looks so delicious!
Well I am from KY and have lived here my entire life. Looks like some nice Kentucky classics at your BBQ Derby Party. I hope you enjoy watching the Race! I am planning to myself.
I have an event for work the same time as the derby. I am bummed because it always seems like such a fun thing to watch as a group.
Looks like great food. Love those drink and nachos. Sandwiches, green beans also delicious.
What a fun food spread for the Derby. Looks like you thought of everything.
I love the extravagant derby hats and those cocktails sound delicious! I’m a New England girl so unfortunately the derby isn’t as big up here.
OMG! All that yummy food! So glad that you had fun! I love this kind of parties, too!