Giddy Up: Mint Juleps On Derby Day

Mint Juleps | Photo credit to heathercapri on Flickr

This may not be Kentucky, but if there exists a people who are experts at pretending we’re something or some place we’re not, it’s us, Los Angeles. Celebrate your bets vicariously at the bar with a Mint Julep tomorrow (and today, if you prefer to celebrate early). There are plenty of spots around town to get a good version of the spearmint muddled cocktail.

Dominick’s (West Hollywood)

Dominick’s always brings a solid pour to the bar. Enjoy your Mint Julep surrounded by the ’50’s era decor with tiled floors, dark wood and deep booths. Or, since the wind has died down, sit outside on their pleasant patio while basking in the sunshine.

Open at 6 PM

Dominick’s
8715 Beverly Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048
310.652.2335

Thirsty Crow (Silver Lake)

I’ll take any reason to revisit the brand new, 1930’s-themed bourbon far from 1933 Group. In fact, I’ve already had their Mint Julep made with Maker’s Mark, and it was pretty fantastic. Don’t forget to play a song for a nickel on their 1936 jukebox. 

Open at 5 PM

The Thirsty Crow
2939 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026-2127
323.661.6007

Elements Kitchen (Pasadena)

Enjoy the recently-revamped space with its modern decor while you sip your Bourbon and mint. As one of the most exciting places to eat or drink in Pasadena, Elements’ Mint Julep comes from a cocktail program designed by Michel Dozois of Neve Ice. What more could you ask for?

Bar Service 4 PM – 12 AM

Elements Kitchen
37 S. El Molino Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
626.440.0044

Rivera (Downtown)

They may serve food under the “Modern Latin” column, but it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the official Kentucky Derby cocktail from a menu designed by Julian T. Cox. The bar in the subtly-lit, elegant restaurant is the site of one of the premier drinking spots in Downtown L.A.

Open for dinner at 5:30 PM
Late night until 1 AM (Food 12 AM)

Rivera
1050 S. Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
213.749.1460

Copa d’Oro (Santa Monica)

Whatever the cocktail and whatever the occasion, it’ll turn out top notch at Copa d’Oro. Special order up a traditional version or pick one of Vincenzo Marianella’s gin variations (the Freezing Jess includes elderflower and a touch of absinthe).

Open at 5:30 PM

Copa d’Oro
217 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401-2311
310.576.3030

Have a great weekend with your mint-muddled cocktails!

There is something about a mint julep.
It is nectar imbibed in a dream,
As fresh as the bud of the tulip,
As cool as the bed of the stream.
There is something about a mint julep,
A fragrance beloved by the lucky.
And perhaps it’s the tint
Of the frost and the mint,
But I think it was born in Kentucky.

-Ogden Nash
Excerpt from: A Drink With Something In It