Editors' pick

Kentucky Derby at the Red Derby

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Editorial Review

When your bar has "Derby" in the name, it's pretty much a given that you're hosting a Kentucky Derby party. The Red Derby has no connection to horse racing 364 days of the year, but the Columbia Heights dive does it up on Derby Day, starting with what owner Sasha Carter calls "The Big Hat Bunch." Come in dressed for brunch wearing an oversized chapeau, "as if you're going to the Derby," she says, "and if it's outlandish and awesome, we'll buy you a drink or something." (Even without a hat, penny pinchers would agree that the hipster-friendly brunch menu includes great deals: $2 mimosas and bloody marys from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m..)

After brunch, mint juleps are $5, and the big projection screen, which usually shows old and/or arty movies, will carry the race live. If you get hungry, there's free derby pie while it lasts.

-- Fritz Hahn