Bonnets and Bow Ties at the Willard InterContinental

The Willard InterContinental’s historic Round Robin Bar will once again hosted an “Afternoon at the Races” at its annual Bonnets and Bow-Ties Kentucky Derby Party to view the “fastest two minutes in American sports” in style.

Maker’s Mark Distillery joined the Round Robin Bar in celebrating this great American tradition with a live telecast from Churchill Downs of the 137th Kentucky Derby. Bar patrons viewed the Derby and boasted their best bonnet and most bodacious bowties to win grand prizes. Each attendee experienced a southern style buffet featuring country baked ham with baby soft rolls, Kentucky coleslaw and potato salad, a display of international cheeses and Derby pies, including a thematic variation on the pecan pie with a healthy measure of Maker’s Mark and two of the bar’s famous Henry Clay Southern-Style Mint Juleps served up by the Round Robin Bar’s master mixologist, Jim Hewes and his team. Each drink was individually handcrafted and was served in the official keepsake 137th Kentucky Derby glassware.

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Photography by Trena Raines

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Photography by Trena Raines