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Off to the Races

The Triple Crown season is nearly upon us. Feed the fever with these festivities—derby attire encouraged.

Watch the races with a julep from Citizen Public House in hand.

1. Bourbon Browsing
Master mixologist Micah Olson’s establishment boasts about 50 Kentucky bourbons, including the prized 23-year family reserve Pappy Van Winkle, which may be sipped for $70 per 1-ounce pour. Crudo, 3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix

2. Derby Dishes

Chef Justin Beckett’s weekend brunch (10am to 3pm) includes special additions May 2. Get ready for Cajun chicken salad and cucumber and watercress tea sandwiches; pickled shrimp; and a caramelized onion, bacon and blue cheese tart. Southern Rail, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix

3. Julep Sipping

Mixologist Mike Liberatone will help you get in the spirit (pun intended) with his julep of Bulleit rye, Giffard menthe, aperol and AZ Bitters Lab figgy pudding bitters, and a fresh mint leaf, natch. Citizen Public House, 7111 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale

4. Lawn Party

The tradition of chic hats and regional spirits and cuisine returns to the Kentucky Derby party on the Orchid Lawn May 2. A portion of sales benefits nonprofit After the Homestretch-Arizona, with a former racehorse as a VIP guest. The Phoenician, 1-4pm, $65 per person, 6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale

5. Viewing Soiree

Stylish Scottsdale gastropub Bevvy offers off-track betting and more than 30 flat-screens to catch all the Triple Crown races on the day of. Bevvy, 4420 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale