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Kentucky Derby on Long Island

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Looking for suggestions on a good place to watch the Derby with a group of 6 to 10 adults on Long Island.Could be anywhere in Nassau or Suffolk. Trying to find a place with a fun atmosphere and also a good beer selection and bartenders who seem like they would be able to make a good Mint Julep or other Bourbon based drinks.Maybe a Whiskey Sour with fresh squeezed lemon juice or a Ward 8.Food is secondary,but not completely irrelevant. Not looking for a full dinner.But somewhere with reasonably tasty appetizers,burgers,etc. Thanks for your help.

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  1. I know Sweeney's Uptown Grille in Garden City is having a tent, free sliders, outside flat screen tvs, etc. Plus you can actually bet on the races at the bar.

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    1. re: GCGuy

      It's been years since I lived in the area but Sweeney's (back at the original locale) used to be a blast on Derby Day. So I would second GCGuy's opinion. The Kentucky Derby Calcutta was one of the great traditions.

      1. re: gwk222

        Thanks for the feedback.Sweeney's sounds like they put together a fun Derby Day and being able to bet on the races is a nice plus.