Giddy up, folks! It’s that time of year again when we dust off our fanciest hats, sip on mint juleps, and watch some of the fastest horses on the planet dash for glory at the Kentucky Derby. But you don’t have to journey all the way to Churchill Downs to get in on the action. Nope, right here in Dubuque, Houlihan’s Restaurant & Bar by Q Casino is throwing the ultimate Derby Day shindig, and trust me, you won’t want to miss this patio party!

Credit: Houlihan's Dubuque
Credit: Houlihan's Dubuque

First things first, let’s talk libations. Houlihan’s knows how to shake up a mean cocktail, and for Derby Day, they’re pulling out all the stops. Picture this: you, lounging on their patio, with a refreshing Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned or a classic Mint Julep in hand. Ah, now that’s the life!

Credit: Tom Drake Drop your name in the bucket and you could be a big winner! I will be on location from 4 to 6pm.
Credit: Tom Drake
Like last years event, drop your name in the bucket and you could be a big winner! I will be on location at Houlihan's from 4 to 6pm.

And did I mention you will have a chance to win Iowa Hawkeye Football tickets... I didn't? Oh, well you will!

Wisconsin v Iowa
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You know you want to see the Hawkeyes in action this year! So stop in watch the derby and take a chance!

But wait, there’s more! They’re not just serving up delicious drinks and outstanding food; they’re also hosting a Best Hat Contest! That’s right, folks, it’s time to pull out your most outrageous and fabulous headwear and strut your stuff for a chance to win some seriously cool prizes. And let’s be real, the bigger the hat, the better your chance! So, channel your inner fashionista and get ready to turn heads.

Derby Fashion
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You have to love that derby day fashion!

Now, let’s sprinkle in some fun facts to spice things up, shall we? Did you know that the Kentucky Derby is the longest continuously run annual sporting event in the USA? Yup, you heard that right! Since 1875, folks from all walks of life have gathered to witness the thrill of the race.

Kentucky Derby Previews
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LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - APRIL 28: Epic Ride runs on the track during the morning training for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on April 28, 2024 in Louisville, Kentucky.

And speaking of thrilling races, let’s talk about Mage’s surprise victory in last year’s Derby. I mean, talk about an underdog story! Who knows what surprises await us this year? That’s the beauty of the Derby, folks—expect the unexpected!

Credit: Tom Drake Check out this spread from last years event at Houlihan's! Wow and yum!
Credit: Tom Drake
Check out this spread from last year's event at Houlihan's! Wow and yum!

But back to the main event: Houlihan’s Derby Day Extravaganza. The sun is shining, the drinks are flowing, and the excitement is palpable as we gather to watch the 150th Kentucky Derby. Whether you’re a seasoned horse racing aficionado or just looking for a good time, this party has something for everyone.

So, saddle up, Dubuque, and join us at Houlihan’s for a Derby Day celebration you won’t soon forget. Trust me, it’s going to be, hooves-down, a good time!

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