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11 Mint Juleps to Drink on Derby Day and Beyond

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It’s finally May, the month of the Kentucky Derby and everyone’s favorite racetrack drink, the mint julep. Simple, classic, and refreshing all accurately describe it. There's muddled mint leaves, crushed ice, sugar, water, and bourbon. Served in a silver julep cup with a few sprigs of mint, the cocktail is the official drink of the Run for the Roses. It's also largely representative of Southern taste– sweet with a spicy kick.

Washingtonians are lucky enough to live in a city with some mint julep history, as Kentucky Senator Henry Clay famously introduced it to the Round Robin bar at the Willard Hotel. While many D.C. eateries will offer this drink as a Kentucky Derby special, the Round Robin and a host of other bars and restaurants  almost always have it on the menu.

Sipping a julep is perfect for sunny afternoons on the patio this spring, even if it’s not done in a flamboyant hat. Try these mint juleps around D.C. not just on Derby Day, but nearly any day.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. BOURBON STEAK DC

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2800 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 944-2026
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Named for the spirit classically used in the julep, chef Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak keeps it classic with bourbon or rye whiskey, mint, and sugar. Head to the Four Seasons and order it for $15 with the house spirit, or choose your favorite whiskey for a few extra bucks.
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2. Church & State

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1236 H Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 399-2323
Known for its signature pews and stained glass windows, Church & State offers a $12 classic julep made with Buffalo Trace bourbon.

3. Founding Farmers

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1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 822-8783
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This Foggy Bottom staple will offer a Kentucky Derby drink menu for the entire week of May 2 to May 7. Offerings include a classic mint julep or peach julep for $10, and a $12 twist on Teddy Roosevelt’s famous julep recipe with Angostura bitters. This menu can also be found at its sister restaurant, Farmers Fishers Bakers.

4. Lincoln

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1110 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 386-9200
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Like its sister restaurant Teddy & the Bully Bar, Lincoln offers modern adaptations of classic American fare in an atmosphere inspired by Honest Abe. They keep it simple with their $12 julep, opting for Bulleit bourbon, mint syrup, crushed ice, and mint.

5. Occidental

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1475 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 783-1475
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While not always on the menu, diners can enjoy mint juleps at this historic downtown spot throughout the entire month of May. For a blast of refreshment, their juleps will be prepared as a frozen drink priced at $15.
728 King St, Alexandria
VA, 22314
(703) 299-8385
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A “rebirth of the golden age,” PX serves craft cocktails in an upscale lounge that requires reservations and an equally upscale dress code. While not always on the menu, their take on the mint julep is called “Mint Juleps Are Kind of Annoying, Seriously Order This Instead.” This $16 sparking cocktail contains Belle Meade bourbon, mint water, citric acid, and Gruet sparkling wine.

7. Rebellion DC

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1836 18th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20019
Popular for its hearty and creative “Southern chow,” this DuPont Circle favorite shuns bourbon altogether and offers a “Gin on Gin Julep.” Priced at $11, this cocktail mixes FEW barrel-aged gin, Hendrick’s, simple syrup and mint leaves.

8. Southern Efficiency

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1841 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 316-9396
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The craft mint juleps at Derek Brown’s Shaw whiskey bar are so popular they’re on tap. There’s a classic Old Forester option for traditional palates, of course. However, more adventurous sippers will like the Champagne Julep with VS cognac, mint, bitters and bubbles, or the pineapple julep with pineapple infused rum, Don Ciccio, coffee liqueur, mint, and bitters. All draft juleps are $10.

9. Teddy & The Bully Bar

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1200 19th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 872-8700
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Like its sister restaurant Teddy &; the Bully Bar, Lincoln is known for new American fare. This Theodore Roosevelt-themed eatery also provides a twist on the classic cocktail. Order ithe strawberry mint julep for $12 with Woodford mint fused bourbon, strawberry shrub, and fresh mint.

10. The Round Robin Bar

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1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
Famous for being the first to serve mint juleps in Washington, Round Robin’s luxurious bar will always have this Southern classic ready for patrons. Its recipe goes beyond the typical ingredients by topping the Maker’s Mark-based cocktail with lemon zest and powdered sugar. Order it for $15.
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11. Vidalia

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1990 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 659-1990
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A fine dining option for fans of Southern fare, Vidalia always has a mint julep on the menu. Using classic ingredients and Wild Turkey bourbon, this drink can be ordered for $10.

1. BOURBON STEAK DC

2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20007
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Named for the spirit classically used in the julep, chef Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak keeps it classic with bourbon or rye whiskey, mint, and sugar. Head to the Four Seasons and order it for $15 with the house spirit, or choose your favorite whiskey for a few extra bucks.
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20007

2. Church & State

1236 H Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Known for its signature pews and stained glass windows, Church & State offers a $12 classic julep made with Buffalo Trace bourbon.
1236 H Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

3. Founding Farmers

1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20006
This Foggy Bottom staple will offer a Kentucky Derby drink menu for the entire week of May 2 to May 7. Offerings include a classic mint julep or peach julep for $10, and a $12 twist on Teddy Roosevelt’s famous julep recipe with Angostura bitters. This menu can also be found at its sister restaurant, Farmers Fishers Bakers.
1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

4. Lincoln

1110 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Like its sister restaurant Teddy & the Bully Bar, Lincoln offers modern adaptations of classic American fare in an atmosphere inspired by Honest Abe. They keep it simple with their $12 julep, opting for Bulleit bourbon, mint syrup, crushed ice, and mint.
1110 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

5. Occidental

1475 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
While not always on the menu, diners can enjoy mint juleps at this historic downtown spot throughout the entire month of May. For a blast of refreshment, their juleps will be prepared as a frozen drink priced at $15.
1475 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

6. PX

728 King St, Alexandria, VA, 22314
A “rebirth of the golden age,” PX serves craft cocktails in an upscale lounge that requires reservations and an equally upscale dress code. While not always on the menu, their take on the mint julep is called “Mint Juleps Are Kind of Annoying, Seriously Order This Instead.” This $16 sparking cocktail contains Belle Meade bourbon, mint water, citric acid, and Gruet sparkling wine.
728 King St, Alexandria
VA, 22314

7. Rebellion DC

1836 18th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20019
Popular for its hearty and creative “Southern chow,” this DuPont Circle favorite shuns bourbon altogether and offers a “Gin on Gin Julep.” Priced at $11, this cocktail mixes FEW barrel-aged gin, Hendrick’s, simple syrup and mint leaves.
1836 18th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20019

8. Southern Efficiency

1841 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
The craft mint juleps at Derek Brown’s Shaw whiskey bar are so popular they’re on tap. There’s a classic Old Forester option for traditional palates, of course. However, more adventurous sippers will like the Champagne Julep with VS cognac, mint, bitters and bubbles, or the pineapple julep with pineapple infused rum, Don Ciccio, coffee liqueur, mint, and bitters. All draft juleps are $10.
1841 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

9. Teddy & The Bully Bar

1200 19th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
Like its sister restaurant Teddy &; the Bully Bar, Lincoln is known for new American fare. This Theodore Roosevelt-themed eatery also provides a twist on the classic cocktail. Order ithe strawberry mint julep for $12 with Woodford mint fused bourbon, strawberry shrub, and fresh mint.
1200 19th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

10. The Round Robin Bar

1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
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Famous for being the first to serve mint juleps in Washington, Round Robin’s luxurious bar will always have this Southern classic ready for patrons. Its recipe goes beyond the typical ingredients by topping the Maker’s Mark-based cocktail with lemon zest and powdered sugar. Order it for $15.
1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

11. Vidalia

1990 M St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
A fine dining option for fans of Southern fare, Vidalia always has a mint julep on the menu. Using classic ingredients and Wild Turkey bourbon, this drink can be ordered for $10.
1990 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

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