In our Kentucky Derby attire (thanks Adam D)
Vinh & I arrived in downtown San Jose about 10 minutes before the event started. We were actually the first few people into the Blackbird Tavern. We got checked in real quick & got in line for the bar to get the official drink of the derby: mint juleps!
Inside Blackbird Tavern
Creating mint juleps
We had the lovely Sour Mash Hug Band performing some bluegrass goodness throughout the event :)
Sour Mash Hug Band
There were no more seats indoors so Vinh & I braved the windy outdoors. We grabbed a small table outside & enjoyed our super strong mint juleps. I also went to collect our Yelp goodie bag where I finally get my Yelp metal water bottle, woot!
Yelp swag with my mint julep
The Blackbird Tavern also provided complimentary appetizers for the VIP hour as well. I got to try: the hot brown sandwich, crawfish & beet salad, sweet potato hash with ham & finger sandwiches. I absolutely loved the sweet potato hash, it had a kick with a bit of spice :)
Hot brown sandwich, crawfish & beet salad, finger sandwich & sweet potato hash with ham
Patio area of Blackbird Tavern
The bar also provided complimentary champagne as well as Hubert's Lemonade. You could have gotten a shot of vodka to mix with your lemonade if you wanted. I didn't get to try the spiked iced tea, bummer :P
Hubert's Lemonade, champagne & mint julep
After 2PM, the party was opened to the public & the appetizers weren't free anymore. Vinh & I hung around for a while longer to enjoy our champagne before heading out.
Special menu for Yelpers
Cheers to the Derby!
In our Kentucky Derby finest :P
My Yelp swag loot, haha!
Congrats to California Chrome for winning the Kentucky Derby, woot! :)
Thanks Abby, Blackbird Tavern, Hubert's Lemonade, Sour Mash Hug Band & all the South Bay Yelpers for a fun Southern shindig! For more photos of the event (taken by Adam D), click here.
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