April 24, 2023. Due South, an elevated southern restaurant located in Navy Yard, is gearing up to celebrate the annual Run for the Roses (Kentucky Derby!) event on May 6, 2023. Attendees will enjoy premium craft cocktails, bourbon tastings, friendly competitions, a wide variety of Kentucky-style southern delights, and the chance to win Woodford Reserve Bourbon and Derby Day glasses. The first fifty guests will receive Woodford Reserve bourbon balls

Derby Day celebrations kick off at 3:00 PM and is a free, no-reservations-required event. Attendees can show up in festive attire, cheer on their favorite horse, and enjoy mint juleps into the night! The race will be shown on nine large televisions scattered throughout the bar, outdoors in our rosé garden and at Due South Dockside.

“Food is the best part of southern culture and we’re excited to serve delicacies like Kentucky mini hot browns, Kentucky beer cheese, ham deviled eggs, and more. We’re making room for big hats and preparing our best silver drinkware” – Chef Rusty Holman 

Festivities Include:

  • Live Kentucky Derby Coverage
  • Best Hat Contest
  • Bourbon Raffle & Giveaways
  • Bourbon Tastings
  • Expertly Crafted Derby-Themed Cocktails
  • Social Media Photo Opportunities

Break out your biggest hat, choose your horse, and meet us outside in the rosé garden. Due South is turning the most exciting two minutes in sports into a full day’s celebration and this event will be one to remember.

About Due South

Due South (301 Water St. SE, Washington, DC 20003; 202-479-4616) is located in the heart of Navy Yard. An authentic southern dining escape in the heart of DC, Due South’s Chef Rusty Holman and his team honor the distinctive and hallowed traditions of the region, preparing his cherished family recipes that have been handed down for generations. Due South serves brunch every Saturday and Sunday, plus lunch and dinner daily. Due South is also available for full-service catering. For more information visit