The Real Cost of Attending the Kentucky Derby

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2012-05-03T16:31:25Z

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Dinner and Drinks

At Bourbons Bistro in the Clifton neighborhood of Louisville, you might start with an appetizer of fried green tomatoes ($6), followed by Bourbons' pulled pork sandwich ($15). Wash it all down with one of more than 130 varieties of bourbon. Three miles away at the Proof on Main restaurant in downtown Louisville, a dinner might include Chickpea and Country Ham Fritters ($10) followed by a $26 entree of Marksbury Farm Chicken, along with a $7 side of Weisenberger Grits. Flights of bourbon -- featuring three different varieties each -- cost $16 to $24.