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Kentucky Derby Festivities Return to Monarch Lounge, MayY 5

Photo Opportunities Available with Hilton Milwaukee City Center’s Canine Concierge, Millie, and Horses in the Hotel’s Outside Courtyard, 6th and Green

By - Apr 16th, 2018 12:49 pm

MILWAUKEE, April 16, 2018 – Mix up a mint julip, dust off your hats and set your wagers – Kentucky Derby festivities return to the Hilton Milwaukee City Center’s popular lobby lounge, the Monarch Lounge, Saturday, May 5. Monarch Lounge’s fourth annual Kentucky Derby party goes from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. and will feature Derby inspired appetizers and cocktails, as well as photo opportunities with the hotel’s canine concierge, Millie, and horses in 6th and Green, the hotel’s outside courtyard.

In addition to watching “the most exciting two minutes in sports” and enjoying a Woodford Mule or another specialty cocktail, party goers will have the chance to win over $500 worth of prizes. Guests will also enjoy live music from local jazz vocalist, Olivia Gonzales throughout the afternoon.

“We’re off to the races once again! Bringing this storied tradition to a historic hotel, like the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, makes for an ideal match,” said Zulf Shariff, general manager of Monarch Lounge. “This year, we’re excited to feature live music, fun Derby inspired appetizers and creative hand-crafted cocktails. We’ll even have a jockey and two thoroughbred horses on-site for photo opportunities. Let the race begin!”

During the Derby Day party May 5, the Monarch Lounge will serve complimentary appetizers, including:

  • “Mini hot browns” – open-faced turkey, bacon and pecorino cream sandwiches
  • Cold Benedictine finger sandwiches
  • Kentuckyaki wings
  • Bacon bourbon popcorn

Party goers can also enjoy Monarch Lounge’s select Derby inspired beverages (cost: $7):

  • Woodford Mule – Woodford Bourbon, Peychauds, lime juice, and ginger beer
  • Speedy Spritz – Korbel Champagne, sugar cube and bitters
  • Star Stallion – Triple Crown Collins, lemon juice, simple syrup, club soda and a cucumber garnish
  • Woodford Julep – Woodford Bourbon, mint leaves and simple syrup

During Monarch Lounge’s Kentucky Derby party, guests can enter a raffle to win prizes. Additional prizes will also be awarded for best dressed guests. All winners will be announced following the race, and winners must be present to accept their prizes.

  • Raffle Prizes – Raffle tickets can be purchased for $3 each, five tickets for $10 or 15 tickets for $25. Raffle prizes, include:
    • $100 Miller Time Pub & Grill gift card
    • $100 Milwaukee ChopHouse gift card
    • $100 WELL Spa + Salon gift card
    • An overnight stay at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center
  • Best Ladies Hat – The party goer with the best ladies’ hat will win a magnum of specially selected wine.
  • Best Dressed Couple – The couple with the best outfits will win an overnight stay at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information about Monarch Lounge’s Derby Day party, visit Or, you can check for more details via Facebook or Twitter @HiltonMilwaukee.

About Hilton Milwaukee City Center

Located in the heart of downtown, the AAA Four Diamond Hilton Milwaukee City Center is a true Milwaukee landmark. In 2011, it became a member of Historic Hotels of America. As Milwaukee’s convention headquarters hotel of choice, Hilton Milwaukee offers the most meeting and event space of any hotel in the city—more than 34,000 square feet—including three ballrooms and 18 well-appointed meeting rooms of various sizes. The hotel’s ballrooms, with their vaulted ceilings and period fabrics, echo the magnificence evident throughout this showpiece.

With 729 renovated guest rooms, Hilton Milwaukee can accommodate nearly any group. Its central location means guests are just moments away from the city’s theater district, the lakefront and Summerfest grounds, Bradley Center sports complex and Historic Third Ward. Hilton Milwaukee is located at 509 W. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Milwaukee. For more information on the hotel, visit, find the hotel on Facebook (, or follow it on Twitter (@HiltonMilwaukee).

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