The iconic Churchill Downs
The iconic Churchill Downs
Photo by Jane Quigley | Flickr CC 2.0

Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Mayweather vs. Pacquiao and the Kentucky Derby

This weekend is all about the champions. From watching the fastest 3-year-olds in professional sports compete against each other to observing two warriors battle in the ring, this is a weekend for celebrating excellence — be it in human or equine form. 

As always, there's also food and drink involved.

Weekend starts now!

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will face each other on Saturday, May 2, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The fight card begins at 9 p.m, and  Mayweather and Pacquiao are expected to enter the ring for the main event  about 11:30 p.m.. The fight will be televised on pay-per-view through Showtime and HBO. If you didn't score tickets to see it in person, here's where to watch it in Miami:

E11Even Rooftop will host a viewing party. Watch the match on a 16-foot LED screen with surround sound on the open-air rooftop that's retractable depending on the weather. There are fire pits, sofas to sit on, bottle service, and a full food menu. Admission starts at $20 for ladies, $40 for men. Doors open at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets in advance or to book a table, visit touchemiami.com/boxing. 

The Clevelander
Watch the fight at the Clevelander on over 50 TV's, including a 20' LED screen by the pool and patio. To book a table or order bottle service, email bottleservice@clevelander.com.

Frankey's Sports Bar
Frankey's Sport Bar at The Villiage of Gulfstream Park has a 180 inch TV wall in which to see all the action. Enjoy a four-course Dinner Package for $80 including dishes such as beef or chicken nachos, chicken medley, burgers, tomato avocado salad, and more. An additional $50 gets you a bar package with beer, wine, specialty cocktails and top shelf liquor. 

Batch Gastropub
Watch the fight at Batch on 14 57" ultra high definition TVs and two 125" high definition projectors. Enjoy $5 Tecates and $7.50 Russian Standard vodka/Red Bull bombs all night long, while ring girls give out freebees. 21 and over, please. $20 admission (and a free drink for anyone who arrives before 7:30 p.m.); A limited number of tables are available with a $40 per person minimum. Call 305-808-5555 to reserve or purchase tickets on Eventbrite.com. 

American Pharoah will run the Kentucky Derby
American Pharoah will run the Kentucky Derby
Courtesy of Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby
The 141st running of the Kentucky Derby, called the greatest two minutes in sports, is this Saturday, May 2, at 6:24 p.m. New Times has compiled a list of the best Derby parties where you can grab a mint julep and cheer your three year-old to victory.

Relax poolside.
Relax poolside.
Courtesy of Thompson Miami Beach

Thompson Miami Beach's Côte de Rosé
Now that all that sporting excitement is over, it's time to relax on Sunday. No better place than the kickoff of Thompson Miami Beach's summer Sunday soiree series, Côte de Rosé. From 2 p.m. to sunset, the hotel's pool will transform into a rose garden. Sip fine rose and listen to deep house music by DJ ES. P and Niko Javan. Roses are available by the bottle or glass, along with rose cocktails and sangrias. Open to the public, but you must RSVP to codederose@thompsonhotels.com

Cinco de Mayo starts on the Tres at Broken Shaker
Cinco de Mayo starts on the Tres at Broken Shaker
Courtesy of Freehand Miami

Cinco de Mayo Comes Early to Broken Shaker
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Tres de Mayo at the Broken Shaker. Starting at 2 p.m., enjoy a barbecue, tacos, and margaritas. At 7 p.m., head upstairs to 27 Restaurant for Mexican bingo, hosted by Señor Gui. No cover. Just fun. 

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