Opening Day After Parties
Whether you attend Opening Day or not, the start of racing season is worth celebrating. We’ve rounded up the best after parties and events you’ll want to see and be seen at on July 18.
Opening Day After Party at L’Auberge
Don your party hats at the most exclusive Opening Day after party in Del Mar. Enjoy culinary treats from Kitchen 1540’s Executice Chef Scott Thomas Dolbee, fabulous ocean views and sweet beats from San Diego’s best DJs. 5–11 p.m. $100/pp. Must be 21 or over. Private cabanas and tables with bottle service are also available. 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. 858.259.1515.
Flavor Lounge After Party
Flavor Del Mar’s opening day Photo Finish After Party is the place to be after the races open. Feel like a celebrity as a photographer captures red carpet photos at the entrance, then snaps shots inside all night long. Enjoy the bar menu until 1 a.m., live jazz music and beats from DJ Mike White. $20/pp from 3-5 p.m., $30/pp after 5 p.m. Flavor is also offering an opening day three-course Trifecta Feast Dinner in the dining room and The Dark Horse Soiree After Party at SIP Wine Bar. 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. 858.755.3663.
Del Mar Opening Day at Burlap
Keep the party alive after the jockeys and horses go home for the night at Burlap. An official partner of the Del Mar Racetrack, Burlap will be rocking to the sounds of DJs Decon and Cobra at what is sure to be one of the hottest parties of the season. Enjoy some of Snake Oil’s racetrack-inspired cocktails next to the koi ponds and fire pits on Burlap’s wrap-around patio. 5:30 p.m. $30/pp. 12995 El Camino Real #21, Del Mar. 858.369.5700. burlapeats.wanttickets.com
Jockey for a Cause
Party for a good cause at this inaugural event benefitting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. The official charity event of Opening Day, Jockey for a Cause promises celebrity appearances, fabulous food stations, flowing wines from award-winning vineyards in Napa, six hosted bars, live entertainment, a complimentary shuttle and mingling with the who’s who of the horse racing industry. 6 p.m. $100/pp in advance, $200/pp day of. The DeHaven Estate, Rancho Santa Fe. 630.234.6691. pdjf.org
Del Mar Races Opening Day Soirée at Firehouse
Celebrate all day long with pre and post parties at Firehouse this Opening Day. A party bus will be taking guests round-trip from Firehouse to the racetrack, returning as late as a half an hour after the last race. Upon returning to Firehouse, enjoy enticing food and drink specials, a photo booth and music from DJs Static Promenade, Johnny Rayburn and Cheyenne Giles. 722 Grand Ave., Pacific Beach, 619.663.6823. firehousepb.com
Opening Day at Pacifica Del Mar’s Ocean Bar
Pacifica is celebrating Opening Day at its recently remodeled Ocean Bar by including two complimentary cocktails with the $25 cover. The options for tasty libations are nearly endless with Pacifica’s stock of more than 200 vodkas. The cost for valet parking at Del Mar Plaza will also be deducted from the bill for diners with a tab over $50. 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar Plaza, Del Mar. 858.792.0476. pacificadelmar.com