Great Offtrack Places To Watch Live Racing At Saratoga Race Course
A Roundup of Where To Watch The Races & Capture The Spirit Of The Track
With the horses racing on without fans in attendance at the Saratoga Race Course's 2020 meet, fans may be wondering where they can catch the action. We've put together a list of where you can see the excitement live at restaurants, bars, and hotels starting on opening day, July 16.
Please note: With regulations changing on a near-daily basis, it's best to contact establishments ahead of time to confirm details and reservations.
Go All Out With Your Track Viewing Experience
Make a day of it - or longer! - with these track viewing options:
The Adelphi Hotel
Reserve your personal table and watch live racing from the Saratoga Race Course and beyond at The Adelphi Hotel. Upon arrival guests receive a personal-sized bottle of champagne to sip while watching simulcast racing on the giant projector screen and 65" flat screen TVs. There will also be a "trackside" photo area, local vendor booths, and guests can order from the trackside dinner menu throughout the day.
While admission is free there is a $35 minimum food and beverage required. This minimum is subject to change on grade 1 stakes weekends.
Prime at Saratoga National
Prime at Saratoga National plans to offer reserved tables on race days from 12:30pm to 6:30pm on the outside terrace and patio. The package includes the table with premier televised views and audio simulcast races from the Race Course, and there are several other complimentary perks. The cost is $50 per seat, which includes a $30 per person food and beverage credit.
Pavilion Grand Hotel
Center your whole night or weekend around horse racing at the Pavilion Grand Hotel, which has a unique, all-inclusive package to consider -- the Saratoga Summer Rate. This package includes horse races shown via large screen TVs on their rooftop, along with a $50 gift card to 30 Lake Restaurant for rooftop use, $100 NYRABets gift card for use on your personal account, and much more. The live airing of the races is only available to guests utilizing this package.
Racing City Brewing
Racing City Brewing has the largest projection screen in the area at 23x14 feet along with several TVs, and their spacious building is excellent for social distancing. The kitchen is currently closed, but they will allow guests to bring food or order takeout. They will have beer, wine, cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages, and small snacks available.
There is a $25 deposit to reserve the table, which is put towards the final bill. They will open at noon on all race days and plan to host watch parties on the weekends. Guests will be able to buy the Daily Racing Form, enroll in DRFBets or NYRABets, and fund their accounts for immediate use.
Find More Exciting Opportunities to Watch the Races
The following restaurants and bars all plan to air the races.
Clancy's Tavern is the first to open in Saratoga every morning and will be open from first post to last post. They're running the following specials: Bucket Special 5 for $20 that includes 16oz can Miller Lite, 16oz can Coors Light, and then Budweiser, Bud Light, and Michelob Ultra mix and match; Bucket Special 5 for $24 that includes White Claw Black Cherry, Mango, and Lime, and Truly Mixed Berry, Pineapple, and Blueberry; and finally they have Debbie's World Famous Bloody Mary's for $7 a pint. (Note, track season specials are not included in the daily happy hour special.)
The Parting Glass
The Parting Glass opens daily at 11am and you can watch horse racing on their big screen while enjoying food and beer specials. Reservations are not necessary.
Peabody's has plenty of TVs for horse racing and plans to air OTB, TVG, and MSG. They'll be open during the races and may charge a small table fee (call the restaurant for updates at 518.886.8673). This popular sports bar is known for their amazing wings, so make sure to order some along with your cold beer for the races.
PJ's BAR-B-QSA will be open starting at 11am Tuesday to Sunday. Watch the live horse racing from Saratoga on their TVs outside the overhang or inside in the socially-distanced dining area. No reservations are needed and there's plenty of parking spaces available. Families and children welcome.
Saratoga Casino Hotel
The Jackpot Deli and Mezzanine Bar are open at the Saratoga Casino Hotel so fans can watch the action at the Saratoga Race Course on over 100 TVs. Simulcast wagering will be available via self-service betting machines. There is a $10 admission fee that includes a $10 food and beverage voucher. Seating will be limited and is first come, first serve. They are opn on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 11:30am to 7pm and Friday and Saturday 11:30am to 9pm. (Please note, there is currently no reopening date for the casino itself.)
Saratoga Strike Zone
Saratoga Strike Zone will air the races on their 10 TVs. This is a great family-friendly option for fans who can bring the kids to enjoy bowling, bumper cars, and more.
The Wine Bar
Wine-lovers will want to head to The Wine Bar to watch the races live while enjoying a glass of something delightful. They are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays (which are Dark Days anyway).
Come and watch the races live from 15 Church's beautiful patio in Saratoga Springs. Starting on Opening Day, July 16, and running through the end of the meet, you can enjoy watching the top thoroughbreds race at the historic racetrack. The patio will be equipped with extra TVs, fabulous food, and plenty of champagne for every winner. Reservations are required by calling 518-587-1515, and you can reserve a table for the day, the week, or the entire meet.
BurgerFi will broadcast live horse racing all summer. In addition to their burgers they also serve beer and wine.
The Horseshoe Inn Bar and Grill
The Horseshoe Inn Bar and Grill will stream the races from six outdoor TVs and a 15-foot blowup projector screen. The restaurant also offers a view of Turn 2 along the backstretch of the track!
Mouzon House will offer horse race viewing on their rooftop and the outside bar. Happy hour is 4pm to 5pm daily during the summer.
Diamond Club Restaurant
Diamond Club Restaurant inside the Embassy Suites will air the races and will have private viewing rooms available.
King's Tavern will be open during the day for guests to come in and bet on their phone, drink their famous "mugs," and chow down on delicious grub.
The Night Owl
The Night Owl will show the races at their main bar. They have recently been hosting "Session Saturdays" with a DJ on their expansive patio, so hang out after Saturday races for some tunes.
There will be TVs indoors and out at Pint Sized, which is where beer-loving horse racing fans should go to check out their 12 constantly rotating taps and canned craft beer.
Putnam Place has the largest LED video wall in downtown Saratoga, where they plan to air the races. Stick around after the races to enjoy happy hour from 5pm to 7pm, live music on the patio from 7pm to 10pm, and a DJ from 10pm to 1am. They are closed on Tuesdays (a Dark Day).
Sperry's Restaurant is offering reserved seats to watch the races. On Wednesdays and Thursdays the cost is $50 per person, $30 of which goes towards a food and beverage credit. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays it will be $75 per person with a $50 food credit. Call 518.584.9618 to reserve your spot.
Taverna Novo has five flat screen TVs and plans to show the races Wednesday through Sunday from 3pm to 9pm.
West Side Sports Bar & Grill
West Side Sports Bar & Grill plans to air the races on all of their TVs and will offer daily race specials.
Wherever you choose to enjoy live horse racing this season, keep in mind that restaurants, like many businesses, are in tough and unprecedented times. Be kind, adhere to regulations, and tip well!
This article is sponsored by Saratoga County Tourism. Note: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions or view of Saratoga County Tourism or its members.