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Written by Jo Hombsch
It’s maybe the race that stops a nation but it isn’t all about horses and jockey’s racing down the final straight at Flemington Race course.
When it comes to the Melbourne Cup, where you celebrate is as equally as important as who you drew in your sweepstakes. A venue with a vibe and one that offers champagne on arrival with a long lunch and a heavenly selection of food is a must.
Then there’s the fashion. You need a restaurant that is guaranteed to pull a good crowd dressed to the nines in the best spring racing attire.
If you’re looking for some race day inspiration, here are our top thirteen picks on where to celebrate the Melbourne Cup this year.
Celebrate Melbourne Cup at The Dolphin with a menu that highlights the very best of the Dining Room, Wine Room and Public Bar kitchens.
Enjoy a four-hour drinks package alongside a canape menu created by Monty Koludrovic. You can expect an afternoon of food, music and drinks
What: all-inclusive from 12pm till the end of the race.
Celebrate Melbourne Cup at Cirrus at Barangaroo.
It’s set to be a classy affair on the waterside, the shared style menu showcasing what they do best, seafood.
Guests will be treated to a glass of Champagne on arrival, followed by a selection of dishes from Cirrus’s new menu including Crumbed Tiger Prawns with Shellfish Aioli and Cobia Rillettes with Carrot and Tarragon.
What: Shared styled menu with a glass of champagne on arrival.
Enjoy a farm-to-table feast at Freds this Melbourne Cup.
Freds is a two-hatted restaurant in Paddington which ticks all the right boxes for a race day affair. It’s fancy, yet warm and welcoming.
You’ll receive a glass of 2010 Dom Pérignon or Kirin on arrival, followed by a seasonal Melbourne Cup lunch designed by head chef, Danielle Alvarez.
What: A seasonal banquet lunch and a glass of Dom Pérignon or Kirin on arrival.
The Butler in Potts Point is heating up for an Ibero-American feast alongside city views!
There will be prizes for best-dressed male and female as well as best-dressed table so dress to impress!
What: Eight-course banquet menu and a two and a half hour beverage package
Bopp and tone
Frock up and celebrate Melbourne Cup in the heart of Wynyard at Bopp & Tone. There will be prizes for best-dressed, so dress to impress!
Embodying every day opulence and grandeur, the lived-in luxury of Bopp & Tone is the perfect destination to gather with friends or colleagues and enjoy the race.
What: Banquet menu and glass of Perrier-Jouët Champagne on arrival.
Join Hotel Ravesis for all your race-day excitement.
Enjoy a two-course lunch with bottomless Veuve Clicquot, selected wines, and beers.
Get in on $5, $10 and $20 sweeps and take in the races on multiple screens throughout the day.
What: Two-course lunch with bottomless Veuve Clicquot, selected wines and beers.
Or, if you’re looking for a more casual experience, book a table in the downstairs bar.
Book here: [email protected]
Bert’s Bar & Brasserie
Celebrate Melbourne Cup on the Northern Beaches at Bert’s Bar & Brasserie.
For $250pp you’ll be greeted with a glass of 2010 Dom Pérignon or Kirin on arrival, followed by an exclusive Cup Day menu curated by executive chef, Jordan Toft.
Arrive hungry, settle in, and take in the view.
Spend Cup Day overlooking Coogee Beach at Coogee Pavilion ground floor.
Enjoy an elegant costal three-course share-style lunch curated by executive chef, Jordan Toft.
Celebrate Melbourne Cup at the Neutral Bay Californian inspired restaurant SoCal. SoCal will be dishing up a tasty SoCali banquet with flowing bubbles to celebrate the big day on their sunny terrace.
With multiple TV’s, sweepstakes and those Californian vibes, find yourself under the palms this Melbourne Cup at SoCal!
What: Banquet lunch, with a glass of champagne on arrival
Add on’s: add on 2.5-hour beverage package for $55 pp
Queen Chow Manly
Make your way to Manly Wharf for a Cantonese feast with a side of sea breeze at Queen Chow Manly.
Tuck into delicious dim sum, sit back, relax, and raise a glass with friends as you take in the water views.
The lavish affair at Queen Chow Manly for the big race will see you enjoying a cocktail on arrival followed by a tasty banquet featuring all your favourites and a matching drinks package.
Celebrate Melbourne Cup in the leafy suburb of Kirribilli at The Botanist.
Enjoy a long and delicious banquet lunch in a venue which acknowledges the history of Kirribilli with a glass of Mumm Champagne on arrival and a two and a half hour beverage package.
What: Banquet lunch, a glass of Mumm Champagne on arrival and a two and a half hour beverage package.
The Amalfi Way
Celebrate Melbourne Cup at Woolloomooloo Wharf’s newest restaurant, The Amalfi Way.
Spend the afternoon on the wharf with friends overlooking the iconic Sydney views, enjoying Neapolitan five course banquet whilst watching the race that stops the nation.
What: Five course banquet lunch, with a glass of champagne on arrival.
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