It’s the race that stops the nation, whether that means betting on the race or donating to a charity, we’ve rounded up the best spots to do both.
Burleigh Pavilion and The Tropic
Get race day ready at Burleigh Pavilion. The Tropic invites you to join the best Melbourne Cup party on the Coast. Bottomless Veuve Clicquot, freshly shucked oysters and a five course Mediterranean inspired menu. Catwalks, prizes for best dressed and once the race is over the after party begins. DJs until late. $179pp. Booking essential.
If canapes are more your style join us for our Pavilion Bar party from 11.30am. Glass of sparkling on arrival, catwalks and prizes for best dressed. DJs kick off from 2pm, so you can party into the evening. $65, Tickets essential and available through Eventbrite.
Casual walk ins are welcome to enjoy and watch the race in the outside Beach Bar. There’s multiple TVs streaming all races live and loud with breathtaking views. Open from 11.30am.
Price: $179 (The Tropic); $65pp (Pavilion Bar)
Time: 11am – late
Address: 43 Goodwin Tce, Burleigh Heads
Manly Wharf Hotel
Manly Wharf Hotel provides the perfect waterfront destination to take in the race that stops the nation. A glass of Chandon or Furphy beer is served on arrival before sitting down to a three-course set menu designed by head chef Kristen Hooper. To start, devour cheeseburger spring rolls; yellowfin tuna tacos; and chicken Fattoush cups, before sinking your teeth into the Shanghai braised beef; or Roasted Hiramassa kingfish. Finish it off with an Oreo cheesecake. The racing action will be streamed live on the TVs throughout the venue and TAB facilities provided so punters won’t miss a thing. Last year’s lunch sold out quickly so be sure to book early.
Time: 11.30am – late
Bookings: 02 9977 1266
Date: Saturday 2 November
Time: 6.00pm – late
Address: E Esplanade, Manly Wharf
The Royal Leichhardt
Fly into the Botanical Birdcage at The Royal this Melbourne Cup day. Receive a glass of G.H. Mumm on arrival, before taking a quick couple of snaps for the ‘gram at the media wall. Indulge in a two-course set menu, while watching the races live and loud. Be dazzled by magician, Adam Axford and take a punt to take out one of the best dressed prizes. With any package booked receive a mystery box trifecta, feel like placing your own bet our TAB facilities are open from 8am. There’s free entry for tables in the main bar with a limited bar menu available.
Price: $75pp for two course set menu, $55pp for a three-hour beverage package.
Time: 12pm – 3pm
Address: 156 Norton St, Leichhardt
Misfits Bar and Dining
For the all the Misfits out there, our Redfern oasis hosts your cup, your way. There’s a set menu with a selection of shares with rock oysters; pan fried haloumi; and smoked steak tartare. For mains move onto a choice of signature dishes including roast barramundi fillet or pan roasted duck breast or try your hand at the canape menu. Whet your appetite and add a $45 beverage package. There’s a prize for Mrs and Mr Misfit and DJs spinning tunes from 3pm to get your groove on.
Price: $48 for set menu, $55 for canape package; $45 beverage package
Time: 11am – late
Address: 106 George St, Redfern
Australian Heritage Hotel
Enjoy a cocktail on arrival with a two-course lunch and beverage package with Chandon and 4 Pines to take in the race that stops the nation. The race is streamed live on the indoor and outdoor screens, with the essential sweeps and prizes throughout the day. TAB facilities are available and live entertainment to follow the race.
Time: 12pm – late
Address: 100 Cumberland Street, The Rocks
The Tudor Hotel
There’s no better place than to be trackside at the Melbourne Cup, but if you can’t get there then hit up The Tudor Hotel. Keeping it simple with a canape package and glass of G.H. Mumm on arrival for $35 you’ll be able to bet all day. Dress to impress with prizes for the best dressed man and woman as well as a lucky sweepstakes. Want to up the ante? Add on a three-hour beverage package for an additional $35.
Price: $70pp (food and beverages), $35pp (canape only)
Time: 12pm – late
Address: 90 Pitt Street, Redfern
Cup Day Festival
Cup Day Festival
As the official Champagne of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Mumm will be extending their celebrations to Barangaroo. Cup Day Festival is a partnership between Victoria Racing Club, Maison Mumm and The Streets of Barangaroo, and is Sydney’s only official live site for Australia’s biggest race day. From 12pm to 9pm, the harbourfront locale will come alive with live music, multiple screens broadcasting the official coverage from Flemington, with TAB betting facilities on site.
Time: 12pm – 9pm
Address: Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo NSW
The restaurants throughout the precinct are hosting in-venue events with curated menus and packages, which are selling out fast. See below, for those with bookings still available.
Enjoy ten shared dishes inspired by the cuisine of Istanbul ($120pp).
Bel & Brio
Celebrate cocktail-style at Bel & brio with European-style canapes and grazing tables galore with free-flowing G.H. Mumm Champagne. There’s also sweepstakes and best dressed prizes.
Born by Tapavino
Enjoy a five-course menu inspired by the tapas bars and restaurants of El Born, Barcelona. All diners also receive a glass of Cava on arrival to get the celebrations started.
Enjoy Melbourne Cup from Untied’s rooftop oasis. From 12, enjoy a three-hour beverage package including selected wine, tap beer and soft drinks and a variety of substantial canapes, as well as sweepstakes, live racing action, dress-to-impress competitions and live DJs.
Celebrate Melbourne Cup on by the harbour. Enjoy a glass of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut on arrival, before sitting down to a 4-course lunch. Sweeps and live entertainment.
Work your way through a three-course set menu with a glass of champagne on arrival. Start with the butcher’s grazing table, and end with the delectable desserts.
Price: $120pp for a $105pp for the three-course set menu
Devour a nine-course banquet menu with a glass of sparkling wine on arrival.
Price: $90pp food only
Nola Smokehouse and Bar
Enjoy a complimentary glass of Champagne Taittinger Cuvée Prestige plus extensive canapés, multiple large screens, live music and prizes for best-dressed during the 3.5 hour package. In addition, Champagne Taittinger Cuvée Prestige will be available throughout the day for just $15 a glass, including the afterparty which kicks off at 3.30pm with more wine, whiskeys and water views.