9 October 2017
On 7 November, “the race that stops the nation” returns to Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse. Sydneysiders don’t have to miss out on the action, though; a number of events will be held across the harbour city, from lunches and cruises to rooftop gatherings. Check out some of Sydney’s fantastic Melbourne Cup Day parties and find fun ways to celebrate the great race in 2017.
Head to the beach and celebrate Melbourne Cup Day at the newly-renovated Coogee Pavilion. Gather a gang of friends and book a spot on the ground floor or the rooftop to watch the race live on the big screen, place TAB bets behind the bar, and enjoy tasty roving canapes. Guests will also receive a choice of Chandon NV or James Boag’s Premium to sip on throughout the day, and with beautiful Coogee Beach just steps away, your after-race plans are sorted!
Price: $120pp for groups of 30 or more, $75 for rooftop bookings.
Treat yourself to a luxurious Melbourne Cup luncheon at Doltone House. Expect cocktails on arrival before sitting down for a delicious three-course meal. The bubbly package offers a range of premium drinks, including Italian Prosecco, imported beers and premium sparkling red and white wines. Doltone House will feature a dedicated lounge area perfect for viewing the race, and there will be prizes for the best dressed, best tie and best headwear at the event—as well as a mysterious lucky door prize.
Price: $130pp for groups of 10, or $145pp individually.
Feel like you’re in the front row of Flemington Racecourse as you watch the Melbourne Cup on the largest screens in the CBD! This year, the courtyard at The Argyle will be transformed into a beautiful garden oasis, with complimentary gin cocktails on arrival for guests. Alongside the tasty food and beverage package, as well as the buzzing atmosphere, there will be surprise appearances from a number of live bands and Big Brother’s Tim Dormer.
Price: $99pp Grandstand, $149 Members Pavilion.
Unwind and enjoy stunning waterside views at The Newport. Recently refurbished, this iconic Northern Beaches pub is a sought-after spot with a generously sized beer garden offering big screen views, TAB facilities and race day fun for the whole family. Enjoy a shared three-course banquet meal, with options including freshly shucked oysters, smoked beef short ribs, and more. Guests will also receive a complimentary flute of Chandon NV or James Boag’s Premium on arrival.
Price: Contact The Newport for pricing information.
Known for its stunning harbour views, head to Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel for a waterside dining experience on Melbourne Cup Day. Expect live entertainment, on-site TAB facilities and over eight big screens for watching the race-day action. There will also be competitions, fun giveaways and other prizes on offer. Choose between two dining options: the luxe three-course Grand Feast with a four-hour drinks package, or the lighter Beach Buffet which includes fresh seafood, spiced meats and more.
Price: $215pp Grand Feast, $85pp Beach Buffet.
Although Flemington may be a little too far to travel, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the race day fun! Get a slice of the trackside action at Royal Randwick as they host the Mcgrath Estate Agents Melbourne Cup Race Meeting. Enjoy live races on the Royal Randwick racecourse, and watch all of the Group 1 Melbourne races on big screens across the venue. Tickets also include free public transport to and from the event, including NSW buses, ferries, and train services.
Price: Tickets range from $30.60 pre-purchase to $165 for members’ guest packages.
Celebrate race day in beautiful surrounds this year at Acre Eatery. Located on the grounds of Camperdown Commons, Acre Eatery will celebrate race day with a three-course meal and a complimentary glass of champagne or beer for guests on arrival. Alternatively, you can head up to the garden terrace for a buffet-style menu with a drinks package between 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm. There will also be live music and entertainment, cash sweepstakes, fashion parades and prizes for best dressed, as well as many opportunities to catch the races live on the big screen.
Price: $95pp Restaurant, $65pp Garden Terrace.
Take to the seas on an unforgettable harbour cruise this Melbourne Cup Day. Cruise around the harbour with Captain Cook Cruises and enjoy a premium three-course lunch and complimentary drink on arrival, as well as free sweeps, a range of lucky door prizes and entertainment. Place your bets at the Mobile TAB on King Street Wharf before boarding and watch the races live in the Show Deck Race Lounge. Don’t forget to dress to impress for the chance to win prizes!
Sip on a glass of Mumm NV Champagne or Sapporo and indulge in a premium Asian-inspired 7 courses banquet this Melbourne Cup. With a menu designed by Head chef Kristian Vale, along with a Best Dressed competition, sweepstakes, spot prizes on the day AND complimentary personalised flower headbands by Lily Grace Blooms – this year China Lane’s Melbourne Cup festivities will not disappoint.
Watch the race that stops the nation and celebrate Melbourne Cup surrounded by customised Spanish food designed by Executive Chef Nathan Sasi and Vintage Mumm Champagne. Dress to impress for your chance to win the coveted Best Dressed prizes as well as sweepstakes and highly sought-after vouchers from China Lane, China Doll and Bacco. Prize winners also go in the running to win an MJ Bale suit valued at $900 and a $800 Paspaley pearls voucher.
Celebrate Melbourne Cup surrounded by style and comfort at District Brasserie, dining on an innovative modern Australian inspired four-course meal designed by Head chef Mark Knox and sipping on chilled complimentary Pommery Champagne. District Brasserie brings exclusive prizes, high Sweepstakes and renowned DJ Alice Q to create an exciting and enjoyable day for all.
Celebrate Melbourne Cup in the heart of the CBD in true Italian style! Sip on a free Aperol Spritz or Menebrea on arrival and enjoy a four-course shared Italian feast designed by Head Chef Scott Williams. Dress up in your finest race day outfit and put your hat in the ring for the best dressed prize and take advantage of the exciting sweepstakes and mystery spot prizes on throughout the day!