It’s that time of year again! Whether you’re a prolific punter or a racing rookie, Melbourne Cup is the perfect excuse to dress up, have a drink (or four) and devour some delicious food at one of Brisbane’s finest establishments. Stumped as to where to go? Take your pick of our 43 best Melbourne Cup events in the city – we guarantee you’ll pick a winner!
One of Brisbane’s most incredible venues, Stokehouse is the perfect place to enjoy the race. Their all-inclusive package features a three-course meal and unlimited champagne (yes, you heard us right). Lust after the coveted best dressed award, soak in the sights on the big screen, try your luck in the sweeps or tune out to quality live entertainment. Sounds like a pretty great Tuesday afternoon to us!
Book: Call 3020 0600 or email [email protected]
This year’s Melbourne Cup event at Loft looks to be better than ever! Tickets include a cocktail on arrival, three-hour beverage package, canapés, a two-course sit-down lunch, raffles, sweeps, prizes for best dressed, a live jazz band and the race that stops the nation played live on the big screen.
Sofitel Brisbane Central is brimming with events to cure your Cup Day boredom. In Ballroom Le Grand, watch all the action on dramatic cinema screens, view an exclusive QueensPlaza fashion parade and cross your fingers for the lucky door prize (a trip to Bali!). Opt for a ticket to the Champagne Circle for an even more decadent experience, including your very own Sofitel Ambassador, or relax in the five-star Thyme2 Restaurant and take in the race from the comfort of your very own table.
Cost: Ballroom Le Grand: From $185pp | Champagne Circle: $280 per person | Thyme2 Restaurant: From $99pp
At The Kitty Bar, you will want for nothing. After a complimentary cocktail on arrival, exquisite Moët & Chandon and Jonny Walker Gold Label will be free-flowing, making it the perfect setting for an all-day affair. If bottomless tea is your style, indulge instead in a Melbourne Cup high tea at The Lab Restaurant and Bar.
Cost: The Kitty Bar: $145pp | High Tea: $95pp
What better way to watch the race that stops the nation than on the Southern Hemisphere’s largest screen? You’ll feel like you’re trackside at Flemington! And if that’s not enough of a draw card, there will be food trucks. Lots and lots of food trucks.
Celebrate Melbourne Cup at the aptly-named Paddock Bar with a modern garden party! Prizes will be awarded for best dressed, sweepstakes will be available and all proceeds go to the Children's Hospital Foundation. Tickets include a glass of G.H. Mumm Champagne or a schooner from Fortitude Brewing Co. on arrival, and a gourmet canapé package.
Gusto da Gianni is serving up a whole lot of Italian goodness for Melbourne Cup. Begin your afternoon with canapés and antipasto platters by the river. Next, dig in to your choice of their delicious mains and seal the deal with a trio of gelato – bellissimo!
Book: Call 3868 2011
Spend one of many unbirthdays at the Wonderland that is Byblos’ 10th annual Mad Hatter’s Melbourne Cup Garden Party. Renowned for its roving entertainment and incredible array of hats (of course), this event is nothing short of incredible. If we know one thing for sure, it’s that a day spent at Byblos will leave you grinning like a Cheshire cat.
Book: Call 3268 2223 or email [email protected]
A garden party even the Queen would hate to miss, Soleil Pool Bar’s Melbourne Cup Event will feature lawn games, abundant floral arrangements and uber-cool pop-up bars, food stations and live entertainment.
Get down with the Greeks and experience a European-infused Melbourne Cup day at Portside’s Atalanta Bar and Greek. Choose between two sub-events: a four-course sit-down lunch or a “walk and fork” cocktail-style event. Both events include sweeps, a fashion parade, best dressed prizes and live entertainment, making for a most memorable Melbourne Cup!
Cost: Cocktail $85 | Lunch $125
Book: [email protected]
Grab the girls for the ultimate day out at South Bank Surf Club’s cocktail-style event. Enjoy three hours of food and house drinks in a beautiful social setting.
12. Stamford Plaza
Stamford Plaza is hosting three stellar events for Melbourne Cup this year! Tuck in to a mouthwatering seafood buffet at The Brasserie on the River: Melbourne Cup Lunch Buffet; drink and dance at the The River Room: Cocktail Party; or sit down to a two-course set menu at the Grand Ballroom: Melbourne Cup Lunch. Whatever function you choose, you know it will be an event worth your while.
Cost: The Brasserie on the River: Melbourne Cup Lunch Buffet from $179pp | The River Room: Cocktail Party $99pp | Grand Ballroom: Melbourne Cup Lunch $139pp
Book: Call 3100 5749 or email [email protected]
This November, the Story Bridge Hotel has three amazing events to choose from! Book into The Main Event and the Main St Bar & Eatery for four whole hours of canapés, food stations and just about every drink under the sun. Stop by the Melbourne Cup Party in The Shelter Bar for gourmet noodle boxes and premium beverages, or sit down to the Members Lunch at Deery’s Restaurant & Smokehouse for four courses of foodie goodness.
Cost: The Main Event: $150pp | Melbourne Cup Party: $110pp | Members Lunch: $99pp
Book: Call 3391 2266
Imagine a picturesque white picket fence, a patch of grass, beautiful blossoms and an airy, open space. Now throw your imagination out the window and book your ticket to Melbourne Cup at The Charming Squire for an afternoon of stunning old-world glamour.
Book: Call 3077 7254 or email [email protected]
15. Hotel Urban
An excellent afternoon at a great price? Count us in! Melbourne Cup at Hotel Urban includes an hour of beer and wine and a choice of food platter. If you love relaxing as you watch the race, this is definitely the way to go.
Book: Call 3230 7880 or email [email protected]
Ciao, bella! Welcome to an Italian-style Melbourne Cup event at The Emporium. Sip on Prosecco and Aperol Spritz and stuff your face with Italian canapés and a buffet. Enjoy a fashion show filled with your favourite local retailers and catch all the action on the big screen – perfecto!
Cost: From $140pp
Book: Call 3253 6914 or email [email protected]
17. The Fox Hotel
One of our favourite non-Flemington functions, The Fox Hotel is offering three awesome options for Melbourne Cup. Enjoy a casual lunch at the Long Bar, a three-course meal at Fish Lane Bistro, or a free-flowing beverage package and spring rooftop BBQ plate at Dandys Rooftop.
Cost: From $44pp
Book: Call 3844 2883 or book online
18. Fringe Bar
Duck out of the office and into the bar at one of the three convenient sitting times for a quick meal and delicious drinks from a set menu.
Book: Call (07) 32529833 or email [email protected]
19. Victoria Park
Ladies who love a good luncheon, this is the event for you! Relish in the long lunch of a lifetime with a cocktail on arrival, followed by a four-course meal and free-flowing drinks all afternoon long. Charity partner AEIOU brings a wonderful philanthropic element to the event so party on in the knowledge that your afternoon of fun is contributing to a family in need.
20. The Glen Hotel
Get ready for a garden party, south siders! Dance your way through an open-air photo booth, all-you-can-eat buffet and delicious dessert bar, all the way to the after party at 3pm. Kick on with bar snacks and cocktails on the Deck for an unforgettable night of mid-week fun.
Fashion lovers, this one’s for you! Sip on bubbles and breathe in all the beauty that is When Freddie Met Lily at The Landing at Dockside’s designer fashion parade. See how your outfit measures up at the traditional best dressed competition and then stick around for some post-race live entertainment.
Book: Call 3217 3646 or email [email protected]
Spirit lovers, be prepared for an influx of all your favourites! If you’re celebrating Melbourne Cup at The Normanby, you know you’re in for an afternoon of fresh food, drinks and a whole lot of fun.
23. Up on Constance
Take in the day with a view at Up on Constance. This rooftop garden party caters for all tastes, with a menu featuring fresh oysters, vege san choy baos and pork belly sliders.
Cost: From $130pp
Book: Email [email protected]
For those who prepare a hearty feed to finger food, The Woolly Mammoth is the perfect place for Melbourne Cup. Chow down on a delectable BBQ lunch fittingly named the feasting table, and wash it down with a wide selection of beers. Watch the race on several screens and then settle in for some quality entertainment.
Put an exotic spin on Melbourne Cup at Saké. Indulge in an unparalleled Japanese banquet bursting with fresh fish, tasty teriyaki sauce and delicious dumplings! Plus, the afternoon is sponsored by none other than Veuve Clicquot. Is there a more heavenly combination than sushi and champagne?
Book: Call 3015 0557 or book online
Book your tickets to one of Cloudland’s two highly-anticipated events. Foodies, sit down for a three-course lunch at the Rainbow Room Gala Luncheon; party people, snack on canapés and sip on Cloudland’s signature cocktails at Madame Hedges Cocktail Party. Kick on after either function with DJs ’til late.
Cost: Rainbow Room Gala Luncheon: $190pp | Madame Hedges Cocktail Party: $99pp
Book: Call 3852 5000 or email [email protected]
Don that gorgeous new outfit and head to the exclusive Liber Lounge at the Port Office Hotel for Melbourne Cup. The highly-coveted Fashions on the Field prizes include expensive trips and suits. Get your hair and makeup touched up and pose for a professional photographer – it may not be trackside, but it will sure feel like it!
28. E’cco Bistro
Prepare your palate for an Asian feast perfectly complemented by French champagne. What could make this better? $10,000 worth of prize money on offer, of course! If you’re lucky, you might just leave with your stomach and your pockets filled!
Book: Call 3831 8461
Sit down to lunch at the lavish Lennons Restaurant at NEXT Hotel. All of the usual inclusions are readily available, but best of all, $10 from every ticket goes towards Kiss Goodbye to MS, a charity committed to multiple sclerosis research. Enjoy yourself AND support a great cause – two birds, one stone.
Giddy up! Brisbane’s best riverfront party spot, Riverbar and Kitchen is hosting a cocktail Garden Party soiree for this year’s Melbourne Cup. Join Riverbar in the city and take in the sweeping Story Bridge views whilst enjoying an afternoon of bubbles, canapes, food stations and entertainment by ROMY.
It’ll be an affair to remember with three hours of all-inclusive drinks, food and big screens to watch the race that stops a nation! Be sure to dress to the nines and to win prizes in Fashions on the Field.
Keep the party going with DJ Danny cool from 4pm who’ll have you dancing through the afternoon and well into the night.
Riverbar and Kitchen is the ultimate party place for this year’s Melbourne Cup!
Cost: $125pp - all inclusive, three hours of beverages including Chandon sparkling, red & white wine, signature cocktail, local beer, canapes and food stations.
Book: Call 3233 2555 or email [email protected]
Belvedere is once again holding their much-loved three-course lunch. Take in the stunning riverfront views and sip away on the all-inclusive 3.5-hour drinks package. Sounds good to us!
Book: Call 3630 0411 or email [email protected]
32. Rush CBD
Spend Melbourne Cup in the heart of the city on the green at Post Office Square. The space will be transformed into a busy party centre complete with sliders, a seafood buffet and a massive screen to watch the race! If you’re looking for a more subdued way to spend the day, book into the Rush CBD restaurant for a stylish three-course lunch.
33. Berkley’s on Ann
Our favourite part about Melbourne Cup day at Berkley’s (besides the affordable price) is the decadent dessert table. If you love both food and fashion, this event epitomises perfection.
Book: Call 3220 1022 or book online
Enjoy the dulcet tones of X-Factor contestant Chris Cayzer while sipping on champagne at Nest on Roma Street. It’s almost impossible to go past their DIY mimosa bar.
Book: Call 3238 2269 or book online
Races on the rooftop – is there anything more lovely? The only thing that could top an afternoon of city views and spring racing is scoring tickets to next year’s race in Melbourne. Book now to enter the draw to win!
Book: Call 3363 5599
Gallop on down to Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess for a gin-filled afternoon you’ll never forget. Say giddy up to non-stop G&Ts and (hopefully) the glory of winning best dressed. For an afternoon of cocktails and cool music, make Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess your go-to this Melbourne Cup day.
37. Regatta Hotel
Treat yourself to a luncheon at The Boatshed. Besides the obvious incredible views and impeccable service, The Boatshed has the benefit of access to the Main Bar, Courtyard and Walrus Club for premium post-race entertainment. In addition to the usual lunch option, the Regatta is throwing a marquee-style gala event. In the beverage sphere, Pimm’s and Moët are the picks of the afternoon, and if that’s not a match made in heaven, we don’t know what is!
Cost: The Boatshed: $165pp | Gala Event: $99pp
Book: Call 3871 9595
Hosted by Hit105’s Stav and Abby, Melbourne Cup day at Gambaro is guaranteed to be a hit. Expect fresh seafood, champagne and a whole lot of laugher, aka the perfect antidote to the weekday blues.
Book: Call 3369 9500 or email [email protected]
Blackbird has two options for Melbourne Cup! Enjoy a cocktail-style garden party with Executive Chef Jake Nicolson’s menu of gourmet canapés, fresh seafood and substantial food stations. Plus, don’t miss out on Wintergarden’s Fashions on the Field! Meanwhile, business card draws and charity sweepstakes could see you win up to $10,000 worth of prizes!
40. Delfina's Bistro
Celebrate with a lavish five-course lunch and four-hour beverage package at Delfina’s Bistro. For an extra special afternoon, why not book into the VIP package? Sipping on Veuve in your private dining booth, you’ll wonder how you ever survived the simple life.
Cost: From $153.72
41. Gerard's Bistro
Gerard's Bistro and Bar is bringing Melbourne Cup to James Street with a five-hour food and drink package! Experience mouth-watering creations from award-winning chef Ben Williamson and kick back with free-flowing G.H. Mumm Champagne, premium beer, wine, spirits and refreshing cocktails. Widescreen TVs, live entertainment, DJs, raceday sweeps and Fashions off the Field – this will be a day to remember!
Cost: From $204.75
42. Jade Buddha
Fashion and simulcasts and food, oh my! Celebrate Melbourne Cup at Jade Buddha with a four-hour canapé and drinks package, including Thai bucket cocktails, tap beer, house wine and sparkling, and non-alcoholic drinks for those keeping their wits about them for the big race.
43. Limes Hotel
Ready for a Spring Rooftop Celebration ? Of course you are! Limes Hotel is offering a three-hour canapé and beverage package with Moët & Chandon Champagne, premium house spirits and craft beers, and a premium canapé offering by Alfred & Constance. You'll get live coverage from Flemington, sweeps, awards for best dressed, roving entertainment and a rooftop after-party with DJs playing 'til late
44. Aria Brisbane
ARIA, our favourite riverfront dining venue, is throwing a delicious Melbourne Cup luncheon designed to tantalise the tastebuds! Tickets include a four-course tasting menu, petits fours, champagne and canapés on arrival, as well as fabulous prizes and the race that stops the nation played live on the big screen. Champagne and fine dining in a stunning riverfront venue? Sounds like the perfect party to us.
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