47 Best Melbourne Cup Events in Brisbane 2015

47 Best Melbourne Cup Events in Brisbane 2015

We've gathered Brisbane's best Melbourne Cup Events for 2015 so all you have to do is pick a winner!

By Sarah Taviani | 21st October 2015

Giddy up! Melbourne Cup 2015 is upon us once more, so we've gathered together the best and brightest Brisbane events (in no particular order) so you can frock up, drink champagne, eat delicious food and watch the horses go go go!

1. Stokehouse

Celebrating the Melbourne Cup at Stokehouse is bound to be incredible. A fashion competition is basically essential for Melbourne Cup, and Stokehouse is right on the mark with a prize for best dressed on the day. Dress the frock up but make sure it’s something with a little give because Stokehouse is offering a four-course menu and a four-hour, all inclusive pack of premium beverages. Live entertainment and sweeps are available, with the big race being broadcast on the big screen.

1 Sidon Street, South Brisbane
Cost: $250 per person
Book: Call (07) 3020 0600 or email [email protected]

2. Victoria Park Bar & Bistro

Swing by the Victoria Park Bar & Bistro for a cocktail on arrival, followed by a delicious four-course Tuscan-inspired lunch prepared by award-winning chef Jason Peppler. With a deluxe four-hour beverage package, a fashion parade, fashions on the field, live music and entertainment, sweeps and raffle prizes, this Melbourne Cup Luncheon is a hole in one!

Victoria Park Bar & Bistro
Herston Road, Herston
Cost: $145 per person
Book: Book online

3. Saké Restaurant & Bar

Celebrate Melbourne Cup in style with an exclusive nine-course omakase lunch hosted by former MasterChef contestant Alana Lowes. Chill out with your friends and colleagues in the main dining room, book a private dining room, or watch the action from the Saké deck under a cherry blossom tree. Sweepstakes are available and there will be prizes for best dressed.

Saké Restaurant & Bar Brisbane
Level 1, 45 Eagle Street
Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane
Cost: $99 per person
Book: Call (07) 3015 0557 or book online

4. Cloudland: Rainbow Room Gala Luncheon

Cloudland’s Melbourne Cup Garden Party is too awesome for one event! The Rainbow Room Gala Luncheon is a three-course sit-down lunch with canapés on arrival. A three and a half hour drinks package is included. $10 from every ticket and raffle proceeds go to Cloudland’s charity partner, Dress for Success Brisbane, which aims to provide professional attire and developmental tools to help disadvantaged women thrive in work and life.

Party on at Cloudland after the event with DJs until late!

641 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
Cost: $190 per person
Book: Call (07) 3852 5000 or email [email protected]

5. Up on Constance

Celebrate Melbourne Cup high above the city on the rooftop at Up on Constance. From midday, you can dine on the share-style menu and indulge in the drinks package, watch the race on the projector screen and then party on with DJ Gavin Boyd until 8.30pm.

Up on Constance
20 Constance Street, Fortitude Valley
Cost: $140 per person
Book: Email [email protected]

6. The Fox Hotel: Dandys Rooftop

Have you been waiting for Melbourne Cup since the minute it finished last year? Dandys Rooftop might just be the event for you. Tickets to this all-day event include a three-hour premium beverage package, a summer BBQ platter and dessert canapés, an incredible view of the Brisbane skyline, sweepstakes, prizes for best dressed, and TAB and UBET facilities just a quick jaunt downstairs.

The Fox Hotel
71-73 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane
Cost: $129 per person
Book: Call (07) 3844 2883 or book online

7. The Landing at Dockside

Bubbles, fashion, sweeps, raffles, prizes, large screens and an elegant luncheon are the many luxuries on offer at The Landing Dockside. Enjoy your delicious lunch with a glass of Pol Roger champagne on arrival while overlooking the most fabulous river views in Brisbane.

The Landing
44 Ferry Street, Kangaroo Point
Cost: $70 per person
Book: Book online

8. Port Office Hotel

With a focus on fine food and premium beverages, the Fix Restaurant Luncheon at the Port Office Hotel is jam-packed with live entertainment and plenty of opportunities to win prizes! Make a red carpet entrance with professional photography and a beverage on arrival. Don’t miss the chance to show off your fashion off the field in the best dressed competition! Then take part in the sweeps before watching the Melbourne Cup live on the plasma screens.

Port Office Hotel
40 Edward Street, Brisbane
Cost: $159 per person
Book: Book online

9. e’cco Bistro

e’cco Bistro’s Melbourne Cup event is back and bigger than ever! Guests will receive outstanding table service with free-flowing Louis Roederer, premium wine and beer and a sumptuous three-course lunch from Head Chef Simon Palmer. Take in the big race on e’cco’s large screens and dress to impress because there are over $10,000 worth of prizes on offer for lucky door and business card draws as well as the Fashions on the Field competition.

e’cco Bistro
100 Boundary Street, Brisbane
Cost: $185 per person
Book: Call (07) 3831 8461

10. Soleil Pool Bar

A chic garden party is the perfect backdrop to spring fashion and Soleil Pool Bar at Rydges South Bank has got you covered. You can enjoy champagne on arrival, visit the pop up bars, and dine on a selection of gourmet canapés from the Bacchus Kitchen. Live music and DJs will be playing throughout the event and into the night.

Rydges South Bank
Corner of Grey and Glenelg Streets, South Bank
Cost: $115 per person
Book: Book online

11. Sofitel Brisbane

Indulge in the spectacular action of the Melbourne Cup on the Ballroom Le Grand cinema screens whilst indulging in a three-course feast created by Executive Chef Patrice Falantin. You’ll be handed a glass of Louis Bouillot French sparkling when you waltz through the door, and there will be free-flowing wines and Australian beers through the event.

Sofitel Brisbane
249 Turbot Street, Brisbane
Cost: $199 per person
Book: Book online

12. NEXT Hotel

Celebrate Melbourne Cup with NEXT Hotel in the heart of the CBD at the newly-refurbished NEXT Hotel! Feel great knowing that $20 from every ticket sale and all fundraising proceeds go to Sands Queensland to help continue essential work in supporting bereaved parents. Show your support by spending up on the sweeps, raffles and the usual Cup Day fun! Guests receive a glass of Moët on arrival and a fabulous three-course menu.

Lennons Restaurant, NEXT Hotel
72 Queen Street, Brisbane
Cost: $89.50 per person
Book: Book online

13. Riverbar & Kitchen

Enjoy a three-course share menu and a glass of Moet on arrival at Riverbar & Kitchen’s Melbourne Cup event. Enjoy sweeping views of the Brisbane River and Story Bridge as you take part in the sweeps, take in live music from The Bella Reunion, and frock up for a chance to win the prize for best dressed. If you’re keen to kick on with your celebrations, a DJ will be playing late into the night.

You can even get a free ride to the event! Riverbar & Kitchen has teamed up with UBER to give new users a free first ride up to the value of $30. Don’t forget to ask for details on this amazing offer when you book!

Riverbar & Kitchen
Promenade Level, Riparian Plaza
71 Eagle Street, Brisbane
Cost: $85 per person
Book: Call (07) 3211 9020 or email [email protected]

14. The Styled Group Gala: Doomben

The Styled Group will bring a touch of nautical flair to their marquee at the races this year and they're calling it Nautique! We like! They're touting decadent canapes, food stations and free-flowing bubbly as well as a performance Samantha Jade, the international musical starlet herself.

Doomben Racecourse
Cost: from $385
Book: Book online

15. Byblos Bar and Restaurant

Byblos is hosting its eighth Annual Mad Hatter’s Melbourne Cup Tea Party this year! Don’t be late to this very important date featuring a three-course banquet fit for royalty (or an unbirthday party), three and a half hours of premium beverages and loads of entertainment. A team from Ella Bache Hamilton will be on hand at the beauty bar to ensure guests are looking wonderful all day long.

Byblos Bar and Restaurant
39 Hercules Street, Hamilton
Cost: $165 per person
Book: Call (07) 3268 2223 or email [email protected]

16. Customs House

Experience an afternoon of fine food and horse racing on the terrace overlooking the river.  Enjoy a glass of Veuve Clicquot or a cocktail upon arrival or upgrade to the three-hour beverage package for only $60 extra. Canapés will be served before a glorious three-course lunch and a viewing of all the action live on screen. With a door prize valued at $500, this is an event you won’t want to miss.

Customs House
399 Queen Street, Brisbane
Cost: $110 per person (or $170 for the three-hour beverage package)
Book: Call (07) 3365 8999 or book online

17. Stamford Plaza: Brasserie on the River

How does mingling alongside the Brisbane River with decadent glass of bubbly, followed by an extensive and sumptuous seafood buffet with hot and cold options, followed by sweet treats for dessert. this event will be hosted by Sunday Mail columnist and author, Frances Whiting and 97.3fm’s Bob Gallagher. But make sure you RSVP quick, this ALWAYS sells out.

Stamford Plaza
Cost: From $179 per person
Book: call (07) 3100 5749 or email [email protected]

18. Stamford Plaza: Hats and High Tea

The Stamford's second event is a delectable high tea in the beautiful River Room. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine on arrival or upgrade to their Moet & Chandon beverages package. Fancy pants!

Stamford Plaza
Cost: From $75 per person
Book: call (07) 3100 5749 or email [email protected]

19. Brisbane Racing Club: General Admission

It’s a racecourse! Not the racecourse, but there’s horses and alcohol so it’s pretty close. Plus, the big race will be broadcast at the venue so it’s basically like you’re there, right? At Doomben Racecourse you’ll be able to indulge in some bubbly while watching live racing and judging other people for their style. What’s Melbourne Cup without fashion? Just a bunch of horses, really. So why not show off that outfit you’re so proud of by participating in the Fashions on the Field competition? There are categories for women’s racewear, men’s racewear, and best hat. The winner of each category will receive at least $500 in prizes to go towards their next awesome outfit.

Doomben Racecourse
75 Hampden Street, Ascot
Cost: $20 per person
Book: Book online

20. Doomben Racecourse: Grand Pavillion Marquee

Enjoy the Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival from within the luxe Grand Pavilion Marquee, styled with chic furnishings and pretty florals. Includes a five-hour drinks package, extended canape package, getting up close to Fashion on the Field, access to a makeup artist for free touchups through the day. How chic!

Doomben Racecourse
75 Hampden Street, Ascot
Cost: $250 per person
Book: Book online

21. Doomben Racecourse: Patchwork Steakhouse

Grab some friends and get yourself a table at the Patchwork Steakhouse. From this vantage point you can watch the horses parade through the Mounting Yard before each race and take in the Melbourne Cup from the available plasma screens while enjoying a steak meal and glass of Patchwork Wine on arrival.

Patchwork Steakhouse
75 Hampden Street, Ascot
Cost: $65 per person
Book: Book online

22. RUSH Bar Dining Express

Rush CBD are doing a fab Melbourne Cup on the Green event at Post Office Square this year and we love it. Get ready to transform the space and enjoy a seafood buffet, gourmet sliders, and four hours of beer, wine and cocktails in the beating heart of the city. King Wally Lewis will be a special guest on the day!

RushBar Dining Express
Post Office Square, Brisbane
Cost: $195 per personBook: Book online

23. Story Bridge Hotel: The Main Event

Story Bridge Hotel is offering three awesome events for this year’s Melbourne Cup! The Main Event at Main St Bar & Eatery includes four hours of canapés, gourmet food stations and an incredible selection of beverages.

Story Bridge Hotel
200 Main Street, Kangaroo Point
Cost: $150 per person
Book: Call (07) 3391 2266

24. Story Bridge Hotel: Melbourne Cup Party

Tickets to the Melbourne Cup Party at the Shelter Bar include a glass of Pol Roger, four hours of finger food and gourmet noodle boxes, as well as a premium beverage package.

Story Bridge Hotel
200 Main Street, Kangaroo Point
Cost: $110 per person
Book: Call (07) 3391 2266

25. Story Bridge Hotel: Deery’s Restaurant & Smokehouse

Your heels are divine but your feet are bound to ache. Book a table at Deery’s Restaurant & Smokehouse so you can kick back and relax at the Story Bridge Hotel’s third event, the Members Lunch.

Deery's Restaurant
200 Main Street, Kangaroo Point
Cost: $99
Book: Call (07) 3391 2266

26. Cloudland: Madame Hedges Cocktail Party

Cloudland’s Madame Hedges Cocktail Party includes a selection of deluxe canapés and a three-hour drinks package complete with French bubbles, wine and the very special Cloudland Cocktail.

Party on at Cloudland after the event with DJs until late!

641 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
Cost: $99 per person
Book: Call (07) 3852 5000 or email [email protected]

27. Chalk Hotel

Get ready to enter Wonderland with this Mad Hatters event. Slippers, fancy gowns, and of course the wonderful hats will be on display. This event has two options guests can choose: a four-hour drinks package, seafood smorgasbord and live entertainment, or the glamorous sit-down three-course lunch. There will even be a croquet competition!

Chalk Hotel
735 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba
Cost: $48 per person
Book: Book online

28. South Bank Surf Club

Enjoy a three-course beachfront lunch at the South Bank Surf Club! Along with a three-hour beverage package, sweeps are available with cash prizes, lucky door prizes, vouchers to win, and, of course, a best dressed competition. The race will be broadcast live in HD.

South Bank Surf Club
30aa Stanley Street Plaza
South Bank Parklands, South Brisbane
Cost: $120 per person
Book: Book online

29. The Fox Hotel: Long Bar

Not everyone can step away from work for the whole afternoon. If you’ve only got time for a slightly extended lunch break with your mates, Long Bar at The Fox Hotel is offering a one-course special with three beverages. Sweepstakes are available and you’ll be seated in prime position for the live screening of the event. With betting facilities within a few feet, you’ll have no trouble getting in a cheeky punt before heading back to the office.

The Fox Hotel
71-73 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane
Cost: $44 per person
Book: Call (07) 3844 2883 or book online

30. The Fox Hotel: Fish Lane Bistro

Got time for a longer break from work? Pop over to Fish Lane Bistro at The Fox Hotel, where you’ll be welcomed with a glass of sparkling before sitting down to a three-course meal, featuring a delectable seafood platter all to yourself. TAB and UBET facilities are available.

The Fox Hotel
71-73 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane
Cost: $77 per person
Book: Call (07) 3844 2883 or book online

31. Berkley’s on Ann

Celebrate the Melbourne Cup and great value at Berkley’s on Ann! Before the big race kicks off, the winner of the best hat (with a twist) and best outfit will be chosen. Traditional sweeps will be rubbing on the day, and there’s also a $100 cash door prize to be won. Keep the good times rolling with canapés, beverages and a two-course meal, as well as a delicious dessert table platter. If you’d like to get your celebrations underway earlier in the day, the relaxing lounge bar opens at 10.30am for pre-luncheon drinks

Berkley’s on Ann
255 Ann Street, Brisbane
Cost: $69.90 per person
Book: Call (07) 3220 1022 or book online

32. Nest

Nest has teamed up with Chandon and Belvedere this Melbourne Cup to raise funds for the Hear and Say Foundation. Punters can support a good cause while enjoying the race on the big screen with canapés and signature cocktails in-hand.

Level 2, 159 Roma Street, Brisbane
Cost: $89 per person
Book: Call (07) 3238 2269 or book online

33. Treasury Casino & Hotel

Indulge your fancies, gather your fillies and relax in the opulent surrounds of Treasury Casino & Hotel for a suitably sophisticated Melbourne Cup experience. Executive Chef Steven Jones has prepared a truly heavenly race-day spread for those looking to take in the time-honoured racing tradition without getting their heels dirty! Dine on a to-die-for selection of Treasury’s housemade sweets, mouth-watering savourie and limitless La Maison Du Thé French handcrafted teas as you take advantage of onsite TAB facilities and see all the trackside action live.

Guests can choose between two of Treasury’s iconic venues: the charming lab bar + restaurant nestled away in the stunning surrounds of Treasury Heritage Hotel, or The Kitty, Treasury’s ultra-chic haven at the top of Queen Street Mall.

Treasury Casino & Hotel
130 William Street, Brisbane
Cost: $45 per person (or buy two tickets for $90 and receive a bottle of Domaine Chandon to share)
Book: Book online

34. Bacchus Restaurant

Celebrate the Melbourne Cup in style at Bacchus with an elegant quintessential high tea. At an event raising funds for Children’s Hospital Foundation, tickets include a cocktail on arrival, glass of Moët for the race and a gorgeous high tea served in the luxe surrounds of the Bacchus Restaurant.

Where: Bacchus Restaurant
Podium Level, Rydges South Bank
Cnr Grey & Glenelg Streets, South Bank
Cost: $70 per person
Book: Book online

35. Watt

This restaurant's river location is envious to say the least. After just relaunching with a whole new urban vibe, they're putting on a three-course lunch for the race that stops the nation. We're talking three hours of beverages, live races, DJ, charity sweepstakes, a Fashions on the Field competition and lucky door prizes. It's the perfect chance to see what the relaunched WATT is all about.

119 Lamington Street, New Farm
Cost: $125 per person
Book: Call (07) 3358 5464 or email [email protected]

36. Belvedere

As part of the Portside festivities (and there are lots of exciting things happening at Portside for Melbourne Cup such as live music in the plaza and free shuttle buses to and from the event) Belvedere are holding their exclusive three course lunch, with a 3.5 hour drinks package. With dishes such as confit Berkshire pork belly, oysters natural and oven-baked snapper fillet with lobster mousse, this sounds pretty darn scrumptious.

Portside Wharf, 1/39 Hercules Street, Hamilton
Cost: $139 per person
Book: Call (07) 3630 0411 or email [email protected]

37. The Glen Hotel

You don’t have to trek all the way into the city to have a great time for Melbourne Cup Day! If you’re a South Sider, look no further than The Glen Hotel’s Melbourne Cup Garden Party. A ticket to this event will get you DJ/MC entertainment, racing games in the garden courtyard, sweepstakes, an open-air photo booth, a lucky door prize, prizes for best dressed male and female, best hat or fascinator, and an All You Can Eat Buffet Luncheon – which is a pretty sweet deal, especially when there’s a decadent dessert bar.

The Garden Grille Restaurant & Bar + Silk Lined Marquee at The Glen Hotel
24 Gaskell Street, Eight Mile Plains
Cost: $62 per person
Book: Book online

38. Buffalo Bar

Best-named events goes to Buffalo Bar for their Turn Down for Trot selections. Enjoy a four-course luncheon and a 3.5-hour beverage package or drop the bass at the cocktail party. Here you’ll dine on executive canapés, mini meals and a dessert bar accompanied by a 3.5-hour beverage package. With professional photography, live music, large screens to watch the race and a bespoke theme to get your trot on, Turn Down for Trot is an event not to be missed.

Buffalo Bar
169 Mary Street, Brisbane
Cost: $145 per person (luncheon), $120 per person (cocktail party)
Book: Call 0400 948 340 or email [email protected]

39. Woolly Mammoth Alehouse

If all these fancy events are just not your thing then head over to the Woolly Mammoth for a good pub feed. You’ll get a three-hour drinks package and a three-course feasting lunch to soak up all that alcohol. Get in on the sweeps and giveaways and try not to get any of the Alehouse BBQ Glaze on your dress before the best dressed competition. The Melbourne Cup will be broadcast live on the screens. The more the merrier; book a table of eight and only pay for seven!

Woolly Mammoth Alehouse
633 Ann Street, Brisbane
Cost: $79 per person
Book: Book online

40. Elixir Rooftop Bar

Raise the roof with Elixir Rooftop Bar’s Races on the Roof event! Enjoy a four-hour food and beverage package, watch the races live, and test your luck with a chance to win two return flights and accommodation to Melbourne for the 2016 Melbourne Cup.

Elixir Rooftop Bar
646 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
Cost: $99 per person
Book: Call (07) 3363 5599

41. Gerard’s Bistro

For the second year in a row, Gerard’s Bistro will be bringing the festival atmosphere of the Melbourne Cup to James Street. From 11am, Gerard’s Bistro and the surrounding laneways will transform into a market bazaar with live entertainment, food and beverages on offer. Wide screens will broadcast the big race direct from Flemington Racecourse as you make the most difficult decision of the day: which divine dish to choose from the Gerard’s Food Bazaar.

Gerard’s Bistro and laneways
14/15 James Street, Fortitude Valley
Cost: $195 per person
Book: Book online

42. Loft West End

You’ll be jazzed to spend the day at Loft West End’s Great Gatsby Soiree! Live jazz band The Enterprise will serenade you as you enjoy a cocktail on arrival, canapés and a three-hour basic beverage package. With burlesque performances featured between each of the three courses in the sit-down lunch and fashion prizes on offer, this event gets the green light from us.

Loft West End
100 Boundary Street, West End
Cost: $85 per person
Book: Book online

43. Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess

It’s gin o’clock at the Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess! This year they’ll be hosting Brisbane’s first gin-orientated Melbourne Cup event, Gin and Gallops. Guests will receive a classic gin cocktail on arrival and non-stop bubbles and beer throughout the event. A cheese platter and canapés are a must, with confit duck spring rolls, wild mushroom arancini and steamed pork gyoza to keep you satisfied until the race. Flirt with Lady Luck by having an online punt thanks to the free wi-fi and celebrate fashion with a twist in the search for most extravagant female headpiece and best use of hair product for the gents.

Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess
51 Alfred Street, Fortitude Valley
Cost: $79 per person
Book: Call (07) 3852 4838 or email [email protected]

44. Regatta Hotel: On the Green Laneway Picnic

The Regatta Hotel has something for everyone! Entry to the On the Green Laneway Picnic is free, allowing you to purchase your favourite foods a range of pop-up stalls featuring Moët champagne, charcuterie and freshly-shucked oysters. Sweeps and TAB facilities are available, with the big race being broadcast on two massive outdoor screens.

Regatta Hotel
543 Coronation Drive, Toowoong
Cost: Free (food and beverages available for purchase)
Book: No bookings required

45. Regatta Hotel: Boatshed Luncheon

The Regatta Hotel has something for everyone! The Boatshed Luncheon features a four-course meal and a four-hour premium beverage package. Guests will be able to enjoy the TAB facilities with the race being broadcast on plasma screens.

Regatta Hotel
543 Coronation Drive, Toowoong
Cost: $159 per person
Book: Call (07) 3871 9595

46. Regatta Hotel: Cocktail Party

The Regatta Hotel has something for everyone! Their cocktail party is sure to impress with a three-hour premium beverage package, gourmet canapés, river views and TAB facilities and plasma screens to watch the main event! Plus, take full advantage of the Arbonne makeup station so you can look your best when you use the INSTAGRAM PRINTER to print your happy naps! Hashtag awesome!

Regatta Hotel
543 Coronation Drive, Toowoong
Cost: $99 per person

47. Gambaro Hotel Brisbane

Hosted by Hit 105’s Stav and Abby, this Melbourne Cup Lunch will be jam-packed with fun and frivolity. From 11.30am you can enjoy champagne on arrival while you take part in the sweeps and raffle. Live music and entertainment will take place on the day. Your ticket includes a three-course meal of award-winning cuisine and a three-hour beverage package.

Gambaro Hotel Brisbane
33 Caxton Street, Petrie Terrace
Cost: $119.50 per person
Book: Call (07) 3369 9500 or email [email protected]


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Article by Sarah Taviani

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