The race that stops the nation is upon us yet again and we’ve got more Melbourne Cup Day events than you can shake a jockeys whip at. Whether you’re organising an in-office soiree or taking the reins on deciding where to celebrate with your crew, we breakdown Brisbane’s Best Melbourne Cup Day events.

BYBLOS | PORTSIDE WHARF

This year, Byblos is launching their brand new event, Byblos Botanica. Combining Byblos’s ten-year knowledge and history of throwing spectacular events, and the spirit of the Nation’s most esteemed race, Byblos Botanica is set to be one of most extravagant events this Spring.  Drawing on earthly elements and floral highlights, Byblos will provide a dazzling botanical scene for you to enjoy your 3 course banquet in. In the Chandon Summer Lounge, enjoy any number of vibrant seasonal cocktails which express the botanicals and feature on-trend favourites like the spritz. This is part of a premium beverage package running from 12pm-3:30pm with spirits, beers and wine included.  Prime Instagram photo opportunities are guaranteed, with a huge Cider Lab Swing and photo booth promised. Roving entertainment and music are also included in the event. Some of the prizes up for grabs on the day include French Champagne, Range Rover hire and luxury accommodation packages. Also included in your ticket are complimentary buses provided from the city to Portside Wharf in the morning for the event, and you can purchase both seated and cocktail style tickets. Byblos Botanica will have crowds spritzing, lounging and cheering in what is sure to be the most spectacular Melbourne Cup garden party of the season.

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OAKWOOD APARTMENTS | BRISBANE CBD

“Bond. James Bond”. That’s what you’ll be saying at Oakwood Hotel & Apartments’ Casino Royale Melbourne Cup function this year! Oakwood Hotel & Apartments No.15 Restaurant & Bar are promising to celebrate the Melbourne Cup in the classiest way possible – with a super elegant ‘Casino Royale’ theme! Located right on the river, you’ll be able to enjoy a delectable view of the Brisbane River and Story Bridge as you take in all the excitement of the races. Just imagine how good that backdrop will look in an Instagram pic of your race-day outfit? Enjoy a full-service four-course lunch, alongside a seemingly-never ending four-hour beverage package. There will be live music to keep the atmosphere vibrant, as well as fashions on the field, lucky door prizes, goodie bags, and sweeps! Even if you don’t make bank on the races, you’re sure to be a winner at Oakwood Hotel & Apartments. Book a table of 10 & get 10% off or get your individual tickets for $120 per person.

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SOFITEL BRISBANE | BRISBANE CBD

When looking for a Melbourne Cup event that will have you celebrating in style, look no further than Sofitel Brisbane. Sofitel Brisbane’s luncheon is set to impress with a gourmet seafood buffet that will take place in Thyme2 Restaurant. The Luncheon will also feature a dessert buffet from the hotel’s own patisserie, hot and cold savoury dishes and market fresh seafood. If your idea of a good Melbourne Cup Day involves a tipple or two, you also have the option to upgrade to a full beverage package. Also on offer at Sofitel is the Mumm Cordon rouge cocktail party in Cuvee Lounge bar with delicious canapes, fork dishes, dessert buffet, live entertainment and champagne beverage package. But the fun doesn’t stop there. Sofitel Brisbane will also host Heineken and Pimms pop-up bars in the the main lobby, a fashions on the field competition and an after party in Cuvee Lounge Bar. These tickets are set to move fast, so be quick!

SAKÉ RESTAURANT | BRISBANE CBD

This Melbourne Cup day, Saké Restaurant along Eagle Street Pier will throw an all-inclusive celebratory lunch. While the race that stops the nation is shown on the big screen, you and your friends will be clinking and enjoying glasses of Veuve Cliquot while indulging in a 6-course menu that boasts dishes including scallop tartare, sashimi, popcorn shrimp, grilled angus beef, seaweed salad, sushi rolls and Japanese cheesecake. Tickets are $110 per person and with an impressive menu like this, it’s sure to be a good time!

TREASURY BRISBANE | BRISBANE CBD

Treasury Brisbane has you sorted this Melbourne Cup, with three events on offer. First up is the Melbourne Cup at The Kitty event, which runs from 12pm-3pm on cup day and includes a Moët & Chandon package, all the food you could want in the form of canapés, antipasto and cheese platters and a dessert buffet. The event will also have live entertainment, sweepstakes & lucky door prizes, all of this coming to $125 per person. The second Treasury Brisbane events is a High Tea in the Treasury Hotel. Running from 12:30-3pm, the luxe high tea will indulge guests in sweet and savoury treats, tea and coffee, and of course a Moët & Chandon package. The event also includes sweepstakes, lucky door prizes and fashions on the field, all for $99 per person. The third event at Treasury Brisbane kicks off when the races are over. Daryl Braithwaite is performing for free from 5pm on cup day at LiveWire Bar, and I’m willing to bet good money that his rendition of The Horses will change lives.

Treasury Brisbane

BRANDITION | VARIOUS LOCATIONS

If your idea of a fabulous Melbourne Cup Day is throwing your very own event with bottomless bubbles and endless canapés, we’ve found Brisbane’s best kept secret to throwing the ultimate Cup Day party. Brandition is a team of professionals who know a thing or two about creating, designing and throwing an epic soiree. Brandition design and hire furniture and décor for venues, activations and parties and are at the forefront of bringing your event concepts to life. Looking to create a cool in-office pop-up party concept or pull together your own trackside themed event at home? Brandition will make your vision a reality. From the style design to simply helping you find the perfect venue, Brandition aren’t afraid to do things a little differently, and let’s face it, you aren’t planning on throwing your own soiree for it to be just like every other party.

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THE CHARMING SQUIRE | SOUTH BRISBANE

The Charming Squire is celebrating the race that stops the nation the best way they know how – with two different events catering to every kind of punter. Downstairs in the Brewhall the Melbourne Cup Cocktail party will be in full swing with photographers ready to snap you in your racing finest as you enter. Plenty of live entertainment plus live coverage of the Cup and an all-inclusive beverage package including the James Squire range will ensure everyone enjoys themselves. Plus, there will be a Pimp your Prosecco or Pimms station to keep you on your toes so you can kick on well past the finishing post. For those preferring a sit-down option, the Charming Squire restaurant will be hosting a two-course Melbourne Cup luncheon with an epic seafood station and Mumm Champagne on arrival. Plenty of screens will be dotted around the restaurant so no one will miss a minute of the action or atmosphere that makes Melbourne Cup day so special.

SKYPOINT OBSERVATION DECK | SURFERS PARADISE

If you have a penchant for bottles of bubbles served at dizzying heights, then you need to hit-up SkyPoint, located at the Observation Deck at Q1. Located atop one of the world’s tallest residential buildings and at a jaw-dropping 77 floors up, the gorgeous, pristine views of Surfers Paradise and the Gold Coast hinterlands will provide plenty of breathtaking sights to keep you entertained. That is, if you aren’t taking in all the action of Flemington live on the big screen! If you haven’t already guessed, SkyPoint is not your average bar: you’ll want to dress to the nines in your best race day look if you’re to stand out in this stellar venue. With prizes for best-dressed and lucky door prizes, your chances of going home a winner are doubled. SkyPoint are offering a mouth-watering $125 three-course lunch and beverage package, but we recommend you go off menu a little while you’re there and try one of their many mouthwateringly-delicious cocktails. After a few of those, it won’t just be the heights making you dizzy…

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SONO JAPANESE RESTAURANT | PORTSIDE WHARF

If you’re taking the reins this year to decide where you and your crew will celebrate Melbourne Cup Day, look no further than Sono Japanese Restaurant at Portside Wharf. As part of Sono Japanese Restaurant’s Melbourne Cup Day package, you’ll be treated to an indulgent four-course banquet menu as well as a three-and-a-half-hour beverage package while you watch the big race on the large screen of the Dendy Cinema. You’ll also be able to enjoy live music, raffles and sweeps in the tranquil setting of the restaurant. The event will kick off at 11:30 am and offers guests a complimentary bus service from Brisbane CBD. Experience exceptional Japanese cuisine, premium beverages and live entertainment for only $145 per person.

OTTO RISTRONTE | CBD

In true Italian style, OTTO Ristorante will be putting on an impressive spread to celebrate the race that stops the nation with sweeps and city views this Melbourne Cup Day. Guests will enjoy a signature OTTO three-course menu with views over the Brisbane River and Story Bridge. There are even prizes for best dressed! With three tiers of ticketing, there’s an option for everyone. At $98, you can get yourself a three course menu. For $65, you can get a premium drinks package, and for just $40 you can get the classic drinks package. If you’re searching for somewhere to go once the race is over, pop into Bar OTTO to continue the Melbourne Cup celebrations into the afternoon. With an amazing view, pizzas from the wood-fired oven and bubbles, cocktails, tap beer and live Italian jazz from 3pm, simply walk in for a guaranteed good kick-on to the Melbourne Cup festivities.

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VICTORIA PARK | HERSTON

For a Melbourne Cup marquee celebration of a different kind, look no further than Victoria Park’s annual Melbourne Cup gala event. Hosted in the stunning Marquee room, guests will be treated to the ultimate luncheon under the twinkling chandeliers. On arrival, guests will be treated to a fabulous cocktail which is followed by a four-course long table lunch which includes dishes like butterflied roasted jumbo quail, Spiced Victorian Lamb and a Seafood tasting plate. Over the four hours your thirst will be quenched with free flowing beverages while you enjoy live music and the race on the big screen. This year, Victoria Park will be celebrating to support their charity partner AEIOU. Sweeps, raffles and other prizes are up for grabs as part of your $145 ticket to Victoria Parks Melbourne Cup 2017 In The Marquee event.

THE FOX | SOUTH BRISBANE

If you have the whole day to lounge in Melbourne Cup decadence then The Fox hotel has got you covered. But! Fear not, if you only have time for a quick office lunch you won’t be left out. The Fox is hosting three separate events this year. Starting with the office lunch, you’ll be treated to a lunch and 3-drink deal for $46 per person. If you’re only able to clock out for a long lunch, the South Brisbane hotspot will also host a three-course long lunch with drinks on arrival for $77 per person. And for those looking to go all out for Melbourne Cup Day, the Mane Stage at The Fox is for you. Featuring 3-hours of fashion, feasting and frivolity, go straight to the top of the social ladder in the Dandy’s rooftop bar, where your $144 ticket will see you enjoying a 3-hour premium beverage package and garden lunch package. TAB sports betting and sweepstakes ill be available will be available onsite throughout the day as well as the afternoon of racing screened live.

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RIVERBAR AND KITCHEN | CBD

With its incredible waterside location, it’s no surprise that Riverbar & Kitchen will be playing host to one of Brisbane’s most epic Melbourne Cup Day Events. The iconic riverside CBD bar has announced their ticketed drink and beverage packages will not happen this year for Melbourne Cup. Instead the venue has listened to customers and announced an event for the people which is FREE. This free entry Melbourne Cup Day event will include free food for the first 200 guests through the doors, dining on a succulent spit-roasted pig and other delicious BBQ options. The only catch? You have to register to get your free ticket. Riverbar & Kitchen are seasoned pros at throwing one helluva good party, and this year’s FREE Melbourne Cup celebration is set to have party goers swinging from Riverbar’s ceiling ropes. Register for your free ticket here!

CUSTOMS HOUSE BRISBANE | CBD

This year Customs House Brisbane will be offering Brisbane a decadent Melbourne Cup Day celebration on the terrace overlooking the river for an afternoon of fine food, horse racing and Louis Roederer champagne. Kicking off at 12pm, guests will enjoy a glass of bubbles and canapés on the grass before indulging in a three-course lunch. Customs House have split the packages into two price points with the $190 ticket offering a prestige 3-hour beverage package including Louis Roederer, Leeuwin Estate Wines and Aperol Spritz and the $115 ticket only including a beverage on arrival.

GERARD’S BISTRO | FORTITUDE VALLEY

If fresh seafood, cured meats and delectable canapés prepared by an award-winning chef sounds like your idea of a good time, then Gerard’s Bistro infamous Melbourne Cup Day event is for you. Continuing its Cup Day legacy, Gerard’s Bistro, Bar and Laneways will be transformed into an oasis of geometric shapes and metallic embellishments for the ultimate Melbourne Cup Day celebration. From 11am till 4pm, the $220 all-inclusive ticket will see guests enjoy G.H Mumm Champagne, premium beer, wine, spirits and refreshing cocktails.

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