Our Pick Of Brisbane’s Best Melbourne Cup Day Events: 2019 Edit

Our Pick Of Brisbane’s Best Melbourne Cup Day Events: 2019 Edit

Forget Flemington, this is where the parties are at!

By Georgie Murray | 3rd October 2019

Melbourne Cup - the race that stops the nation, and although we’re states away from Flemington, the fun of the day has travelled north and it’s time for a party. Yes, soirée season is officially upon us! These are the hottest Melbourne Cup events you need to know about happening in Brisbane. If there’s somewhere to be for the first Tuesday of November, these are it.

Brisbane Racing Club | Eagle Farm

Get as close to Flemington as you possibly can without leaving sunny Queensland and watch the race that stops the nation trackside at Eagle Farm Racecourse – the only place to feel the flutter of the race up close and personal in Brisbane. With over 12 packages available, BRC’s Canadian Club Melbourne Cup Day is the place to be.

Choose from trackside locations and packages such as Grounds of the Birdcage, Chandon Bubbles & Bloom Deck, Guineas Dining Room, Spring Spritz Marquee and more. Tickets start from just $25.


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Cloudland | Fortitude Valley

Birdcage Garden Party
This elegant affair offers premium beverages, a charcuterie station, paella station and roaming canapés. Look out for special ‘royal’ guests and La Boum performing until late! Snag a ticket and be in the clouds for the ultimate day out.

G.H. Mumm Gala Luncheon
Feast on a three-course gala luncheon in the Rockefeller-inspired Rainbow Room and Terrace on the top level of Cloudland. Featuring premium drinks, a spritz terrace and tunes provided by Millenium Band, you can do no wrong. Reach-out to the functions team to score yourself a ticket!


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Emporium Hotel | South Bank

Melbourne Cup Day Soiree at The Terrace
Take your Melbourne Cup Day celebrations to new heights at The Terrace rooftop bar on Level 21 of Emporium Hotel South Bank. Enjoy a four-hour premium beverage package including Mumm Grand Cordon Champagne, international and local craft beers, bespoke themed cocktails, spirits, wine and more while indulging on gourmet canapés, freshly shucked oysters or cheese and charcuterie grazing stations. The Voice finalist Zeek Power will provide live tunes and there will be competitions for Fashions on the Rooftop with exquisite prizes!

Magnifique Melbourne Cup Luncheon at Frangipani Ballroom
Spend Melbourne Cup at the most luxurious luncheon event of the year in Emporium’s Frangipani Ballroom. Executive Chefs Chris and Alex Norman will serve the goods in a three course modern Australian menu that pairs superbly with the four-hour beverage package including Mumm Grand Cordon Champagne. Get your fashion fix with an exquisite parade by luxury Australian designer, Robe, and let Instagram know where you’re at through the imaginative installations. You also won’t miss a racing moment thanks to the three state-of-the-art screens!


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Gambaro Seafood Restaurant and Function Centre | Paddington

Change tides this Melbourne Cup with a marvelous luncheon at Gambaro Seafood Restaurant. Enjoy a glass of sparkling on arrival then chase it down with a three-hour beverage package and a delicious three-course sit down lunch. Abby, Stav and Matt from Brisbane’s Hit105 will play host and you’ll be grooving to Groove Elements in between raffles and Fashions on the Field. Plus, with a screen visible from every table, you and the race will be more than covered. Read-more and download the booking form.


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Jade Buddha | Brisbane City

The Main Event
Take the Melbourne Cup from the east to west at Brisbane’s favourite iconic city venue. Premium seafood canapés and a range of drinks including basic spirits and tap cocktails are all yours at this party!

Shadow Lounge
For a more intimate race day affair, head to the nightspot that’s got it going on. Munch on mixed canapés and sip on tap beer, house wine or Pimms and Aperol Spritz! Get your tickets, now!


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Mr. Mista | Fortitude Valley

Celebrate the race that stops the nation in style, and air con, at Mr. Mista’s debut racing event. To make sure they hit the ground running, they’ve teamed up with Veuve Clicquot to bring Brisbane the most exclusive Melbourne Cup party. Get in quick because there are only 200 tickets available for this day of live music, bottomless champagne, premium cocktails and Mr. Mista’s infamous buns and canapés served all afternoon or join the after party open to the public from 4pm. Tickets are available now, but get in quick.


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Osbourne Hotel | Fortitude Valley

Osbourne Hotel is off and racing with their 2019 Melbourne Cup event set to be filled with fascinators and cuff links as attendees arrive to back a winner in style. Feast on gourmet food stations and Osbourne favourites created by Head Chef Ben King and lap up the best atmosphere in Brisbane with G.H. Mumm Champagne. Experience a bespoke wine bar by Seppelt and specialty cocktail stations along with live entertainment all afternoon as you watch the race on the biggest TV screen in the Valley. Explore more and secure your ticket here.


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Riverbar and Kitchen | Brisbane City

Giddy up to Brisbane’s favourite city oasis where all your Melbourne Cup celebration needs are covered. They’re pulling out all the stops with sweeps, prizes for best-dressed, live music and extra screens to watch every second of the action. There will be delicious food and cold drinks flowing aplenty, and if watching the race isn’t for you, you can take in 180-degree views of the river and Story Bridge. And the best part? It’s free!


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Saké Restaurant & Bar | Brisbane City

For a Melbourne Cup celebration with a more oriental touch, head to Saké on Eagle Street Pier. Place your bets on the number six, because you’ll be feasting on a delicious six-course Japanese banquet menu alongside a glass of Veuve Clicquot. If you’re feeling lucky, a two-hour beverage package is also available for an additional $79 per person including Veuve Clicquot, Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, and Sapporo beer to be enjoyed right by the Brisbane River. Tickets available here.


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Soleil Pool Bar | South Bank

If you can’t be trackside this Melbourne Cup, be poolside at Soleil! Enjoy a Chandon Rosé on arrival then take your pick of pop-up bars featuring Beefeater Pink Gin, Bacardi Mojitos, Frosé and more. A cheese grazing table, crème brûlee booth and delicious canapés await your palate and you’ll be backing a winner because the event is proudly supporting The Children’s Hospital Foundation who will be there on the day to sell sweeps for a great cause! See their packages here.


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The Boundary Hotel | West End

Saddle up because The Boundary Hotel in West End is racing towards its first Melbourne Cup celebration in their decked-out new spaces!

Gordon’s Pink Backyard
Wood fired pizzas, grazing stations and a cocktail on arrival. What more could you want?

Maker’s Mark Rooftop
Back a winner at West End’s only rooftop bar with canapés, a dessert bar and a two-hour beverage package.

Moët & Chandon

Feast on three courses while sipping on Moët & Chandon over three hours in an exclusive dining space. Cheers to that!

See all ticket options here.


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The Fantauzzo | Howard Smith Wharves

Fiume Rooftop Garden Soirèe

Howard Smith Wharves’ only rooftop bar is pulling out all the stops for Melbourne Cup. With stellar views, their Garden Soirèe features a three-hour Mumm and Tanqueray package, grazing station, roving canapés and dessert, entertainment and prizes for $199.

Pop To Polpetta

Fantuazzo’s Italian kitchen and bar is offering a two-course lunch with a choice from three courses and three mains as well as an arrival glass of Dal Zotto to set the tone. Plus, you could be the winner of the lucky door prize, all for just sitting pretty and enjoying the day. Tickets start $70 and can be arranged by emailing: [email protected]


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The Glen Hotel | Eight Mile Plains

Race Day In The Marquee
Enjoy the race with a glass of Mumm in hand and a decadent buffet lunch in the garden marquee, styled with beautiful balloon garlands for the perfect photo finish. See the menu and book your tickets!

Lunch Across The Hotel
Take your pick of three beautiful dining spaces to watch the race on the big screens. A DJ will be providing tunes so – win or lose – you can party into the afternoon. See what you’ll be wining and dining on, here.


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The Island | Gold Coast

Rooftop Party
For a party that pops with colour and fun, head to The Island Rooftop! Enjoy three hours of mouth-watering canapés and premium beverages, immersive live entertainment, installations and photo moments plus an after party that will kick on until late! Check-out the tickets here.

VIP G.H. Mumm Glasshouse Party
Be one of the first to party at Gold Coast’s newest and most anticipated venues – the Glasshouse! This Birdcage-inspired race day party promises plenty of premium drinks, plenty of food and plenty of good times through the day and night! Secure your tickets!


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The Fox Hotel | South Bank

Chase the party’s tail this Melbourne Cup and head to The Fox Hotel!

Rooftop Standard Package
Drink up and eat up at Dandy’s Rooftop with a beverage package, spirits for three hours and premium canapés!

VIP Booths
Gather the gang for the best brews, the best bites and your own private service in a private booth!

Long Bar Luncheon
A feed from The Fox is always divine so check in your drink tickets and feast with the people who do it best!

Get your tickets here, before it’s too late!


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The Normanby Hotel | Red Hill

With no entry fee, celebrate at a place that remembers Melbourne Cup in its early days and has recently been resurrected to her former glory in the new Normanby Hotel. Watch the race on Brisbane’s biggest outdoor screen or roam around the beer garden and deck to live tunes. Food and beverage specials will be sure to satisfy and you can be rest assured you’ve placed your bets in the right place because The Normanby will be fundraising for the PA Research Foundation throughout the day.


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Treasury Brisbane | Brisbane City

Dress up and get racy in five rooms inspired by the world’s greatest racecourses at Treasury! The Kentucky Derby has a Brooklyn Lager and Jim Beam bar with American bites, or try The Flemington Room fit with a Chandon sparkling bar and gourmet nibbles. The Aussie Picnic Races has a Furphy beer garden and barbequed meats, there’s a Tanqueray and Pimm’s garden cocktail bar in The Royal Ascot Room or indulge in the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe Room with lavish cocktails and a macaron tower! To see more about each option and secure your tickets, explore more here.


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XCargo | Fortitude Valley

Be a part of Brisbane’s biggest garden party for the race that stops the nation. XCargo and Tanqueray Gin present Melbourne Cup 2019 at this chic open-air playground. Settle in for an afternoon affair filled with XCargo’s favourite champagne, cocktails and canapés while you mix and mingle. Capture your favourite memories Instagram will love amongst their photo finish experiences and enjoy the day in style. Snag your tickets, here.


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Article by Georgie Murray

Georgie is a Journalist with a knack for bad jokes and dating disasters. A total open book, there’s no topic off limits for this Rod Stewart enthusiast. Starting her career in Broadcast Journalism, Georgie has since gone back to basics of the written word with a particular love for taboo topics and fashion media.


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