12 Reasons To Gallop Into BNE City For Melbourne Cup
Saddle upBy Astrid Taemets | 11th October 2022
Whether you’re here for the race or the festivities that come with it, there’s few days in the calendar year that compare to the action and thrill of Melbourne Cup.
But there’s no need to jump on a plane and head to Flemington to feel the heat! Brisbane City is bringing the action to you with a slew of festive Cup Day lunches. So, frock up in the name of fun with our pick of where to catch the action on 1 November:
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Leonard’s Bar & Bistro
Trot into town for a Cup day like no other at Leonard’s Bar and Bistro for their $220 per person long lunch where the Champagne flows and the food gets better with every bite. Their four-course lunch and beverage package will keep you content to the very end, while a three-hour beverage package at the Dawn Bar is sure to pop off. Whichever package you choose, it’s sure to be a winning Tuesday.
Set your sights to the sky when you book you and yours a table at Persone’s Melbourne Cup lunch. Here, you’ll indulge in a three-hour Italian style banquet and beverage package where the plates are designed to be shared and devoured. With all your fave Italian flavours plated up like burrata and smoked salmon, pumpkin gnocchi, ricotta cannoli, and more, plus fashions on the field, live coverage of the races plus sweeps, you’ll be living the good life on 1 November!
Pig ‘N’ Whistle
Feast up and party on at the Pig ‘N’ Whistle in Queen Street Mall. Serving up simple, easy, and tasty feeds to giddy punters on 1 November, dress your best and celebrate the race that stops the nation with a too-good-to-be-true lunch deal. For just $29 per person, choose from a burger or salad with a schooner of Furphy or glass of Prosecco, and get amongst the action.
Enjoy Italian with the stallions at Massimo where there’s something for everyone this Cup Day, thanks to their delectable offerings. With two options on the table, you can enjoy a bottomless lunch (with delish bites to boot!) like kingfish, oyster, scampi, chargrilled lamb, eggplant fritters, and more (if you can fit it!) plus a two-hour beverage package – now that’s something to celebrate! Buon appetito!
Riverland Bar & Street Kitchen
Giddy on down to the river on 1 November where Riverland promises to take care of all your needs as you soak up the good times. With a three-hour canape package for $119 per person and a premium package for $19 per person, plus fashions on the field, live races on the big screen, and prizes to be won, why would you celebrate anywhere else?
Vintaged Bar + Grill
Frock up and rock up to Vintaged Bar + Grill for a Melbourne Cup celebration that’ll have you on the edge of your seat. For $149 per person, catch all the action over a seafood platter, your choice of main, plus dessert (of course!) while the horses gallop down the stretch for the race of the day. Thirsty? You’ll have plenty to cheer for thanks to their range of premium wine, beers, and spirits. Giddy up gang!
Blackbird Bar & Grill
Lap up the luxury of a Tuesday long lunch at Blackbird with their four-hour extravaganza! Choose from The Cup Affair – a three-course feast in their functions centre for $299 per person – or The Garden Party package where a cocktail-style Cup Day celebration with canapes will steal the show for $269 per person. Race on down in your fascinator for a good time!
If you fancy frocking up for a bit of fun, make your way to Tillerman for a riverside feast on Cup Day. At $220 per person, you’ll indulge in a selection of dishes from the sea, such as oysters, kingfish, Balmain bug in garlic, and Dutch potato scallops, with drinks additional while all the action from Flemington is cast on the big screen. Of course, there’ll be sweeps and prizes for best dressed too!
Serving its usual yum cha spread alongside the race day coverage, Brisbane Phoenix brings the heat (literally) for Melbourne Cup. If you’ve got a larger than life appetite, grab a table here and plate up contemporary Chinese dishes while you feast your eyes on the race of the day from the big screen.
There’s no better place to watch the thundering hooves of Melbourne Cup than in the stunning surrounds of Donna Chang. Highlighting authentic Cantonese cuisine, the lavish four-course banquet and beverage package will ensure you’re a winner on the day, no matter what happens at the track! For $288 per person, the day also includes roving entertainment, charity sweeps, and prizes for best dressed.
Boom Boom Room
Be transported to the streets of Japan on 1 November with the Boom Boom Room’s mouth-watering omakase banquet, four-hour drinks package, and live entertainment. What a ride! With tickets just $189 per person, they’re racing out the door, so you’ll need to get in quick to secure your spot. Giddy up!
Banc Brasserie & Wine Bar
Gallop into Banc this Melbourne Cup for a four-course French feast, oui oui! Adding to the atmosphere of the day, there’ll also be a three-hour beverage package, bespoke florals and styling, a Bollinger Champagne cart, and exciting prizes for those who dress the part. Réservation, s’il vous plaît?