Melbourne Cup day is the ultimate excuse for a long lunch. Ok, so maybe more like a long lunch that leads into a long dinner that leads into calling into work sick the next day so you can either go shopping with your new winnings or try to forget about the losses.
Any which way, there are plenty of super luxe Melbourne Cup parties going on in Brisbane this year, all of which involve food, live coverage of the races, and overflowing bubbly—so there is really no way you can go wrong.
Here are our picks of the best Melbourne Cup parties in Brisbane. Giddy up.
Melbourne Cup Lunch | The Euro & Urbane
Get your Melbourne Cup party going at Urban List favourite The Euro. Offering a luxe three course Melbourne Cup lunch they will be serving to impress, complete with live trackside action on the big screens. Compliment your lunch with a three hour drinks package and watch the races on their large projector while partaking in sweepstakes. They are giving away thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes, so this one is definitely worth your time this Melbourne Cup Day.
Price: Tickets to The Euro or Urbane sit-down lunch are $85pp, with an optional 3 hour drinks package at $65pp. Click here to book your place now.
Melbourne Cup 2017 | The Fox
South Brisbane party favourite, The Fox, know how to throw a Melbourne Cup shindig. As a matter of fact, they're throwing three. Yes, The Fox has three Melbourne Cup parties happening this November 7th. Choose from a cheeky lunch and three drinks in the Long Room with The Stables package, a three course lunch and bubbles or beer on arrival at the Side Bar for more seasoned fillies with The Nursery Package, and a rooftop 3-hour food and beverage package at the Mane Stage (see what they did there?) for the full out Makybe Divas amongst you. We are talking sweepstakes, on site TAB, live DJs, and stellar views of Brisbane city, of course with live screening of the legendary races.
Price: The Mane Stage package comes in at $144pp, The Nursery at $77pp, and The Stables at $46pp. To book call 07 3844 2883 or book here.
Melbourne Cup | Watt Restaurant + Bar
If you are looking for luxury this Melbourne Cup day, look no further than Watt Restaurant + Bar. Be welcomed with a glass of Piper-Heidsieck on arrival and take a seat with a stunning view of the Brisbane River on their outdoor terrace. With a three course meal and 4-hour beverage pack you can while away your afternoon partaking in sweepstakes and watching The Melbourne Cup in the lap of luxury. They will also be hosting their own Fashions on the Field, so dress to the nines and don your best fascinator for this swanky event.
Price: $150pp + booking fee, with the opportunity to host your own Melbourne Cup party at Watt as a cocktail or sit down event ranging from $1500pp to $220pp. For tickets click here.
Melbourne Cup Events | Sofitel
Sofitel will be dishing up a classy affair this Melbourne cup 2017, with four options to choose from, starting with Heineken and Pimms pop up bars from 10am. Step into the ‘Punters Den’ for the Heineken bar where they will provide the classic Melbourne Cup experience with live coverage of the Melbourne Cup as well as a TAB kiosk and sliders to accompany your beer. Alternatively, relax in the garden inspired Pimms pop up in Sofitel’s iconic grand lobby as you soak in the lively atmosphere of Melbourne Cup day. For a more decadent approach, book your spot in their luxuriously indulgent seafood buffet at Thyme² Restaurant where you will be greeted with a Pimms cocktail, or pamper yourself at the Cuveé Lounge Bar cocktail party from 12pm, with an exclusive after party running into the evening. A full afternoon of Melbourne cup festivities and Mumm Cordon Rouge Champagne? Yes Please!
Price: Thyme2 $99pp, $134pp including beverage package. Cuveé Loung Bar $129pp. for more information and bookings, click here.
Melbourne Cup Garden Party| Up On Constance
Up On Constance is one of our favourite rooftop bars here at Urban List, and it goes without saying that we are beyond excited for their Melbourne Cup day festivities. Offering a 4-hour food and beverage package, sweeps, live entertainment, and prizes to be won throughout the day, this trendy little hot spot is sure to provide a quality atmosphere for your Cup day. Whether you are watching the race or the breath taking views, a trip to Up On Constance is worth it this Melbourne Cup day.
To book Email [email protected]
Melbourne Cup at Sake | Sake
Sake Restaurant & Bar will be pulling out all the stops this Melbourne Cup day. Enjoy a set menu six course meal of their award winning contemporary Japanese cuisine, starting with their delicious nori crisps with trout roe and capping off with their amazing tofu cheesecake. Compliment your meal with a glass of Veuve Clicqot, or choose from their extensive bar menu as you watch the race, to top off your Melbourne Cup experience.
Melbourne Cup | Bavarian Bier Cafe
The Bavarian Bier Café are taking off the lederhosen once again to make room for fascinators. Thant’s right, this Melbourne Cup day you can book a table at the Bier café for an afternoon of beer and Bavarian favourites. Settle in for their set two course lunch menu, and add a 2-hour beverage package just in case you are feeling a little thirsty, and guaranteed to make the rest of your day back at work that much more interesting!
Melbourne Cup Rooftop Garden Party | Soleil Pool Bar
Nothing says Melbourne Cup like a chic garden party, and Soleil is the perfect back drop for one of this year's hottest Melbourne Cup soirees. Setting off the Melbourne Cup vibes with a glass of Moët Chandon on arrival, make sure you are dressed in the most extra headpiece you can find, because this one is classy af. There will be pop up bars, lawn games, a photobooth, live entertainment, live race coverage, prizes for best dressed (and best hat), as well as food stations piled high with juicy peeled prawns and freshly shucked oysters, cheese, and charcuterie. As if endless cheese isn’t enough, they will also have a champagne lounge and a dessert locker opening after the race. Is this Cup day or heaven?
Price: Tickets are $135pp. To book, click here.
Melbourne Cup | Copperface Jacks West End
Copperface Jacks is the West End bar mixing modern and heritage styles to create something unique, and now they are taking on the Melbourne Cup. Offering a beverage and canape package, Veuve sparkling, and Frozé on arrival they will be taking care of you this Cup Day. Watch the races live on big screens, partake in the sweepstakes, and continue the good vibes through to the evening with live music playing after the Cup.
Price: $130pp, email [email protected] or call 07 3846 3285 to book.
Melbourne Cup Lunch | Peasant
Looking for something to transcend our average sit down lunch this Cup day? Peasant has you covered! On top of the usual live coverage of the race, prizes, and beverage package, Peasant will be serving up tapas in a five course luncheon! Sick of the obligatory Melbourne Cup champagne? Enjoy a Sangria as you dine on their delicious, Spanish inspired menu and watch the race.
Price: $65 per person, $95 including drinks package. To book, call 07 3367 8066 or email [email protected]
Madame Hedges Cocktail Party + Gala Luncheon | Cloudland
Cloudland has not disappointed us this Melbourne Cup Day, hosting not one but two boujee parties that are sure to have you feeling next level chic. Madame Hedges Cocktail party will provide you with live entertainment, roaming performers, fashions on the field, and, of course, live coverage of the races. Plus they offer a 3 hour beverage package (including French bubbles, obviously), and a substantial canapes. The Rainbow Room Gala sit-down Luncheon will offer all of this plus a sit down lunch of three courses, with $10 of every ticket sale going to the AEIOU foundation, so you can walk home knowing that you did some good and all of that money spent in sweepstakes was worth it!
Price: Madame Hedges Cocktail Party, tickets $99pp, Rainbow Room Gala Luncheon, Tickets are $195pp, or $2,220 for a table of 12.To book call 3852 5000 and for more information click here.
Carnivale | Blackbird Restaurant & Bar
Blackbird Restaurant & Bar are going all out this Melbourne Cup day, hosting a lavish cocktail garden party. Serving fresh seafood and gourmet canapes there is no chance of getting peckish, and with a 4.5-hour beverage package there is no chance of waiting around for a drink here. The drinks package includes French champagne, cocktails, and spirits, so probably best to take the rest of the arvo off work. With live music, roving entertainment, full coverage of the day’s races, and fashions on the field you can enjoy this Melbourne Cup in the ultimate Brissy Style. There will also be prizes and charity sweep stakes, so book tickets soon because they are selling out fast!
Price: Tickets are $220pp, to book call 07 3229 1200 or email [email protected]
Melbourne Cup Cocktail Party & Sit Down Extravagance | Moda
Is there anything better than bubbles and a sit down meal on Melbourne Cup day? How about bubbles and a sit down three course Spanish inspired extravagant meal? Moda is bringing it this Melbourne Cup with their Sit Down Extravagance, offering up a plethora of Spanish inspired dishes for you and your party to share. If sit down isn’t your style they are also hosting a cocktail party with plenty of choice canapes plus a live chef action station, plenty of seafood, and a 4-hour drinks package! This plus live coverage of the race, best dressed prizes, sweeps, and music and your Cup day can’t be topped.
To book call 07 3221 7655 or email [email protected]
Melbourne Cup Spanish Fiesta | Ole Restaurant Hawthorne
Keeping the Spanish cuisine theme rolling this Melbourne Cup day is Ole Restaurant Hawthorne. Sporting a sumptuous Spanish food and beverage package, Ole Hawthorne will be providing you with a four course feast and an afternoon of champagne and cocktails while you relax and watch the race. The package includes their set, tapas style menu and your choice between bubbles and beer on arrival. With prizes for best dressed, betting, and sweeps throughout the night, Ole Hawthorne will be treating you well after the cup winner is announced.
Price: $69pp, call 07 3899 2233 to book.
Melbourne Cup Luncheon | Bucci
This trendy and authentic Italian restaurant will be hosting a three course seated luncheon for this Melbourne Cup. Hosted by auctioneer Haesley Cush, there will be canapes, sweeps & calcutta, prizes for best dressed, and a glass of Pol Roger Champagne on arrival. Celebrate Melbourne Cup the Italian way with Bucci!
Price: $120pp, to book call 07 3252 7848 or email buccijamesstreet.com.au
Giddy Up For Melbourne Cup | E’cco Bistro
Combining high fashion, good food, and fine wine is E’cco Bistro this Melbourne Cup day. Taking inspiration from the excitement around the race that stops the nation, E’cco has brought us a 3-hour food and beverage package serving an Asian inspired banquet to get you through the races, which will be playing live on every screen. Louis Roederer Champagne will be overflowing while you gorge on Moreton bay bugs and five-spiced pork belly. Best part? There will be thousands of dollars on prizes up for grabs, including a weekend away, so that even if you bet on the wrong horse, there will always be the chance you walk home a winner.
Price: $189pp, call 07 3831 8461 to book or book online by clicking here.
Melbourne Cup Island Luxe Party 2017 | Darling & Co
Darling & Co is here to let you know that garden parties for Australia’s biggest race are sooooo last year. It is time to kick it up a notch and add a splash of the tropics with the Melbourne Cup Island Luxe Party of 2017! This one is pretty high up on the social calendar, and will include dining, live entertainment by DJ Tom Gazal, drinks package, and your choice of either the cocktail party packaged which includes canapes and a risotto station, or a reserved table serving up a three course seafood lunch. Talk about luxe!
Price: Cocktail Party tickets are $179pp, and reserved table is $219pp. To book call 07 3367 9800 or click here for further details.
Celebrate Melbourne Cup | The Glen Hotel
Check out The Glen Hotel for their Melbourne Cup day celebrations. Sit down to a Marquee Race Day Lunch and sip on a glass of Mumm Champagne on arrival. Browse the gourmet food sections and indulge in a full makeover at the Nutrimetics makeup pop up station. Alternatively, you can partake in their all you can eat buffet which includes lucky door prizes, sweepstakes, and of course, the races live on big screens.
Price: Marquee Race day Lunch is $99pp + billing fee, add an extra $30 for three hour drinks package, and the Buffet is $65pp + booking fee. To book, click here.
Elixir Rooftop Bar
Yet another iconic Brisbane rooftop bar, Elixir will be giving the rest a run for their money with their Melbourne Cup celebrations this year. Enjoy an afternoon in the lap of luxury, sipping on Moet and Chandon Champagne, premium house spirits and craft beers, and nibbling on delicious canapes while looking out at stunning views of the Brisbane cityscape (If you can tear your eyes away from the races that is). What could possibly be better than all of that? Winning flights, accommodation, and tickets for two to the 2018 Melbourne Cup of course! Elixir will be giving this behemoth of a prize to a lucky guest, so book your tickets ASAP!
Price: $99pp. To book, call 07 3363 5599 or email [email protected]
Canadian Club Melbourne Cup Raceday | Brisbane Racing Club
Take it back to the classics with Brisbane Racing Club’s Melbourne Cup Raceday. What better way is there to celebrate than at our very own racecourse in Doomben. The grounds will be swarming with food trucks, pop up bars, and live music to entertain you through the afternoon, and on top of live coverage throughout the venue, there will also be live racing on the track!
Price: Starting from $75pp, click here for more details and to book.
Free Melbourne Cup Celebrations | Riverbar & Kitchen
Yep, you read that right. Riverbar & Kitchen will be throwing one hell of a Melbourne Cup party, and did we mention it is FREE?! Yep, the first 200 people will be let in for free to enjoy a gourmet BBQ and succulent pig on the spit. FOR FREE. Only catch is you have to register to be on the list, so If I were you I would get on that ASAP.
Melbourne Cup | Sono Restaurant
If you are all about the races, then Sono has something special planned for you. On top of a 4 course banquet and 3.5-hour premium drinking package, you will be able to watch the Melbourne Cup on the literal big screen! Yep, Sono will grant you access to the large Dendy Cinema Screen, perfect for everyone who wants to really see for themselves just what all the fuss around the races is about. On top of this they will have live music, sweeps, raffles, and more to keep you well and truly entertained for an afternoon off work. Portside wharf a little too far to justify? No problem, Sono are setting you up with a complimentary bus service from Brisbane CBD. Thanks Sono!
Price: $145pp, call 07 3268 6655 to book tickets.
Melbourne Cup | Byblos Botanica
Try a different way to celebrate Melbourne Cup day by spending it in the lush, botanical surrounds of Byblos Botanica. Enjoy live entertainment with an extensive, three course meal topped off with a 3.5 hour premium drinks package, including cocktails and spirits. There will be charity sweepstakes, a photobooth to forever capture your fascinator, and full race day coverage.
Price: $169pp, to book tickets call 07 3268 2223 or [email protected]
Melbourne Cup | Greenglass
If you’re looking for a chilled Melbourne Cup celebration that doesn’t scrimp on style, CBD-based restaurant Greenglass might just be right up your alley. Think urban-chic décor, an endless flow of French-inspired canapes and a glass of By Jingo! bubbly or Stone & Wood Green Coast Lager being handed to you as you step in the door. Yep, you could be sipping on sweet, sweet champagne and rolling in that cash money while hanging out in a restaurant nestled between a topless bar and a discount chemist. Now that’s pretty Brisbane if you ask us.
Newstead Studios + Tiny Events Co Melbourne Cup Party | Newstead Studios
Brisbane’s newest boutique event space, Newstead Studios is opening their doors for one Melbourne Cup party you won’t soon forget. The ticket price will net you a glass of French champagne on arrival, a generous four hour beverage package, canapes, tasting plates and – wait for it – a dessert assiette. Which is, in less fancy terms, a big ol’ plate of dessert. When you combine the food with live coverage from Flemington and sweeps and lucky door prizes, you can see how things can only get better. If you need us, we’ll be sipping bubbles by a tastefully decorated window overlooking Newstead.
Price: $150 per person. For more information, and to buy tickets, head here.
Melbourne Cup Day | Vieille Branche
Making Melbourne Cup classy AF with their French-inspired, well, everything Vieille Branche is your one stop shop for everything racing-related. Their Melbourne Cup luncheon, held for the very first time, is a two-course affair with an ample supply of French champagne and some seriously mouth-watering sweet treats on offer. The menu line-up includes such dishes as house smoked duck breast salad with grilled orange, asparagus and blue cheese and braised lamb shoulder with zucchini, eggplant, red capsicum and mashed potato. Be still our beating hearts. You don’t want to miss this one, guys.
Price: $65 per person. For more information, and to buy tickets, click here.
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