Place your bets, whip out your classiest outfits and slap on your most extravagant fascinators because the Melbourne Cup is less than a month away. It’s the day to dress classy, followed by a night you’ll most likely forget and we’re here to help you snatch the best seats in Brisbane. So mark the date, Tuesday 2 November, and saddle up to have a ball at the best Melbourne Cup events in Brisbane.
Find your trusty (obscure and floral) headpiece because OTTO Ristorante is celebrating this year’s Melbourne Cup Day with all the fixings. Head Chef Will Cowper has gone all out in designing a four-course signature menu for the day. There’s Charles Heidsieck Champagne on arrival, sweeps, TVs to watch the races live and awards for best dressed hosted by Christie Sutherland. A well-deserved dose of la dolce vita? Yes please! *sips champagne*Time: 11.30am–5.30pm Price: $295pp Find out more here.
Free-flowing Moet Rose overlooking the river? Yes please. Customs House’s pop-up rose garden bar is popping up just in time for Melbourne Cup, meaning you can spend the afternoon nibbling Moreton Bay bug croissants amongst the backdrop of white garden furniture and floral displays—plus three hours to hit the bar. Oh and there’ll be a horse race at some point, but we’re here for the Chandon Cosmopolitan cocktails, let’s be real.Time: 12pm–3pm Price: $200pp Find out more here.
Fiume Rooftop Bar
Howard Smith Wharves
Three hours of premium bevvies are all yours at Fiume Rooftop Bar. Laze in the sun under the bridge and indulge in the live oyster shucking, pasta stations, roaming canapes and grazing boards. Nothing says ‘this is an event to attend’ quite like a myriad of cheese, meats, dips and 17 types of crackers. There’ll be a DJ, prizes for best-dressed male and female and a silent auction with prizes for those looking to lighten their wallets. And yes, they’ll have large screens to watch the race too (just in case you forgot this was indeed a racing event).Time: 12pm–3pm Price: $229pp Find out more here.
If river views entice you more than horse racing screens, Joey’s has you covered, hosting one of Brisbane’s most enviable views. But for those race-day fiends, fear not, Joey’s has Exclusive Front Row tickets available for you to be seated in a private section, up close and personal to all the action on TV. From 12pm–4pm you can get your money’s worth by indulging in their flowing AIX rosé or their wildly anticipated garden spritz bar. With a Louis Roederer Champagne on arrival, freshly shucked oysters, and a delectable sit down lunch to follow, Joey’s is sure to deliver on your Cup Day needs.Time: 12pm–4pm Price: $250pp–$350pp Find out more here.
Howard Smith Wharves
What pairs oh-so-nicely with day drinking? A hangover? No, don’t be silly—Italian food of course. Ciao Papi is serving up those riverside views with feeds like Caprese salad with burrata, penne prawn pasta with lemon, chilli and garlic, and chargrilled whole snapper with olive and caper sugo. Consider yourself tickled with shoestrings fries on the side and Sicilian cannoli with honey ricotta and pistachio for dessert. With a spritz on arrival, large screens and an Italian drinks package to see you through the arvo, there’s plenty of room for you and your friends to kick back and gobble down the goods.Time: 11.30am–3pm Price: $199pp Find out more here.
Felons Barrel Hall
Howard Smith Wharves
If beers and easy-to-eat noms are your ideal way to celebrate race day, Felon Barrel Hall has you covered. At the door, you’ll be introduced to the day with your choice of an icy cold brew or a glass of sparkling. With a big screen to watch the live-action unfold, you can snack on delectable eats that pack a punch. Pork and cabbage dumplings, cheeseburger spring rolls, crispy chicken wings, and Moreton bay bug sliders and an array of brewer favourites are on the menu ready for your consumption right on the river.Time: 11.30am–3pm Price: $99pp Find out more here.
Howard Smith Wharves
Melbourne Cup is famous for the horses (obviously), the drinking and the fashion. Mr Percival’s is bringing the latter to the forefront, transforming their beloved Friday night drinks spot into a vivacious outdoor party. Inspired by the late photographer Slim Aarons, this cocktail-style event celebrates the fusion of art and fashion. Naturally, there’s food to be eaten (fresh seafood and scrumptious canapes) and drinks to be drunk too between 11.30am and 3pm. DJs and race sweeps and large screens too, Mr Percival’s offers an air of extravagance to race day.Time: 11.30am–3pm Price: $270pp Find out more here.
For a day of all-class and good vibes, your one-stop shop is MAYA. The theme of the day: desert house. The dress code: strictly neutrals. What isn’t lacking in colour though is the bundle on offer: freshly shaken margaritas, free-flow Mumm Champagne, premium canapés, Aussie wines, imported beers and live music. If you’re a VIP, you can get a head start with half an hour extra to indulge (on top of the already lavish four hours). And if the race itself doesn’t captivate you, MAYA’s skyline views do anything but disappoint.Price: $200pp Time: 12pm–4pm Find out more here.
The Prince Consort
Fish your cutting-edge couture out of the closet because The Prince Consort is taking boujee up a notch. Here’s what you’re in for from 11am–3pm: champagne (Moet and Chandon), cocktails, wines and beers and moreish canapes. There will be multiple food stations for fresh seafood fiends and if you are ready for a sugar coma, sweets galore. So now your head can hurt for two reasons the following day. And while the race may finish shortly after 2pm, don’t go anywhere because The Prince Consort will be turning it up on live performances from Strictly Classics, Kessin, TouShay and other special guests.Time: 11am–3pm Price: $141pp Find out more here.
Ahoy! Yot Club is outdoing themselves with their Cup Day on the river. Board at 11.30am and saddle up for three hours of utter opulence. With prizes for fashions, sweepstakes and giveaways throughout the day, you can lap up your Grey Goose Essences signature cocktail under the sun. Snap up all the delectable canapes as the race is broadcasted live on the four-metre LED screen. Basically, it’s the lushness of Titanic—excluding the whole iceberg incident obviously.Time: 12pm–3pm (boarding at 11.30am) Price: $195pp–$2900pp Find out more here.
Looking for a glam race day, or perhaps a private room for you and your gang? Maybe you’re after an exclusive cocktail lounge experience? Well, Cloudland is serving up four different package options catering to your every need this Melbourne Cup Day in Brisbane. So whether you’re after Mumm Champagne with a three-course meal, or beers, ciders and wine with tasty canapes, Cloudland has you covered.Time: 11.30am–3.30pm Price: From $139 Find out more here.
Nothing says Cup Day quite like an abundance of alcohol. And on that front, Hey Chica has you covered. Between 12.30pm and 3.30pm you can enjoy unlimited beer and wine at their Melbourne Cup Day shindig, but the real gold comes from the Herradura tequila cart where they’ll be serving up delicious cocktails. With a drink in hand, you can kick back with some South American inspired canapes, soak up the live entertainment … oh, and you can watch the race too.Time: 12.30pm–3.30pm Price: $125pp Find out more here.
The Charming Squire
The Charming Squire has you covered on the casual, pub-style event front. Cruise into cup day with a relaxed afternoon at The Charming Squire, where unlimited bubbles, beer and wine will be paired with roaming canapes and a charcuterie grazing station. With lucky door and best dressed prizes, and the race broadcasted on the big screen, you’re guaranteed a banging afternoon.Time: 12pm–3pm Price: $100pp Find out more here.
Choose your own adventure at the Boundary Hotel this Cup Day with three package options. Perhaps you’re feeling luxurious with the Pol Roger Package featuring a three-course meal. Black Onyx beef tenderloin anyone? Or there’s Gordon’s Mediterranean Rooftop Package boasting an array of canapes and notes of the Mediterranean with orange and pink gin spritzers. Last but not least, Boundary Hotel offers the Chandon Garden Spritz Package, a two-course luncheon serving up pork belly and grass-fed tenderloin in the garden. And all packages include three hours of unlimited bevvies. Plus each menu is expertly curated by Head Chef Andrew Musk, so whichever you choose, you’re in for a treat.Time: 12pm–3pm Price: $149pp–$249 Find out more here.
Living Room Bar At W Brisbane
In a day to match the elegance of your fit with an epic high tea in W Brisbane’s Living Room Bar. You can settle into a day with savoury treats like lobster tarts or wagyu beef with pumpernickel and cream avocado, and they certainly haven’t skimped on the dessert front. Sweet tooths can indulge in honeycomb chocolate eclairs, raspberry opera cake and churros with hot chocolate sauce. Of course, the day wouldn’t be complete without some bubbles, Belvedere cocktails, banging tunes and iconic fashion.Time: 11.30am-3pm Price: $119pp Find out more here.
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