Saddle up Brisbane, because the Melbourne Cup is sweeping its way back around this November and your options for midday bubbles are endless. All the drinking and dining faves you know and love are hosting fabulous parties where there will be no shortage of canapes, champagne and good times—the race is really just an excuse to get boozed on a Tuesday, right?
So dust off that suit and dig out your fascinators, because we’ve got you covered with the best Melbourne Cup events in Brisbane.
Even if your horse comes in last place, you won’t leave Hellenika feeling disappointed—or hungry. In traditional Hellenika fashion, you’ll be treated like royalty with their oyster stations and roaming canapes, as well as an array of beers, cocktails and fine Greek wines. There’s also four cabana beds up for hire, for those who really want to enjoy the races in beach-royalty style.
Tickets start from $250, find out more here.
Full race day coverage while indulging in a three-course menu over stunning views of the Brisbane river—what could be better? Cheers to the race that stops the nation at OTTO this Melbourne Cup Day from the best seat in the house. Expect sweeps, prizes and river views, although we can guarantee your eyes will be fixed on the decadent Italian spread in front of you.
Tickets start from $130, find out more here.
W Brisbane is celebrating this year’s Melbourne Cup with a party at the hotel’s luxe riverside rooftop bar, WET Deck, that includes a three and a half hour cocktail and cuisine package featuring flowing Veuve champagne, espresso martinis, froze, Aperol spritzes and gourmet BBQ stations. All the live action from Flemington will be shown across four big screens, while music by Little Fritter pumps up the atmosphere.
Tickets start from $199, find out more here.
Dress to impress at Cloudland’s Birdcage Garden Party—an exquisite royalty-themed event with drinks that sparkle and canapes that will make your mouth water. Here you’ll experience Cloudland’s twist on race day traditions with a never-ending flow of champagne, charcuterie and paella stations and prizes for the best dressed.
Tickets start from $129, find out more here.
If you’re looking for something a bit more casual but just as exciting, head to The Triffid for their epic Melbourne Cup experience. You’ll be treated to bubbles and beer on arrival and three hours of roving canapes, antipasto and desert boards as you settle in for the race, not to mention plenty of fashion, games and sweeps for the entire afternoon.
Tickets start from $110, find out more here.
Continuing the Cup Day legacy this year are the dynamic duo, Gerard’s Bistro and Gerard’s Bar, who invite you to a world of garden glamour and desert chic at their laneway party.In this oasis you’ll nothing but fresh seafood, delectable canapes and free flowing drinks, with massive screens to watch the race and non-stop live entertainment from start to finish.
Tickets start from $200, find out more here.
Howard Smith Wharves
Brisbane’s hottest new river spot is gearing up to host its first ever Melbourne Cup party, and they’re not horsing around. Mr Percival's will be serving up a three-hour package with free flowing champagne, wine, beer, spirits and of course, a cheeky spritz selection. Dive into their delicious array of bites like oysters, zucchini flowers, delicious pizzas and so much more.
Tickets start from $199, find out more here.
If you don’t want to limit yourself to just one theme, Treasury Brisbane has your race day plans sorted with five individually-themed rooms inspired by the world’s greatest racecourses. From the Kentucky Derby for American-style slow-cooked meats to The Royal Ascot Room with a Tanqueray and Pimm’s garden cocktail bar, antipasto and delicious cheeses, you’re bound to find a room you’ll want to spend the afternoon in.
Tickets start from $149, find out more here.
If your idea of a good Melbourne Cup involves a whole lot of rosé and gin, then Covent Garden is where you need to be. For three glorious hours, tuck into a three-course luncheon and quench your thirst on sips from De Chanceny Sparking Rosé and Husk Distillers. It goes without saying there’ll be bottomless bubbles followed by sweepstakes and a chance to win best dressed.
Tickets start from $79, find out more here.
Go for gold this Melbourne Cup Day at City Winery. Their luxe setting will set you up for a day of delectable cuisine with a premium selection of the absolute finest beverages. Take your pick from two packages here—a cocktail event inside the winery for those who are keen to get their mingle on, or a private 20 person dining experience in the cellar with paired wines throughout the afternoon.
Tickets start from $175, find out more here.
Melbourne Cup will be in full bloom this year at the Regatta Hotel with a race day party in their sunny, greenery covered courtyard. Prepare to indulge in sparkling wine, beer and cider while you peruse high tea stations serving up everything from smoked salmon bagels to crispy pork belly bao buns and a delicious array of cheese and charcuterie.
Tickets start from $120, find out more here.
One of the year’s hottest Melbourne Cup celebrations is Donna Chang’s extravagant four-course banquet designed by Head Chef, Jason Margaritis. You’ll be treated to a lavish spread while massive screens show the big race, all paired with four hours of free flowing cocktails, champagne, wine and spirits, plus charity sweepstakes and live entertainment all afternoon long, with an after party in Boom Boom Room downstairs.
Tickets start from $220, find out more here.
ZA ZA TA
Encounter the exotic this Melbourne Cup at ZA ZA TA, with their rich, vibrant and undeniably buzzing atmosphere and kitchen. While this may be their first round of hosting a Melbourne Cup event, ZA ZA TA is no stranger to throwing a damn good party. Here you’ll find Aperol spritzes and canapes on arrival, a shared lunch banquet, and enough free flowing wine and beer to ensure you will not be going back to work. Do we even need to tell you to dress to impress?
Tickets start from $179, find out more here.
The Boundary Hotel
Serving up an abundance of mouth-watering canapes, all your fave beverages and a dessert bar, you’ll be able to take your pick from three packages at The Boundary Hotel, each one even better than the last. Will it be the casual gin drinking celebration, the swanky rooftop affair or an all out champagne-filled extravaganza? The choice is yours.
Tickets start from $49, find out more here.
Celebrate Melbourne Cup on a high at The Terrace rooftop bar, on level 21 of Emporium Hotel. Here you can escape the ordinary with a four hour premium beverage package to take advantage of while indulging in gourmet canapes, oysters and much more. With live entertainment, competitions and spectacular 360 views of the city, race day has never been so elevated.
Tickets start from $260, find out more here.
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