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13 Melbourne Cup Parties Worth Getting Dressed Up For

By Erin Curtain - 23 Oct 2018


Melbourne Cup is saddling up once again to be the must-attend event in November, and Brisbane has upped the ante yet again. All of the dining and drinking institutions you know and love are hosting elaborate viewings of the race where champagne, canapes, and good times will be had in abundance.

It is time to whip out the matching suit sets and ostentatiously large fascinators because these are the best spots to celebrate Melbourne Cup in Brisbane.

Little Valley

Fortitude Valley

Little Valley will be hosting their first ever Melbourne Cup day this year, so if you are after something fresh you should check out their new digs. Their event is all about sophistication and style, featuring sweeps, entertainment, and fashion on the field just to keep things lively. They will serve up four hours of delicious food and Chinese inspired cocktails.

When: 12pm-4pm
Cost: $129 - $179
For more information, click here.

W Brisbane


One of the year's hottest openings is, of course, putting on the Melbourne Cup event of your sun-soaked dreams. Situated on W Brisbane's famous WET Deck rooftop, soak up the summer vibes (and hopefully a big win) with a seriously fancy BBQ and champagne lunch. Your eyeballs will be treated to four massive screens showing the big race, and naturally there'll be sweepstakes for you to try your hand at, but the big ticket items here are the live grilling station and insane live music.

When: 11:30am-3:30pm
Cost: $215
For more information, click here.

e'cco Bistro


If your idea of a good time is award-winning fare and a full flute of champagne then e'cco is where you need to be this Melbourne Cup. For three glorious hours, chow down on a 5-course tasting menu paired with capapes and champagne. It goes without saying there'll be sweepstakes, screening of the big race and thw chance to win $1,000 for best dressed.

When: 12pm-3pm
Cost: $99
For more information, click here.

Gerard's Bistro

Fortitude Valley

One of the most highly anticipated Melbourne Cup parties in Brisbane, Gerard's Bistro are yet again putting on one chic-as event this year. 'The Modern Middle East' is the theme—remenant of Lebanon in the 1960s we've been promised—, nodding to the award-winning restaurant's heritage. Their 5-hour, all-in VIP drinks and food package is as impressive as you'd expect; custom-made Middle Eastern menu, champagne and cocktails plus private booths for reserving if you're that way inclined.

When: 11am-4pm
Cost: $230
For more information, click here.



If you want a safe bet for unbelievable food and a fancy but fun atmosphere, OTTO will be hosting their legendary Melbourne Cup Day event. There will be sweeps, prizes, screens all over, and river views, none of which you will even notice compared to the decadent three-course spread.

Cost: $120-$200
For more information, click here.

Isles Lane


Taking place in Brisbane’s iconic Post Office Square Park is Isles Lane’s cocktail style garden party. As well as canapes on arrival you can expect a fresh seafood buffet overflowing with oysters, Moreton Bay bugs, and prawns, a slow-cooked Rosbrook spit-roasted lamb, antipasto grazing tables, and a dessert buffet to top it all off.

When: 12pm-5pm
Cost: $210
For more information, click here.

Jade Buddha

Eagle Street Pier

Jade Buddha will be playing host to two decadent Melbourne Cup events, being a Garden Party in their main restaurant and a Cocktail Party upstairs in the Shadow Lounge. Either way, enjoy four hours of food and drink, best-dressed prizes, and watch the big race with one of the best views in Brisbane. 

When: 11am-3pm
Cost: $95 - $139
For more information, click here.

Loft West End

West End

If your goal this Melbourne Cup Day is to eat and drink as many extravagant things as you can before you head back to work, then Loft West End is your best bet. Not only will you be welcomed with an exclusive spring inspired cocktail on arrival, but you will be met with a lavish buffet to graze on throughout the race, complete with an indulgent dessert bar.

When: 11:30am-3pm
Cost: $99 - $120
For more information, click here.

Eat Street


Another one for the foodies, Eat Street has pulled out all the stops to make this race day your tastiest yet. There will, of course, be the classic abundance of street food available, plus a Moet champagne bar with themed cocktails to get you in the spirit of the race. Complete with live entertainment and prizes, the best part of the event is that entry is totally free, you just have to book your spot.

When: 11:30am-5pm
Cost: Free
For more information, click here.

Little Big House

South Brisbane

If you are looking for something a little more casual but just as rowdy, head to Little Big House. Book in for their ultimate Melbourne Cup experience where you will get bubbles or beer on arrival and four hours of roving canapes as you settle in for the race. Or join the fray downstairs by booking a table for free and take part in the fashion, games, and bets of the afternoon.

When: 12pm-4pm
Cost: $0 - $50
For more information, click here.


Fortitude Valley

Another newbie to the scene is XCARGO, and they are kicking off their first Melbourne Cup with a bang. In their most exclusive and expensive package, you can expect a glass of Dom Perignon on arrival followed by top-shelf access to the bar, bottomless Moet, canapes, and deluxe food stations overflowing with decadent morsels from land and sea.

When: 11am-3pm
Cost: $149 - $259
For more information, click here.

Eleven Rooftop Bar

Fortitude Valley

Celebrate Melbourne Cup up high at Eleven Rooftop Bar. Their four-hour package will include artisan food stations, gourmet picnic canapes, some choice substantials and overwhelmingly tasty desserts. You will also get free-flowing champagne and hand-crafted cocktails, plus entertainment and, of course, live race coverage.

When: 11:30am-4:30pm
Cost: $180 - $375
For more information, click here.

Darling & Co


The trendy as ever darling of Paddington, Darling & Co, will be transforming into the Garden of Eden for an especially glam Melbourne Cup event. There will be live coverage, fashions on the field, DJ sets from Mikki Blue and Frisky Disco, and 4 hours of champagne, wine, spirits, and martinis. On top of that, there will be a tantalising three-course seafood menu showing off all local produce.

When: 11am-3pm
Cost: $179 - $219
For more information, click here.

Doomben Racecourse


Last but certainly not least we have the event that will fully give you the atmosphere of the races, an actual horse race. Doomben Racecourse will be screening the Cup while holding a few races of their own. There will also be fashions on the field, make-up and hair stations, pop-up bars, live tunes, and food trucks with an assortment of packages ranging from just a touch of class to full-blown fancy.

When: 10:30am-6:30pm
Cost: $20 - $445
For more information, click here.

For even more of the best events in Brisbane, click here.

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