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.
Sink your teeth into Indonesian and Thai inspired food at Melrose Restaurant with an exclusive race day set menu. Don’t stress about deciding between your favourites because you’ll get them all: freshly shucked oyster with tamarind, ginger and lemongrass; carmelised pork and prawn with pickled pumpkin; Khao Mok Gai with turmeric, rice spatchcock and mint salad, just to name a few. If this weren’t enough, you’ve got a four-hour drink package, a live DJ and big screens.Time: 12pm–4pm Price: $180pp 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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
Boom Boom Room
Beneath the streets of Brisbane, Boom Boom Room is offering a Melbourne Cup package to tickle your tastebuds. Leaning into those bold Japanese flavours that they’re known for, Boom Boom Room is creating an omakase banquet especially for everyone’s favourite horse event. Plus, there are four hours of cocktails, spirits, beer and wine to be consumed. So the real question is, do we show up in our best cocktail outfit for the chance to win a best-dressed prize? Or do we show up in eating and drinking appropriate clothes? You know the ones: flowy, loose waistbands—you get the picture.Time: 12pm–4pm Price: $179pp 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.
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Image credit: Mr Percival's