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15 Melbourne Cup Events Worth Getting Dressed Up For

By Sophie Hart
2nd Oct 2019

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The Melbourne Cup is sweeping its way back around and, of course, our options for lunching bliss and midday bubbles are endless. 

Ladies, grab your cocktail dress and fellas dust off your suit, here are the best Melbourne Cup parties on the Gold Coast.

Melbourne Cup By The Sea | Hyde Paradiso

Surfers Paradise

One of the Gold Coast’s biggest openings of 2019, Hyde Paradiso are hosting their first ever Melbourne Cup event and you need to be there. Arguably one of the most ‘Grammable spots in town, there’s no better place to snap a pic and show off your Melbourne Cup style than at Hype. They’re going all out with a four-hour premium beverage and canape package, cocktail on arrival, live entertainment, fashion on the fields, lucky door prizes and sweeps. Grab your tickets before they’re gone. 

When: 12pm to 4pm
Cost: $119 to $129 per person (four-hour beverage and canape package)
For more information, click here

Melbourne Cup | Miss Moneypenny's

Broadbeach

If you’re anything like us, you’ve been itching to check out the hotly anticipated Miss Moneypenny’s opening in Broadbeach and thanks to their huge Melbourne Cup celebration, now you can. They’ll be serving up an exquisite three-course a la carte luncheon with a glass of complimentary champagne or beer on arrival, with the option of a beverage package available on request. They’ve got you sorted for fashion and lucky door prizes, sweeps, live beats and entry to the Miss Moneypenny’s after party too.

When: 11:30am with the after party from 3pm
Cost: $155 per person (three-course luncheon and arrival drink)
For more information, click here

Melbourne Cup In The Glasshouse | The Island

Surfers Paradise

No surprises that Gold Coast’s favourite rooftop bar is throwing one hell of a Melbourne Cup bash. Actually, The Island are throwing two! There have been whispers about The Island’s stunning new marque-style alfresco bar and now you can finally check it out for yourself this race day. With its glass-panel walls, extra-high ceilings and space for upto 600 guests, the Glasshouse is where you need to be this Melbourne Cup on the Gold Coast. Otherwise, you can head straight to The Rooftop for a swanky cocktail party boasting three hours of deluxe canapés and drinks, plus prime viewing of the races.

When: Rooftop party 12:30pm to 3:30pm or G.H. Mumm Glasshouse party 11:30am to 3:30pm
Cost: The Rooftop party $99 per person (three-hour drinks and canape package) or Glasshouse party $169 per person (four-hour drinks and canapes/food stations package)
For more information, click here.

Melbourne Cup By The Sea | Rick Shores

Burleigh Heads

With those glittering water views, mingling areas and table seatings, live music, epic food, an impressive beverage package and a cool crowd, Rick Shores is seriously tempting us. An all-inclusive ticket secures you four hours of drinkies plus delicious canapés. Sure, tickets might be on the higher end of the scale, but you can’t put a price tag on attending one of the hottest Melbourne Cup parties on the Gold Coast. 

When: 12pm to 4pm
Cost: $225 per person standing or $250 shared seating, private tables from $1,250 (four-hour canapés and drinks package)
Book: 07 5630 6611 or seatme@rickshores.com.au 

Melbourne Cup | The Tropic And Burleigh Pavilion

Burleigh Heads

Everyone’s favourite summer hangout, Burleigh Pavilion is inviting you to get down to The Tropic for an afternoon of bottomless Veuve Clicquot, freshly shucked oysters and a five-course Mediterranean-inspired menu for $179 per person. If your budget doesn’t stretch quite that far, pop into the Pavilion Bar Party from 11.30am where you’ll be greeted with a glass of bubbles on arrival and canapes for just $65 per person. DJs kick off from 2pm and once the race wraps up, that’s when the after-party begins. 

When: 11:30am to late
Cost: The Tropic $175 per person (five-course lunch, oysters and bottomless Veuve Clicqout) or Pavilion Bar Party $65 per person (canapes and arrival glass sparkling)
For more information, click here

Giddy Up Braeside | Braeside Events 

Merrimac

If you don’t know about Braeside, you’re missing out on one of the most picturesque events spots on the Gold Coast. This race day, Braeside are delivering all you need to celebrate the Melbourne Cup in style. Set to the backdrop of rolling green lawns, ancient trees, beautiful gardens and a live DJ, you’ll be treated to a drink on arrival and a two-course lunch. If you really want to ramp up the good times, grab a VIP ticket which includes a cocktail on arrival, beverage package, and access to the VIP lounge and chill out zone (essential for resting those tired feet throughout the day so you can party all afternoon). 

When: 11am to 3:30pm
Cost: $99 per person (two-course lunch and arrival drink) or VIP $169 per person (two-course lunch, beverage package and VIP areas)
For more information, click here

The Pink Melbourne Cup SUAVÉ Cocktail Party | The Pink Flamingo

Broadbeach

The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub will be hosting their first ever Melbourne Cup Day this year, so if you’re after something fresh you should check out this new Art Deco pink palace. The pink-themed event is all about sass and style featuring pop up dance and acrobatic performances through the afternoon to keep things lively. A top value Melbourne Cup party on the Gold Coast, your $99 ticket gets you roving canapés and food stations by The Collective Catering, bottomless drinks for four hours, all the action on a huge 10-metre theatre screen in air conditioned comfort and access to the Taboo After Party from 3pm.   

When: 11am to 3pm
Cost: $69 per person (canapés, food stations + drink on arrival) or $99 per person (canapés, food stations + four-hour drinks package)
For more information, click here

Melbourne Cup | Komune Resort

Coolangatta

For a cool $20 you could be sipping bubbles poolside at Coolangatta’s Hotel Komune. At the ongoing request of their loyal customers, Hotel Komune are opening up the resort and penthouse to throw the party of all Melbourne Cup parties. Your ticket includes five rounds of bubbles or beer (must arrival by 1pm to claim) and a selection of drool-worthy tacos from Komune’s taco cart and, of course, they’ve got you sorted for sweepstakes, a catwalk show, live entertainment and prizes for best dressed. If you’re on the hunt for one of the best value Melbourne Cup events on the Gold Coast, stop the search. 

When: 12pm until late
Cost: $20 per person (includes tacos and five drinks, must arrive before 1pm)
For more information, click here

Melbourne Cup On The Lawn | Garden Kitchen And Bar At The Star Gold Coast

Broadbeach

The stunning Garden Kitchen & Bar are throwing two huge events this Melbourne Cup Day. If swanning about in the sunshine is high on your list of priorities, the Coast’s favourite alfresco bar and eatery is your go-to. In the restaurant, be treated to three courses of deliciousness, a three-hour drinks package, sweeps, live music, DJs, a beauty bar, prizes and fashions on the fields. But if you’re keen to go all out this race day, opt for the seriously ‘Grammable picnic table package on The Lawn. You’ll be treated to a glass of champagne on arrival, a platter of food and three-hour drinks package. 

When: Lunch 11am to 2pm or picnic on The Lawn 11:30am to 3:00pm
Cost: Lunch $185 per person (three-course lunch and drinks package) or picnic package for eight people $1,300 (food platter, champagne magnum, three-hour drinks package)
For more information, click here.

Melbourne Cup | Nineteen At The Star Gold Coast

Broadbeach

This Gold Coast Melbourne Cup Day, the iconic rooftop restaurant is throwing a three-course luncheon with a four-hour drinks package. For a sit down soiree in the restaurant, book your tickets on payday for a neat $300 (worth it) or head to the lounge bar next door for a selection of deluxe canapes and flowing drinks for $160. Nineteen at The Star is our pick for fashion on the field highlights, lounging luxury and possible celeb spotting. Catch all the action on the big screen with a view of Broadbeach’s picturesque skyline—cheers to that!

When: Restaurant 11:30am to 3:30pm or Bar 11am to 3pm
Cost: Restaurant $300 per person (three-course lunch and four-hour drinks package) or lounge bar $160 (four-hour drinks and canapes package) 
For more information, click here.

Get A Little Racey At Bazaar And Stingray | QT Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise

Thanks to QT Gold Coast, we’re spoilt for choice and this year’s Melbourne Cup Day at Stringray Lounge is shaping up to be a doozy. Expect an oyster and caviar station, a Willy Wonka-inspired dessert bar, games on the lawn, fashions on the field and, of course, free-flowing champagne for three hours. Or, you can head on up to Bazaar for a seriously glamorous sit-down lunch affair. Step through the doors and you’ll be greeted with a glass of Mumm champagne on arrival followed by a massive seafood feast and three-hour drinks package. We’ll see you there. 

When: 12pm to 3pm
Cost: Stingray Lounge $129 per person (three-hour beverage package and food stations) or Bazaar $149 per person (seafood buffet and three-hour drinks package)
For more information, click here.

In Bloom | Aviary Rooftop

Southport

Aviary are dishing up luxurious rooftop sipping, feasting and race wooing this Melbourne Cup Day on the Gold Coast. Don your fanciest outfit for your chance to win best dressed, then indulge in a three-hour soiree with all the essentials including a ‘Grammable grazing table, wood-fired pizzas, canapés, an entire dessert station, and you can even get creative and customise your own cocktail at the pop-up Mount Tamborine spritz bar. Yes, please. 

When: From 12pm
Cost: $99 to $129 per person (three-hour drinks package, canapes and grazing tables)
For more information, click here.

Melbourne Cup On The Green | Hideaway Kitchen And Bar

Broadbeach

Do you know what most race day festivities are missing? Incredible Asian street food to tuck into, that’s what. But at Hideaway Kitchen and Bar, you’ll get the best of both worlds. The Hideaway crew are brewing up an afternoon of noshing on Asian-inspired canapés (think dumplings, an oyster bar, hawker BBQ and noodles), a four-hour drinks package, fashions on the field, sweepstakes and live music.

When: 11:30am to 4:00pm
Cost: $130 per person (two-hour Asian buffet and four-hour drinks package)
For more information, click here.

Spring Fling | The Collective

Palm Beach

Throwing a Gold Coast Melbourne Cup party with a difference, the annual Spring Fling at The Collective is set to be a hoot. Highlights include a four-course lunch, bubbles on arrival, prizes for best dressed, live tunes, and live coverage of the event itself, obvs. You know, the reason you're drinking champagne at 2pm on a Tuesday?

When: 12pm to 4pm
Cost: $99 per person (four-course lunch and glass bubbles on arrival)
For more information, click here

Melbourne Cup | BSKT Cafe

Mermaid Beach

If you want a safe bet for healthy food and a relaxed but fun atmosphere, BSKT will be hosting a vibrant Melbourne Cup Day event this November 5. Not only will you be welcomed with a drink and nourishing canapés, there will be live music, prizes for best-dressed and salty sea breezes to get you into that afternoon-off-work kinda mood. 

When: 12:30pm to 4pm
Cost: $60 per person (arrival drink + four canapés) 
For more information, click here.

Melbourne Cup In The Clouds | SkyPoint

Surfers Paradise

At 77 floors up, SkyPoint flaunts uninterrupted 360-degree views of the beaches to the hinterland and beyond—we’re talking from Straddie to Byron Bay. And what better way to enjoy them than frocked up with a glass of bubbles in your hand and the excitement of a cheeky flutter at your fingertips? Frock up and head to SkyPoint’s Melbourne Cup party for canapés, a poke bowl station, dessert platter, bottomless bevvies, entertainment, best dressed competitions and more.   

When: 11:30am to 4pm
Cost: $129 per person (canapés and dessert + three-hour drinks package)
For more information, click here

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Image credit: Claudio Lavenia 

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