Not heading to Flemington on Cup day but still want in on the action? There are plenty of top-notch venues around Melbourne that’ll be celebrating in style—think big screens, sweep stakes and plenty of bubbles and beer.
Here are our top picks of where to watch the Melbourne Cup in Melbourne.
Munich Brauhuas is really getting in to the festivities of the Melbourne Cup.
Down the Yarra, Munich Brauhaus will celebrate Melbourne Cup with big beers, big food and an even bigger party. Guests can sit back and watch the race live on the big screen while enjoying Munich’s famous Bavarian food, ice-cold steins and flowing bubbles. There’ll be a haus DJ and Oom Pah band til late, so you’ll be able to dance the night away at what is tipped to be the biggest Melbourne Cup party in town.
Head out to the bar at The Botanical and you’ll find a few different vantage points to watch the Melbourne Cup! It’s the perfect place to grab a drink, sit in the courtyard or enjoy a few bar snacks. There are multiple screens, but we recommend you settle in early to get the best spot. If you’re after something a bit more fine dining, there will be a special Melbourne Cup set menu. Stick around after the race and you’ll be treated to a top-notch DJ.
The good folk at Saké are celebrating Melbourne Cup in style this year. Offering something a little extra, Saké is our pick of the places to go if you’re after delicious, fresh food, like sushi, and Japanese cocktails. Coverage of the race will be broadcast from 2:00pm on two different screens and there’ll be sweepstakes and prizes for the best dressed on offer.
A well known spot to soak up all of Melbourne’s sporty goodness, College Lawn in Prahran has plenty to offer this Melbourne Cup. If you’re not familiar with the venue, there’s an epic beer garden with plenty of shady tables, a delicious pub menu and ample television screens. What more could you possibly want?
Prahran Hotel is another one that’s really getting in to the spirit of things, offering in-house spring racing catering. You’ll need to book ahead to secure a table and a picnic hamper, but your booking will include a glass of sparkling on arrival plus all your favourite spring grazing items—cheeses, charcuterie, baby quiches, mini bagels and macaroons. As for the most important part, all the action will be shown on over 15 screens.
Builders Arms Hotel
One of our favourite gastro pubs, The Builders Arms Hotel will be getting in to the spring racing spirit on Cup day. There’ll be a sweepstake for the big race and you’ll be able to catch all of the action in the Public Bar. If a sit down lunch is more your style, the bistro will be offering a spring menu to share.
The London Tavern
As far as big screens go, The London in Richmond is king of the kids. With a love of sport and more screens than you could poke a stick at, it’s an ideal place to head to enjoy a stellar beer garden, have a few frothies and get caught up in all the racing excitement.
Middle Park Hotel
If you’re in to old school pubs with excellent pub food, and you’re in to watching sport at the pub, chances are you’re familiar with The Middle Park Hotel. It’s an inviting pub with a great selection of beers on tap, more than a few screens to catch the race on and we can guarantee that everyone there will be just as excited about the 3:00pm race as you.
Ezard at Levantine Hill Winery
If you’re looking to escape Melbourne on Cup Day, but still want to catch the race, Ezard at Levantine Hill Winery will be open for Cup day. You’ll be able to kick back, relax and enjoy either a five or eight course degustation lunch with matched wines and there will, of course, be a screen to view the race that stops a nation. Email to book. [email protected]
The Woodlands Hotel
A friendly pub on Brunswick’s Sydney Road, The Woodlands Hotel is a great spot to settle in this Melbourne Cup. With an extensive beer garden, televised sport and comfy couches, I’ve watched more than a few Melbourne Cups at this north side local.
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