Perth is absolutely turning it up for the Melbourne Cup this year, showing off all the frocked-up fanciness you can handle. With free-flowing champagne luncheons, pop-up bars and of course, the big race at Ascot Racecourse, you’re in for a fabulous day of fun and fashion, so be sure to dress to impress.
Here’s where to spend Melbourne Cup Day in Perth.
Get your graze on with platters full of gourmet nibbles in The Standard's wine garden or put on your race day best and enjoy a three-course luncheon this Cup Day—whichever option you go with, you’ll be treated to a glass of bubbles on arrival, and rest assured there’ll be plenty more wine and bubbles on hand to wash down those tasty eats.
The team at Tiny’s will be putting on a Cup Day lunch like no other, and you can opt for a three-course lunch, or even hire your own space at the Garden Bar and new Plaza Bar for a private affair of drinks and canapes. Of course, you’ll be able to catch all the action on the big screens, and there’ll be drink packages, cocktails galore and a DJ spinning records.
The Quarter Acre Hotel
The Quarter Acre Hotel is going all out this Melbourne Cup, and your ticket will include a glass of champagne, roaming canapes, a three-course meal and a few sneaky drink tickets to get your day kicking. There’ll also be a DJ so you can get up and have a boogie.
If you’re wanting to experience the magic of Melbourne Cup Day from the best seats in the house, Ascot Racecourse is THE place to be for non-stop entertainment, show-stopping fashion, food trucks, pop-up bars, and all the excitement of seeing live races up close and personal. Tickets are selling fast, so get in quick.
Hearth At The Ritz-Carlton
The team at Hearth is going all out to bring us one of the most glamorous Melbourne Cup Luncheons in all of Perth. Their talented chef has put together an incredible four-course menu showcasing the best produce WA has to offer—think smoked Abrolhos Islands scallops and woodfired lamb with spiced jus. The day will kick off with a glass of sparkling wine and canapes, and you can add on a four hour Cape Mentelle beverage package with lunch too.
When it comes to Cup Day celebrations, the team at Market Grounds know how to arrange a good time. Get in quickly to grab a ticket to The Grounds Package, with two hours of wine, bubbles and beer, plus a few food stall tickets. Kick on afterwards inside The Grounds and Market Bar. Get onto tickets asap, as their other packages have already sold out.
This Melbourne Cup Day, Suited Melbourne Cup is taking over The Camfield to transform it into the ultimate Cup Day venue, with seven unique bars and gourmet food zones. Get ready to catch all the action live from Flemington and Ascot Racecourse on over 20 screens and quench your thirst with incredible cocktails and a selection of over 175 tap beers.
Sweetwater Rooftop Bar
Watch the race that stops the nation over a three-course champagne luncheon at Sweetwater Rooftop Bar. Sip your way through two hours of free-flowing champagne and roaming canapes, and take a seat after the race to carry on the fun with a main and dessert. We’re talking all the signature dishes like freshly shucked oysters, turmeric and coconut prawns, delicious dessert—the works.
The Aviary welcomes you to The Paddock Club for the Melbourne Cup on one of Perth’s prettiest rooftops. Nibble your way through the epic brunch grazing table and then enjoy free-flowing sparkling, tap beers and cider from 10am until the race is won.
Mayfair Lane has all your Cup Day needs well and truly covered, with three different food and drinks packages, sweepstakes, and enough TVs to cover all angles of the race. Choose between a glass of sparkling and canapes, a three-course meal with champagne or a four house drinks package, fit with canapes.
The Stables Bar
There’s no venue more suitable for your Melbourne Cup Day celebrations than Perth’s original horse stables, The Stables Bar. Let loose at the Chandon Garden Party with live music, roaming canapes and spritz cocktails, or nab a spot in the dining room for the extravagant four-course Veuve Clicquot Long Luncheon. If you’re keen to carry on your Cup Day celebrations into the night, you’ll have priority access to the afterparty from 4pm, you lucky thing.
Hadiqa will be pulling out all the stops for the spring carnival season, turning their gorgeous rooftop bar and restaurant into an oasis for party-goers. On Melbourne Cup Day they’re offering two food and drinks packages, the Rooftop Terrace Party or the Rooftop Dining experience. Plus there’ll be best-dressed prizes, exclusive drink specials and DJs to set the perfect springtime scene.
Get your brunch on at The Globe’s bottomless brunch this Cup Day. From 10:30am until 12:30pm sit back and relax while you watch the races with a free-flowing sparkling and wine, and of course, the iconic shared brunch board. We’re sure there’ll also be a few trips to the mimosa station.
The Windsor Hotel
The legends at The Windsor Hotel will have you spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding how you’ll spend your Cup Day, as they’re putting on three different parties across the venue. While the lunch at the Charthouse Restaurant has already sold out, you can still grab tickets for the Garden Bar where you can nibble on canapes and watch the races on the big screens, or for just five bucks, catch all of the action live and loud at the Mends Street Bar.
Tonic And Ginger
Giddy up at Tonic and Ginger at The Old Synagogue for their Melbourne Cup Luncheon, complete with three delicious courses from this popular Asian fusion eatery. You’ll be able to watch the race live on the big screen as you enjoy three hours of free-flowing beverages.
Cup Day celebrations will be taking over all three gorgeous levels of The Reveley. Choose from three exciting events, the Race by the River, Leeuwin Estate Long Luncheon or the Race on the Rooftop. Whichever package you choose, you’ll be surrounded by stunning riverside views and of course, all of the action will be on the big screens across the venue.
It’s no surprise that the bottomless brunch legends at Tiisch are throwing a bottomless Melbourne Cup lunch. You’ll get a two-course lunch with two and a half hours of unlimited drinks. This will be enjoyed under the live screen, and a sweepstake and prizes will be up for grabs.
Change up the scenery and head to the waterfront for Melbourne Cup this year. Harbourside Freo is serving Mediterranean canapes and pouring unlimited bubbles, wine, cider and beer this November 2. If you’re feeling particularly indulgent, upgrade your ticket to also include French champagne.
Get fancy for the Cup this year at the riverside restaurant Cooee. Soak up the sun on the terrace with a glass of champagne, and then settle down for four delectable courses with wine and beer. The menu includes steak tartare, oysters and Abrolhos tuna, so you know you’re in for a memorable afternoon.
18 Knots Rooftop Bar
Located on floor 18 of the DoubleTree by Hilton, you’ll be able to take in 360 degree views of the city while sipping on gin cocktails and local wines at 18 Knots Rooftop Bar. The canapes menu has some mouth watering additions like lemongrass poached prawn rice paper rolls and truffled green pea and smoked salmon tarts. Book in your spot by emailing the Hilton here.
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