Get ready to frock up, dig out the fascinator and book that annual leave asap. Love it or hate it—Melbourne Cup is always one hell of a party. Whether you’re in it to win a trifecta, just want to party, or are looking for a long lazy lunch with an incredible menu—there’s all kinds of shenanigans planned across Perth. And there’s no shame if you’re having so much fun you miss the race altogether.
Here are 15 of the best spots to catch the Melbourne Cup in Perth. Giddy up.
Tipple has moved from Subiaco to Ascot this year, so if you’re looking for a classic cup day, this is it—and it goes without saying it will be a big one. There’s a whole range of packages for plenty of horsing around on the day, so whether your budget is $49 for entry to the Silks Lawn or $395 to get into one of the marquees, you'll find something here to suit your budget. Get more details here.
Ciao bella. The newly opened QT Hotel is bringing a little bit of Italian flavour to Cup Day with free-flowing prosecco, Italian-inspired cocktail and canapés. The rooftop bar will be transformed with surround screens for all the racing excitement, so get your tickets sorted immediately. They're $155 and you can get them here.
Melbourne Cup Day at the State Buildings is nothing but an all-out affair. You can get free entry to The Postal Hall to watch the race on the big screen with champagne aplenty, and then it's up to you where to carry on the festivities. Post is putting on an Italian feast, Petition Kitchen is keeping things casual, or you can head downstairs to Long Chim for a long lunch with cocktails and beats. Find out everything going on at the State Buildings on Melbourne Cup Day here.
Three hours of free-flowing, bottomless booze—could you ask for anything better on Melbourne Cup Day? The $75 package at Tiisch also includes a two course lunch. The menu looks absolutely delish with plenty to choose from including freshly shucked oysters, Fremantle swordfish, steak & frites and mushroom gnocchi. And if you’re even still thinking about the race with such stellar food, there’ll be a live screen and sweepstakes. Get more details here.
Sweetwater Rooftop Bar
Sweet lord. Live a life of luxury with a sit down six course lunch, a champagne sorbet platter (yes, such a glorious thing does exist) and free flowing Veuve Cliquot for $140 at the Sweetwater Rooftop Bar. If you want to save those pennies, $80 will get you a glass of champers on arrival and roaming canapés. There is a Veuve hamper on the line for best dressed—so polish those shoes my friends. Get more details here.
Forget the fascinator—The Windsor has its very own flower crown bar to make you blooming beautiful. If you want to go all out for Cup Day, they also have a $70 set menu with a Pimp your Prosecco station and flowing champagne. Or kick it low key for $10 at their garden bar with canapés, pizza and drinks. Get more details here.
The Left Bank
We think a beautiful beer garden with river views is the perfect spot for Cup celebrations—and there are few better than the Left Bank. Especially when there are real life horses. Yep, you totally have permission to be that person that spends the whole party hanging with the horses. The garden party is free but there’s also a cocktail event for $99 which includes drinks, canapés and an oyster station. There’ll be a gambling table, photo booth and screens to keep up with the action. Get more details here.
Saddle up. Market Grounds has got all bases covered with a whole range of packages. For $55 you will get a serious feed while you watch the race with Moet, share plates and artisanal ice cream cones. Or you can splash out on a $600 booth with two bottles of Moet, oysters, charcuterie and cheese board plus a $200 bar card. The market bar will also be open for free with no bookings needed. Wear something you can dance in because the party will kick on late. Get more info here.
This iconic Freo pub is opening its brand spanking new rooftop especially for Cup Day. For $149 you’ll get a whole lot of food with beer, wine and cocktails plus a mystery bet at The National. Settle in for the long haul. Get more details here.
How about catching the Melbourne Cup action at Perth’s own little Arabian oasis? For a cool $80, you can enjoy the race on the big screen at Hadiqa’s garden rooftop while being treated to Laurent-Perrier and canapes. Word on the street is that there will be a champagne charity auction with a bunch of *oversized* bottles of bubbly up for grabs. If you’re sticking around longer (and looking to release all the Melbourne Cup energy), there’s also an after party at 4pm. Get more details here.
As if you needed an excuse to splash out on a new outfit… Henry Summer has special prizes for best dressed, so upping that Afterpay debt could actually turn into a good investment. The garden party is $54 for a cocktail on arrival and roving canapes. Get more details here.
Tiny’s Bar and Liquor Emporium
New bar Tiny’s will transform QV1 plaza into its very own Melbourne Cup mounting yard. There’ll be a gourmet barbeque, DJs, cocktails and screens to watch the race. If you work in a city office, take a sneaky extended lunch break. Entry is free but you’ll need to reserve a spot. There’s also a sit down lunch for $70 per person and the menu looks phenom. Get more details here.
Suit up and gather the gang for one of Perth’s biggest Melbourne Cup events at the Camfield. With plenty of screens, a Mercedes Benz fashion show, gourmet food stalls, TAB betting terminals and live music you’re in for one hell of a party. A ticket costs $50 and includes a drink on arrival. Or you can indulge in the long table luncheon for $210 with a three-course meal and three-hour drinks package. Get more details here.
If you’re looking for something a little more civilised The Standard is offering up garden grazing for $55 or a three course luncheon for $85. You get a glass of bubbly on arrival. Winning. Get more details here.
Cottesloe Beach Club
Pray for some sunshine and celebrate Melbourne Cup by the seaside at the Cottesloe Beach Club. Relax in the GH Mumm Champagne Lounge or sip on Lexington Hill cocktails in the pop up Blossom Rose Garden. $95 will get you three drinks, roving canapés and fresh oysters, not to mention plenty of entertainment throughout the day. Get your ticket here.
If you can't get any time off work to celebrate, why not spend the day planning your next holiday?
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