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.
If you’re wanting to experience the magic of Melbourne Cup Day from the best seats in the house, you can’t beat the main event. 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 the races up close and personal. Tickets are selling fast, so get in quick.
If there’s one thing The Standard does well, it’s a long lunch. So naturally they’ve come up with two equally enticing options for us to choose from on Cup Day—a grazing garden platter for $55pp or a three-course luncheon for $85pp. Both options come with a glass of bubbles on arrival, and there’ll be screens showing the race both inside and in the garden bar, so no need to worry about missing the action.
Bar Uma is throwing a Pretty in Pink High Tea for Melbourne Cup, dishing up bottomless beverages alongside sweet and savoury bites in a gorgeous garden bar setting. There’ll be a fashion in the field competition with prizes for best dressed, plus sweepstakes, lucky door prizes and all the racing action on the big screen.
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. They’re also offering up prizes for best dressed and most fashionable hats, so be sure to kit out in your race-day best.
Island Market Trigg
Racing doesn’t typically come with an ocean view, but who says you can’t have both? Grab your friends and head along to Island Market Trigg for Melbourne Cup and enjoy a delicious four-course sharing menu, champagne on arrival, a fashion show from Natalie Rolt, and DJ Beryl Streep spinning tunes. Tickets are $135, and every ticket goes into the draw to win a BMW for a weekend getaway.
Bar Patrón Pop Up At Rockpool Bar & Grill
Rockpool Sydney is home to Bar Patrón, offering authentic Mexican eats and premium margaritas, and they’re bringing it west side for Melbourne Cup. Between 11am and 3pm on race day, Rockpool Perth will be serving a vibrant three-course shared menu along with three classic margaritas for $125pp.
Santini Bar & Grill
Santini Bar & Grill is covering all bases with their Melbourne Cup Party, ensuring punters will stay fed and watered while not missing a second of the all-important racing action. Enjoy a drink and canapés on arrival in the Santini Bar where you’ll find the big screens, then head over to Santini Grill where a three-course Italian feast and French champagne awaits.
Get set to watch the race on WA’s biggest screens from the comfort of the Optus Stadium Sports Lounge. They’re all about making the day as fun as possible, with impressive prizes to be won, DJs on the decks, a giant ball pit for general silliness, selfie photo backdrops, and plenty of food and drinks to keep you going all day long. Tickets are $160 and also include entry to the after party.
For a lush Melbourne Cup experience, you can’t go past Henry Summer. The inner-city oasis will be buzzing all afternoon with wall-to-wall race day coverage, DJs, internal sweeps, prizes for best dressed and much more. The whole event is hosted by Perth socialite Lidia Kukulj-Tinelli, so you just know it’s going to be fabulous.
The Garden has to be one of Perth’s most-loved beer gardens, making it the perfect setting for a sunny Melbourne Cup celebration. This time around they’re thinking pink, with each $65 ticket coming with five different pink drinks, plus bottomless canapes, fashion ‘off’ the field prizes, roving entertainment and of course, live races all day on the big screens.
Watch the race that stops the nation over a three-course champagne luncheon at Sweetwater Rooftop. We’re talking all the signature dishes like oysters, dumplings, dessert—the works. Sip your way through the whole experience with two hours of free-flowing Veuve Clicquot, all while enjoying live music and sweeps throughout the day.
Hadiqa will be going pink 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 tasty food and drinks packages, plus best dressed prizes, a make-up touch up and pampering station, and DJs to set the perfect springtime scene. If you can’t get the day off work, head along to the after party from 4pm.
Scarborough Beach Bar
The Scarborough Beach Bar sundeck will be all decked out and ready for Cup Day, and guests are in for a treat. You’ll need to round up a group of eight or more to secure your spot, but once you’re in you can expect a free drink on arrival, sweepstakes, a photobooth, post-race DJs ‘til late, drinks specials and a seafood and oyster station. If you’d rather a package deal, book in for Fizz & Spritz and get two hours of free-flowing house wines, bubbles, spritzes and the chef’s selection of canapés for the table.
The Aviary welcomes you to The Paddock Club for Melbourne Cup this year, featuring live music from Adam Hall and The Soul Playboys, finger food and drinks on one of Perth’s prettiest rooftops. Nibble your way through the brunch grazing table and grab a spritz from the Aperol Spritz Bar to get the day off on the right hoof, then enjoy free-flowing sparkling, tap beers and cider from 10am until the race is won.
The Captain Stirling
There’s plenty of race day action to be had at The Captain Stirling, with multiple screens live streaming from Flemington, plus food and booze specials for punters. $25 gets you a drink, pub meal and a TAB voucher, and $50 gets you a space in the courtyard with shared food for four people. There’ll be sweeps running on the day and live music after the race to keep you going into the evening.
If you can't get any time off work to celebrate, why not spend the day planning your next holiday?
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