Looking at how good this list is there’s really no excuse to bail out on celebrating the Melbourne Cup this year. Forget that to-do list and ditch the productivity plan—we're all about a half day and full pints from here on out. Now that that’s sorted, all you need to focus on is who to bet on and understanding all that horseracing lingo!
Here's where we think you should watch the Melbourne Cup in Perth this year.
Perth Racing Club
Take the day off, iron those shirts and paint those nails. It’s all the live thoroughbred action at the home of racing, aka Ascot (plus lots and lots of Mumm Champagne and private cabanas for the high ballers). There are a bunch of experiences to choose from which you can find out about here.
Price: From $35 for general admission
The Print Hall Precinct
From champagne breakfasts and rooftop cocktail parties to Italian feasts and Hong Kong inspired high tea, there really is something for everyone at Print Hall. If you really want to make a day of it, why not start with a champagne breakfast at Small Print and then head to Apple Daily for high tea, Gazette for an Italian feast or Bob’s Bar for some cocktails on the rooftop. Now, how to get out of work afterwards...
Price: From $25 to $120
Mingle with Laurent-Perrier bubbles and all the delicious spring delights coming out of the kitchen (we’ve got our eye on those king prawns). It’s champagne and canapé time in The Standard’s gorgeous wine garden. Starting at 10:30am, is there really any point going into work at all?
Book: 08 9228 1331
Channel that fancy Hamptons style on Hampton Road’s newest resident…The Resident (woah, that was confusing). They’re offering a two-course lunch, champagne on arrival and all the live action across the big screens. The fact that all the fun starts at 10am is just the cherry on the cake!
The crew from Bar Lafayette will be pouring, mixing and shaking up the goods from a licensed pop-up bar, and there’s also going to be a pop-up TAB betting station at Brookefield Place this Melbourne Cup day in Perth. Entry is free, but if you get yourself a $25 ticket, you'll get priority entry, two drinks (or one cocktail) and your choice of two Basilica sliders (pork, beef or vego).
Price: Free to $25
Bib & Tucker
Views of Leighton Beach and a nine course menu with bubbles on arrival. Yes please, Bib & Tucker, yes please indeed. Owner and Olympian Eamon Sullivan is hosting the day alongside a whole lot of Veuve Clicquot. Sold.
If you want a fancy Melbourne Cup experience, head to The Heritage for a three course lunch and unlimited drinks (yes, we said unlimited) while you watch the race that stops the nation. Bobeche is hosting the after party from 2pm so you might want to finish up all your work before you go to lunch.
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Everyone's invited to Prince Lane (that's the old Emerson bar FYI) this Melbourne Cup day—all you need to do to is choose between their glamour or rooftop party. The Glamour party includes a glass of Laurent Perrier bubbles, a cocktail, plenty of canapes as well as sweepstakes, best dressed prizes, a band and DJ so you can keep partying well into the night. The rooftop party will get you all that, as well as drinks all day long.
Whether you choose to sip free flowing Taittinger from Halford Bar at Cathedral Square, eat your weight in street food in the Long Chim courtyard or toast your winnings with a luncheon at Wildflower, the State Buildings has got it going on for Melbourne Cup this year. Tickets are all almost sold out to make sure to book SAP’!
Price: ranging from free to $250
Likely to be the biggest and brightest event on the 7th, Tipple is certainly turning it on with high fashion and frivolous fun. Subi’s Kitchener Park will be transformed into open lawn, exclusive marquees, garden dining tables, lounges and villas.
Fashionistas of Leederville will get their moment to shine at The Garden this race day. Bask in the glory of Flemington and soak up all the prosecco, Gage Roads brews, prizes and canapés. DJ’s and good times start from 11:30am with doors opening to the public at 3:30pm.
The Queens Tavern
Not many places are offering a free Melbourne Cup event so when one does you know we’re gonna love it—and the $10 glasses of Mumm don’t hurt either! Shenanigans kick off at 10am so call ahead to book a table (and a platter), get your outfit sorted and make a day of it.
Book: 9328 7267
Sage Hotel’s delicious restaurant Julio’s has got West Perth sorted with our dream buffet lunch situation. Head over at 11am to make the most of the non-stop wine, beer and Italian feast (mmmmmm slow cooked pork neck).
The Guildford Hotel
It’s a tough call between what we’re most excited about at The Guildford this Melb Cup—the doughnut wall, the Mumm rosé champagne or the roving sweepstakes. Choose between the free garden party or the fancy lounge pass. Either way, you’re onto a winner.
Price: free or $60
Guylian Cafe Perth
Who says Melbourne Cup festivities have to be at a bar? Didn’t you know, we’re sugar addicts and our idea of heaven on a stick is a canapé bar and petit four menu by the chocolate specialists themselves, Guylian. We also hear the door prizes may or may not come in the form of chocolate. Just sayin’.
Book: 6107 8748
Mayfair Lane is encouraging everyone to get their best fascinators out for Melbourne Cup with their best hat prize (among lots of others). Is there a better way to top off the day full of canapés and Veuve?
Price: Starting from $50
The Windsor Hotel
It’s all about dressing to impress this year at The Windsor and we have no doubt team South will be there in their finest. Word to the wise: book a table of six and get a free bottle of champagne!
Price: 2 courses $55 or 3 courses $65 or free entry in the bar
Hendrix cocktails, Billiecart bubbles and a Djurra pamper bar is almost too much for our brains to handle. Here we were thinking Sweetwater couldn’t get any better and then they went and created our dream canapé and sit down menu for the big day.
Price: $75 or $125
Book: 9387 0888
Ku De Ta
Ku De Ta is embracing the strange and the wonderful with their mad hatter themed carnival. With one of their three spaces already sold out, get around this quickly!
Young George is turning it on for East Freo this Melbourne Cup day. We’re in it for the charcuterie board and long table shared lunch. You’re probably in it for the sweeps and three hour drinks package. Either way, see you there.
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