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Giddy Up, Here Are 17 Of The Best Melbourne Cup Events In Perth This Year

By Madison Lowe
22nd Oct 2020

A crowd watching the Melbourne Cup on the rooftop at Hadiqa.

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.

The Standard


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, rest assured there’ll be plenty of 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, complete with a Tanqueray Gin bar, premium drinks packages and dishes like their mouth watering rotisserie chicken, wood grilled ciabatta, roasted broccoli and a dessert of white chocolate with blueberries, chamomile and puffed rice. Of course, you’ll be able to catch all the action on the big screens, and there’ll be door prizes for best dressed.

Mandoon Estate


Set your compass east and you just might find yourself at Mandoon Estate enjoying one of the most exquisite Cup Day lunches on offer. Begin the day with canapes and glasses of Mandoon Estate’s sparkling wine while you watch with excitement as the race plays on the big screen, then take a seat and feast on three delicious courses made with WA’s finest local produce. From 11am until 3pm, you’ll also be able to quench your thirst with free flowing wines and craft beers from the Homestead Brewery—bookings are essential and can be made here.

Ascot Racecourse


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.

Hearth At The Ritz-Carlton


The team at Hearth is going all out to bring us the one of the most glamorous Melbourne Cup Luncheons in all of Perth. Chef Jed Gerrard has put together an incredible four course menu showcasing the best produce WA has to offer—think blue swimmer crab, spiced dry aged lamb and a mouthwatering dessert of grilled strawberries. The day will kick off with a glass of sparkling wine and canapes, and there’ll be sweepstakes and free-flowing Leeuwin Estate beverages throughout— if you don’t want to miss out, get your tickets here.

Market Grounds


Immerse yourself in all the fashion and glamour that Spring racing season has to offer while feasting on three delicious courses at Market Grounds’ Long Lunch Series Derby Day Edition on Saturday 31 October. Frock up in your classiest black and white attire, fill your belly with the finest seasonal share plates and wash it all down with free-flowing Chandon, tap spritzes, boozy iced tea and more—it’s a day not to be missed, and you can get your tickets here.

When it comes to Cup Day celebrations, the team at Market Grounds is going all out with some amazing packages to help you party in style. Hang out at the private upstairs bar with premium beverages and canapes, take a picture on the Chambord swing or check out The Grounds Beer Garden Caravan Bar—you can find all the deets here.

The Camfield


This Melbourne Cup Day, Suited Melbourne Cup is taking over The Camfield to transform it into the ultimate luxury Birdcage 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. 

Feel like taking your race day to the next level? Grab a ticket to the Leeuwin Estate long table luncheon, where you’ll be treated to three mouthwatering courses by Head Chef Christopher Bottega and free-flowing Moet and Chandon. Luncheon guests can get excited for Suited Events’ signature runway show, where Alice McCall and MJ Bale will be showcasing their finest spring collections to top off the day. 

Sweetwater Rooftop Bar

East Fremantle

Watch the race that stops the nation over a three-course champagne luncheon at Sweetwater Rooftop. We’re talking all the signature dishes like freshly shucked oysters, Chinese lotus buns, delicious 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.

The Aviary


The Aviary welcomes you to The Paddock Club hosted by Scarlet Adams for the Melbourne Cup this year, featuring live soul music, finger food and drinks 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

West Perth

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.

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 garden party with live music, roaming canapes and oysters or nab a spot in the dining room for the extravagant four-course 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 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.

The Globe


Get your brunch on at The Globe’s Prosecco Fountain Brunch this Cup Day. From 10:30am until 12:30pm, sit back and relax while you watch the races with a refreshing spring cocktail on arrival, free-flowing Prosecco and spritz and of course, the iconic shared brunch board. 

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. They’re putting on three different parties across the venue so you canindulge in a three course sit-down lunch in the Charthouse Restaurant, nibble on canapes while you watch the races on the big screens in the Garden Bar or catch all of the action live and loud for free in the Mends Street Bar. Sport your very best hat on the day and you might just win a prize for best-dressed.

The Old Synagogue


Dress up in your race day best and head to The Old Synagogue for an epic race day extravaganza at The Arbor or a unique twist on the Melbourne Cup Luncheon thanks to Head Chef Leigh Power. Giddy up at The Arbor from 11am until 3pm with a glass of Veuve Clicquot on arrival and decadent canapes throughout the day, or sit down for three luscious courses and premium drinks at Tonic & Ginger

The Reveley


Cup Day celebrations will be taking over all three gorgeous levels of The Reveley, with everything from free-flowing beverage packages and spritz carts to roaming canapes and oyster stations. 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. 

If you can't get any time off work to celebrate, why not spend the day planning your next staycation?

Image credit: Shot By Thom

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