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The Best Places To Hit Up In Sydney This Melbourne Cup Day

By Natasha Gamra
16th Oct 2018

This one’s for all you punters out there. We’ve rounded up the best places to celebrate this year’s race day. Grab your fascinators or suit up for an arvo full of the best champers and meals you’ve ever had. Oh, and the race will be streamed too.

Here are the top 15 places to celebrate Melbourne Cup Day 2018.

Olio Kensington Street


If there's a way to spend Melbourne Cup, it's deep in seven-courses of Sicilian goodness. Yep, we're talking all things arancini, saltbush lamb and to top it all off, some good ol' fashioned tiramisu. Head here to book.

Cost: $75 per person

Redfern Turf Club


This race day make sure you’re heading off to Redfern for heaps of sweeps. This club is giving you the best shindig for this iconic day especially with the $5 beers all day looong. With the race being televised, you can cheer it on while you enjoy slices of cheesy EPIC pizza along with buckets of popcorns.

Cost: $40 per person



This coming cup day, the Merivale family has got you covered. Make sure to check out Establishment bar for the ultimate celebration destination. Offering a three-course shared style lunch and a glass of Chandon on arrival, this sounds like our type of event. With tonnes of screens and an on-site TAB facility, this bar scene is poppin’ this day.

Cost: $120 per person



Get the best views of Barangaroo on top of Untied’s rooftop bar. They’re giving you an arvo full of drinks and canapés, while you watch the live streaming race in the sunshine. Post-race, stay on the roof for the DJs that take over from 3:30pm.

Cost: $120 per person

Matteo Downtown

The CBD's newest venue is pumping up one helluva time this Melbourne Cup. You'll find a massive feasting area should you want to load up on the eats in the restaurant (with a glass of Perrier-Jouët on arrival) or down all the spritz and canapes in the open bar. Either way, there'll be a number of screens to watch all the race antics and a tonne of DJs literally all night long. Book here.

Cost: Restaurant | $140 per person, bar | $85 per person

Eastside Kitchen & Bar


You'll want to place your bets over a solid NYC-inspired king feast (especially because a food coma is definitely involved). For Melbourne Cup, Eastside is throwing up a seven-course feed featuring Kingfish sashimi and grilled cauliflower steak. We know you're well across the iconic 'Fire & Ice' dessert theatrics here and just so you know, you'll find plenty of it here come Cup Day. For more, head here.

Cost: $75 per person

Palmer & Co.


Our fave underground speakeasy is here to celebrate race day. With three drink cards, you’ll have trouble choosing between all of Palmer & Co.’s famous cocktails. Plus, there’ll be a grazing table with a cheese and charcuterie station for your enjoyment. But sit back and relax post-race because the live band will be playing all night long.

Cost: $90 per person

The Beresford

Surry Hills

Ok, so here you’ve got one of two options. This Surry Hills joint is hosting a race day party upstairs with a cocktail lounge and roving canapés until the sun goes down. Or the equally appealing courtyard scene downstairs, where a big screen to watch the race is hanging in the garden. Which might be the perfect way to spend your arvo. But, maybe you don’t have to choose, because once you’re done in the garden, you could just head upstairs for some sick beats from the in-house DJ.

Cost: $85 per person for each area

Manly Wharf Hotel


This should be number one on your list of perfect waterfront venues for race day. Get a glass of champagne at the door and sit down to a mouth-water three-course meal. The race will be live streaming on multiple screens throughout the venue, so you won’t miss a moment.

Cost: $110 per person

The Newport


If you’re making your way over the bridge to the northern suburbs, you might want to check out the courtyard at The Newport. They’re bringing us a casual and relaxed day of race day celebrating. There’s a live band, DJ, TV screen and TAB services, what more could you need? But make sure to wear your best fascinator because the Fashions on the Field competition is a serious game here.

Cost: $60 per person

The Vic On The Park


Get your butts down to the inner west for some classic Melbourne Cup action. Grab yourself a spot on the deck and enjoy some champers and a three-course shared meal. The DJ will be spinning vinyl tracks all day long, so prepare for some classic tunes and a carefree day upon the deck.

Cost: $45 per person

The Squires Landing

The Rocks

This event is free. That’s all you really need to know. But other than that, you won’t find a better place to celebrate the cup than here. You’ve got views of both of Sydney’s iconic landmarks along with a wide selection of James Squire beers. I’d say that beats paying top dollar.

Cost: Free

Coogee Pavilion Rooftop


A rooftop bar is the perfect place to be when ‘the race that stops a nation’ is on. Coogee Pav is hosting a race day party with DJs and dancing with views to the always beautiful Coogee beach. You’ve got TAB facilities, Middle Eastern inspired canapés and all your fave cocktails and drinks to choose.

Cost: $85 per person

The Royal Hotel


You know what they say? Inner west is best. So, get down to Leichhardt for this pub lunch with a glass of tap beer or G.H. Mumm upon arrival. They’ve got you covered with tonnes of sweeps and prizes for best dressed.

Cost: $75 per person

The Botanist


Head up to North Sydney for this botanical bar and canapé menu with a Mediterranean twist. You’ll be greeted with a glass of bubbly and will have the chance to watch your fave horse win, or lose (we don’t want to jinx you).

Cost: $85 per person

The William Inglis Hotel

Warwick Farm

This Melbourne Cup luncheon is happening in style at the equine-themed William Inglis Hotel. With views of Warwick Farm racecourse (I know it’s not the same as Melbourne but this is pretty darn close), there’ll be a day of festivities and sweeps. There’s multiple screens around for you to watch the race while nibbling on the food from the buffet.

Cost: $75 per person

And for those of you who aren’t able to leave your desk, don’t worry we’ve got you covered with an after-party fix:

Maybe Frank

Surry Hills and Randwick

This pizza haven is just waiting for your workaholics to check out on Melbourne Cup night. If you’ve won, celebrate with a pizza, and if you lost your savings (be honest), fill that empty hole in your heart with some pizza. It’s a win-win for everyone.

Della Hyde


This place should be your go-to after party. They’ve got sick beats playing, along with cocktails and just some raging good times. And since race day is on a Tuesday, this place has $1 dumplings on the menu all night long. We say you sick everything just for the dumplings.

Matteo Downtown


We're not lying when we say these guys will be kicking on all night long. Expect DJs pumping out all the tunes from 1pm until super late (if you're all about that life).

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Image credit: Claudio Lavenia

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