We all know Melbourne Cup day in Sydney isn’t just about backing a winner on the field; it’s about backing a winner when it comes to where you, your crew and most importantly your social media, spend the day.
Gone are the days of sad office sweeps and Susan from account’s sausage roles, now the only way to spend Melbourne Cup is to frock up and make a day of it. So we’ve teamed up with the Urban Purveyor Group who are the brains (and culinary masters) behind some of Sydney’s best race day venues, to round up the best of the best for Cup day. So now, whether you’re ballin’ on a budget, or living large, all you have to do is organise your mates.
Ballin’ On A Budget
Guys, we get it, sometimes you’re caught in a constant battle between treat yo’ self and, well, feed yo’ self. That’s where Fratelli Fresh comes in. They’re making it possible for all of us to enjoy Cup Day with a $70 set menu, for three courses, and the best part? Plenty of champagne! You’ll be greeted with a glass of sparkling on arrival and it’ll only be up from there. Their a la carte menu is also available. Click here to book.
Bavarian Bier Café
Start the day with a glass of Chandon and end it taking home the prize for best dressed (we know, you’ve totes got that one in the bag). For $55 you’ll work your way through a set race day menu, as you prost your Chandon. Click here to book.
Raise a stein to the cup and get ready to party like only the Germans know how. With live DJs, Oom Pah band, best dressed prizes, sweeps, big screens and of course, platters of Bavarian fare and ice-cold steins of bier, you know you’re in for one hell of a good time. There will even be Chandon on arrival, should champagne be the only cold bevvy you care about on race day. Click here to book.
El Camino Cantina
Turn race day into a Mexican fiesta at El Camino Cantina. Forget the champagne and start your day with legendary margaritas on arrival, as you tuck in to a $69 per person set menu complete with enchiladas, tacos and our favourite, piping hot churros. Click here to book.
Treat Yo’ Self
For $99 your Grand Stand ticket (see what they did there) includes two blissful hours of beverages from 1pm as well as two hours of delicious canapés. So you’ll be in a flutter of fun come race time. Click here to book.
It’s only fitting that a day of glamour would be celebrated, as only the French know how, with flowing champagne, fashion and all of the required Cup Day flair. Three courses and a glass of Moet Champagne will set you back $99 a person, and with those harbour side views you’re a winner already. Click here to book.
There’s only one place you’ll be seen this race day and that’s in the Members. At $149 the Member Pavillion tickets at The Argyle include three (that’s right, three) hours of beverages and tasty canapés. Click here to book.
The Cut Bar And Grill
Prepare those bellies for steaks and stakes at New York style steakhouse, The Cut Bar And Grill. Starting your day off right with a complimentary glass of Ruinart Champagne (fancy) you’ll then feast on a 4-course set menu for $149 per person. Hot tip, you may want to opt for the forgiving dress, because you’ll want to eat everything. Click here to book.
Sake Restaurant And Bar
Nothing says Melbourne Cup like sitting down to a glamorous banquet at Sake Restaurant and Bar. Take your beautiful self out for a long lunch complete with sake, wine, cocktails and of course, Veuve Clicquot champagne. Ranging from $125 to $149 a person you’ll start (and end) the day with bubbles, so you’re a winner no matter which horse you back. Click here to book.
The After Party
It wouldn’t be an all day party without a suitably epic After Party. The race that stops the nation will carry on into the early hours (midweek handover anyone?) at the Argyle Hotel. Kicking off from 3:30pm they’ve partnered with Chandon so you know the drinks will be flowing long in to the evening.
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