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Your Melbourne Cup Dining (And Wining) Guide

By Jessica Best
27th Oct 2017

Melbourne Cup dining guide Sydney

Melbourne Cup Day is fast approaching and the most important thing is that you have your wining and dining (but especially wining) location locked in. These are our favourites in Sydney, whether you'd prefer a laid-back pub lunch, or some serious fine dining. 

Get on this early guys – nobody wants to be left without somewhere to go on Melbourne Cup Day. That would just be awkward. And lonely.

Here are the best spots to celebrate Melbourne Cup in Sydney this year.

The Star 


There’s a handful of super snazzy events happening at The Star for Cup Day including an oyster bonanza (and Moet) at Balla, an all you can eat buffet at Harvest Buffet and of course this is your destination for the after-party and epic beats at Rock Lily featuring DJ Havana Brown. Check out all the Star events here.

When: November 7
Where: Various locations around The Star
Cost: Various Prices

Crows Nest Hotel

Crows Nest

Crows Nest Hotel is throwing up three packages to get your fizz on this Melb Cup Day and just an FYI, you’ll want to get in STAT because this one is a major hot spot to hang out on race day.

When: November 7
Where: Crows Nest Hotel
Cost: $40-$50 per person

Paragon Hotel 

Circular Quay

The fancy AF rooftop pool bar at the Paragon is hosting one helluva garden party this Melbourne Cup. These legends are serving up a four hour premium beverage and canape package plus you’ll watch the race live and loud on the big silver screens. Get your tickets here.

When: November 1, 12pm-4pm
Where: Paragon Hotel
Cost: $150 per person

Coogee Bay Hotel


The Bay is bringing out the big guns for the ‘race that stops that nation’. There’ll be good vibes throughout the entire venue, live action on the mega screen in the Garden, gourmet food and two pop-up bars bearing freshly shucked oysters, cocktails, champers (duh) and guaranteed seating. Get your tickets here.

When: November 7
Where: Coogee Bay Hotel
Cost: $120 per person


Neutral Bay

It’s one bloody good day when the set menu reads with confit salmon, grilled halloumi with watermelon and mint, and hay smoked pork belly with pickled rhubarb. Oh, and when you’re handed a glass of champagne on arrival. Firefly has guaranteed they have all your frock day booze needs covered. Get your tickets here.

When: November 7
Where: Firefly
Cost: $85 per person

Hotel Steyne


A major luncheon is happening at The Steyne, equipped with big screens (not that you’ll be watching much), sweeps, drinks on arrival, live music and all the food! Get your tickets here.

When: November 7
Where: Hotel Steyne
Cost: $95 per person

Harbour Bar + Kitchen

Darling Harbour

Don’t even get us started on the delicious nosh offerings at Harbour Bar (it’s arguably better than the big race itself, just saying). Expect share platters of bruschetta and cured meat, mains of smoked lobster rolls, wood-fired rotisserie mustard chicken, and half racks of beef ribs. And you’ll want to save some room for the choc dome and passionfruit meringue. Because drool. Get your tickets here.

When: November 7, 
Where: Habour Bar + Kitchen

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Watsons Bay

Whatever your plans, Watsons Bay has you covered this Cup Day. If you’re feeling like a delicious stream of snacks, the Beach Buffet is for you with fresh seafood, antipasto, spiced meats, and delicious desserts. Or if you’re feeling mega luxe (let’s face it—who isn’t on Race Day?), the Grand Feast is served as a three-course feast served in a communal style, from Chilled Seasonal Seafood Platters, to Porchetta Slow Roasted Crispy Pork Belly, and ending with soft lashes of rose infused cream. And not to mention the included four-hour beverage package. Enquire here.

When: November 7
Where: Watson Bay Boutique Hotel
Cost: $85-$215 per person

Hunter & Barrel

Cockle Bay Wharf

The juggernauts of quality meat and produce are doing a set lunch menu with champagne on arrival at their Cockle Bay location. And yes, they’ll even have four 45-inch TVs to show the race  because these are the legends you need in your life.

Where: Hunter & Barrel, Cockle Bay
Cost: $99 per person



The party at Mojos starts at 11am with delicious Flemington Fling cocktails on arrival and freshly shucked oysters and antipasto. After lunch there’ll be bottomless sparkling, red and white wine between midday and 3:30pm and Asahi beer on free-flow. Plus, you’ll be insanely entertained all day with prizes for the best dressed, gourmet canapes, sweepstakes and a heap of lawn games! Get more details here.

When: November 7, 11am-3:30pm
Where: Mojo, Waterloo
Cost $90 per person

Mrs Sippy

Double Bay

There are two things you need to note this Cup Day at Mrs Sippy—it’s hosting a massive lunch AND an after-party. So that means you can just stick around here for the entire day for ultimate #convenience. During the day expect a constant flow of Moet & Chandon with TV presenter Laura Csortan hosting the Mrs Sippy Melbourne Cup and at night, continue the celebrations with live entertainment from Oberon Lane Trio and the crew from Onestop DJs. Enquire here.

When: November 7, lunch @ 12pm-4:30pm, after-party @ 4:30pm-12am
Where: Mrs Sippy, Double Bay
Cost: $150 per person


Surry Hills

It’s a big day which means you shouldn’t really indulge in anything less that a big meal. Behold, the ‘bigger feast’ at Nomad featuring an 8-course banquet (we’ll just let that sit for a while). Think house-baked sourdough, roasted rainbow trout, BBQ lamb rump and the real winner of the day—the olive oil and halva crumble parfait. TBH, Nomad is always a good idea.

Where: Nomad, Surry Hills
Cost: $115 per person

Chiswick At The Gallery


Think three courses (created by Chef Matt Moran and Head Chef Tim Brindley) and an arrival glass of NV Taittinger Champagne within the lush AF surroundings of The Gallery. Enquire here.

Where: Chiswick Restaurant
Cost: $139 per person

North Bondi Fish

North Bondi

Whether you’re into the race or into the good views, North Bondi Fish is the ultimate location to spend your dosh on Race Day (and also just because of the four complimentary drinks, obvs). And FYI, the best dressed female gets a little somethin’ somethin’ provided by the beautiful people at Sass and Bide. No biggie. Book your spot here.

Where: North Bondi Fish, Bondi Beach
Cost: $155 per person

NOLA Smokehouse & Bar


Because on the biggest race day of the year, a waterfront situation is totally necessary. Plus, southern BBQ feeds and booze is always a go (and so is live music, canapes and champers while we’re at it). Book here.

Where: NOLA Smokehouse & Bar, Barangaroo
Cost: $90 per person

3 Weeds


This lil’ pub institution is the place to go for a massive feed come Melbourne Cup Day. Think ocean trout poke, chorizo croquettes with smoked chilli mayo, quesadilla with goats cheese, and steak steamed buns with Japanese BBQ sauce. Yeah, it’s friggin’ amazing. Book your spot here.

When: November 7, 12pm
Where: 3 Weeds, Rozelle
Cost: $35 per person

District Brasserie


This one’s pretty damn schmancy and boasts all the tropical vibes ever. We also can’t say no to a four-course meal created by Head Chef Mark Knox (he’s a ledge guys) and there are even prizes for the best dressed table which means rounding up your squad and looking totally and undeniably chic is compulsory. Book your spot here.

When: November 7, 11:30am onwards
Where: District Brasserie, Chifley Square
Cost: $120 per person



Veuve champagne, harbour views and one helluva seafood feast. Stand outs at Manta include the Sydney rock oysters (these guys plate up some of the best), chargrilled Cape Grim eye fillet and for dessert; a mascarpone and passionfruit cheesecake. Just casually. Book your spot here.

Where: Manta, Woolloomoolloo Wharf
Cost: $180 per person



Get set for a super four-course Turkish set menu. There’ll be dishes including cured salmon pastirma with fennel and pickled chillies; and lamb shoulder tandir with house pickles (because with great sporting events comes great feeds). Plus if you’re keen (and you will be), you can get the drinks flowing with an optional three-hour drinks package of Turkish wines. Book your spot here.

Where: Anason, Barangaroo
Cost: $95 per person

The Argyle

The Rocks

Major alert: a massive garden party is happening at The Argyle this Cup Day. If you’re even remotely into being amongst the action and antics of the day, you’ll want to be all over this epic gin garden. Grab your tickets here.

Where: The Argyle, The Rocks
Cost: $99 per person

Nel. Restaurant

Surry Hills

This one is already known for its insanely delicious degustation menu so expect nothing less on this mass sporting day (plus tunes by Cam Nacson). And sure, you’ll be able to watch the race on the big TV screen but we all know what everyone’s really going for. The cheese station. Book your spot here.

Where: at nel., Surry Hills
Cost: $189 per person

InterContinental Double Bay

Double Bay

You can choose your own adventure at this one. Go all out on the buffet in the Stockroom Restaurant (with free flowing Perrier-Jouet obvs) or keep it casual with the three-hour canape package in the Stillery Cocktail Lounge. Or go all the way up—to the rooftop that is. They’ll be opening it especially for cup day. Enquire here

Where: InterContinental Double Bay
Cost: $95 - $190 (depending on package)

ivy Pool Club


Celebrate the race of the year pool-side with canapés, Chandon NV and James Boag’s Premium, and a cocktail on arrival at ivy. You’ll be so distracted by the party vibes that you won’t even care that you’re actually losing money because well, that’s just your luck. More details here.

When: November 7
Cost: $175 per person

Royal George


Step into the charming and old-school world of Royal George this race day. It hosts the ultimate pub feels (but it’s a little fancier than most) and you’ll be well-fed with a two-course shared menu and Chandon NV or James Boag’s Premium. More details here.

When: November 7
Cost: $55 per person

The Paddington


Further around the bend on Sydney’s iconic Oxford Street, Executive Chef Ben Greeno will serve up his signature rotisserie which is kind of what we’re really looking forward to, apart from the actual race itself, obvs. Bring your mates because word on the street is there will be a food-coma inducing banquet so that’s a massive win for you already. More details here.

When: November 7
Cost: $105 per person

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ivy Pool Club| Image credit: Merivale

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