The round-up: Saddle up for race-day revelry this Melbourne Cup
The race that stops the nation is fast approaching, which means it’s time to ensure that your Melbourne Cup party plans are sorted. This year dozens of Brisbane’s finest spots are frocking up for the 2017 festivities, so before you get caught up finalising your bets and arranging your stellar outfit, make sure you’ve booked a place to celebrate before you’re all dressed up with no place to go.
Treasury Brisbane: There’s no race more thrilling than Melbourne Cup, which is why Treasury Brisbane is hosting not one but two parties designed to take your celebrations to a new level. If you want to treat yourself, the Tea & Bubble package features a decadent high tea full of delights and drinks. If you’d rather take the night for what it’s worth, The Kitty is hosting a party complete with prizes and sweepstakes. Oh, and that’s not all – living legend Daryl Braithwaite will be playing a free afterparty show at the LiveWire Bar once the racing is all said and done.
Regatta Hotel: The Regatta is fond of dressing up for Melbourne Cup, and if you doubt us, then perhaps attending its annual gala event will change your mind. Tickets give attendees access to the Regatta’s lavish function rooms, a three-hour beverage package featuring Moet & Chandon and Pimms cocktails, as well as gourmet canapes and access to the exclusive after party at The Walrus Club from 4:00 pm.
The Boatshed: Regatta Hotel’s riverside eatery is also getting into the action with a delicious luncheon. Three courses of scrumptious fare will be paired by three-hour drinks package, with the added bonus of the race live on large plasma screens, live music, sweepstakes and extra TAB facilities for those keen to get on the punt.
Woolly Mammoth: Giddy up! Woolly Mammoth’s Melbourne Cup celebrations are looking to be well worth investigating if what we hear is correct. The entire alehouse will be dedicated to the event, with an impressive spread on offer for attendees. A two-course feasting lunch is on offer, serving the likes of popcorn chicken, beef brisket, mac and cheese arancini, lamb ribs and more. If that’s not enough, opt for the Mammoth Buffet option, which comes with pizza boards, twice-cooked pork belly, USA pork ribs, vegetarian boards and more.
Cloudland: This Fortitude Valley institution is spreading its Melbourne Cup celebrations across three levels, offering something for everyone. If you want to keep things free and loose, snag a ticket to the Madame Hedges cocktail party, which offers up a three-hour food and beverage package with French bubbles, cocktails and deluxe canapes. If you’d rather take a load off, purchase a ticket for the Rainbow Room gala luncheon, which will see a three-course sit down lunch prepared, canapes on arrival, free-flowing champagne, wine and beer. The party continues after both soirees, with DJs playing tunes until late.
Portside Wharf: If you’re after some international flavour this Melbourne Cup, look no further than Portside Wharf – some of the precinct’s most beloved dining spots are putting on seriously impressive soirees. You can go Italiano at Gusto, indulge in a Japanese banquet at Sono, grab some beef and beer at Belvedere, or even head along to Byblos’ first-ever Botanica Melbourne Cup – there are no wrong choices, just delicious ones.
Shadow Lounge: Admire some river views while you wait for the big race to start at Shadow Lounge. The luxurious Eagle Street bar is the perfect spot to enjoy the big day, especially when you can enjoy the delicious range of bites with a four-hour food and drinks package (including the ever-popular Thai bucket cocktails), a live simulcast of the big race, DJs and prizes up for grabs.
Eat Street Northshore: You mightn’t have considered the spacious surrounds of Eat Street Northshore as the perfect place to celebrate Melbourne Cup, but turns out it’s damn near perfect. Grab your friends and get ready for an afternoon of fun – cheeky cocktails on arrival, main stage entertainment by the Eat Street Bros and street magicians, the race displayed live on a huge LED screen, plenty of food vendors and prizes for best-dressed lady, best hat and best men’s outfit.
Gerard’s Bistro: A Melbourne Cup institution in itself, Gerard’s Bar’s yearly celebration is iconic amongst Brisbane revellers. Each year the bar outdoes itself and 2017 is set to be no exception. This year, the eatery is theming its celebrations around the world of French mathematician Gerard Desargues. Expect a decorative aesthetic of geometric shapes and metallic touches, as well as a smorgasbord of fresh seafood, cured meats, canapes, as well as G.H. Mumm Champagne and a range of premium beer, wine and spirits.
Madame Rouge: Melbourne Cup day is all about dressing up in the chicest outfits, and who does chic better than the French? Madame Rouge in Fortitude Valley will be hosting a sophisticated soiree with a three-hour food and beverage package that includes some stellar French-bistro bites. Dishes such as bresaola and duck liver parfait, scallops on the half-shell with compote sauce and crispy-skin pork belly with endive is will be paired with premium wines, beers and champagne.
Bar Alto: The New Farm stretch of the Brisbane River is a perfectly picturesque backdrop for any celebration, and Bar Alto’s Melbourne Cup luncheon is a great excuse to soak up the sights. Enjoy an a la carte menu of pots of mussels, slow-cooked lamb shoulder and bulk Aperol spritz. That’s not all – Bar Alto will have sweeps, prizes and live race coverage, making for an absolute ripper of a day.
Blackbird Bar & Restaurant: Put on your racing best, Blackbird’s Melbourne Cup garden party is the place to be seen! The Eagle Street locale will be hosting a lavish party complete with gourmet canapes and fresh seafood, as well as a drinks package full of premium libations, live music, full race coverage, roving entertainment, fashions on the field competitions, prizes and charity sweepstakes.
ARIA: Another Eagle Street institution is turning it on for Melbourne Cup, with a high-class affair that will have you feeling as if you were at Flemington. Matt Moran and ARIA’s head chef Ben Russell will be plating up a three-course menu of scrumptious delights, with a selection of three dishes per course. Feast on spanner crab, roast duck, stracciatella with fennel or smoked veal short rib paired with some quality wines selected from ARIA’s own award-winning sommelier Ian Trinkle.
Billykart Kitchen: Ben O’Donoghue’s West End and Annerley eateries will be getting into the Melbourne Cup spirit with some long lunch events, offering three courses of award-winning fare and free-flowing drinks. Each meal is accompanied by the sweeps opportunities and lucky door prizes, meaning you have a chance at being a big winner on the day.
Darling & Co: This palatial Paddington restaurant is hosting two separate Melbourne Cup events this year, giving punters the chance to pick their perfect party. Enjoy either a stand-up social event complete with cocktails, canapes and a live risotto station, or sit down for three-course seafood feast. Both choices come with a four-hour beverage package including spring cocktails, Veuve and more.
The Coop Bistro: You don’t want to be cooped up in the office while everyone else in town is out and about celebrating Melbourne Cup. The Coop Bistro in Fortitude Valley is a great spot to let your hair down, with a package that includes free-flowing sparking, beer, wines and cocktails, as well as a menu of bites such as sliders, cheeseburger spring rolls, arancini balls, and rice paper wraps. Enjoy the race on the big screen, sweeps, prizes and DJs spinning tunes after the race.
Riverbar & Kitchen: Pair your Melbourne Cup revelry with some terrific views and Eagle Street’s Riverbar & Kitchen, complete with canapes, charcuterie and beverages flowing throughout the afternoon. Fashionable folk will get the chance to compete in fashions off the field with a fantastic pool of prizes up for grabs.