The round-up: saddle up for race-day fun at Brisbane’s best Melbourne Cup soirees
We’re fast approaching that time of year where office sweeps heat up and trifectas are being calculated ahead of the race that stops the nation. The Melbourne Cup is galloping towards us at a frightening pace, which means pretty soon you’ll need to decide where you’ll be when the starting gates open and the action begins. We’ve compiled a handy list of spots that will not only offer glimpses of the action, but also plenty of race-day treats to keep you entertained after the results come in.
Bisou Bisou, Fortitude Valley: On Tuesday November 2, French-inspired restaurant and aperitivo bar Bisou Bisou will be hosting a race-day soiree that can’t be missed. For $220, punters can sip on Moet & Chandon while taking in every moment of the trackside excitement, with a four-hour beverage package that includes champagne, premium wines, cocktails and spirits. Guests won’t go hungry either, as there is a mouth-watering three-course menu that’s sure to tantalise tastebuds along with fun activities like charity sweepstakes, live entertainment and prizes for best dressed. Gather your best friends and don your most fabulous fascinator – but first, grab your tickets here.
@Mr & Mrs Jones, Hamilton: For those who want to keep it casual with class, @Mr & Mrs Jones is the one to watch. Revellers can enjoy a relaxing day with grazing plates all afternoon and a complimentary glass of French bubbles on arrival. Get involved in the fun of the day – with sweeps and Fashions on the Field hosted by Anita Service, and all of the action broadcast across three televisions. Tickets are $75 per person, with the party running from 12:00–4:00 pm. You can make a booking online or by calling 0408 238 494.
Byblos Bar, Hamilton: Feeling fancy? Celebrate Melbourne Cup with a luxe three-course banquet and premium four-hour beverage package at Byblos Bar complete with full race-day coverage, entertainment, charity sweepstakes and best-dressed prizes. Tickets are $169 per person, with the party running from 12:00–4:00 pm. You can make a booking online, or by emailing [email protected] or by calling 07 3268 1998.
Belvedere, Hamilton: Sink your teeth into this succulent set menu that will appease all the carnivores and vegetarians in your life. Belvedere has you sorted with an antipasto platter to start, drinks package from 12:00-2:30 pm, and a live screening to see all the action. To get in on this three-course set menu and drinks package, tickets are $145 per person. You can make a booking by emailing [email protected] or by calling 073630 0411.
Joey’s, Kangaroo Point: Sun-dappled spot Joey’s is a primo place to perch this Melbourne Cup, and the team is putting on a lavish long lunch to celebrate. The four-hour package includes access to a garden spritz bar, a glass of Louis Roederer Champagne on arrival, flowing AIX Rosé, an oyster station and a flavoursome sit-down lunch, all while having Brisbane’s most enviable view as the backdrop. Limited tickets to Joey’s Melbourne Cup event are now available. To book, email [email protected]
Persone, Brisbane City: Immerse yourself in a truly mouth-watering Italian dining experience this Melbourne Cup at Persone. Hosted by Channel 9’s Jonathan Uptin, this luxe soiree includes a delicious three-hour food and beverage package, fashions on the field, sweeps and all of the live action on the big screen. Tickets are $195 per person and can be secured by calling 07 3369 9500 or by emailing [email protected]
OTTO, South Bank: The race that stops the nation gets a dose of la dolce vita at OTTO Ristorante this Melbourne Cup Day. Enjoy a glass of Charles Heidsieck Champagne upon arrival, followed by a premium four-course signature OTTO menu designed by Head Chef Will Cowper. The big event also includes sweeps, TV screens to follow the races live and awards for best dressed hosted by Christie Sutherland. Tickets are $295 and can be secured here.
Gusto da Gianni, Hamilton: Saddle up and prepare your tastebuds for this four-course menu including a delectable dessert. The Gusto da Gianni drinks package will be flowing from 12:00-2:30 pm. Tickets are $145 per person. You can make a booking by emailing [email protected] or by calling 07 3868 2011
Emporium Hotel, South Bank: With two equally fabulous events at Emporium Hotel South Bank this Melbourne Cup Day, picking a winner is a sure thing. Ride out cup day in style at Emporium’s Melbourne Cup Luncheon in the Frangipani Ballroom with an awe-inspiring enchanted forest setting, four hours of canapes and fork dishes, a four-hour beverage package with Mumm Champagne and cocktails and live music. Those looking to take their cup-day celebrations to new heights can enjoy Emporium’s Melbourne Cup Soiree, which includes a three-course lunch, a three-and-a-half-hour beverage package including Mumm Champagne, a makeup touch-up station, best-dressed prizes and much more.
Blackbird Bar & Grill, Brisbane City: If you are itching to be in the centre of the action this Melbourne Cup, you can’t beat Blackbird’s two-level riverside locale as your party spot. The venue is hosting two soirees, both offering stunning views of the Story Bridge and the Brisbane River, as well as free-flowing champagne, cocktails, spirits, wine and beer. The Garden Party will boast roving performers, live music and DJs, plus delicious canapes and an assortment of food stations. The Cup Affair, which will be held in Blackbird’s elegant events space, will offer a three-course menu that’s set to impress. Select your event and get a ticket here.
Doomben Racecourse, Ascot: Although a trip to Flemington is out of the question this year, Doomben Racecourse is pulling out all the stops for its own Melbourne Cup extravaganza. The Canadian Club Melbourne Cup Day will be hosting plenty of entertainment, fashions on the field events, pop-up bars and restaurants trackside for groups to get their celebration on. Click here to check out the packages available.
Boom Boom Room Izakaya, Brisbane City: Brisbane’s newest underground Japanese-inspired bar and eatery is getting in on the Melbourne Cup action this year. Guests can expect a mouth-watering omakase banquet, as well as a four-hour beverage package including endless cocktails, spirits, champagne, wine and beers. Get tickets here.
The Charming Squire, South Bank: Unlike the race itself, Melbourne Cup celebrations are a marathon, not a sprint. That’s why it’s nice to be able to sit down, usually over a long lunch. The Charming Squire is inviting guests to linger with crackin’ canapes, a charcuterie grazing station and a premium beverage package that includes the entire James Squire core range on tap and house wines. There will also be prizes for best dressed, lucky door prizes, sweep stations and all of the big race action on nearby projector screens. Bookings can be made here.
Donna Chang, Brisbane City: Blush-hued inner-city neo-Chinese restaurant Donna Chang will be getting into the race-day spirit with a deluxe four-hour package from 12:00–4:00 pm, featuring a four-course banquet as well as a beverage package boasting Veuve Clicquot champagne, spirits and premium wines. In addition to coverage of the big race, Donna Chang will also host roving entertainment and charity sweepstakes. Tickets details can be found here.
Hello Gorgeous, Newstead: Spring racing season is all about colour, so why not pick a colourful venue to celebrate? Hello Gorgeous has two packages on offer for Melbourne Cup day – a spring racing-inspired two-course, sit-down lunch with a glass of champagne on arrival, and an all-inclusive packages that boosts lunch with Asahi beers, perfectly matched wines and a selection of premium spirits. In addition to all the race-day coverage, Hello Gorgeous will be making a day of it with best-dressed prizes, sweeps and good times running into the evening. Booking details can be found here.
Mr. Percival’s, Brisbane City: Waterfront hub Mr. Percival’s is hosting an luxurious race-day event for Melbourne Cup 2021, offering a three-and-a-half-hour beverage package, fresh seafood, delectable canapes and a selection of Mr Percival’s favourites, fashions on The Deck, prizes and charity sweeps, as well as live entertainment, DJs, and plenty of large screens to view the race. Dress to impress and click here to score a ticket.
MAYA, Fortitude Valley: Ascend to the sky-high surrounds of MAYA for its desert-inspired rooftop party this Melbourne Cup! The four-hour food and drinks package includes premium canapes, free-flowing GH Mumm Champagne, speciality Mexican cocktails, Australian wines and imported beers. Plus, there will be live entertainment all day with help from special guest DJs Bag Raiders. Grab your tickets here.
Ciao Papi, Brisbane City: This chic Howard Smith Wharves eatery and bar is celebrating Cup Day with an all-inclusive riverfront Italian feast featuring plenty of antipasto, pizza, pasta, gelato and more. Italian-inspired drinks will be flowing as well thanks to a three-and-a-half-hour beverage package that includes a spritz on arrival. Sound like your kind of party? Secure a spot here.
Southside, South Brisbane: Fish Lane favourite Southside is giving punters two choices when it comes to race-day revelry. The restaurant’s leafy laneway space will be hosting a garden party, which will boast an all-inclusive four-hour package including house cocktails, wine, beer and signature canapes like pork and lobster siu mai, sesame prawn toast and sticky pork pancakes. Those eager for a seated affair can choose Southside’s Cup Day Banquet, which features a five-course custom menu that includes potato-and-truffle spring rolls, rock oysters with yuzu pearls, hot-and-sour pork hock, steamed market fish and more – plus the option to add bottomless Perrier-Jouët champagne if you’re feeling decadent. Check out all the important details (including booking info) here.
Stanley, Brisbane City: Stanley head chef Louis Tikaram is pulling out all the stops for Melbourne Cup 2021, assembling a delectable four-course banquet that’ll blow your fascinator off. Expect dim sum platters, caviar, Peking duck pancakes, Moreton Bay bug spring rolls, grilled wagyu beef served with shaved truffle, steamed rock lobster and more, as well as a three-and-a-half-hour beverage package. Be quick and get a ticket here before they’re snatched up.
Cloudland, Fortitude Valley: One of Brisbane’s preeminent party palaces is going all in for its Melbourne Cup celebrations, hosting a variety of soirees to suit a number of price points. Enjoy carafe cocktails and spritzes, charcuterie boards, canapes and live entertainment in The Birdcage, enjoy a three-course gala luncheon with free-flowing G.H. Mumm Champagne and French sparkling, or get comfy in an exclusive seated cocktail lounge while sipping Perrier-Jouët Champagne and fresh seafood. You can get the full rundown and ticket prices here.
The Boundary, West End: Melbourne Cup at The Boundary promises a day full of fashion, live music, delicious food and cocktails, lucky door prizes, TAB facilities and of course the race that stops a nation. Whether you’re on the rooftop enjoying cocktails, or sipping on Pol Roger in the venue’s exclusive dining space, there is something for everyone with four premium event packages. You can get the full details here.
Hey Chica, Fortitude Valley: Get dressed in your fanciest frock and prepare to kick off your Melbourne Cup festivities at Fortitude Valley’s vibrant new venue, Hey Chica! on Tuesday November 2. Event-goers can expect three hours of food, beverages and entertainment including live music, big screens so you don’t miss a beat, Fashions on the Field, lucky door prizes and much more. Tickets are $124.95 and can be snagged here.
Treasury Brisbane, Brisbane City: For those saddling up to watch the race from home or the office this year, Treasury Brisbane’s Melbourne Cup takeaway high tea is set to be the perfect accompaniment to your cup-day celebration. For just $30 per person, you can get a sensational selection of sweet and savoury delights that will cater for every craving, with high-tea classics like ribbon sandwiches (in flavours like roast beef, ham and cheese, and smoked salmon with cream cheese and cucumber on offer) sitting pretty alongside mini quiches and mini frittatas. Those with a sweet tooth can wrap their hands around freshly made petite French pastries as well as sultana and plain scones served with jam and butter. If you’re eager to level up your Melbourne Cup soiree with a luxe bounty of delicacies from Treasury Brisbane, contact the Treasury events team on 07 3306 8852 or email [email protected] to place your order.
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