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.
Eat Street Northshore, Hamilton: Brisbane’s biggest open-air food precinct will be hosting a suitably large Melbourne Cup party this year, with live entertainment, prizes for best race-day fashion and accessories, a Moët & Chandon champagne bar, themed cocktails and street food on the cards – not to mention the race streamed live on the big screen. The best thing about this event is that it’s free, but places are strictly limited. You can register for entry here.
Treasury Brisbane, Brisbane City: Those looking to get a bit racy this race day should look to Treasury Brisbane for all their Melbourne Cup needs. The sophisticated soiree starts with a fashion show (with Moët & Chandon and canapes on arrival) before attendees sprawl out amongst individually themed rooms. Enjoy American-style slow-cooked food at the Kentucky Derby Room, cheeses and antipasto in the Flemington Room, Furphy beer and roast chicken at the Aussie Picnic Races, a garden cocktail party at the Royal Ascot Room and Grey Goose cocktails and desserts at the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe. This party is hard to ignore, so act quick and get tickets here.
Jade Buddha, Brisbane City: If you’re after a little bit more room to move at your choice of race-day function, Jade Buddha is giving you two levels to spread across. River views, best-dressed competitions and a huge TV screening all of the Melbourne Cup action bolster an indulgent four-hour food and drink package, which includes all tap beers, basic spirits, house wines and prosecco and some cheeky tap cocktails. Get your tickets here.
Cloudland, Fortitude Valley: One of The Valley’s marquee venues is also shaping up as the place to be seen this Melbourne Cup. Cloudland is doubling up on the festivities, with two options to choose from. Strut your stuff at a cocktail party across Madame Hedges and Crystal Palais with a three-hour canape and beverage package, or get comfortable with a three-course luncheon in the Rainbow Room. Both events include best-dressed competitions, prizes and giveaways, live entertainment and, of course, the race-day action on big screens. Purchase your tickets here.
Shadow Lounge, Brisbane City: Mount your stirrups and gallop to Shadow Lounge for its Melbourne Cup frivolities. The affair has everything you need to get into the swing of things, including roving canapes, Pimms cocktail buckets, wines, beers and prizes to be won. Don your race-day finest and get your hands on some tickets before they are snatched up.
Bacchus, South Bank: Make sure your whites are extra bright – Bacchus is encouraging stylish punters to join in on the restaurants Melbourne Cup White Luncheon. The three-course lunch will feature Moët & Chandon and freshly shucked oysters on arrival. Shoot an email to the team to register your interest.
Darling & Co, Paddington: Step inside a lush paradise for Darling & Co’s Garden of Eden Melbourne Cup party. Opt for either a cocktail soiree or sit-down luncheon and enjoy an all-inclusive package of Veuve champagne, premium wines, local and craft beers, and Aperol spritz and espresso martinis. Book here.
Soleil Pool Bar, South Bank: Don your brightest garden-party attire – Soleil Pool Bar is pulling out all the stops for Melbourne Cup. This year the bar is hosting a luxe Lawn Party, complete with three hours of live music, canapes, premium drinks at Frosé Field, Glenmorangie Whisky Lane and the Bombay Sapphire Gin Garden. Book your spot here.
Gerard’s Bistro and Bar, Fortitude Valley: James Street’s dynamic duo of Gerard’s Bistro and Gerard’s Bar will transform into a lively springtime bazaar for its conjoined Melbourne Cup affair. Mediterranean and Middle Eastern delights, fresh seafood, cured meats, premium drinks and live entertainment will be available from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, not to mention plenty of race-day activities. You can book your tickets now.
Kingsleys Brisbane, Brisbane City: This CBD institution may be known for its sumptuous steak and seafood, but let it be known that they know how to throw one heck of a Melbourne Cup soiree. Feast on a three-course meal with champagne on arrival while you watch the the race – that is, if you can tear yourself away from the stunning riverfront views. Book your place here.
Donna Chang, Brisbane City: Donna Chang may have only just opened to the public, but that’s not going to stop it from making a splash this Melbourne Cup. Two options are available to diners – a lavish modern Chinese banquet in the main dining area or in a private room in the mezzanine, the latter option coming with a four-hour deluxe beverage package. To book, fire off an email to [email protected].
The Regatta Hotel, Toowong: Never one to shy away from a good old Melbourne Cup bash, The Regatta Hotel is getting into the swing of things in jaw-dropping fashion. This year’s Melbourne Cup gala will spread across the hotel’s function spaces, ground-floor bars and underground speakeasy The Walrus Club. Beverage packages, gourmet canapes and food stations, live music, TAB facilities, and more will be available. Nab a your spot here.
Little Valley, Fortitude Valley: One of Brisbane’s hottest restaurants of the moment is plating up some similarly heated fare for Melbourne Cup, hosting a seated package in its swish dining room. Enjoy G.H Mumm Champagne, race-day juleps, Kurayoshi whisky highballs and a menu of delights from the kitchen, including chopped wagyu beef, steamed baby snapper, cured duck breast and more. If you’re after something slightly more casual, Little Valley’s mezzanine bar and Pijiu garden is hosting a canape gathering, complete with four hours of bubbles, beer and wine, as well as roaming delights like Peking duck spring rolls, prawn truffle har gow and prawn toast with galangal and Sichuan mayonnaise. Secure your spot here.
Blackbird Bar & Grill, Brisbane City: One of The City’s most fashionable locales is getting into the Melbourne Cup spirit with a lively carnivale-themed celebration. Gourmet canapes, fresh seafood, food stations, a drinks package of French champagne and cocktails, roving entertainers, fashions on the field and charity sweepstakes look to tear your attention from the big race. Don’t fret – there will be full coverage of the day’s events, so you’ll never be far from the action. Get tickets here.
Stokehouse Q, South Bank: Celebrate Cup Day 2019 on the riverfront, taking advantage of Stokehouse Q’s brilliant location and top-tier offering. This year, enjoy a four-hour beverage package and a three-course lunch, while also partaking in competitions for best ensemble and hat, while also catching all the heart-stopping action. Book tickets here.
Persone, Brisbane City: One of Brisbane Quarter’s new arrivals is getting into the spirit of Melbourne Cup with a three-course set menu affair. Sample Italian delights such as grilled barramundi with polenta and pepparonata, lamb cutlets with salsa verde and a drinks package to match. Call or email the restaurant to book.
Byblos, Hamilton: One of Portside Wharf’s marquee restaurants is dressing up for Melbourne Cup this year. Byblos’ Botanica event will offer diners a lavish banquet lunch, a three-and-a-half-hour beverage package, best dressed competitions, and an afterparty with DJs spinning until late. If you round up ten mates, you can book a riverside marquee or a space in Byblos’ Phoenician Dining Room. Book your spot here.
Eleven Rooftop Bar, Fortitude Valley: The entertainment precinct’s most elevated locale is partnering with Range Rover and Hendricks Gin for a European-inspired event. Free-flowing GH Mumm champagne, artisan food stations, private booths – this is the kind of luxury that is expected of a Melbourne Cup celebration. Get tickets here.
Otto Ristorante, Brisbane City: Dress in your finest attire and make your way to Otto – one of the most lavish spots to catch the Melbourne Cup action. The restaurant is plating up a divine three-course menu alongside sweeps, screens, prizes and some unbeatable river views. Add a beverage package and settle in for a refined afternoon of race-day action. Make a booking here.
Gambaro Seafood Restaurant, Petrie Terrace: This Caxton Street icon is delivering a divine dining experience this Melbourne Cup, with a three-course set menu featuring the likes of grilled barramundi with soft polenta, Stanbroke Angus eye fillet with potato gratin and plenty of drinks to keep punters hydrated. Get in touch and book a table now.
The Charming Squire, South Bank: South Bank’s cracking craft-beer hub is getting in on the action again this year, offering two Melbourne Cup options for party-obsessed punters. The Brewhall will be hosting pop-up bars, roaming canapes, grazing stations and a killer beverage package from 12:00–3:00 pm, while the restaurant is offering a three-course set menu with drink on arrival. Click here to get more info and tickets.
Osbourne Hotel, Fortitude Valley: Ann Street’s expansive pub will be dressing up to the nines for Melbourne Cup this year, hosting a soiree complete with four hours of premium beverages, a wine buffet by Treasury Wine Estate, bespoke cocktail stations by Woodford Reserve, gourmet food offerings, a luxurious photo station and live performances from DJs and Osbourne Hotel’s house band. Purchase tickets here.
Little Big House, South Bank: Brisbane’s dedicated non-stop house party is shaping up to be the ideal venue for cutting loose this Melbourne Cup. There are two ways to get amongst it this year, including an ultimate experience package in Little Big House’s upstairs space, or a free-entry soiree downstairs. Have a look at what’s on offer, then get in touch to make a booking.
Isles Lane, Brisbane City: One of the newest entrants on the Brisbane City bar scene is hosting its debut Melbourne Cup soiree, and it looks to be a doozy! A cocktail-style garden party awaits in the Post Office Square park, complete with gourmet canapes on arrival, a fresh seafood buffet, five hours of premium drinks, groovy music, fashions on the field, prizes, sweeps and coverage of the day’s races. Sort your outfit sorted and get your tickets now.
Munich Brauhaus, South Bank: Get into the Bavarian spirit at Munich Brauhaus’ Melbourne Cup festivities. Big screens, big biers and big plates of Bavarian eats equals a big afternoon of fun. To ensure your space at South Bank’s newest beer hall, click here.
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