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.
Treasury Brisbane, Brisbane City: An event as momentous as the Melbourne Cup deserves an equally lavish celebration. If you can’t be trackside on the day, then Treasury Brisbane’s racy celebration is the next best thing. Over the afternoon, guests will be invited to explore and inhabit five individually themed rooms inspired by the world’s most renowned racecourses. The Royal Ascot Room will boast a Tanqueray and Pimm’s garden cocktail bar with antipasto and delicious cheeses to nibble, the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe Room is where you should go to sip on Grey Goose and Moët cocktails alongside a macaroon tower, while Kentucky Derby Room shows off a bit of southern hospitality with a Brooklyn Lager and Jim Beam bar paired with American-style slow-cooked foods. That’s not all – The Flemington Room comes complete with a Chandon sparkling bar, gourmet sandwiches, quiches and cakes, while The Aussie Picnic Races features a Furphy beer garden and eats including lamb chops, barbecued meats, sliders and salads. Tickets include a three-and-a-half-hour premium food-and-beverage package across all rooms and the Hotel Courtyard. Book your tickets before they bolt.
Persone, Brisbane City: Few venues boast as impressive a view as Persone, so what better way to enjoy Melbourne Cup day than with panoramic river views and the restaurant’s own divine fare. In addition to live coverage of the race itself (screens are visible from every table), Persone will be putting on a three-course spread and three hours of beverages, not to mention live entertainment, raffles and fashions on the field celebrations. Contact Persone on 07 3369 9500 or via [email protected] to secure your spot.
Bacchus, South Bank: Located above the bustling thoroughfare of Grey Street, Bacchus Restaurant will be the place to be if you’re seeking a classic and refined Melbourne Cup experience. Bacchus’ high tea offers guests an assortment of culinary delights as well as a glass of Chandon rose on arrival for $69 per person. Want to indulge further? Up the spend to $99 and experience a continuous pour of Chandon & Chandon rose! To book, get in touch with the Bacchus team on 07 3364 0870.
Soleil Pool Bar, South Bank: Just outside Bacchus sits the lavish and always energetic Soleil Pool Bar. Melbourne Cup celebrations here allows guests to sip poolside, watching the activity while soaking up Brisbane’s on-point weather. Revellers will enjoy an inclusive three-hour party package, which includes grazing tables, themed bars, lawn games, premium drinks, cocktails, canapes and live entertainment all afternoon! Best-dressed prizes are also up for grabs, so be sure to don your frilliest frock or sharpest suit and be in the running. Tickets are available here.
Jade Buddha and Shadow Lounge, Brisbane City: The fine folks at Jade Buddha and Shadow Lounge are throwing two different but equally fabulous parties to celebrate Melbourne Cup. From foodie paradise to chic cocktail vibes, your race day soiree is totally sorted. On the Jade Buddha level, you can indulge in four hours of canapes (including seafood options), the venue’s full tap-beer collection, house wines, soft drinks, tap cocktails and basic spirits for just $139 per person. The Shadow Lounge level offers something a little more casual for your crew – for $95 per person you can get yourself four hours of canapes, select beers, house wines, tap cocktails and soft drinks. For tickets to the Jade Buddha event, click here. To snag a spot at Shadow Lounge, click here.
The Charming Squire, South Bank: One of Brisbane’s biggest brewpubs is turning on the charm for Melbourne Cup day, with The Charming Squire transforming its brewhouse and restaurant portions into a flower-adorned race-day haven. Two options are available for revellers to choose from – a standing affair at the brewhouse that includes roaming canapes, grazing stations and a premium beverage package between 12:00–3:00pm, while restaurant guests can indulge in a three-course set menu with a drink on arrival. Both options include prizes for best dressed, lucky door prizes, sweep stations and coverage of the race-day action at Flemington Racecourse. Pick your preferred option and book here.
Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane City: The venues at prominent riverside hub of Howard Smith Wharves will be joining in on the Melbourne Cup fun this year as well, with a variety of celebrations to tickle everyone’s fancy. Mr. Percival’s will be offering guests a three-hour all inclusive package from midday including Veuve Clicquot, Felons Brewing Co. beers, Mr P’s spritz and house spirits. Arc Dining will be putting on a shared chef’s menu specially curated by head chef Alanna Sapwell with a glass of Champagne Ruinart Blanc de Blancs on arrival. Ciao Papi’s celebration boasts a phenomenal feast of Italian eats alongside Papi’s Plonk, Aperol spritz and Felons Session Ale’s on the riverfront deck. Felons Brewing Co. will also be celebrating the cup with a limited-release champagne sour. The venue will open to the public for Melbourne Cup from 11:00 am, with bookings as normal. Click here to pick your party!
Byblos, Hamilton: One of Portside’s best restaurants is keeping things intimate and cool for Melbourne Cup 2019. Byblos’ Phoenician Dining Room and Undercover Boardwalk will be given over to race-day celebrations, which include a lavish three-course banquet menu, three-and-a-half-hour beverage package with cocktails, wines and beers, roving entertainment and DJ from 2:00 pm. Byblos will also be running sweeps, the proceeds of which will go to Youngcare. Tickets are available here.
Cloudland, Fortitude Valley: We all want our outfit efforts to be noticed, so if you want to be seen, Cloudland is your best bet. Guests have two options to choose from this year – the Birdcage Garden Party from $129 or the G.H. Mumm Gala Luncheon for $199 or $2268 per table of 12. There’s no wrong choice here – every one is a winner at Cloudland this Melbourne Cup.
Gerard’s Bistro and Bar, Fortitude Valley: One of the most anticipated events on the social calendar is the gargantuan annual Melbourne Cup soiree hosted by Gerard’s Bistro. This year’s theme is called Wonderland Avenue, and will give guests a glimpse into a world of bygone garden glamour and desert chic. Picture the mid-century cool of Palm Springs and a smorgasbord of eats including fresh seafood, cured meats, delectable canapes and a selection of Gerard’s Bistro favourites, whipped up by award-winning chef Adam Wolfers. As for the drinks, G.H. Mumm Champagne will be flowing alongside premium beer, wine, spirits and refreshing cocktails, while live entertainment and DJs will keep the party going post race. Nab some tickets here.
OTTO Ristorante, Brisbane City: With sweeping views of the Story Bridge and beyond, few spots in Brisbane are as picturesque as OTTO. This year, the restaurant will be celebrating Melbourne Cup with its usual panache, offering guests a sumptuous three-course feast with an optional beverage pairing, as well as sweeps, screens and prizes. Click here to book your spot.
Foresters Restaurant & Bar and Altitude Bar, Fortitude Valley: One of Brisbane’s newest dining hotspots and its sibling rooftop bar will be celebrating its first Melbourne Cup with a lavish party. Hosted in conjunction with Brokat Studio, both venues will be given over to revellers, with two styles of party taking place. The first is a cocktail and canapes spring fling party at Altitude, while the second is a relaxing, three-course sit-down lunch at Foresters Restaurant & Bar. To book your preferred option, click here.
Blackbird Bar & Restaurant, Brisbane City: Blackbird’s signature Melbourne Cup event is back for another year, and this time it might be the venue’s biggest yet! Guests can choose from a lavish cocktail garden party or a three-course lunch. Both choices are inclusive of a gargantuan four-and-a-half-house package, complete with free flowing French champagne, premium wines, cocktails and spirits, live music, full coverage of the days’ races, roving entertainment, fashions on the field, plus prizes and charity sweepstakes. The garden party will boast gourmet canapes, fresh seafood and food stations, while the luncheon boasts canapes on arrival. Tickets are available here.
One Fish Two Fish, Kangaroo Point: One of Brisbane’s preeminent seafood destinations is welcoming all crustacean cravers on Melbourne Cup day, with a veritable haul of top-notch morsels to devour while you watch the races unfold. One Fish Two Fish will be serving a three-hour drinks package and three-course meal, including delicious eats such as seacuterie platters (piled high with black kingfish sashimi, grilled Mooloolaba prawns and black salt and pepper fast-fried calamari), Moreton Bay bug banh mi, spanner crab linguette, and sticky prawn poke bowls. That’s not all –guests will also receive a pink peach spritz on arrival, while an oyster station will help folks get into the mood for seafood. Purchase your tickets here.
Pony Dining, Brisbane City: Is there a more appropriately named venue for a Melbourne Cup party destination than Pony? We don’t think so! This riverside mainstay is saddling up for the big day with an even bigger culinary offering, headlined by a share-style feast with dishes including wagyu pastrami with pickles and puffed rye, sugar-cured kind salmon, butterflied knobby snapper, wood-roasted whole sirloin and much more. Add on the two-hour beverage package and you’re off to the races! Click here to book.
Little Valley, Fortitude Valley: The Little Valley crew are pulling out all the stops for its annual Melbourne Cup soiree, with options perfect for toe-tapping revellers and laid-back diners alike. You can opt for the bar cocktail package and enjoy four hours of cocktails, sparkling, spirits, tap beer and Chinese-style canapes, or go for the restaurant dining package, which boasts a similarly stellar array of sips plus a sizeable Chinese banquet. Click here to book!
Donna Chang, Brisbane City: After a sell-out event in 2018, Donna Chang is looking to go back-to-back with another jam-packed Melbourne Cup experience. This year, guests can enjoy a lavish four-course banquet designed by head chef Jason Margaritis, a four-hour deluxe beverage package including cocktails, champagne, wine and spirits, live coverage of the big race and plenty of post-race entertainment. Don’t miss out on this one – book your spot here.
Osbourne Hotel, Fortitude Valley: Come Melbourne Cup day, the Osbourne Hotel will be heaving with excited punters in the race-day spirit. This year, the Fortitude Valley pub will be offering a humungous all-inclusive package, with four hours of premium beverages, G.H. Mumm Champagne, Bespoke Wine Bar by Seppelt and speciality cocktail stations by Ketel One, Woodford Reserve and Hendricks Gin. The Osbourne Hotel’s Ben King has created gourmet food stations with decadent morsels from land and sea – think loads of fresh oysters, paella, delectable canapes, desserts and a selection of The Osbourne’s favourites. Secure your spot by clicking here.
Victoria Park, Herston: This year, Victoria Park’s Melbourne Cup guests will be treated to a prize-worthy luncheon in the glamorous Marquee, with canapes on arrival, a three course sit-down lunch, gourmet cheese station and ice-cream cart. Kick-start the party with G.H. Mumm champagne and cocktails on arrival, then enjoy a four-hour premium beverage package while you relax to live music entertainment and celebrate Australia’s biggest race in style. Get your tickets here.
For more Melbourne Cup events, be sure to check our Event Guide!
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