Giddy up for the social event of the season and celebrate Melbourne Cup at The Star
Giddy up for the social event of the season and celebrate Melbourne Cup at The Star
Giddy up for the social event of the season and celebrate Melbourne Cup at The Star
Giddy up for the social event of the season and celebrate Melbourne Cup at The Star
Giddy up for the social event of the season and celebrate Melbourne Cup at The Star
Giddy up for the social event of the season and celebrate Melbourne Cup at The Star
Giddy up for the social event of the season and celebrate Melbourne Cup at The Star

Giddy up for the social event of the season and celebrate Melbourne Cup at The Star

There’s a lot happening at the minute, so you’d be forgiven for thinking we’re still hovering around mid-year. Friends, we’re well and truly on the downhill slide into the silly season, which everybody knows (un)officially kicks off on Melbourne Cup (Tuesday November 2, in case you forgot). Undoubtedly one of the biggest and most anticipated days on the social calendar, the success of any Melbourne Cup festivities hinges on a little pre-planning to ensure you don’t get left at the gate. No matter what you’re in the mood for, The Star Gold Coast has you covered with a range of happenings, from low-key to all-out baller.

Cucina Vivo
Fanciful fare, fine wine and, of course, plenty of off-field fashion will be a winning trifecta this Cup Day. For all that and more, look no further than The Star’s signature Italian restaurant, Cucina Vivo. Guests will be treated to a sensational five-course lunch starting with freshly shucked oysters with chardonnay vinegar and finger-lime caviar, wagyu bresaola and campanelle pasta loaded with Tweed River prawns. A lightly smoked duck breast will tickle your tastebuds before bringing your feast to a sweet finale. What’s a long lunch without a cheeky glass of vino to accompany? Thankfully, you needn’t find out because there’s a three-hour beverage package included in the ticket. Tickets are $185 per person and if past years are anything to go by, this one will sell out. Nab your ticket here.

Garden Kitchen & Bar
If we can’t be at Flemington for Melbourne Cup, Garden Kitchen & Bar is the next best thing. There are two different Cup Day experiences on offer including an indoor seated event at The Restaurant complete with a sumptuous three-course lunch and free-flowing beverages. Outside, the party will be in fine form with a picnic-style soiree on The Lawn. Rally your fillies and enjoy an afternoon of bubbles, grazing boards, fashions off the field, a mega screen and a star-studded line-up of live entertainment including 15 Grams, Brooke Evers and The Stafford Brothers. Tickets to The Restaurant’s lavish luncheon are $169 and The Lawn is $1500 for a picnic table, which can seat eight to ten people. Skip over here to get tickets.

Nineteen at The Star
If you’re keen to raise the stakes on your Melbourne Cup festivities, spend the afternoon soaking in the stunning surrounds and incredible views sky high at Nineteen at The Star. With two different packages on offer, you can tailor your day to suit your vibe. The restaurant is treating guests to an ultra-luxe five-course lunch featuring a chilled selection of the season’s finest seafood including Moreton Bay bugs, Clarence River prawns and Sydney rock oysters, to name a few. Mains include a choice between shallot tarte tatin with La Luna goats cheese and pickled cucumber, John dory with pecan brown butter and cavolo nero, or a fillet steak with roast onion and spinach cream. Accompanying the menu is a selection of top-shelf tipples including NV Veuve Clicquot ‘Brut’ Champagne, New Zealand’s Craggy Range sauvignon blanc, Nanny Goat pinot noir and Cullen cabernet merlot. If beer is more your vibe, there will be a selection of local and international beers on offer alongside non-alcoholic options and soft drinks. The bar is hosting a sophisticated seated cocktail-style event that includes a stunning four-hour drinks and canape package. There will be live entertainment, the hotly contested Fashions on the Rooftop and plenty of screens to enjoy all of the racing action. Tickets to the restaurant function are $375 per person while tickets to the bar function are $179 per person.

Atrium Bar
Fresh from its recent unveiling, this will be Atrium Bar’s inaugural Melbourne Cup celebration from its brand-new location – so you know it’s going to pull out all the stops to make sure that it’s a day to remember. The good vibes will be riding high with live DJs, big screens and two-and-a-half glorious hours of free-flowing drinks and roaming canapes. Those keen for a cheeky punt will also be a short dash to the TAB and Sports Bar. Have a read of what The Star has planned for the new bar here or jump over here to grab tickets, which are $100 per person.

Sports Bar Terrace
There’s no better place to catch all of the Flemington action live and seriously loud than the terrace at The Sports Bar. Treat yourself to a bountiful buffet spread, which includes fresh oysters, prawns, salads, slow-roasted beef striploin and sides. With 23 screens and state-of-the-art TAB facilities, this is for serious racing enthusiasts. Tickets to the Sports Bar Terrace are $66 per person.

Kiyomi
When the race is done and dusted but you’re not quite ready to call it, pull up a seat at Kiyomi and enjoy a little taste of Tokyo. Chef Winson Law has curated two unique dining specials to celebrate the occasion including grilled Pacific oyster with seaweed, cucumber and ginger lime dressing as well as pan-seared Hokkaido scallop with shiitake, wasabi-pepper sauce and fried leek. Seats are extremely limited, book yours here.

This article was created in partnership with our friends at The Star

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