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Melbourne Cup: Tuesday, 6 November, 2018

It’s the race that stops a nation – and if you’re lucky – your work day.

Melbourne Cup 2018 is fast upon us, and as much as we love champagne and horse races, standing trackside with the masses can leave something to be desired. Luckily, we’ve got the hook up on where you can drink up, feast and party into the night – that’s what mid-week sick days are for right?

Regatta Hotel | Toowong

The grass is greener at a gala! If you like espresso martinis and getting caught in the champagne, this is the event for you. Regatta Hotel’s Melbourne Cup Gala will offer a 3-hour beverage package, alongside gorgeous gourmet canapés and food stations prepared by The Boatshed. All that and a course of live music is just $120pp plus booking fee, and you can get booking right here.

If you’d rather crunch a lunch, the Regatta’s Melbourne Cup Luncheon will be held at The Boatshed. A 4 course luncheon plus a 3 hour premium beverage package will feature the likes of sweepstakes, live music and freshly shucked oysters on arrival. For bookings call 07 3871 9595 or email

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Brisbane Racing Club | Ascot

Your horse might not be a winner, but you sure will be. Brisbane Racing Club is hosting Canadian Club Melbourne Cup Day, and it will be HUGE. There’ll be live racing on the track, live music, fashions on the field, a free pamper station, a free shoe shiner, food trucks and pop up bars – because you deserve to live your best life. Tickets start at just $75pp, which you can grab here.

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Blackbird Bar & Grill | Brisbane City

Don’t be sad, it’s carnivale! Blackbird’s Melbourne Cup Carnivale will be the biggest riverside bash, sporting a stunning cocktail style garden party. Expect gourmet canapés, fresh seafood and food stations as well as a 4.5-hour drinks package of French Champagne, cocktails and spirits *deep breath* as well as live music, full coverage of the days’ races, larger-than-life roving entertainment, fashions on the field, prizes and charity sweep stakes to the benefit of YoungCare. Good? Great. Tickets are $219pp, book here.

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Osbourne Hotel | Fortitude Valley

Mumm’s the word at the Osbourne Hotel’s Melbourne Cup extravaganza! A 4 hour beverage package will feature the likes of Mumm Champagne, a wine buffet and bespoke cocktail stations, to be paired with gourmet food stations full of fresh seafood, cured meats, canapés and more. You’ll party the day away amidst fresh florals and the sound of banging live entertainment at one of the most happening joints in the valley. Early bird tickets start at just $105pp, so get in quick here!

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Victoria Park | Herston

Whether you’re a punter, a fashionista or a foodie – race into Victoria Park. Guests will be treated to a prize-worthy four course luncheon in the glamorous Marquee room. Relax with a four-hour beverage package as you enjoy live music entertainment, sweeps and raffles. Tickets are $149pp, book now right here.

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The Greek Club | South Brisbane

Feel like your Melbourne Cup needs some more Opa!? Look no further than The Greek Club. Indulge in a Greek a la carte menu on the sun kissed terrace of the Nostimo Restaurant. With sweeps and Fashion on the Field prizes, get ready for an odyssey to a good time. Phone (07) 3844 1166 to book!

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The Charming Squire | South Brisbane

Two’s a party, so you can bet that The Charming Squire’s options will bring life to your Melbourne Cup day! Firstly, you can hit up the Brewhall for florals, pop up bars, live music, roaming canapés, a premium beverage package and plenty of prizes, including best dressed! This 3 hour showstopper is just $110pp, and you can book here.

Coming around the corner at a fast pace is the restaurant offering. The restaurant will offer a 3 course set menu with a drink on arrival for $85pp. Drinks packages are available (everything is more fun with bubbles in hand!) and guests in the restaurant will also be able to partake in the best dressed competitions, lucky door prizes and sweep stations. To book a table, call (07) 3077 7254.

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Cloudland | Fortitude Valley

You’ll be riding cloud nine at this mega Melbourne Cup event! Set to be Cloudland’s biggest yet, there’ll be plenty of room for galloping across your choice of three enchanting levels with the highest quality food, drink, fashion and live entertainment. Whether you lock eyes with the Cocktail Party or the Gala Luncheon, making the right choice is guaranteed. Tickets start from $99. Book here or call (07) 3852 5000.

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Isles Lane | CBD

Live your best life at Isles Lane’s Melbourne Cup Garden Party! Being one of the longest packages available, this 5 hour celebration won’t disappoint. French champagne, gourmet canapés, slow cooked Rosbrook lamb on the spit and a sumptuous seafood buffet will be the real winners of the day, as will you for picking an event that’s sure to be talked about for years to come. Tickets are $210pp – get yours here.

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Pig ’N’ Whistle | Indooroopilly

Rightfully on their high horse, Pig ’N’ Whistle will be offering two delicious packages for Melbourne Cup. ‘The Rekindling’ will score you an all inclusive high tea and a three hour beverage package, whereas ‘The Almandin’ entails a three hour beverage package and table service, with  food available to purchase from the standard (yet mouth watering) menu. There’ll be competitions and sweeps and prizes galore, and you’re welcome to head on in without purchasing a pack to watch the race, although bookings are recommended. Tickets start from $50, which you can secure here.

Vintaged Bar + Grill | CBD

The race won’t be the only show stopping view on Cup day. The Hilton’s acclaimed restaurant is a sight for sore eyes, as is their gorgeous menu. You won’t find any packages here – what you will find is the race live and loud on the big screen, and drinks and eats available at will – including a brand new $29 lunch menu that comes with your choice of entrée, main, wine and coffee. Book your table here.

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Whether you’ve got your eye on some fillies (horses or otherwise), keen to show off that hot new dress or just want to enjoy an afternoon of bubbles, betting and banquets – however you celebrate Melbourne Cup – do it in style.

Words by Emma Callaghan and Nicole Portacha