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Brisbane's best events for Melbourne Cup 2019
Melbourne Cup: Tuesday, 5 November, 2019
Whoever said, "You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink," obvs didn’t realise that no one’s drinking water on Melbourne Cup day!
Okay, that’s enough of us horsing around! Without further ado, here’s our list of Brisbane’s best venues to celebrate Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, November 5.
Cloudland | Fortitude Valley
We see a stunning Melbourne Cup party on your horizon, and it looks a whole lot like Cloudland! Perfect for the peeps whose favourite horse-related event is dressage, rest assured that Cloudland’s Birdcage Gala party is the place to be seen on November 5, with spritzes, champagne and fab prizes for best dressed!
Opt for the $129 Garden Party package for a host of sumptuous grazing options, or upgrade to the $199 G.H. Mumm Gala Luncheon for 3.5 hours of bottomless champagne paired with a three-course feast. Race to book here before they’re all sold out (or gather a group of 10-15 and upgrade to the G.H. Mumm Crystal Palais Race Day Booths for an even more fancy affair!).
Salon de Co | Spring Hill
Where better to celebrate the mane event this November 5 then at Salon de Co’s Melbourne Cup event? Race to Ovolo Incholm at noon to sip Aperol spritz on arrival before diving into roving canapes and a three-course alternate drop lunch paired with three hours of flowing prosecco, French rosé, craft beers, and cider for just $149!
With live music, a fashion show, and sweeps also on throughout the day, you best make like Phar Lap and book here before all the tables are sold out.
Mr. Mista | Fortitude Valley
It’s a day all about horses, but that won’t stop us from obsessing over Mr. Mista’s bougie Birdcage offers this Melbourne Cup! Festivities are set to begin at 11:30 am, with Mr. Mista offering up 4.5 hours of bottomless Veuve Clicquot and cocktails to enjoy alongside their famous buns and canapés while a live DJ provides the tunes all afternoon long.
With two packages available to suit all budgets and an after-party also in the mix, canter over here to book one of the 200 exclusive tickets up for grabs!
Regatta Hotel | Toowong
From 12 pm-3 pm, the Regatta is offering three generous hours of wine, beers, and ciders, with a high tea station, a pop up cheese and charcuterie deli, and a bao bun bar (not to mention a live stream of Flemington) for just $120. Tickets can be bought here.
As for those looking to enjoy four courses while watching the racecourse, (with freshly shucked oysters to start, no less) wave down a table at the Regatta’s Boatshed Melbourne Cup luncheon here. Think a feast of wood-smoked trout, herbed beef tenderloins, and rosewater panna cotta; fascinator-ing! As if the big race wasn’t enough, a jazz trio will kick off in the Walrus Club and a live DJ in the courtyard immediately after the race to keep the afternoon fun rolling!
Soleil Pool Bar | South Bank
The awe-inspiring pool-side bar is famous for putting on a great party, and their three-hour Melbourne Cup edition is no exception. Not your average Melbourne Cup event, this soirée will feature elaborate food and drink offerings, a glass of Chandon rosé on arrival, pop-up bars featuring Beefeaters Pink Gin, Bacardi mojitos, frosé and an assortment of delicious canapés. Dessert lovers rejoice, as there will also be a live créme brûlee booth! We’re drooling just thinking about it…
Book your ticket here.
Osbourne Hotel | Fortitude Valley
Also off and racing with their tempting Melbourne Cup event is the Valley’s Osbourne Hotel! For just $145, guests will watch the race that stops the nation with G.H. Mumm in hand, while grazing gourmet oyster stations and feasting on canapes by chef Ben King.
Further helping you lap up the atmosphere is their package’s premium four-hour beverage package, which boasts fine ales, access to a bespoke wine bar by Seppelt, and specialty cocktail stations manned by Ketel One, Hendricks, and Woodford Reserve! Tickets are available here.
Sofitel Brisbane Central | CBD
Why settle this Melbourne Cup when you can saddle up with two of your favourite bruts, Dom Pérignon and Moёt? From 11:30am to 3pm, Sofitel Brisbane Central are hosting not one, but two Melbourne Cup events: Dom Perignon x Melbourne Cup party and the Birdcage Moët & Chandon Cocktail Party.
Dom’s $289 soiree will feature a decadent degustation and bottomless DP champagne, while the Cuvée Lounge will be throwing the ultimate free-flowing Moët party complete with roving canapes for just $189! Strap on the cuff links and click on this link to book today.
With a seemingly endless range of racing packages up for grabs (spanning from $25 to $450), you’re best to find out more here before you book.
Bacchus | South Bank
Decadent, luxurious and a little bit fancy. We’re talking about Bacchus Restaurant’s Melbourne Cup High Tea – an afternoon that is set to tick all our gourmet boxes. Guests will be treated to an all-out quintessential high tea plus a glass of Chandon rosé on arrival. The lavish event is proudly sponsoring The Children’s Hospital Foundation, so it’s all for a good cause! We recommend fully committing, and upgrading to the continuous pour package that includes all the aforementioned goodness, PLUS bottomless Chandon. Cheers to that!
If you’re wishing to celebrate Melbourne Cup in an extra classy fashion, this one is definitely for you. Check out all the info here.
BRISBANE RACING CLUB | EAGLE FARM RACECOURSE
When it comes to booking one of Brisbane’s best, BRC is a guaranteed safe bet! On Cup day, the leafy surrounds of the heritage-listed Eagle Farm Racecourse will come to life like nowhere else in Brisbane. If you’re looking for a truly memorable atmosphere, this is the place to be; as well as catching the main event on the biggest screen in the Southern Hemisphere, head to their Canadian Club Melbourne Cup Day to join the fervour with live racing, Billy J Boutique Fashions on the Field, and plenty of trackside eats and pop-up bars!
Take your pick from a huge range of tickets and packages, with General Admission giving access to the track fence, super screens, fashion, pop-up bars and main stage from just $25, or upgrade to a marquee with food and drinks from just $145! Check out all of the options here.
Victoria Park | Herston
Watching your favourites race around a course calls for a three-course sit-down lunch at Victoria Park, whose delicious Melbourne Cup luncheon comes complete with gourmet cheese stations and a deluxe ice-cream cart for just $159!
Rumour has it that there’ll also be G.H. Mumm and cocktails on arrival, while the lunch itself comes with a four-hour premium beverage package. Ready for delicious eats, sweeps, raffles, and live entertainment in the gorgeous Marquee? Book your seat here.
Jade Buddha | CBD
For those whose betting odds need some luck, look no further than patting a full belly at either Jade Buddha’s two Melbourne Cup packages! From 11am-3pm on November 5, slip upstairs to the Shadow Lounge to watch the race while nibbling tasty canapes and sipping on four hours of bottomless beverages (including Pimms and Aperol!) for just $95.
Alternatively, one can also party in Phar Lap proportions with Jade Buddha’s premium $139 package, which upgrades guests to sipping on spirits and a seafood spread! Intrigued? Hold your horses; tickets are on sale here from Friday, September 20.
One Fish Two Fish | Kangaroo Point
One Fish Two Fish is fulfilling your wishes this Melbourne Cup with a $165 three-course seafood lunch boasting Moreton Bay bugs, spanner crab, kingfish sashimi, Mooloolaba tiger prawns, an oyster station, and more (even Poseidon would be impressed)!
These guys aren’t skimping on bevvies, either – guests will be greeted with a peach spritz on arrival, followed by three hours of bottomless premium drinks and an espresso martini to finish! To ensure November 5 goes swimmingly, be sure to book here.
Frills, fillies, Flemington, and a whole lot of fun! Catch us (if you can) dropping into all of these delicious venues this Melbourne Cup.
Words by Jacqueline Pon – the spur-of-the-moment gourmand who doesn’t want to book Melbourne Cup late…again.