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Brisbane's Best Events For Melbourne Cup 2018
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 horses, standing trackside with the masses can leave something to be desired. Luckily, we have the hook-up on where you can celebrate Melbourne Cup in Brisbane – 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, Regatta Hotel’s Melbourne Cup Gala will offer a three-hour beverage package, alongside 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. The four-course luncheon plus a three-hour premium beverage package will feature sweepstakes, live music and freshly-shucked oysters on arrival. For bookings call 07 3871 9595 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Byblos | Hamilton
Still looking for that perfect spot to watch the race that stops the nation? Byblos are ready to party with a botanical-themed three course luncheon including 3.5 hours of scrumptious cocktails, wine, spirits, and Chandon. There will, of course, be full raceday coverage, live entertainment, charity sweepstakes and of course, someone crowned best dressed. Watching the race on the river with a cocktail in hand does not sound like a bad time at all! Get your tickets here!
Aria | CBD
You’ll be feeling like a Waterhouse this Cup Day with Aria’s three-course seated package! Kicking off at 11:30, your $160 ticket gets you champagne and canapés on arrival, an entrée like Sydney rock oysters with aged red wine vinegar, main course including snapper with baby octopus, konbu, and Jerusalem artichoke, and five unreal dessert options. There’ll be sweepstakes throughout the event, Fashions on the Field, and (of course) Aria’s unmissable river views. Book here.
Brisbane Racing Club | Ascot
Take the day off, Brisbanites – you’re going to want to head to Doomben on Tuesday, November 6 to join in the trackside Melbourne Cup celebrations. As if Flemington on the big screens wasn’t enough, general admission patrons can enjoy fenceline views of the nine-race programme, delectable eats from the Attila The Hen food truck, and a Gordon’s Pink Gin bar, complete with fairy floss!
If you’re feeling mid-week fancy, tickets to the Nova Lawn Party’s al fresco courtyard include numerous food stations, a five hour drinks package, and live entertainment throughout the day. The dress theme of the day is “bold”, and that’s what you’ll be feeling after a fab day at the culmination of Doomben’s Spring Racing Carnival! Grab tickets here.
Ovolo Incholm | Spring Hill
For a race day with a quirky twist, head to the eclectic but sophisticated Incholm Hotel for their four-course Melbourne Cup lunch! Enjoy a glass of Laurenti champagne on arrival, followed by three hours of free-flowing drinks and a fashion show by local boutique When Freddie Met Lilly. You might get lucky, with sweepstakes running throughout the lunch, and there’ll be multiple big screens to catch all the action from Flemington – just make sure your fascinator doesn’t clash with the decor! Tickets are $189 and available here.
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 their glamorous Marquee. Relax with a four-hour beverage package as you enjoy live entertainment, sweeps and raffles. Tickets are $149pp, book now right here.
Little Big House | Southbank
It’s a winner for walk-ins at South Bank’s Little Big House, and a little more casual for those who just want to enjoy a Tuesday off. Upstairs, a $50 ticket will get you champagne on arrival and roving canapés, while downstairs you can get in for free, though bookings are essential! Both options include sweeps, Fashions on the Field, and live entertainment before and after the race. Book your upstairs tickets here or register for the free event by emailing email@example.com.
Heritij | CBD
Heritij is throwing a four-course Asian-Indian feast that’s sure to stop anyone with an appetite this Cup day. It’s not hard to get hungry when you’re cheering on horses called Tosen Basil and Chestnut Coat, so take your tastebuds on a wild ride of their own with delectable eats and refreshing beverages like Heritij pale ale and cocktail specials. Best dressed and a lucky door winner will take home a magnum of Perrier-Jouët Champagne amongst other goodies, so grab your tickets here!
Bacchus Restaurant | South Bank
Bacchus Restaurant (who recently took home the Best Prestige Restaurant in Brisbane at the Queensland Hospitality Awards)will play host to a white-themed luncheon this Cup day. On arrival, enjoy Moët and Chandon with freshly-shucked oysters, before digging into a premium three-course luncheon. To compliment the food and uninterrupted coverage of Flemington, prizes will be on offer for Fashions on the Field (remember the white theme, ladies and gents!). It wouldn’t be race day without a sweep, the proceeds of which will go to the Children’s Hospital Foundation – who doesn’t love a charitable cause? We’re not horsing around, this will be one fancy affair, and you can book here.
Riverbar & Kitchen | CBD
Perfect for city slickers to dash to after pulling a sickie, Riverbar & Kitchen is holding a free screening of the race across loads of screens, with sweepstakes, best dressed, and live entertainment to brighten up your arvo. It doesn’t get much better than mid-week drinks by the river, except when there’s a crowd to mingle in and a race to watch! The free event kicks off at 11:30, so bring your best hat for shade from the midday sun!
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!
Rooftop Racing at The Grove | 480 Queen
Keen for the ultimate rooftop experience 32 floors up this Melbourne Cup Day? With unsurpassed views of the picturesque Brisbane River and iconic Story Bridge, celebrate in style at 480 Queen Street! A premium roving buffet featuring succulent seafood, mouth-watering salads, sushi, and gourmet sliders will keep your hunger at bay, not to mention the four-hour beverage package of beer, wine and fun-filled cocktails! With doors opening from 12pm, stacks of raffles, fashions on the field, live entertainment & uninterrupted outdoor & indoor live coverage of the Melbourne Cup races will be screening all day. For every ticket sold, $20 will be donated to the Children’s Hospital Foundation & Channel 9’s Telethon, along with all the proceeds from raffles ticket sales on the day. Tickets are strictly limited to this exclusive soiree so secure your tickets by contacting the events team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 event! 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 three-hour showstopper is just $110pp, and you can book here.
Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess | Fortitude Valley
Keen to sip gins in your spring finery while tapping your toes to live jazz? Dutch Courage is bringing back Gins & Gallops in 2018 after two sold-out screenings of the big race. All guests will be treated to an amazing three-hour beverages package, including a French 75 cocktail or Ink Gin tonica on arrival.
Choose to keep it casual with gourmet canapes for $89, or sit down to a five-course banquet for $119, featuring char-grilled prawns with harissa, lamb shoulder with pomegranate molasses and smoked labne, and yoghhurt panna cotta with cherries and chocolate oil.
And the best part? Ladies, you’re guaranteed a seat. Book it here.
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.
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.
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 during Melbourne Cup 2018. 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.
Darling & Co | Paddington
Fascinators at the ready-Darling & Co is celebrating Melbourne Cup with a Garden of Eden-inspired event. Depending on your style (and stamina) choose between a four-hour cocktail party with canapés, or a three-course seated seafood lunch. All guests will enjoy a premium drinks package (including spritzes and espresso martinis, ladies!), live coverage of Flemington, and DJ sets to keep the party going! Tickets to Darling & Co’s Melbourne Cup cocktail party are $179, or $219 for the seated luncheon; both are available here.
Treasury Brisbane | CBD
Experience the world’s best races at Treasury Brisbane’s Melbourne Cup extravaganza. With Moët & Chandon on arrival, a fashion show to peruse, and five themed rooms inspired by the world’s greatest races, you’ll be feeling like a true Makybe Diva.
Sweep past the Kentucky Derby with Woodford Reserve and American slow-cooked foods, the Aussie Picnic Races with a Furphy beer garden, or get bougie at the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe with a few Chambord and Grey Goose cocktails with petits fours. Tickets are $149 and available here.
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 canapés, fresh seafood and food stations, as well as a four-hour drinks package of French Champagne, cocktails, and spirits (deep breath), as well as live music, full coverage of the day’s races, larger-than-life roving entertainment, Fashions on the Field, prizes and charity sweepstakes to benefit YoungCare. Good? Great. Tickets are $219pp, book here.
Osbourne Hotel | Fortitude Valley [SOLD OUT]
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 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.
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 2018 – do it in style.