Brisbane's best events for Melbourne Cup 2020
Melbourne Cup: Tuesday, November 3.
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, we’ll try to stop horsing around. Without further ado, here’s our list of Brisbane’s best venues in which to celebrate Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, November 3.
LOBBY BAR | FORTITUDE VALLEY
It’s an intimate affair at The Calile Hotel’s Lobby Bar this Cup Day, with a five-course menu and stunning beverage package to be enjoyed in the stylish space.
The eats, crafted by chef Andy Gunn to highlight spring flavours and local produce, start with a gorgeous mushroom cappuccino, before Fraser Island spanner crab with artichokes and warmed herb mayonnaise. Other menu highlights include the King George whiting with leek, potato, and truffles, and Ossau-Iraty with savoury blueberries and soft herbs to finish.
A generous drinks package will have you sipping Champagne, rosés, and cocktails (hello bellinis!) as you revel in the racing action. Lobby Bar’s Melbourne Cup event is priced at $295pp–simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to join in.
PORTSIDE WHARF | HAMILTON
Round up your herd, head riverside and dine at one of Portside Wharf’s impressive restaurants and cafes, before enjoying the soulful sounds of live music at the Wharf between 3 pm and 7 pm.
@ Mr and Mrs Jones is holding a very special event with hot and cold canapés and French bubbles for $59, while Byblos Bar’s lavish three-course banquet and premium beverage package is sure to excite! Belvedere Bar ‘n’ Grill is serving up a three-course set menu and beverage package for $119 or kick back at Gusto Da Gianni with a four-course menu and drinks for $99!
Head here to read more about what’s on at Portside Wharf and to book.
TREASURY BRISBANE | CBD
Experience Melbourne Cup from the comfort of your home, local park, or even office, with Treasury Brisbane’s takeaway high tea package! For just $30pp, you’ll be treated to scones with jam and butter, petite French pastries, quiche, frittata and a variety of (crustless) ribbon sandwiches. Simply pre-order your bundle before Friday, October 30 and collect it from Kitchen at Treasury on the morning of Tuesday, November 3!
WALKABOUT CREEK CAFE | THE GAP
Situated in the lush Enoggera Reservoir, Walkabout Creek Cafe is an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Their new undercover deck makes for the perfect spot to enjoy the Melbourne Cup action, while soaking up the bush surrounds. Tickets to the event are $50, and include starters, a main meal of your choice, a glass of sparkling, and a front-row seat to view the race on the big screen!
Nibble on salt and pepper squid and pumpkin arancini before taking your pick of roast chicken with pea puree, salad and chips, a rump steak with red wine shallot butter, salad and chips, or a veggie-packed couscous salad with mango, dill and lime.
Platters are also available for pre-order, loaded up with fresh seafood, antipasti, cheeses, or sweet canapés. Oh, and did we mention they’ll be slinging mimosas, spritzes, and jugs of Pimms from the bar!? Head to their website and book your group in for November 3!
CLOUDLAND | FORTITUDE VALLEY
If it’s at Cloudland, you know it’s going to be fancy. Take your pick from their three luxe events and be treated to a day filled with gourmet eats, elegant sips, and all the racing action.
Perch yourself in the Birdcage and sip on carafes of cocktails, nibble on charcuterie boards and hot and cold canapés, and enjoy live entertainment. The Rose Room will be home to the G.H. Mumm Gala Luncheon with all the champagne you could ask for, gourmet canapés, and a delightful three-course meal.
Our best on ground? The Perrier-Jouët Bubbles and Pearls Pavilion is the most indulgent event of all–taking place in the exclusive seated cocktail lounge with four hours of premium food and beverage service. To read more and book your spot at one of Cloudland’s events, head here.
ONE FISH TWO FISH | KANGAROO POINT [SOLD OUT]
At One Fish Two Fish, it’s all about the race that stops the crustacean…
Book a table at this homely seafood spot anytime between 12:30 pm and 4:30 pm and be treated to a glass of prosecco on arrival and four fishy courses for just $75!
The menu is full of faves, like a refreshing kingfish ceviche with warm tortillas to start, followed by a Fraser Isle spanner crab omelette with green papaya, crispy shallots, and a herb salad. With limited seating available, we suggest booking yourself in quicksmart, here!
THE BOUNDARY HOTEL | WEST END [SOLD OUT]
Inspired by a European summer, The Boundary Hotel is serving up two generous packages for Melbourne Cup Day!
The Veuve Clicquot package (at $199pp) is a taste of luxury, with three hours of flowing Veuve, premium wines and beers PLUS a three-course meal with divine options like gin-and-blueberry cured kingfish with grapefruit, squid ink and caviar, and a Rangers Valley Wagyu fillet with truffle mash, oyster mushroom and red wine jus.
For a relaxed, sun-soaked afternoon, the Gordon’s Backyard package (at $129pp) might be more up your alley… Grab the crew and get comfy in the chic backyard under colourful umbrellas with a Gordon’s Sicilian Lemon cocktail on arrival, followed by three hours of drinks and two courses of eats including a cheese board!
Head here to read up and book yourself in for one of the packages.
VICTORIA PARK | HERSTON [SOLD OUT]
For a day filled with decadent food, live music, fashions on the field, and all the racing action on the big screen, it’s gotta be Victoria Park’s spring fling event! The action starts with Louis Roederer champagne and a strawberry French 75 cocktail, as well as fresh canapés like house-baked herbed tartlets with confit quail and apple.
Three courses of fare will proceed, including king prawn and mango salad with avocado, chives, and tomato oil, a lavender panna cotta for dessert, and an after-dessert ice cream cart! Your four-hour premium beverage package will include Shaw & Smith wines, Kreglinger sparkling, and a range of beers and ciders.
The event will run from 11.30 am until 3.30 pm, with tickets available for $149pp and group bookings required in groups of 10, six, four, and two.
THE REGATTA HOTEL | TOOWONG [SOLD OUT]
The grand lady of Brisbane is going glam for Melbourne Cup, hosting an exclusive gala event for those looking to live it up!
You can look forward to a three-hour premium beverage package and fresh seafood as you watch the race that stops the nation, with Piper Heidsieck and Aperol spritzes on offer as well as a range of wines, beers, ciders to pair with summery canapes, oysters, and an epic prawn cocktail bar! After the action, head downstairs to The Walrus Club, and keep the good vibes going at the after-party.
Frills, fascinators, fillies, Flemington, and a whole lot of fun. While things will be a little different (and socially distant) this year, catch us (if you can) dropping into all of these delicious venues this Melbourne Cup!
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