Get involved in the race that stops the nation on November 7 as Melbourne Cup day returns to Flemington Racecourse for another year. Although the racecourse will be the centre of attention, there are plenty of great venues throughout Melbourne that are perfect for watching the race and enjoying the day’s festivities.
Whether you’re looking to unwind in a hidden bar, go on a river cruise or enjoy a delicious a la carte menu, check out our top picks and start planning your Melbourne Cup Day celebrations.
Spend your Melbourne Cup Day by the beach this year at one of St. Kilda’s many inviting bars and pubs. Captain Baxter will host a Melbourne Cup celebration complete with big screens, cash sweepstakes and prizes for the best dressed revellers. Guests can book in advance to enjoy a $55 set menu on the venue’s deck.
Check out the iconic Grosvenor Hotel for a rocking afternoon of racing fun. A staple since the 1800s, get dressed up, join the crowds and sip on $10 champagne cocktails. You also can’t go wrong with a trip to Republica. Located a short walk from St. Kilda Beach, Republica is the perfect spot to catch some rays and get into the racing spirit. Dress to impress to win prizes, dance to live bands and soak up the beautiful ocean views on offer. Guests can also enjoy a $45 specially prepared set menu, which includes bread, dips and a glass of bubbly.
Lovers of craft beer should head to The Local Taphouse, a European-inspired tavern with a wide range of taps serving world-class beers and delicious pub grub. Watch the race on the big screen and have a flutter with friends in a relaxed, pub atmosphere.
Head to Left Bank Melbourne to enjoy a three-course Melbourne Cup lunch to remember. Choose a glass of GH Mumm NV Champagne on arrival, or go big with bottomless NV GH Mumm Champagne and premium wines to match your meal. Lunch is made up of a number of menu choices, including freshly shucked oysters, olive caramel glazed lamb rump and more. Get into the groove of race day with exciting live entertainment, best dressed competitions and crazy cash sweep competitions.
Go all out this Melbourne Cup Day on a cruise along the Yarra River. There are a range of companies offering boat transfers to Flemington, as well as all-day event packages for non-racegoers. Board at the Docklands and enjoy canapes, lunch and a selection of beverages for your group.
You can also arrive or depart at The Wharf Hotel by boat. Located on the banks of the Yarra River, enjoy scenic river views, an extensive menu and delicious cocktails.
Just a short stroll from the Royal Botanic Gardens, The Botanical will be playing host to a variety of great events across race day. Start your day right with a luxury champagne breakfast, treat yourself to a four-course set menu lunch in front of the big screens, or carry on the celebrations with dinner, drinks and live music. The Botanical is set to show all of the day’s major races live, so you won’t miss a minute of Melbourne Cup action!
From fine dining options to casual eateries, Crown Melbourne offers a range of drinking and dining experiences to suit most tastes and budgets. This year, famous racing personality Bryan Martin will be hosting the Ambassador Travel Cup Eve Dinner in preparation for ‘the race that stops the nation’. Complete with a three-course meal, tasty beverages, sweeps, phantom calls and lots of prizes to be won; this event is not to be missed! On the day, enjoy the Spring Carnival atmosphere in one of the Crown’s lavishly decorated restaurants or bars.
Head to Mr Mason for French-inspired fare made with local ingredients and boutique wines, or check out the ambience at one of the CBD’s hidden bars. Celebrate your winnings with rooftop cocktails at forest-themed Goldilocks, or choose from over 500 different varieties of whisky at Whisky and Alement.