Though Flemington Racecourse will be the centre of attention, there are plenty of great venues throughout Melbourne that are perfect for watching the race that stops the nation and enjoying the day’s festivities. Whether you’re looking to unwind in a hidden bar or celebrate in style with multiple courses, our top picks have you covered!
Republica, located just a short stroll from St Kilda Beach, is a fantastic spot to soak up some sun and uninterrupted sea views this Melbourne Cup Day. With an extensive drinks list and a great location, it’s sure to be a popular venue on race day. Opt for the $45 set lunch menu, including breads and dips, a glass of bubbles and your choice of main, or take your pick from the regular a la carte menu.
A Melbourne institution since the 1800s, the Grosvenor Hotel will be marking Melbourne Cup Day with $10 champagne cocktails and live music from The Voice contestant Tim Morrison.
A staple of St Kilda’s bar and dining scene, Fitzroy Street is home to a number of unique venues perfect for making the most of Melbourne Cup Day. Often less crowded than their CBD counterparts, the vibrant bars and restaurants of Fitzroy Street are a great option if you’ve left booking until the last minute. Both Bar Di Stasio and The Banff St Kilda are fantastic places to meet up with friends and enjoy an afternoon filled with delicious food and refreshing drinks.
Providing the choice of a three-course lunch and a flute of NV GH Mumm Champagne on arrival or a three-course lunch with bottomless NV GH Mumm Champagne and premium wines until 4pm, Left Bank Melbourne offers the perfect excuse to kick back, relax and watch the race in style. Get into the groove of race day with live entertainment, a best dressed competition and sweep competitions, before watching the big race across the venue screens.
Situated on the banks of the Yarra River, The Wharf Hotel will be celebrating Melbourne Cup Day with a full a la carte menu from midday, a sweeps competition and plenty of screens on which to watch the day’s big race. After the excitement of the main event, you can take it easy and enjoy live music from 5pm onwards.
Just moments from the Royal Botanic Gardens, The Botanical will be playing host to a variety of great events across race day. Start your Melbourne Cup Day celebrations early with a champagne breakfast, settle in for a four-course lunch, or unwind after the excitement of the day with dinner 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!
Boasting a three-course lunch and a glass of Mumm Rosé on arrival, French-inspired Mr. Mason is set to be a popular spot on November 1st. With live entertainment, prizes for best dressed, sweeps and more, Mr. Mason is sure to conjure an exciting race day atmosphere.
Home to a wide variety of restaurants and bars, Crown Melbourne offers a range of drinking and dining experiences to suit most tastes and budgets. Take your pick from food court fare, casual eateries and fine dining destinations, or find a comfy spot to enjoy the afternoon in one of the lavishly decorated bars.
Escape the crowds and celebrate the end of the day with a visit to one of the CBD’s hidden bars. Goldilocks serves up creative cocktails in a forest-themed rooftop bar, Fall From Grace Cellar Bar boasts an enviable drinks list, while The Alchemist offers an abundance of expertly mixed drinks.
Visiting Melbourne for Melbourne Cup Day? Take your pick from a wide range of great accommodation options scattered throughout the city and suburbs.