Can’t make it trackside? Luckily there are plenty of places you can catch the action during the Race that Stops the Nation. So ready your finest headwear, prep the Champagne and celebrate the Melbourne Cup in style at some of the city’s most festive venues. Here’s where to watch the drama unfold…
A glamorous South Yarra icon that regularly plays host to Melbourne’s ‘it’ crowd, The Botanical’s multiple (high definition) screens offer plenty of vantage points from which to watch the big race. It you’re looking to go all out, there’s even a special three course lunch and glass of bubbles on arrival, while a DJ will keep the festivities going long after the main event.
169 Domain Rd, South Yarra
The Middle Park Hotel with its buzzing crowd and sleek sports luxe vibe (complete with staff decked out in Ralph Lauren polos), is just the spot to soak up the racing carnival action. As well as screening the event live throughout the pub and restaurant, there will be a lavish three course lunch on offer accompanied by an icy glass of Moet.
102 Canterbury Rd, Middle Park
This Fitzroy intuition has undergone a series of stylish makeovers over the years, cementing it as a winning spot to pick for your race day celebrations. As well as a live screening in the Public Bar and a highly competitive sweepstake, there’s the annual Cup Day menu for those looking to indulge in a full meal while they cheer on their favourite.
211 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
Complete with scenic views across St Kilda Beach and a perennially sunny atmosphere, Republica hosts yearly Melbourne Cup celebrations across its spacious seaside venue. Big screens and surround sound ensure you won’t miss any of the action, while sweepstakes and a three-course lunch ensure you’ll be appropriately fed, watered and suitably entrenched in the festive spirit
10/18 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda
This sleek Southbank bar’s annual Melbourne Cup parties are key events on the racing social calendar. Watch things kick off on big screens alongside vibrant fashion parades, live bands and DJs. With a strictly enforced dress code and a steady stream of bubbles and canapes on offer, this is the place to be seen – there are even horses to feed and take cute snaps with.
1 Southbank Blvd, Southbank
This swanky Richmond bar and restaurant gets swept up in Cup fever every year, with plenty of big screens, prizes for the best dressed racing finery and some good old fashioned punting. There’s also a leisurely lunch that comes appropriately paired with a free glass of Laurent Perrier on arrival – ensuring you’ll be well and truly in the trackside zone.
545 Church St, Richmond
With unrivalled views across the Yarra (you just can’t beat those sunsets) and a glorious outdoor seating area, Riverland Bar scores big for atmosphere on Cup Day. Add to that multiple screens so you don’t miss any of the action, food and drink specials and the glory of the heritage listed Federation Wharf vaults as a backdrop – and you’ve got yourself a winning races destination.
Federation Wharf 1-9, Melbourne
This iconic Melbourne pub (complete with a sleek industrial fit out) never fails to go big on race day. The event itself is proudly televised live (and loud) across multiple screens, while an elaborate lunch banquet ensures you won’t go hungry while you celebrate – with a free glass of bubbles or Carlton Draught on arrival to sweeten the deal.
82 High Street, Windsor
Race into Fitzroy’s The Provincial this Melbourne Cup for an unbeatable brunch special that comes complete with two hours of bottomless bubbly, beer, Bellinis, mimosas and their special race day cocktail. All sporting fun will be broadcast live on their open-air rooftop big screen, while vinyl DJs will bring the vibe all afternoon.
299 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
The Champagne will be flowing all day long at luxe Albert Park local The Vincent this Spring Racing Carnival. A festive long brunch with special race day cocktails and a number of sparkling prizes on offer will help kick off Melbourne Cup celebrations in style, with the party sure to continue long after the final horse crosses the finish line.
107-111 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park