November 5th is fast approaching so it’s time to dust off your hat (or get a new one!) for the race that stops the entire nation. Whether you're looking to book an all-inclusive lunch or a Champagne-fuelled screening, we've whittled down Sydney's most festive venues where you can watch the Melbourne Cup in style.
Fly into the botanical birdcage at The Royal this Melbourne Cup day. Receive a glass of G.H. Mumm on arrival, before indulging in a two-course set menu, and watching the races live and loud. Magician Adam Axford will be keeping the punters entertained and, if you feel like placing your own bet, the TAB facilities are open from 8am.
156 Norton Street, Leichhardt
Enjoy a more relaxed approach to Melbourne Cup day amongst the Camperdown Commons with your choice of Long Luncheon ($110pp) or Garden Party ($99pp) at Acre. Entertainment will include a live screening of the races, live music, sweepstakes, mystery prizes, and best-dressed fashion parades.
31 Mallett Street, Camperdown
If you’re looking for a classic cup day, it goes without saying that The Toxteth’s party will be a big one. Get a taste of their food menu, wine and cocktails and soak up the live entertainment on their gorgeous outdoor terrace. On cup day, you can enjoy a three-course banquet lunch (alternate drop) and glass of bubbles.
345 Glebe Point Rd, Sydney
Crowned as one of Sydney's coolest bars, this New York-style speakeasy is stepping things up a notch for Melbourne Cup. Swinging open their doors at midday, they'll be handing out a free glass of bubbles on arrival together with a selection of bespoke canapés – think lamb and smoked labneh with sumac, king fish ceviche and steak tartare. DJs will be spinning on the decks all day, and during lunch there'll be a live burlesque show before the race screening. If you're in it for the long-haul, grab a bite at the bar, or dinner in the restaurant can be booked from 4pm – their late-night steaks are legendary. And of course you can book in for a personalised tarot card reading with their in-house psychic. Expect the unexpected.
5th November open from midday
Free entry, but booking required
9a Barrack Street, CBD
Pitched as the ultimate, down-to-earth Melbourne Cup party, the Vic on the Park's lively vibe will make you feel as though you're trackside at Flemington. The Marrickville local is serving up a three-course menu with either bubbles or a local brew on arrival. For those without plans or want to stop in somewhere to watch the race, the main bar is open to walk-ins.
2 Addison Road, Marrickville
For a 'Baja Style' Melbourne Cup, head to Chica Bonita. Swinging open the doors to their first race day celebration, this CBD favourite will be getting into the trackside spirit, serving signature margaritas and lucky tequila shots alongside a sharing platter of Mexican morsels. Tuck into delicious plates of Snapper Ceviche, Baja Fish Tacos, Poke Belly & Mole, Tempura Corn Tacos, Bebe Corn and Chocolate Churros (plus plenty more), whilst watching the race on two giant screens. Fingers crossed your lucky tequila will bring in a winner!
Baja Style Melbourne Cup feast, $77pp includes includes one of Chica Bonita’s signature margaritas, a lucky tequila shot + a sharing menu
5th November, bookings from 12:30pm
156 Clarence Street, CBD
Sign up for a winning day at Inner-West dining destination Queen Chow Enmore with a lavish ten-course banquet ($110 per person) and glass of bubbles on arrival. Book in for the long lunch and race, and stay for the live entertainment and fun times.
2/167 Enmore Road, Enmore
LOWER NORTH SHORE
Add a touch of glamour and celebrate race day with a delicious three-course lunch at The Fernery. Watch the race live on screen while sipping Champagne (complimentary on arrival), and competing in the best dressed competition.
719 Military Road, Mosman
Celebrate the Melbourne Cup in style at the newly renovated, Bathers’ Pavilion. Indulge in a curated three-course Melbourne Cup menu from owner and head chef Serge Dansereau, and get amongst the festivities. With prizes for best dressed, live coverage of the race and sweeps, they have a little something for everyone.
4 The Esplanade, Mosman
Lane Cove's newest watering hole will be celebrating their first Melbourne Cup with big screens, DJ’s, French Champagne and two different events. For large groups, the Mediterranean Table Share ($70 per person) on the ground floor includes a glass of champagne on arrival, a cold platter with salads and dips, and a large hot platter with a selection of meats and flatbread. Head upstairs for The Alcott Experience ($120 per person) which serves up a three-course set menu.
1 Birdwood Avenue, Lane Cove
Find yourself under the palms this Melbourne Cup at SoCal for a delicious feast while watching all the live-action. For $85 per person, savour the flavours of a Mexicana-inspired shared banquet, and wash it down with a Champagne on arrival.
1 Young Street, Neutral Bay
The Botanist is in full bloom and Spring Racing ready! The North Sydney botanical bar and grazing ground are offering a fanciful banquet menu, with Mediterranean flair. Expect delicacies like Smokey Bay oysters with Champagne migonette, and char-grilled chicken with smoked paprika, wild grains, radish and whipped buttermilk, with a side of G.H. Mumm.
$65pp17 Willoughby Street, Kirribilli
Experience the next best thing to being in Melbourne for the big race, at Randwick Racecourse’s trackside party. Featuring live racing on the track, plus all of the action from Melbourne displayed on the biggest super screen in the southern hemisphere.
Alison Road, Randwick
Bondi Beach Public Bar is hosting the perfect Cup Day party, complete with free entry, cocktail specials and prizes. Come along for the race day festivities, catch the racing action live and stay for $12 cocktails or a three-hour food platter and bottomless beer, cider and wine feast.
180 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
Settle in at the Botanica Vaucluse, for a Melbourne Cup day nestled amongst the leafy garden surrounds of citrus trees, strawberry and blueberry bushes. For $150 per person, get amongst the festivities and experience their farm to fork three-course menu, complemented by a glass of Champagne on arrival.
2 Laguna Street, Vaucluse
Celebrate the biggest day of Spring Racing Carnival at The Butler Potts Point. Watch the main event on big screens and graze on an Ibero-American style feasting menu and glass of Champagne ($155 per person). Upgrade your lunch and add on a two-hour beverage package- you won't regret it!
123 Victoria Street, Potts Point
Just a short ferry ride from Circular Quay, the stunning Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel lets you embrace the excitement of the races while still being only a stone’s throw from having your feet in the sand. There will be plenty of screens, live entertainment, two menu options to choose from, Fashions by the Bay and prize giveaways. And if you really want to make the most of it? Try spending the night at one of their luxury hotel suites.
1 Military Road, Watsons Bay
Manly Wharf Hotel provides the perfect waterfront destination to take in the race that stops the nation. A glass of Chandon or Furphy beer is served on arrival before sitting down to a three-course set menu designed by head chef Kristen Hooper. The racing action will be streamed live on the TVs throughout the venue and TAB facilities provided so punters won’t miss a thing. Last year’s lunch sold out quickly so be sure to book early.
Soak in the beautiful beach views of Dee Why whilst enjoying race day at Corretto. For just $85 per person, receive a glass of Chandon on arrival and a delicious three-course lunch. There will be a sweepstake and all the live-action playing on the big screen.
1/24 The Strand, Dee Why
The sprawling family-friendly grounds of The Newport offers the perfect mix of Merivale chic and Northern Beaches knockabout vibe. Featuring a prime waterfront location on the shores of idyllic Pittwater, you’ll struggle to keep your eyes on the screen during the big race! Get a group together and secure a spot for the day at The Newport. With a live entertainment, DJs, big screen, TAB and their own ‘Fashions on the Field’ competition, you’re sure to have a Cup Day to remember.
2 Kalinya Street, Newport
Local fave Manly Greenhouse will be hosting race day with a view of the Manly beachfront. The ground floor Greenhouse will dish up a special Melbourne Cup three-course menu, priced at $69pp. For a more fine dining experience, head up to the Grill for their refined three-course offering ($105pp). On the Rooftop will be a canape style offering with beverage package ($95pp). There will also be a sweepstake and best-dressed prize.
36/38 South Steyne, Manly
Beachfront local The Collaroy’s relaxed four-course menu ($99 per person) in the upstairs restaurant allows guests to settle in for the long run. For those that prefer to go without plans, downstairs will be open for walk-ins.
1064 Pittwater Road, Collaroy
As the official Champagne of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Mumm will be extending their celebrations to Barangaroo. Cup Day Festival is a partnership between Victoria Racing Club, Maison Mumm and The Streets of Barangaroo, and is Sydney's only official live site for Australia’s biggest race day. From 12.30pm to 9pm, the harbourfront locale will come alive with pop up eateries along the foreshore and multiple screens broadcasting the official coverage from Flemington, with TAB betting facilities on site.
After its sell-out inaugural event last year, Bodhi will once again host their anti cup day event 'Nup the Cup'. This fun day out to help raise funds and awareness for Horse Rescue Australia includes Bodhi’s signature vegan yum cha banquet and a complimentary glass of Harvest 'Blanc de Blanc'. On the day guests can enter the competition for best dressed. Flower crowns can be purchased and there will also be a pop-up market stalls, featuring some of Bodhi’s favourite vegan brands, including Jipa jewellery and The Chai Room.
$70pp ($15 from each ticket donated to Horse Rescue Australia)
2/4 College Street, Sydney
Bring on the fascinators, bubbly and the world-class food: The Star Sydney will celebrate race-day with special dishes from some of the country’s most celebrated chefs. BLACK Bar & Grill, Sokyo, CHUUKA, Flying Fish and Cherry will all play host to special Melbourne Cup events. Abbey Gelmi, Racing Ambassador, will be making appearances at The Star Sydney’s signature dining restaurants throughout the day - providing guests with racing and fashion tips and will be picking the ‘best dressed’ from each venue. Guests will have the chance to win gifts cards or a special night at The Star.
80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
Celebrate Melbourne Cup at Sydney’s hottest CBD venue, Matteo Downtown. In the restaurant, food lovers will be treated to a chef’s feasting menu, designed to share and accompanied by a glass of Perrier-Jouët on arrival, for $170 per person. Guests can also experience the exciting Cup day madness in the open bar area, where they can enjoy a specially curated canapé menu with a seasonal spritz, for $90 per person. There will be screens set up throughout the venue so guests won’t miss a moment of the action.
20 Bond Street, Sydney
Spend the day in true harbour city-style, enjoying a four-course menu crafted by legendary chef, Peter Gilmour, along with a glass of French bubbles on arrival, all under the stunning sails of the iconic Sydney Opera House. With sweeps and prizes throughout the day, and screens to watch the race live at $240 per person, this is Sydney's most iconic setting for race day.
Bennelong Point, Circular Quay
Brews, bubbles and sweepstakes galore! Celebrate Melbourne Cup in the heart of The Rocks at Endeavour Tap Rooms. Come prepared for a big day of festivities featuring a native-inspired canape menu and glass of bubbles or beer for $75 per person.
39/43 Argyle St, The Rocks
Embrace the glamorous Riviera lifestyle in the heart of the city. Sip cocktails in private cabanas and feast on delicious canapés under an open-air sky, overlooking The Ivy’s iconic pool. For $150 you’ll get a glass of Chandon on arrival, a three-hour beverage package and delicious roving canapés. Place a bet at the TAB on site, then party poolside all day and all night, with DJs playing until late.
330 George Street, Sydney