November 6th 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.
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 all-new food menu, wine and cocktails and soak up the live entertainment on their gorgeous outdoor terrace. For $100pp, you can enjoy a 3-course banquet lunch and glass of bubbles at Sienna’s Bistro.
345 Glebe Point Rd, Sydney
Enjoy a more relaxed approach to Melbourne Cup day amongst the Camperdown Commons with your choice of Long Luncheon ($99 per person) or Garden Party ($79 per person) 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
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 shared starters, mains and desserts menu on the deck ($45 per person) or a three-course banquet in the bistro ($45 per person). 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
Top tip: Win in the Inner-West at Queen Chow Enmore, with a lavish nine-course banquet ($110 per person) while private spaces and group bar bookings are available in the main bar.
LOWER NORTH SHORE
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 Veuve 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 Ave, 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 the tequila gazpacho, grilled octopus, crab tacos and grilled Morton Bay bugs, and wash it down with a glass of GH Mumm Champagne on arrival.
1 Young St, Neutral Bay
The Botanist is in full bloom and Spring Racing ready! The North Sydney botanical bar and grazing ground are offering a fanciful canape menu with a Mediterranean flare. Expect morsels of Pacific Oysters, Seared Scallops, Oxtail Croquettes and Beef Tartare; paired perfectly with a seasonal, herb-infused cocktail. Tickets cost $85 per person and you can upgrade to a two-hour beverage package for $55 per person.17 Willoughby St, Kirribilli
The eastern suburbs icon is offering the two unique experiences this Melbourne Cup: the Royal Melbourne Cup Lunch ($160pp) includes a 3-course alternate drop menu and a glass of Moët & Chandon on arrival. The optional beverage package is an additional $55, offering bottomless 3 hour drink package. Get ready to frock up as there’s also prizes for the best dressed!
237 Glenmore Rd, Paddington
Celebrate the action and excitement of Cup Day live in the heart of Bondi Beach. Head chef and owner, Ian Oakes has designed a spring menu of six courses, priced at $95 per person, including a glass of bubbles on arrival. Watch the trackside action live on the flat screen and embrace the spirit of the day with sweepstakes and a lucky door prize.
Curlewis Street, Bondi Beach
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
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 $120 per person, get amongst the festivities and experience their farm to fork four-course menu, complemented by a glass of sparkling.
2 Laguna St, Vaucluse
Celebrate the biggest day of Spring Racing Carnival at The Butler Potts Point and Juanita’s Bar. Watch the main event on big screens and graze on an Ibero-American style eight-course feasting menu and glass of GH Mumm Champagne ($155 per person). Sweepstakes, best-dressed prizes, plus the chance the take-part in a GH Mumm Champagne sabrage are also included in the days’ festivities. Upgrade your lunch and add on a two-hour beverage package ($95 per person).
123 Victoria St, 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
Newly opened 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 shared menu, priced at $89 p/p with highlights like the mouth-watering squid ink spaghettini. On the Rooftop will be a canape style offering, priced at $50 p/p. There will also be a sweepstake and best-dressed prize.
36/38 South Steyne, Manly
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 for $60 per person. With a live band, DJs, big screen, TAB and our own ‘Fashions on the Field’ competition, you’re sure to have a Cup Day to remember.
The Newport is the place to be on the Northern Beaches for a day of casual, carefree celebrations.
2 Kalinya Street, Newport
Top tip: For a more luxe experience, book a seat at The Newport's fine diner Bert's Bar & Brasserie. For $185 you’ll be greeted with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label and canapés, before enjoying a three-course meal.
Soak in the beautiful views of Manly whilst enjoying race day at the beautiful Whitewater. For just $90 per person, receive a glass of sparkling on arrival and a delicious three-course lunch. There will be competitions throughout the day, including a prize for best dressed...so be sure to dress to the nines!
35 South Steyne, Manly
Sitchu tip:Looking to celebrate in Manly? Royalty of the wharf Queen Chow Manly is offering an eight-course banquet of delicious dim sum and Cantonese favourites ($120 per person).
Beachfront local The Collaroy’s relaxed four-course menu ($140 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 Rd, Collaroy
The Ternary Bar
The Ivy Pool Club
The Ternary Bar
The Ternary. Photo Credit - Nikki To
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 the 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.
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 bubbles 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
For a Middle Eastern cup day feast, look no further than Nour. Serving up a seven-course share style menu for $89 per person, expect to dine on their signature dishes; from the prawn falafel, and snapper sayadiesh to their succulent lamb shoulder.
3/490 Crown St, Surry Hills
The Garden Terrace at The Ternary will be hosting an alfresco affair with canapés and a big screen showing all the race day action. From 12:30pm-8:30pm feast on canapés and dance the day away with a DJ spinning tunes from 3:30 pm. Tickets are $55 per person for food, and beverages can be purchased at the bar on the day.
Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour- 100 Murray St, Pyrmont
Add a touch of glamour and celebrate race day with a delicious three-course lunch at Mode Kitchen & Bar ($95 per person). Watch the race live on screen while sipping Champagne ($15 for glass and $99 by the bottle), or sample a refreshing classic Pimms Cup cocktail for $15 (or $60 for a pitcher to share among friends).
Four Seasons- 199 George St, Sydney
Guests will be able to enjoy the big race on the big screen while indulging in a glass of Moet & Chandon, followed by a three-course lunch infused with signature botanical flavours, for $79 per person, or $700 for a table of 10. There will be prizes for best dressed and a lucky door prize for an overnight stay in a West Hotel’s King Suite including breakfast.
West Hotel- 65 Sussex St, Sydney
Celebrate Melbourne Cup at Sydney’s hottest new 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 $140 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 $85 per person. There will be screens set up throughout the venue so guests won’t miss a moment of the action. Plus, DJs and entertainment will be spinning on the decks throughout the day and into the night, as well as sweepstakes, and prizes for best dressed.
20 Bond St, Sydney
Spend the day in true harbour city style, enjoying a three-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 $220 per person, this is Sydney's most iconic setting for race day.
Bennelong Point, Circular Quay
Salt Meats Cheese’s flagship venue down at Circular Quay offers a classic-meets-contemporary share menu for Melbourne Cup. Over three-courses, guests can graze on antipasto, a choice of main including mouth-watering pasta, trout or porchetta, and finish with dessert ($35 per person). Upgrade your race day experience and opt in for the two-hour drinks package (additional $35 per person).
L201 Alfred St, Sydney
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 $70 per person.
39/43 Argyle St, The Rocks