Still haven’t booked your spot for Melbourne Cup? Here are our top picks!


Before the horses take to the track, QT Sydney’s signature restaurant Gowings Bar & Grill has solidified itself as the lavish lunch destination prepping Sydney-siders for the race that stops the nation.

The Melbourne Cup celebration starts as soon as guests enter the lobby with a glass of Mumm on arrival followed by a 3 course set menu designed by QT Sydney Chef Restaurateur, Grant King.

Indulge in the freshest of Australian ingredients while feasting on Kingfish Ceviche, Sirloin Steak and Caramalised Pear Tart Tatin in Gowings Bar & Grill’s bustling dining room set to give tracksidemarquees a run for their money.

Paired with a host of entertainment including an MC, live DJs, Sweepstakes, Fashion on the Field prizes and Sabrage Station hosted by Mumm, the festivities continue into Gilt Lounge post-lunch for an exclusive race day after party.

Melbourne Cup Menu

  •   3-course menu, including a glass of Mumm on arrival
  •   $150 per person
  •   Priority access to exclusive Gilt Lounge after party

For bookings please call 02 8262 0062 or email


Manly Wharf Hotel, Manly

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.

Time: Midday

Price: $110pp  

Bookings:  02 9977 1266


 Greenwood Hotel, North Sydney

Melbourne Cup is just around the corner, with our southern rivals hosting the race that stops a nation, Sydneysiders won’t miss out on enjoying the festivities. The newly refurbished Green Hotel North Sydney has you covered with packages still available. $110 per person includes food stations and a drinks package.

Time: 11:30am-3:00pm



Anason, Barangaroo

Where else to celebrate the race that stops the nation than at Anason situated on the Barangaroo waterfront. Chef and owner Somer Sivrioglu has created a Turkish four-course share menu moving through traditional starters and hot and cold mezes finishing with a black sea borek (filo pastry) with milk and rose pudding, hazelnuts and berries.

Time: Midday

Price: $120pp

Bookings: 02 9188 1581 or



The Royal Hotel, Leichhardt

See the Melbourne Cup in style at The Royal Leichardt. Enjoy a glass of G.H. Mumm or tap beer on arrival before sitting back to watch the race with a two-course lunch.

Make sure you dress to impress because there are prizes for best dressed and best fascinator/hat. For all you punters, TAB facilities will be open from 8am.


Price: $75pp – for bookings please call 02 9569 2638



The Tudor, Redfern

Event Details:Celebrate Melbourne Cup at The Tudor with a glass of sparkling on arrival followed by a shared entrée with alternate drop main.

Watch the race live with best dressed awards and mystery trifectas to follow!

Time: Midday

Price: $50pp or $110pp for drinks package with same menu.

Bookings: Call on 9310 4314 or email



Misfits, Redfern

Event Details: Melbourne Cup celebrations truly kick off at Misfits with race coverage being streamed live and loud. Enjoy roaming canapés and if you don’t have to get back to the office, add a three-hour beverage package.

Time: Midday

Price: $49pp canapés and add $70pp beverage package.

Bookings: Call on 9318 1497 or email



The Australian Heritage Hotel, The Rocks

Event Details: Enjoy a cocktail on arrival with a two-course lunch and premium beverage package to take in the race that stops the nation. The race is streamed live on the indoor and outdoor screens, with the essential sweeps and prizes throughout the day. TAB facilities are available and live entertainment to follow the race.

Time: Midday

Price: $120pp

Bookings: 02 9247 2229 or



The Buena, Mosman

Event Details: Celebrate Melbourne Cup in style on the North Shore at The Vista Bar & Restaurant. Receive a cheeky glass of Moët upon arrival before sitting down to a delicious three-course meal while you watch the race.

Time: Midday

Price: $130pp



 Planar Restaurant and Bar

Planar Restaurant and Bar is set to host an unforgettable afternoon of fashions on the field with a fabulous food and drink package and great entertainment.  Located at Darling Harbour, Planar’s alfresco setting is the perfect spot to soak up the sunshine, harbour and city skyline views while enjoying the excitement of the Cup! Planar will be hosting their first Fashions on the Field at this year’s Melbourne Cup party, showing off the best fashions of the day. Hosted by fashion and lifestyle blogger Margarita Nazarenko, who will also be judging the best dressed on the day with the help of a few special guests – this event is not to be missed!

With bottomless bubbles, beer and wine for 3 hours as well as endless delicious canapés, substantial dishes and desserts, at only $85 per person, guests can enjoy the best of Planar’s dishes, while watching the live race on the big screens.




Event hosted by MKR’s Will & Steve. Large screens provided to watch the race live. Prizes for best dressed. In house sweep stakes

Menu: Pacific oysters with lemon aspen, cranberry sorbet and finger lime, Lotus Salad, Steamed pork xiao long bao, Crispy skin duck pancakes with sweet miso and cucumber, Steamed fish fillet of the day with ginger, soy and coriander, Kung pao chicken’

Address: The Galeries, Level 1, 500 George Street,Sydney

Tickets $79 pp



Please your bets with a teste of New York over Eastside Kitchen + Bar’s special 7-course sharing menu including kingfish sashimi, grilled cauliflower, steak and their signarture fire and ice dessert presentation.

Cost: $75 pp



Whilst watching the race that stops the nation, enjoy 7-course Sicilian sharing menu at Olio Kensington Street including arancini, 48 hour saltbush lamb and classic tiramisu.

Cost: $75 pp



The Streets of Barangaroo is not just a place for your Melbourne Cup lunch this year, it’s also the place to be to carry on the celebrations after.

There will be pop-up eateries and bars, a Mumm Champagne Terrace, Craft Beer Garden and live entertainment. There are multiple screens broadcasting Channel Seven’s coverage from Flemington and TAB facilities. Furnace and The Fundamentals keep the party going into the night. Remixing their way through countless covers of some of the best songs ever written. From The Beatles to Beyoncé, Michael Jackson to Mark Ronson, Queen to Daft Punk and everything in between, this band is not to be missed.

From 12-9pm, entry to all the waterfront festivities is free and for over 18s only.



The eastern suburbs icon is offering the two experiences this Melbourne Cup: the Royal Melbourne Cup Lunch for $160pp including 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.

The Royal is also home to sweeps, prizes for best dressed and multiple TAB facilities on site.

Pricing: from $160 per person for 3-course menu

Venues: Paddington’s most loved Rooftop in only 2 levels up from the Verandah Bar, to enjoy the sunshine and spectacular panoramic views of Sydney between races.

Bookings: Bookings are essential.

Website: or call (02) 9331 2604.



Recently refurbished and reopened in August, The Toxteth in Glebe is hosting a Melbourne Cup party with its all-new food menu, wine and cocktails, live entertainment and sweeps. For $100pp, guests will enjoy a 3-course banquet lunch and glass of bubbles at Sienna’s Bistro. Guests will also find state-of-the-art TAB facilities, big screens and ‘Fashions on the Field’ with amazing prizes to be won!

Pricing: $100 for 3-course menu and glass of sparkling

Venues: Sienna’s Bistro

Bookings: Bookings are essential.

Website: or call (02) 9660 2370



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 of squid ink spaghettini or pork cotoletta with a herb crumb & agrodolce, and tiramisu to finish.

On the Rooftop will be a canape style offering, priced at $50 p/p. The roaming canapes might include crispy polenta bites with sour cream and chives, or the more substantial potato gnocchi with slow-cooked brisket ragu, as well as platters of mixed cured plates and artisan cheese boards. All the race day action will be screened from TVs on the Greenhouse and Rooftop level, and there will be a sweepstakes and best-dressed prize.

Bookings essential, and available for both the Greenhouse (any size) and Rooftop (minimum 15 people).

Email to book.

Address: 36-38 South Steyne, Manly.



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. The TAB is also around the corner for anyone wanting to make a serious bet!


Address: Cnr Curlewis and Gould St, Bondi.


Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel is serving up a delicious banquet, staging exciting sweepstakes and scouting prize-winning Fashions by the Bay to celebrate this year’s Melbourne Cup – all against the breathtaking backdrop of Sydney Harbour on one of the most fun days of the year! On Tuesday 6 November from midday well-heeled guests will be hot-footing it to the iconic hotel to indulge in one of two exclusive party packages:

The Beach Buffet features a mouth-watering smorgasbord of fresh seafood, antipasti, spiced meats and delicious desserts served al fresco along with a three hour beverage package – priced $159 per person for the standard inclusions or $169 per person for premium drinks and a glass of Prosecco on arrival.

The Grand Feast ramps up the luxe factor with a three-course meal served communal style inside the hotel, with a special menu curated by Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel’s executive chef. Guests can choose from the standard package with three hours of beverages for $210 per person, or the premium drinks and Grand Feast with a glass of champagne on arrival for $220 per person.

Book tickets here:


To celebrate the race that stops the nation, this year Cruise Bar will be hosting their annual Melbourne Cup event.

In a location as iconic as the race itself, guests can enjoy the panoramic views of Circular Quay from Cruise Bar’s harbourside setting. Whether you’re having a punt, a pint or a prosecco, for just $89pp, guests can enjoy:

  • A glass of Veuve Clicquot Brut NV champagne on arrival
  • 3 hours of roving canapés
  • Freshly shucked oysters at the Oyster station
  • Live broadcast of the race on big screens
  • Best-dressed prizes and giveaways
  • Acoustic and DJ live entertainment

With tickets now available:


Join us at the Dolphin Hotel for the racing event of the calendar year with a full venue party to celebrate the race that stops the nation. Now in its third year, Maurice Terzini & The Dolphin Hotel once again present you Melbourne Cup with a Party featuring of Food + Drink + Music.

The all-inclusive ticket will include a canapé menu created by Monty Koludrovic highlighting the very best of the Dining Room, Wine Room and Public Bar kitchens. The 4-hour drinks package will feature all of the hits from the Wine Room and Public Bar selected by James Hird and Lenny Opai.

Music featuring some of Sydney’s finest DJs, programmed by Kali from Picnic Touring & Events, will be from 11:30am until 5:00pm.

Tickets: $150 + BF per person.

Includes food and beverage package starting from 11.30am until 3.30pm.

For further information & enquiries


Bondi Beach Public Bar hosts their 1st ever Melbourne Cup party!  Melbourne Cup Party & all packages kick off 12:30pm – 3:30 pm

Substantial canape menu by Monty Koludrovic & Josh Carrick

(Icebergs Dining Room and Bar & Da Orazio Pizza + Porchetta)

Wine + Drinks from James Hird & Lenny Opai

(Icebergs Dining Room and Bar & The Dolphin Hotel)

Tickets: $75 + BF per person. 

For further information visit


Melbourne Cup on the Beach! Join us at Sydney’s Most iconic beachfront location for the race that stops the nation.

Melbourne Cup experience includes

– 3 hour all inclusive Food & Beverage
– Substantial canapes by celebrity Chef Tom Walton
– Live DJ’s
– Prizes for best dressed, Male & Female
– Lucky door prize
– Races broadcast on HDTV’s

Tickets $95 + bf per person via:


$99 pp includes champagne on arrival

– 2 hour beverage pack

– 2 course meal

– Sweeps

– Best dressed comp with prizes




Merivale is set for an exhilarating Melbourne Cup with over thirty fever-pitched events across its unrivalled range of restaurants, bars and pubs, giving guests the chanceto play the field and spend the day, their way. Whether its dressing to win and sipping champagne or enjoying a pint and placing a bet, Merivale has a package to suit, with each venue screening the afternoon of racing live and a host of post-Cup party destinations to continue the festivities into the night.

Establishment, the grand dame of Sydney’s entertainment scene, presents a multitude of Cup Day events, led by its exceptional new culinary team. Executive Chef Dan Hong keeps the stakes high at Mr. Wong, serving a Cantonese-style nine-dish feast with a glass of Veuve Clicquot ($185), while Jacob Davey presents un unforgettable three-course dining experience at est. ($250). Sushi e and hemmesphere come together for a stylish affair with a five-course set menu and a flute of Veuve Clicquot ($175). Establishment Main Bar is the ultimate party destination ($120) and The Garden is the perfect city hideaway to enjoy the racing spirit, sip Champagne and place your bets complete with a three-course lunch and champagne on arrival ($120).

ivy, Sydney’s leading dining and lifestyle precinct, will be bursting with race day revelry. Guests can party Italian Riviera-style at the stunning ivy Pool Club ($150) or settle in for a four-course Italian feast at uccello ($295). They can watch the passing parade at Ash St. Cellar ($150) or make their day trés magnifique with a long lunch at Felix ($235).

Tickets are on sale now from


Celebrate Melbourne Cup in grand style at West Hotel, the striking new, sophisticated hotel which neighbours Barangaroo in Sydney’s CBD. With the hotel opening in early 2018, this is the first Melbourne Cup Day to be celebrated, with this year’s event being held at the hotel’s Solander Dining and Bar, located on the ground floor of the Sussex Street Hotel.

For $79 per person, or $700 for a table of 10, Solander Dining and Bar’s Melbourne Cup lunch package includes a glass of Moet & Chandon on arrival, followed by a three-course lunch infused with signature botanical flavours that the restaurant is becoming renowned.

In addition, 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.

More info:


Head down to Alibi at Ovolo Hotel in Woolloomooloo for a race day to remember. On Tuesday 6 November Alibi will be offering two packages you won’t be able to turn down, including a Perrier-Jouët VIP Suite Package with a private screening for you and 15 friends.


Perrier-Jouët VIP Suite Package for $199 per person will include –

  • Exclusive private screening for up to 15 guests in the Rockstar Suite with an in-room bar from Perrier-Jouët
  • Butler service
  • 3-hour beverage package + cocktail menu
  • Antipasto grazing table
  • Ice cream sundaes
  • Sweepstake for all guests

Alibi Package for $159 per person will include – 

  • Perrier-Jouët on arrival
  • 3-hour beverage package + cocktail menu
  • Ice cream station
  • Screens throughout
  • Sweepstake and best dressed

WEBSITE: Bookings essential via by calling 02 9331 9064.



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Spend Melbourne Cup in the sunshine by taking a spot on The Ternary Terrace. A relaxed affair, tickets are just $55 per person for 3 hours of unlimited canapés. A full bar will be available, beverages to be purchased separately. Once the canapés are done, get on your dancing shoes and dance the night away, as there will be a DJ spinning out the tunes as the lights of the city go down.







Manly natives there’s only one place to be this Melbourne Cup and that is at Whitewater. Enjoy a delicious 3 Course menu with some Whitewater favourites such as their Tiger Prawns, Tuna Steak and Caramel Apple Dome (they’d be our first picks). Guests will also receive a glass of sparkling on arrival to get the party going for just $90 per person!





What: Melbourne Cup in Cabarita

Where: Angelos, Cabarita

When: Tuesday 6th November from 12pm


The refreshed Angelo’s Cabarita has re-opened its doors and is celebrating Melbourne Cup in style with champagne on arrival and a 4 course luncheon including shared antipasto, a choice of delicious mains and a trifecta of mini desserts. Catch the race action live on screens around the venue whilst taking in the beautiful waterfront views for just $89 per person.

Fratelli Fresh Darling Harbour

Celebrating race day in style at Fratelli Fresh’s inaugural Melbourne Cup lawn party, with bottomless cocktails, live music and DJs, and several outdoor TVs promising prime race viewing. Between 12pm and 3pm, guests can enjoy three hours of unlimited beer, wine and prosecco, an outdoor Roman-style pizzeria station and delicious roaming canapes, while an al-fresco gelato stand offers an endless supply of Fratelli’s famous gelato and sorbet. Tickets are $99pp and a second package includes unlimited espresso martinis and Aperol spritz for $125pp. Full details can be found here.


The Argyle, The Rocks


Witness the transformation of The Argyle’s iconic cobblestone courtyard into a spectacular Gin Garden this Melbourne Cup day. Guests can take part in the annual fashions on the field parade, before watching the race from one of the largest outdoor television screens in the CBD with multiple TAB facilities on site.


Diners can enjoy The Argyle’s regular bar menu, or a Melbourne Cup package includes two hours of roaming canapes and unlimited beer, wine, cider and prosecco for $99pp, from 1pm to 3pm. Live music, entertainers and DJs will keep the party swinging throughout the evening. Tickets can be purchased here.


Saké Restaurant & Bar The Rocks and Double Bay


Ease your way into the Melbourne Cup festivities with a contemporary Japanese, a-la-carte menu at Saké Restaurant & Bar The Rocks and Double Bay. Each restaurant is also offering two Melbourne Cup packages featuring a special six-course menu. The first option is $139pp and includes a glass of Veuve Cliquot on arrival, while the second option includes a two-hour drinks package for an additional $79pp. The Double Bay menu can be found hereand The Rocks here.


Bar Patrón by Rockpool


Why not add some spice to the race day festivities with a traditional set menu at Bar Patron? The set menu is $70pp and includes a Melbourne Cup Margarita on arrival, hand pounded guacamole, piccadillo beef and mushroom empanadas, a selection of tacos and dessert of traditional Mexican doughnuts, knowns as bunelos. Guests can opt for an additional two-hour drinks package for $69pp. Full menu details can be found here.


Rockpool Bar & Grill


In addition to a-la-carte options featuring sustainably sourced produce and some of Australia’s finest seasonal vegetables and ingredients,  you can enjoy an exclusive Melbourne Cup menu for $150pp. Guests can relax over a sensational three-course lunch and a glass of Ruinart Champagne.Full menu details can be found here.


The Cut Bar & Grill


A beautiful three-course Melbourne Cup menu at The Cut Bar & Grill includes a canape of spanner crab and heirloom tomato tart with a glass of Ruinart Champagne on arrival. Guests can also choose from a selection delicious a-la-care entrées, mains and desserts. The Melbourne Cup Menu is $150pp, with an additional two-hour drinks package for $75pp. Full menu details can be foundhere.


El Camino Cantina, The Rocks


If you’re looking for something a bit more casual and to let your hair down, why not drop into El Camino Cantina in The Rocks, where you’ll enjoy a Tex-Mex fiesta with free chips and salsa, a tasty a-la-carte menu and Sydney’s biggest and best Margaritas. A Melbourne Cup Fiesta package is available for $99 and includes four hours of roaming canapes and unlimited Margaritas, craft beer, cider, house and sparkling wine, between 12pm and 4pm.


Guests who purchase the package can also enjoy a two-hour build your own taco station between 2pm and 4pm. Guests can watch the race from the restaurants 11 TV screens with TAB facilities on site. El Camino Cantina is opening on the new rooftop of Manly Wharf, just in time for the Melbourne Cup festivities, and will also offer the Fiesta package. More information can be found here.


Fratelli Fresh, various


All eight Fratelli Fresh restaurants are turning up the Italian charm with a three-course menu of traditional favourites ($60pp), in addition to their staple menu offerings. Guests can choose from two additional drinks packages: a $29 package includes two hour of house wine and beer, while the $39 package features prosecco, negronis and espresso martinis. Full details can be found here.


Munich Brauhaus The Rocks, The Bavarian Beerhaus York Street and The Bavarian – various


Big screens, big bier and big food await at Munich Brauhaus The Rocks, The Bavarian Beerhaus York Street and The Bavarian restaurants across Sydney. Guests can enjoy all the Bavarian classics, or a special $49 two-course set menu which features an entrée of Caesar salad, and a choice of schnitzel, crackling pork belly or buffalo mozzarella ravioli for main course.


The Bavarian is located at Castle Hill, Rouse Hill, Entertainment Quarter, Chatswood, Bondi Beach, Penrith, World Square, Manly Wharf, Miranda and Parramatta. More information can be found here.


Riley Street Garage, Woolloomooloo


hedge your bets on this Melbourne Cup Lunch, featuring a set menu for $155 per person. There will be a Laurent-Perrier champagne popping station, where anyone who purchases a bottle of Laurent-Perrier can pop the cork, aimed at a target with the chance to win another bottle of Laurent-Perrier Champagne.



There will be live coverage of the race, sweepstakes, best dressed prizes and after lunch DJ’s will transform the space into a party for the race that stops a nation.


Regatta, Rose Bay


Tuck into a Melbourne Cup set-menu for $165 with a glass of Laurent-Perrier and shared charcuterie to start, followed by a three-course choice menu from Executive Chef Logan Campbell.



Myall High will be performing, the race will be played on a big screen and best dressed prizes will be awarded. Attached below is a link to the menu,




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