Ah, the Melbourne Cup. The annual excuse for drinking and gambling which most other countries would find hard to believe is on the middle of the day, on a Tuesday. Now in saying that, it truly does stop the nation – and if you’re in need of a venue we’ve got ‘ya covered. Whether it’s a quick for a quick punt, drink or multiple hour excuse to get out of the office or uni, here are our picks across the country.
Perth – ‘Suited’ The Melbourne Cup Event
Celebrate the races in style and head down to the South Perth foreshore for a day of fashion and entertainment at Perth’s prime Melbourne Cup event. Indulge in all the food (and drinks) you could ask for, enjoy the live entertainment and strut your stuff on the catwalk, all whilst enjoying the best view in Perth, and better yet, you’ll also receive a complimentary drink on arrival. Feel like splashing out for something ultra-fancy? Head to the VIP Marquee by Grey Goose vodka and not only will you get to kick back in the private marquee, but you’ll also get five complimentary drinks and be served the finest canapés. Either way, this is bound to be the event of the season.
Sydney – El Loco Excelsior
Trade in the sparkling wine and fascinators for margaritas and sombreros. Head down to El Loco Excelsior in Surry Hills for their ‘Spontaneous Fiesta’ and celebrate this year’s Melbourne Cup, Mexican style!
If you’re looking for something a little more casual with great vibes, El Loco will take care of you. The best part is, there are no bookings required! Perfect for those who aren’t big on planning ahead. It’s sure to be a popular one, so get in early and bring your amigos.
Brisbane – Riverbar And Kitchen
In Brisbane? Riverbar and Kitchen is the place to be this Melbourne Cup. While you still need to book tickets to secure your place, this event is FREE ENTRY! That’s right, contrary to popular belief, you don’t actually need to spend big to party it up on race day. Just because this is a free event, doesn’t mean it will be skimping on the class, so dress to impress and take part in The Fashions On The Field for a chance to win some killer prizes.
Oh, and there’s more… the first 200 guests will also find themselves inundated with FREE FOOD! It really doesn’t get much better than that, so get it sorted pronto.
Melbourne – Spring Racing Week @ the Botanical
Some places do a Spring Racing Day, The Botanical in South Yarra does a Spring Racing Week! So if you don’t have the luxury of being able to spend the whole day at the races, or work commitments have you pretty busy, don’t worry, you don’t have to miss out completely. Fancy a nice champaign brekky? Or perhaps a long lunch? With events across Derby Day, Race Day and Oaks Day, The Botanical has you covered this racing season. This really will be the perfect place to relax and enjoy all the major races live on the big screen.
Adelaide – Electra House Hotel
This year, Electra House and Pol Roger are bringing you the ultimate racing day party. With three floors and three packages to choose from, you are bound to find something for your budget and style. Kick off the afternoon with the Party Package’s ‘Bubbles and Burger’, or head to the award winning Modern Asian Restaurant to be wined and dined with one of the Dining Packages. From 3:30pm onwards let loose and spend your winnings at the After Party, featuring live music, DJs and so much more.
Canberra – Thoroughbred Park
For a more traditional race-day, join the avid racing fans, fashionistas and socialites on the field at Thoroughbred Park. It will be the perfect place to enjoy the Melbourne Cup in the nations capital. With all festivities live on the big screen whilst being surrounded by the excitement of the local races, you’re not likely to get bored here. Fancy yourself a snappy dresser? Get amongst the Fashions On The Field for a chance to walk away with a tonne of fab prizes. Thoroughbred Park has also put together some pretty impressive race day packages sure to keep you well fed and hydrated, so whatever your budget you can celebrate the day in style. It’s also good to note that there will also be free bus services from the Park from 4.00pm to 7.30pm, just in case you have a little too good a time.
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