Melbourne Cup events in Brisbane: where to celebrate
9 October 2017
It’s that time of year again, that first Tuesday in November when literally every human being in Australia has a punt on the race that stops a nation. Yes, it’s a time to have a flitter on some horse you’ve only chosen because you like the name, but more importantly it’s an opportunity for you and your friends, family and colleagues to frock up or suit up, don a fancy hat and crack the champagne.
Here’s our round-up of Melbourne Cup events in Brisbane City and beyond for 2017.
What: Make the most of your afternoon out by booking seats at one of Brisbane’s most awarded restaurants. Aria Brisbane’s head chef Ben Russell has created this delicious three-course lunch including arrival canapes and a glass of champagne. Price includes sweeps, Fashions on the Field, entertainment, and of course a showing of the race.
When: 11am arrival
What: Cheer on the race that stops the nation with sweeps and city view. Guests will enjoy a signature OTTO three-course menu with views over the Brisbane River and Story Bridge. Includes three course lunch, sweeps, screens and prizes
Cost: $98 per person. Classic beverage package $40; Premium beverage package $65
What: Philip Johnson and head chef Simon Palmer present a three-hour food and beverage package that includes an Asian banquet lunch, Louis Roederer Champagne and premium wine and beer. There's thousands in prize value up for grabs, including a weekend away.
What: The Sofitel has come to the races with four different options spanning from its Cuvee Lounge Bar to Thyme2 Restaurant. All include differing levels of dining and beverages depending on your tastes and budget.
When: Between 10am-3.30pm
Cost: Pop up bar is free. Others from $99, see the website for more.
What: Apart from the big race itself, food will be the focus at Moda with chef stations (did someone say seafood and churros?) accompanying four hours of drinks including sparkling cava, Spanish white and red wine, and Moritz Lager.
What: You can hedge your bets at Blackbird this year with either its Carnival (a cocktail-style garden party) or Grand Marquee (three-course sit-down luncheon - SOLD OUT) events. Both have 4.5-hour drinks packages and plenty of food on offer. Oh, and big screens. Don’t forget the big screens.
Cost: $210 and $250
What: Be first past the prost! There’s a Melbourne Cup set menu (think haus-baked pretzel, classic Caesar salad, followed by a choice of ‘Jagerschnitzel’, scotch fillet, or Buffalo Mozzarella ravioli) but drinks will be up to you for the rest of the day (unless you add a two-hour package for $39).
When: 11am until whenever you wrap things up
What: Six-courses of awesome Japanese food, including scallop tartare, a selection of sashimi, the group’s legendary popcorn shrimp, grilled Angus beef, sushi rolls and a decadent Japanese cheesecake, plus a glass of Veuve Clicquot and the race that stops the nation. Gold.
Outside Brisbane’s CBD
Click here for a full roundup of Melbourne Cup events at South Bank.
What: From the 12th floor rooftop, enjoy a ladies lunch in support of the Starlight Foundation. Guests will experience a three-course lunch, four hours of beverages, sweeps, fashion prizes and priceless views of Brisbane CBD.
Eagle Farm Races
What: A whole heap of Brisbane’s food trucks will be there, with pop-up bars, free makeup pamper stations, live music, races on the track as well as Flemington race on the big screen.
When: Gates from 9.30am, functions from 11.30am
Cost: General admission is $20. Function rooms start at $75pp
What: The rooftop at Limes is a great spot, and you’ll get a 3.5-hour canape and beverage package, plus two hours of canapes from Alfred & Constance and Mister Fitz.
Cost: $109 + BF
What: Finn McCools is putting on a cheap and cheerful two-hour drinks and canape package. There’ll be entertainment, lucky door prizes, sweeps, fashion and great craic.
What: Two choices. One race. Madame Hedges Cocktail Party is a three-hour drink and canape situation with roaming performers and french bubbles, while the Rainbow Room Gala is canapes plus a three-course sitdown lunch with premium beverages for 3.5 hours.
Time: Opt 1 from 12.30pm, opt 2 from 12pm
Cost: $99pp, $195
What: Sit down to five-courses of refined, sophisticated French bistro-fare within the walls of the a red-velvet draped dining room.
What: Arrive at the Marquee room to a cocktail on arrival followed by a four-course long-table lunch and four hours of beverages.
What: Island Luxe is the theme at Darling & Co this year, and there’s a couple of options on offer: choose a three-course seafood luncheon and four hours of drinks, or a cocktails and canapes package with a paella station (yum) and four hours of bevvies.
Cost: $179, $219pp
What: Stav, Abby and Matt from Hit105 will be on the mic and the deal includes a three-course gourmet lunch with a three-hour beverage package and glass of bubbles on arrival, plus sweeps, raffles and fashion.
What: Hungry enough to eat a horse and chase the rider? Try Libertine, which has a banquet on offer, as well as big screens.
Bulimba & Hawthorne
What: Indulge in a sumptuous four-course Spanish set share menu with the choice of either a flute of champagne or a glass of tap beer upon arrival. Drinks specials will be available throughout the day, with prizes for best dressed, sweeps and live entertainment.
Time: 12pm start