Melbourne Cup 2019 events in Brisbane: where to celebrate
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 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 2019.
What: Cheer on the race that stops the nation with sweeps and city views. 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.
Time: Making a booking between 12:45 and 2pm
Cost: $130 per person. Optional beverage package is $20 per hour.
What: Watch the CBD workers go by their day while you relax with gourmet food stations and drinks or a three-course gala luncheon and premium drink package. Both events will have fashions on the field and giving away prizes for best dressed, best race day hat, race day sweeps and more.
What: The Sofitel has come to the races with three different options spanning from its Prive249 to Thyme2 Restaurant. All include differing levels of dining and beverages depending on your tastes and budget.
Time: Between 11:30am-3.00pm
What: Cheer on the historical horse race within the walls of a 1930s medical practice turned chic and sophisticated boutique hotel. Enjoy Aperol Spritz & canapes on arrival, a three-course lunch and three-hour beverage package all while watching the action on multiple screens.
What: Celebrate Melbourne Cup at The Boom Boom Room. Located in the basement of 171 George Street, The Boom Boom Room is a unique lounge bar offering avant-garde design. Enjoy an all inclusive 4 hour package which includes canapes and a premium beverage package including cocktails, wines and beers all while capturing the race that stops a nation.
Time: 1 - 5pm
What: You can hedge your bets at Blackbird this year with either its Garden Party (a cocktail-style party) or The Cup Affair (three-course sit-down luncheon) events. Both have 4.5-hour drinks packages (includes Moet & Chandon, cocktails and premium wines & spirits) and plenty of food on offer. Oh, and big screens. Don’t forget the big screens.
Cost: $210 - $249
What: Be first past the prost! There’s a Melbourne Cup set menu (think haus-made pretzel, classic Caesar salad, followed by a choice of ‘Jagerschnitzel’, pork belly, or Buffalo Mozzarella ravioli) but drinks will be up to you for the rest of the day (unless you add a beverage package).
Time: 11am until whenever you wrap things up
What: Six-courses of awesome Japanese food, including oysters, salmon tataki, crab croquette, wagyo striploin, sushi selection and a green tea chocolate tart, plus a glass of Veuve Clicquot and the race that stops the nation. Gold.
Cost: $129 and a two hour beverage package is available for an extra $79
Outside Brisbane’s CBD
What: Take your race day up a level, 21 levels to be exact. As well as exceptional views of South Bank and Brisbane City, you'll be getting a four-hour premium beverage package with Mumm Champagne, craft beers, cocktails, spirits and wine, while indulging in gourmet canapes, oysters and more – The Voice finalist Zeek Power will even be performing.
What: You'll indulge on a sumptuous three-hour food & beverage package complete with cocktail on arrival, dessert station, entertainment and the race broadcast live from Flemington Racecourse. Dress to impress as there's prizes for best dressed and hamper giveaways.
What: We love the Melbourne Cup, but Melbourne Cup by the river? unbeatable. Score a three-course lunch and four-hour premium beverage package along with live entertainment, sweeps and the big race live on screen.
What: Settle in at Aquitaine Brasserie for a three-course contemporary French menu, two hours of drinks and their convenient riverfront location.
What: Celebrate Melbourne Cup with a mouth-watering three-course lunch on the banks of the Brisbane river. You'll be treated to shared entrees and desserts, with your own choice of main.
Time: Sittings available from 11:30am-1pm
Cost: $75 with options to purchase beverages on the day
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.
Time: Gates from 9.30am, functions from 11.30am
Cost: General admission is $25. Function rooms start at $70pp
Fortitude Valley & surrounds
Za Za Ta, Fortitude Valley
What: Combine a shared-style banquet lunch with dessert, three-hours of free flowing premium beverages, Aperol Spritz to start and a DJ taking you from day to night and you've got yourself a mighty fine Tuesday afternoon at Za Za Ta.
What: Continuing the Cup Day legacy, Gerard's Bistro invites you to Wonderland Avenue, a world of bygone garden glamour and desert chic. Think Palm Springs with a backdrop of five hours of deluxe canapes and drinks.
What: Grab your fascinator and head along to Six Acres on King Street for a day of fun, fashion and everything racing. You'll be treated to a drink on arrival, three-course lunch, live music and full coverage of the race that stops the nation.
What: With sweeping views of the CBD and free-flowing GH Mumm Champagne, grey goose cocktails, Asahi, house spirits and selected wines, Eleven Rooftop Bar will be turning their rooftop in the ultimate inner-city garden party with three packages on offer. Not to mention, there'll also be four-five hours of artisan food stations, gourmet canapes, decadent desserts and live racing coverage to keep you kicking into the early evening.
What: Philip Johnson presents a three-hour food and beverage package that includes a a glass of champagne on arrival before sitting down to a four-course chef's menu including chilled pea veloute, warm marinated salmon, hangar steak and a peanut butter parfait to finish.
What: The Jacquard champagne will be flowing, expect canapes on arrival and, of course, the signature steak frites with all the trimmings. A three-hour beverage package with the Jacquard, wine and beer is included.
What: Two choices. One race. The Birdcage Garden Party is a three-hour drink and canape situation with entertainment and french bubbles, while the G.H. Mumm Gala Luncheon includes canapes plus a three-course sit down lunch with premium beverages for 3.5 hours.
Time: Opt 1 from 12.30pm, opt 2 from 12pm
Cost: $129pp, $199pp
What: Osbourne Hotel will be hosting a stand-up affair with Mumm Champagne, wine buffet and bespoke cocktail stations. While you sip, roam around the gourmet food stations full of fresh seafood and cured meats or snack on canapes, all within the alfresco beer garden.
What: Strap on your racing hats and join the crowds at The Defiant Duck, with the doors opening as early as 10am. With two packages on offer, you can stop in for a few drinks and nibbles, or settle in for a whole afternoon of racing with a three-hour drinks package and canapes.
Time: 10am or 12-3pm for the package.
Cost: $49 or $89pp
What: Arrive at the Marquee room to canapes and a glass of G.H. Mumm or cocktail on arrival followed by a three-course long-table lunch, gourmet cheese station and ice cream cart and four hours of premium beverages.
Moda, Petrie Terrace
What: Apart from the big race itself, food will be the focus at Moda with a share-style menu (did someone say Moreton Bay bugs and brownies?). Choose from the Tapas & Entremeses Banquet or Javier's Table Experience and accompany your meal with wines from the hand picked wine list.
Cost: $55 or $95pp
What: Choose from a seated three-course lunch or cocktail package with roving canapes to kick start your Melbourne Cup afternoon. Both package come with a three-hour beverage package featuring cocktails and premium drinks.
Cost: $105 or $125pp
Ascot & Hamilton
What: Indulge in a sumptuous three-course Mediterranean luncheon accompanied with 3.5 hours of cocktails, wine, spirits and Chandon. Dress to impress as you could win prizes.