Melbourne Cup 2018 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 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 2018.

Eagle Farm

Brisbane CBD

ARIA Restaurant and Bar

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: 11:30am arrival
Cost: $160pp

OTTO Brisbane

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 nibbles on arrival, three-course lunch, sweeps, screens and prizes​.
When:
Cost: $120 per person. ​Two-hour beverage package $40; three-hour $60; four-hour $80

Isles Lane

Isles Lane - Brisbane City

What: Watch the CBD workers go by their day while you relax with gourmet canapes, a fresh seafood buffet with oysters, Moreton Bay bugs & prawns, antipasto grazing tables, slow roasted lamb on the spit and a decadent dessert buffet all washed down with a five hour premium drinks package in Post Office Square Park.
When: 12-5pm
Cost: $210pp

Sofitel Brisbane Central

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.

Ovolo Incholm

Ovolo Inchcolm

What: Cheer on the historical horse race within the walls of a 1930s medical practice turned chic and sophisticated boutique hotel. Enjoy Laurenti Champagne on arrival, a four-course lunch and three-hour beverage package all while watching the action on multiple screens. 
When: 12-3pm
Cost: $189pp
Book: Call (07) 3226 8888

Boom Boom Room

What: Celebrate the first ever 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 3 hour package which includes canapes, Veuve Cliquot, cocktails, wines and beers while capturing the race that stops a nation.
When: 12.00pm - 3:30pm
Cost: $190pp

Blackbird

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) events. Both have 4.5-hour drinks packages (includes french champagne, cocktails and premium spirits) and plenty of food on offer. Oh, and big screens. Don’t forget the big screens.
When: 11.30am-4pm
Cost: $219 and $249

Bavarian Bier Café

Bavarian Bier Cafe

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’, 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).
When: 11am until whenever you wrap things up
Cost: $49

Sake Restaurant and Bar

Sake

What: Six-courses of awesome Japanese food, including oysters, the group's legendary nori crisps, tuna ceviche, leather jacket tempura fish, zabuton wagyu and a chefs selection dessert, plus a glass of Veuve Clicquot and the race that stops the nation. Gold.
When: TBC
Cost: $139

Outside Brisbane’s CBD

South Brisbane

Click here for a full roundup of Melbourne Cup events at South Bank.

Eagle's Nest, Kangaroo Point (SOLD OUT)

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.
Time: 11am-3pm
Cost: $125pp

Eagle Farm Races

Canadian Club Melbourne Cup Race Day, Eagle Farm Racecourse

Eagle Farm Racecourse

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

Fortitude Valley & surrounds

Gerard's Bistro, Fortitude Valley

What: Continuing the Cup Day legacy, uncover the bizarre and curious world of French mathematician Gerard Desargues with this glamorous journey into his wondrous playhouse. An oasis of geometric shapes and metallic embellishments will be backdrop to a carnival of five hours of deluxe canapes and drinks.
When: 11am-4pm
Cost: $230

Eleven Rooftop Bar, Fortitude Valley

Eleven Rooftop

What: With sweeping views of the CBD and free-flowing GH Mumm Champagne, Hendricks cocktails, Asahi, house spirits and selected wines, Eleven Rooftop Bar will be turning their rooftop in the ultimate inner-city garden party. Not to mention, there'll also be four hours of artisan food stations, gourmet canapes, decadent desserts and live racing coverage to keep you kicking into the early evening.
When: 11:30am-4.30pm
Cost: $109 + BF

Finn McCools, Fortitude Valley

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.
Time: 12-2pm
Cost: $39pp

e'cco Bistro, Newstead

What: Philip Johnson and head chef Gert Pretorius present a three-hour food and beverage package that includes a a glass of champagne and canape on arrival before sitting down to a five-course chef's tasting menu.
When: 12-3pm
Cost: $99pp

Les Bubbles, Fortitude Valley

What: The Veuve Rose 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 Veuve, wine and beer is included.
Time: 12.30-3.30pm
Cost: $129pp

Cloudland, Fortitude Valley

Cloudland

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 sit down lunch with premium beverages for 3.5 hours.
Time: Opt 1 from 12.30pm, opt 2 from 12pm
Cost: $99pp, $195pp

Osbourne Hotel, Fortitude Valley

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.
Time: 11am-3pm
Cost: $145pp

Victoria Park, Herston

What: Arrive at the Marquee room to a cocktail on arrival followed by a four-course long-table lunch and four hours of beverages.  
Time: 12:11-4:11pm
Cost: $149pp

Paddington/Petrie Terrace

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 seafood and churros?) accompanying four hours of drinks where guests can choose from the restaurants complete wine list.
When: 12-4pm
Cost: $95pp

Darling and Co, Paddington

What: Garden of Eden 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 whole hot smoked salmon station (yum) and four hours of bevvies.
Time: 11am-3pm
Cost: $179, $219pp

Libertine, Petrie Terrace

What: Hungry enough to eat a horse and chase the rider? Try Libertine, which has a banquet on offer, as well as big screens. 
Time: 11.30am-3pm
Cost: $95pp or add on bottomless French sparkling for $55

Ascot & Hamilton

Byblos, Hamilton

Byblos

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.
Time: 11:30am-3pm
Cost: $169pp

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