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.
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
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.
Cost: $120 per person. Two-hour beverage package $40; three-hour $60; four-hour $80
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.
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: 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.
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
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.
Cost: $219 and $249
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
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.
Outside Brisbane’s CBD
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.
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
Fortitude Valley & surrounds
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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
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: Arrive at the Marquee room to a cocktail on arrival followed by a four-course long-table lunch and four hours of 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 seafood and churros?) accompanying four hours of drinks where guests can choose from the restaurants complete wine list.
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.
Cost: $179, $219pp
What: Hungry enough to eat a horse and chase the rider? Try Libertine, which has a banquet on offer, as well as big screens.
Cost: $95pp or add on bottomless French sparkling for $55
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.