November in Melbourne can only mean one thing: Spring Racing Carnival. If you're the sort that waits all year for the carnival's fashion and festivities you're not alone – Melbourne's pubs and bars are celebrating Spring Racing with a host of promotions.
8 bars and pubs to celebrate the Spring Racing Carnival
Looking to start the Melbourne Cup with a Champagne breakfast? 505 Cellar will be handing out free glasses of Mumm Champagne on arrival from 8am on Melbourne Cup Day. Pair your champers with 505's fruit and cheese platters, or indulge in some Pimm's with $10 glasses all day. Derby Day attendees won't miss out on the fun either with complimentary bottles of Mumm for bookings of three or more.
On major race days during the Spring Racing Carnival level one at the Duke is offering two free oysters with every glass of Moët purchased, or go all out and buy a bottle of Moët to receive half a dozen oysters for free. Bookings of four or more on level one also receive a complimentary bottle of the Yarra Valley bubbles. You can even win a magnum of Chandon to enjoy at the Duke on major race days. To be in the running upload a photo of yourself enjoying a glass of Chandon at the Duke to Instagram between now and the start of the carnival and tag it with @thedukemelbourne and #thedukemelbourne.
When it comes to cocktails, Middle Park Hotel has you sorted this Spring Racing Carnival. On every major race day the hotel is selling a select list of cocktails for just $12 each. Choose from a Mimosa, Chandon S Bellini, Champagne Negroni, Black Velvet, Chandon spritz or their Spring Racing special 'the Spring Carnival'.
Above the Duke is its sleek little sister Dutchess, and they're offering specials just as grand as their downstairs counterpart. Bookings of six or more will receive a free bottle of Mumm Champagne on major race days, and four free magnums of Chandon are up for grabs as well. Take your very best Instagram of yourself drinking Chandon at Dutchess between now and the start of the carnival and tag it with @dutchessmelbourne and #dutchessmelbourne for your chance to win.
The Auburn Hotel is the next best thing to being trackside for the race that stops the nation. On Melbourne Cup Day they're offering $70 bottles of Moët, a $45 discount on the regular sale price. And make sure to bring your friends along for Derby and Stakes days as well – bookings of four or more will receive a complimentary bottle of Mumm Champagne to enjoy on the day.
The Exchange Hotel is the place to be for those looking to celebrate Derby day. Their Derby Day package (just $20pp) kicks off with a breakfast roll and pot of James Boag or a glass of bubbles in the morning before ferrying you off to Flemington Racecourse to watch the races or the fashions in the field. You'll also get transported back to the Exchange at the end of the day where you can carry on with DJs from 10pm. Book your place at the bar or by calling 03 9810 0058.
Did someone say Bellinis? Drop into the Newmarket Hotel on any major race day to participate in their bottomless Bellini drinks package. For three hours you can have as many glasses of the golden, bubbly goodness that are Bellinis while enjoying the races. The best part? It will only cost you $45 per person.