Things to do on Melbourne Cup Day
Looking to go all out? Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is hosting a luxe Champagne lunch on Melbourne Cup Day for $350 per person. The menu includes Heston’s signature chicken cooked with lettuces served with a glass of Pommery Grand Cru, and strawberry crust, which is a toasted vanilla cake, compressed strawberries, native basil, pepperberry ice cream and strawberry juice, served with the NV Pommery Royal Blue Sky. Wowee! It all kicks off at noon on race day.
Abbotsford bar Dr Morse will be throwing its annual ‘anti-cup’ day with $14 Bloody Marys and $10 spritzes all day. For every spritz that’s purchased on the day (and on Caulfield Cup Day, Cox Plate and Oakes Day) the bar will be donating $1 to RSPCA.
Heading to the racecourse? Neptune will be putting on a Cup Day Champagne breakfast with fresh fruit plates, granola, pastries and cooked morning staples and even a ‘recovery’ kit to help you throughout the day (and the following morning). They will also have return transfers to and from Flemington Racecourse for those headed to the track. The three-course brekkie will set you back $95 per person and includes transfers.
Watch the race from the comfort of the beer garden at this CBD pub. The Garden State crew will be creating bubbly cocktails from their pop-up Schweppes Bar, with the races being played live and loud on the big screen. You can also kick on with DJs playing from 9pm.
Take a pew upon the Arbory's 150m deck this Melbourne Cup weekend. It's the ideal spot for post-race drinks – glance upon well-dressed Melburnians as they totter out of Flinders Street station and sip on a something from the carefully curated wine selection. Hungry? Line your stomach with one of Arbory's European share plates, burgers or head across to Arbory Afloat for a nautical moment.
This South Melbourne restaurant will be putting the race on the big screen and hosting a range of sweeps throughout the day with a $5 buy-in and cash prizes. Settle in and grab yourself a $10 Aperol spritz, French sparkling wine and Espresso Martinis, as well as $5 schooners of Brick Lane Lager.
Dress up and enjoy a gorgeous lunch at the Langham on Melbourne Cup Day. Some 225 race-loving diners will be able to watch the day’s action unfold on plasma screens while digging into Melba’s seafood station, which will be stuffed with oysters, blue swimmer crab, lobster bisque and vanilla bean poached lobster. There will be prizes for best dressed and for best hat, so make sure you’re in your race day best. The lunch kicks off at 12.30pm and is $149 per person (which includes free-flowing sparkling wine).
CBD’s coolest new bar Trinket will be hosting after parties on every major race day, including Melbourne Cup. Continue the party after the races and skip the queue as a VIP by RSVPing on Trinket's Facebook, then get down to DJ Lauren Mac from 7pm. Also you can guarantee your group a spot with group bookings available.
If you’re not headed to the races but still looking for something to do, Elsternwick’s Bang Bang will be holding an exciting bottomless brunch. Here you’ll be able to dig into the ‘feed me’ menu and treat yourself to bottomless drinks. Stick around after hours and you can try the Bangin’ Curry Tuesday special.
This Chapel Street bar will be popping bottles all spring racing season. On Cup Day, it will be serving up bottomless Bellinis, Mimosas, bubbly and wine for $45 per person, with bookings encouraged. You can also watch the race live on multiple screens throughout the venue.
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