Things to do this Melbourne Cup Carnival

Place your bets and dress to impress. Here are our top choices for Melbourne Cup parties this long weekend.
Melbourne Cup Spring Racing Arbory
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By Rebecca O'Malley |

It's time to saddle up - Melbourne's bars and restaurants are getting ready to deliver an impressive party offering this Melbourne Cup weekend. The Spring Races take place over four days from October 29 to November 3 and venues are making the most of the opportunity to keep the party going for as long as possible. Dress to impress and place your bets, the Melbourne Cup weekend is upon us. 

Melbourne Cup Carnival Parties

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Garden State Hotel

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Kick the races off to a good start with a toastie and a glass (or a bottle) of champagne. Make your way over to the racecourse, then return to Garden State for an official Melbourne Cup afterparty. Tickets are $90 a piece, but you can secure canapés, a glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne and a table. Bookings are required and can be made for any race day.

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Arbory Bar and Eatery

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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, courtesy of Nick Bennett (TrocaderoCecconi’s Cantina).


St Hotel

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St Hotel is a great choice for a Melbourne Cup Day (Tuesday, November 1) after party. Your ticket includes collection from Flemington Racecourse, as well as a day of endless champagne, cocktails and canapes (designed by chef Ben Isaacs). It'll set you back $250 ($165 if you're a member), but you can expect nothing short of total extravagence and style.

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The Grand Hotel Richmond

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The Grand Hotel have planned one hell of a party this Melbourne Cup Day. Sip on Crystal Head vodka and Amaro Montenegro cocktails from 11am and enjoy tunes from DJs throughout the day. The 'Fashions of the Field Parade' returns with plenty of prizes up for grabs. How about a VIP Virgin Australia Fashion experience and magnums of Duval Leroy champagne?


The Deck

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How do $30 jugs of Pimms sounds this Grand Final weekend? Combined with the stellar rooftop views and heady roster of DJs sets performing until late, the spring race offering at The Deck isn't one to be missed. The celebrations will take place every race day from Saturday 29th October until Saturday 5th November. Did we mention that entry is free?

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The Grosvenor Hotel

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Catch all of the Melbourne Cup Day action across multiple screens, and enjoy a three hour live performance from Tim Morrison (The Voice). DJ Hoops will take over from 6pm, spinning a lively selection of tunes while you enjoy $10 cocktails and hearty pub fare.

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