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Melbourne Cup Lunches in Sydney

Dress sharp and don a fascinator for the race that stops the nation and raise a glass to an afternoon out of the office at these Melbourne Cup lunches

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Maybe you're in it because you enjoy the thrill of a cheeky bet. Perhaps it's the excuse to dress up and wear an impractical hat. Or maybe you are less into the country's most prestigious horse race and just like that you get to leave the office for a glass of Champagne and a fancy lunch. Whatever your investment in the Melbourne Cup, if you fancy making an afternoon of it these are the Sydney restaurants and bars with special offers on Cup day.

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Cho Cho San

Potts Point's famously chic Japanese fusion restaurant is hosting a Melbourne Cup lunch for $120 a head that includes a glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne on arrival, a banquet menu by chef Nic Wong, race sweeps with mystery prizes and a big screen to watch the races on.

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The Paddington

We always want a second swing at the classic bistro fare at this revamped Paddo pub, so why not make a day of it with a banquet menu and a glass of sparkling per person for $95.

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Paddington

Kittyhawk

If you want to stick close to the office this Melbourne Cup day, inner city cocktail haven Kittyhawk are pulling out all the stops with a $120 ticketed shindig that includes Champagne, house cocktails, beers, wine, French canapés and prizes for best dressed. You can also hire the whole Conservatory space for groups of 30-60pax.

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Long Chim

Sydney's all about the punchy, fragrant Thai coming out the the Sydney kitchen of David Thompson's famous Long Chim restaurants, but on Melbourne Cup day you can drop $120 on a 10-dish share menu with Champagne on arrival. 

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Sydney

Coogee Pavilion

The seaside mega-pub is offering a seaside feast for Cup day that includes three courses and a flute of Chandon NV for $95pp.

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Coogee

Bentley Restaurant and Bar

If you like to indulge in the finer things, book a lunch at Bentley where for $180 you'll receive four-courses, Champagne on arrival and a chance to watch the race that stops the nation in one of the city's finest dining establishments. ​

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Gowings Bar and Grill

This isn't your first fancy horse race, which is why you know full well you're not going back to the office after a three-course lunch and Champagne. That's why you'll book the $135 lunch at Gowings, which includes entry to the Hendricks Gin Garden after party at Gilt Lounge upstairs. 

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One Penny Red

One Penny Red is hosting a great value Cup day luncheon with sweeps, best dressed and lucky door prizes. The five course meal with bubbles is very reasonable at $75pp.

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Summer Hill

Cirrus

Treat yourself to a $180 four-course ​lunch at the hot new venue from Brent Savage and Nick Hildebrandt at Barangaroo. It includes Champagne Taittinger on arrival and you can wine one of three 3-litre bottles of Champagne on the day. 

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Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

You can choose how hard you party at the Watsons Bay. There's the grand feast for $145 a head with a sit-down lunch and Champagne, or you can book in for the beach buffet for $80pp.

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By: Time Out editors

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