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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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.
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.