Australia's most famous thoroughbred horse race takes place on the first Tuesday in November every year (Tuesday November 1, 2016). Though the race itself last minutes, it's customary to take the whole day (in Melbourne) or afternoon (most other cities) off work to dress up, enjoy a drink or two and place a winning bet. Take a look at our recommendations for before, during and after the race. Oh, and if you can't make it to a TV screen, this year Twitter will also be live streaming the race straight to your phone, right here.
Melbourne Cup Lunches in Sydney
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.
For after the cup: Hangover feeds in Sydney
Whoever first put cured, fried pork and soft, melty eggs together deserves a seriously prestigious award, in our opinion. Stuff them between two layers of soft white bread, spread on a heap of butter and you’ve pretty much got food nirvana right there. So we took it upon ourselves to traipse the streets of Sydney to find you the best bacon and egg rolls to fix any hangover, heartbreak or hard-earned snack. Man, it’s a tough job.
The best spots for a long lunch in Sydney
With weather like ours, it makes sense that long lunches should be on your regular to-do list. Whether you're overlooking the Harbour, sitting by the sea or in the depths of the inner city, here's our list of where to spend your lazy days eating.
The best bars in Paddington and Woollahra
Out in the blue ribbon suburbs of Paddington and Woollahra there are pubs aplenty and restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. But there is also a select collection of excellent bars which are serving up some of the best wine in the city, high-end cocktails and next level bar snacks between them.
The best sports bars in Sydney
The year starts with cricket, and once the test commentary has faded we move on to the tennis, followed by the AFL, NRL, and Union, with some basketball, soccer and netball thrown in for good measure. And now that Australians have also developed a taste for international leagues and tournaments, we also try to follow the NFL, the NHL, the NBA and the English Premier League. What we're trying to say is that there's a whole lot of excellent sport to be watched, and if you don't have cable, or like the atmosphere that only fans en masse creates, this is where to watch it in Sydney.