In Need of Last Minute Melbourne Cup Plans? Here’s ten!

So spring racing season has officially descended upon us like trackside rainfall and with the season’s pedigree race about to grace our lands abounds – our carefully matched millinery-shoe combos and Instagram grids are so, very, ready! There will be no need to recycle old race day throwbacks this year as Brisbane is giving Melbs a run for her money hosting a sweep of soirees for your selection. We’ve collated ten safe bets to make sure the only thing you’ll be throwing back on Tuesday is a glass of Veuve on arrival! Staying hydrated is no horseplay after all…

1. Watt Riverside Restaurant and Bar | Melbourne Cup Riverside Celebrations

A handsome view of Brisbane river will be at your fingertips at Watt Bar’s Melbourne Cup Riverside Celebrations (as will a sparkling glass of Piper Heidsieck champagne and a delectable assortment of petit fours). If fashion A-game is your strong suit, you’ll be rewarded here. Watt is hosting their very own Fashions on the Field to complement a three-course spread and house bevs all throughout the day.

Location: Lamington St, New Farm | Package Price: $150pp | Event time:  12 pm to 4 pmInstagram | Book Tickets |

2. Pony Dining | Melbourne Cup at Pony

If there’s ever an event more fitting for an establishment named Pony Dining, it’s Melbourne Cup! Pony’s package includes a glass of Veuve Clicquot and a beautiful three course menu, with your choice of main. The menu is detailed here. Quick PSA. We spied potato gnocchi on there…

Location: Eagle St, Brisbane CBD | Package Price: $139pp | Event time: From 12 PM | Instagram | Book Tickets |

3. Spicers Balfour Hotel | Melbourne Cup Lunch

Word in the office is French champagne and a chocolate fountain is on the table at the Spicers Balfour Hotel’s annual Melbourne Cup gathering. Needless to say, it’s all the more reason it’s one of our fav spots in Brisbane! 

Location: Balfour St, New Farm |  Package Price: $115pp | Event time: From 12 pm | Instagram | Book Tickets: Phone 3358 8888 

4. Saké Restaurant and Bar | Melbourne Cup at Saké

Switch it up and sip on saké while you adore a little pocket of Japanese goodness on Eagle Street Pier this Tuesday! Saké is hosting an event that will include a delicious six-course menu (yes, six amazing courses) for you to lap up whilst you kick back and join in on race day in MAJOR style.

Location: Eagle St, Brisbane CBD| Package Price: $110pp | Event time: From 12 PM | Instagram | Book Tickets |

5. Darling and Co | Melbourne Cup Island Lux Party

Race (literally) to grab your tickets for Darling and Co’s ever-so darling Melbourne Cup event. Espresso martinis and Veuve are at the ready, with a four-hour premium beverage package and lots of fruity cocktails to meet this year’s island theme. There will be live race coverage and DJ Tunes – yes please!

Location: Given Terrace, Paddington | Package Price: $179pp | Event time: 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM | Instagram | Book Tickets |

6. Vieille Branche | Melbourne Cup Lunch

We seriously adore this gorgeous gem tucked away in Albion! With a bottle of French sparkling up for grabs for the mantelpiece as prize for the most unusual hat, the whole affair is one very swanky way to celebrate the biggest race of the year. As well as fashion-fun off the field, Vieille Branche (a french expression for “my old friend”) is hosting a two-course meal with an abundance of bubbly for your off-track festivities. This one is perfect if you prefer not to make the trek into the CBD.

Location: Fox St, Albion | Package Price: $65pp  | Instagram | Book Tickets |

7. Bucci Restaurant and Bar | Melbourne Cup Luncheon

A bit of red for race day! With a glass of Pol Roger on arrival, you can definitely count on one of James Street’s premium Italian hotspots for a Melbourne Cup soiree you’re not likely to forget this Tuesday. Tickets will include a customary Calcutta and sweeps so you can get in on all the race day action!

Location: James St, Fortitude Valley | Package Price: $120pp | Event time: 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM | Instagram | Book Tickets |

8. Up on Constance | Melbourne Cup Garden Party

If you’ve been to UP, you’ll know groovy cocktails are a house-specialty and that alone is ALL the reason to sign onto a night at a rooftop favourite on Constance Street. On Tuesday, UP will be hosting a four-hour garden party event with live entertainment, lucky door prizes and sweeps AND it’s free entry! How good!

Location: Constance St, Fortitude Valley |  Package Price: Free Entry |  Event time: From 12 PM | Instagram |

9. The Regatta Hotel | Melbourne Cup Gala Event & Lunch at the Boatshed

You could opt to indulge a line up of Moët-filled Melbourne Cup offerings at the Regatta Hotel. There’s a dazzling three course menu at the Regatta’s Boatshed Restaurant or sink some Pimms on deck at a cocktail party with live entertainment followed by an afterparty at The Walrus Club from 4pm.

Location: Coronation Drive, Toowong | Package Price: $120pp (Gala) $175pp (Luncheon) | Event time: From 12 PM | Instagram | Book Tickets |

10. The Charming Squire | Melbourne Cup Cocktail Party & Luncheon

And last but certainly not least, the Charming Squire is offering two events like the Regatta hotel so you can literally wine and stein your little heart away this Tuesday. Choose a seafood luncheon and be greeted with Mumm, or perhaps a cocktail soiree is more you? There’s PIMMS, Prosecco and photographers – so be prepared to get candid!

Location: Grey St, Southbank | Package Price: $120pp (Gala) $175pp (Luncheon) | Event time: From 12 PM | Instagram | Book Tickets |

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