If you’re not heading to the racetrack, why not experience the thrill of the Melbourne Cup in style at some of the Lower North Shore’s finest venues.
This year the Race the Stops the Nation is on Tuesday November 7. Here is our round-up of where to watch the Melbourne Cup in style while staying local and supporting local! If you know of other venues with remaining tickets please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add them to the list.
The Greens North Sydney
Gather your friends and colleagues for four hours of fun at The Greens including a four-course share menu and beverage package from 12-4pm. Soak up the buzzing atmosphere with live music, sweeps and best-dressed prizes, then relax with a refreshing beverage, cold seafood starters, antipasti grazing platters and shared mains.
Trade your office wear for race wear and head to The Greenwood Hotel for North Sydney’s biggest outdoor screening of the Melbourne Cup. Choose between a $79 package with sparkling wine, grazing boards, fresh seafood and food stations, or upgrade to the Platinum package with a three-hour beverage selection of Sparkling, Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Rose and tap beers. The day wouldn’t be complete without sweeps, live entertainment, ‘Best Dressed’ prizes and an after party from 3pm.
Dress to impress for Norths’ annual Melbourne Cup extravaganza, hosted by MC Simon Gillespie. Relish a special three-course lunch including a marinated prawn salad, herb grilled chicken breast and passionfruit panna cotta, along with two hours of drinks, best-dressed prizes and sweepstakes.
Get amongst the race day action at The Oaks with a two-course menu and canapés on arrival for $80. You can also make a larger group booking in their Pool Hall where you’ll get to enjoy a dedicated canapé service.
Join the excitement, racing, fashion and entertainment at Kirribilli Club’s annual Melbourne Cup luncheon. General tickets will score you bubbles on arrival, a delicious two-course menu, a 3.5-hour deluxe beverage package, live entertainment, fashions on the field and more. You can also splurge on a premium balcony for an extra $50.
Crows Nest Hotel
Crows Nest Hotel is transforming its rooftop terrace into a vibrant Melbourne Cup Festival, and it’s bound to be the event of the season. Secure your spot with one of their $89 VIP tickets, which includes a drink on arrival, fresh food stations, live entertainment and prizes for the best dressed, or upgrade your ticket to include a three-hour drink package
The Alcott Lane Cove
Saddle up for The Alcott’s annual Melbourne Cup luncheon, hosted by drag queen Conchita Grande. For $95, you’ll get to enjoy live screenings of all the races, sweeps, prizes, a glass of Champagne and a four-course alternate menu featuring Tasmanian smoked salmon, slow roast Angus rump cap, and coffee and Kahlua tiramisu.
The Glasshouse Artarmon
Experience a relaxed Melbourne Cup at The Glasshouse Artarmon with grazing platters, shared pizzas, and fresh salads. Enjoy a complimentary glass of Piper Heidsieck upon arrival or upgrade to a four-hour beverage package for an extra $55. Of course, you can also watch all the races on their big screens while taking part in fun sweeps, lucky door prizes and a best-dressed competition.
Doll up for The Buena’s Melbourne Cup festivities inclusive of a fancy three-course meal with drinks on arrival. Test your luck in the sweeps and showcase your swankiest attire for the chance to win best-dressed prizes. After the race, keep the party going with live DJs and dancing from 3pm.
Elevate your Melbourne Cup experience at Bistro Mosman with a luxurious four-course lunch and complimentary drinks on arrival. Here, you can also catch every race live and loud, and go in the running to win best dressed.
Join the excitement at The Fernery starting with a delectable three-course menu, complimentary bubbles, and thrilling sweeps. Gather your friends and make a group booking via their online form.
Swap trackside for waterside this Melbourne Cup at Ormeggio at the Spit. Catch the race on their big-screen TV as you savour a seafood-focused set menu. Each ticket automatically enters you into their sweepstake and there will also be prizes awarded for the best dressed.
Dress in your race day best for a premium three-course set menu at this charming French bistro in Chowder Bay. Each guest will receive a glass of Louis Roederer Champagne, then their choice of dishes such as seafood platters, pan-fried gnocchi, sous-vide lamb rump and melting chocolate fondant. On the day, you can also win best-dressed prizes including a Magnum of Rosé, an ‘Ormaie’ perfume and in-house dining vouchers.
Mosman Rowers Club
Giddy up for an exclusive Cup Day three-course lunch overlooking the beautiful Mosman Bay in Archie Bear. From burrata caprese to salmon rillettes and steak frites, this impressive menu will go down a treat accompanied by bubbles or beer on arrival. The Rowers will also be giving away prizes for the best fascinator or hat.
Price: $120 for members / $130 for non-members
Trade the tracks for the beach and catch the race that stops a nation at Bathers’ Pavilion. You can choose from their fancy $120 banquet menu or indulge in a $195 three-course a la carte menu. All tickets include champagne on arrival, live race coverage across multiple screens, sweeps and lucky door prizes.
Public Dining Room
Enjoy a long lunch with friends while watching the Melbourne Cup live at The Public Dining Room. For $165, you can indulge in a stunning three-course Cup lunch including freshly shucked oysters, Hiram’s kingfish ceviche, BBQ pork belly and Valrhona chocolate tarts. Make the most of the day and add on a beverage package for $235 per person.
Get ready to dress up, eat up, drink up, and giddy up at The Willoughby Hotel’s Melbourne Cup Day festivities. You and your crew can indulge in a two-course alternate shared menu curated by the hotel’s new head chef Adrian Hart, with sides, a complimentary glass of sparkling on arrival, prizes for best dressed, live music and sweepstakes.