It’s that time of year again – the race the stops the nation is back for another year Brisbane’s festivities are set to (almost) rival the main event down south. Gather your crew, don your most extravagant headwear, pop on your Sunday best and pour yourself a glass (or four) at these fabulous Melbourne Cup events in Brisbane. Here are all of the deets you need to know.
The Emporium Hotel – “A Vanity Affair”– If you want a day of fashion flaunting with a dress to impress them, then The Emporium Hotel is the place for you. Get set for an afternoon filled with cocktails, fashion masters and runway shows, and a free ticket to people watch until your heart is content. Time: From 11:30am until 2:30pm. Location: Emporium Hotel – 1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006. Price: $145 per person. Bookings: Essential. Ph: (07) 3253 6999 or [email protected]. What to Expect: Racing inspired cocktail on arrival, live fashion show featuring famous designs by Carla Zampatti, divine canapés and seafood station, 3 hour deluxe beverage package, sweeps, live racing coverage and prizes for best dressed and more!
Sono Japanese Restaurant – “Melbourne Cup @ Sono” – For an unforgettable Melbourne Cup experience unlike any other, Sono with its ezquisite food and dining options, is the place for you. Time: 11:30am – 3:00pm. Location: Sono Japanese Restaurant – Portside Wharf, 39 Hercules Street, Hamilton QLD 4007. Price: $125 per person. Bookings: Essential. Ph: (07) 3268 6655 or [email protected]. What to Expect: Includes canapés on arrival, 3 course banquet menu, 3 and a half hour premium beverage package and an exclusive viewing of the Melbourne Cup race at Dendy Cinemas.
The Fox Hotel – “Three Parties, One Great Cause!” – This Melbourne Cup extravaganza goes down in the true style of The Fox Hotel, who are throwing a shindig with three excsluive packages as well as proudly supporting local anti-domestic violence campaign #R4Respect.If you want to celebrate and support a great cause, join The Fox Hotel, use the #R4Respect hashtag to raise awareness and help raise funds for those in need ($5 from every ticket and $5 from every bottle of champagne will be donated). Location: The Fox Hotel 71-73 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane, 4101, QLD. Price: 3 Packages to choose from: Long Bar – Lunch with three beverages for $44 per person, Fish Lane Bistro – Three course luncheon with bubbles for $77 per person and Dandy’s Rooftop – Three hour party featuring spring BBQ, cocktails and more, $129 per person. Bookings: Essential. http://thefox.com.au/melbournecup/. What to Expect: The all-inclusive packages detailed above, viewing of the race on the bug screen, Fox Hotel spokesperson, Rohan Topley, has said that up to $5 from each ticket and $5 from every bottle of champagne sold on the day will be donated to the cause.
Delfina’s Bistro – “Race Day Extravaganza”– To have the best value in town with race day entertainment and viewings, head on over to Delfina’s Bistro to enjoy the race that stops the nation in the company of good food and drinks. Location: Delfina’s Bistro – The Emporium Complex, 50/1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley. Price: $89 per person. Bookings: Essential. Ph: (07) 3252 0215 or [email protected]. What to Expect: Upon arrival, guests will be welcomed with signature cocktail ‘The Delfina,’’ treated with champagne and/or beer throughout the afternoon and a three hour drinks package.
Soleil Pool Bar– “Melbourne Cup Garden Party” – While the true celebrations of Melbourne cup shine through Flemington, Soleil Pool Bar is sure to compete with Melbourne’s festivities. Canapés, premium drinks and cocktails, as well as fashion and MC Kath Rose, all while surrounded by South Bank’s very own luxurious pool bar. This is the winner if you ask me! Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm. Location: Soleil Pool Bar – Rydges South Bank 9 Glenelg Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101. Price: $115 per person (Group discounts are available for 10 or more and can be secured on Brisbane tickets). Bookings: Essential. http://brisbanetickets.com.au/event/soleil-pool-bar-melbourne-cup-garden-party-1669. What to Expect: Pouring a glass of Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial for all guests on arrival. You will be invited to take your glass to the interactive Moët “Pop Up Bar” to hand-select the fruit of your choice to accompany your glass of bubbles. For the remainder of the afternoon you can choose to kick your feet up and refresh at the Heineken Lawn Bar or pop up to the pool deck for an “Aged Barrel” cocktail mixed live, with your choice of spirit!
Nest Restaurant and Bar – “All That Glitters & Blooms” – Guaranteed to give you a great afternoon full of good value, Nest is putting on a viewing of the race and is also raising money for the Hear and Say Foundation, with a portion of your ticket price going straight to the cause. What a combo! Time: 11:30am – 3:30pm. Location: Hotel Jen – 159 Roma Street, Brisbane QLD 4000. Price: $89 per person. Bookings: Essential. Ph: (07) 3238 2269 or http://brisbanetickets.com.au/event/melbourne-cup-cocktail-party-at-nest-1810. What to Expect: An All inclusive package of food and drinks, live entertainment, dine on a continuous Canapés, indulge in a lovely selection of drinks including; signature Belvedere Vodka cocktails; Chandon on ice as well as selections of our craft beer and hand picked wines and viewing of the race on the big screen!
Cloudland– “Ultimate Fashionista Function” – If you are looking for more than just horses, jockeys and alcohol this Melbourne cup, then Cloudland’s ultimate Melbourne Cup event is the place for you, as they have a great line up of entertainment and packages planned, as well as supporting the event’s charity partner Suited for Success ($10 of each and every ticket purchased as well as raffle proceeds will go directly to the charity!). Time: 12:00pm – 3:30pm (the start time depends on the package you choose). Location: 641 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006. Price: 2 packages to choose from: Rainbow Room Gala Luncheon – $190 per ticket or $1,800 for a table of 10. Includes canapés on arrival with a 3 Course sit down lunch 12.00pm – 3.30pm. 3 and a half hour drinks package including Mumm Champagne and a selection of white and red wine or the Madame Hedges Cocktail Party – $99 per ticket. Includes a selection of deluxe canapés from 12.30pm – 3.30pm, with a 3-hour drinks package including French bubbles, wine and our very own Cloudland Cocktail. Bookings: Essential. Ph: (07) 3852 5000 or [email protected]. What to Expect: Free pamper station by Stefan, fashions on the field and fashion parades, Magic Mike Teller, photo booths, dancers and live music, gift bags,, pop-up clothing stores and sports stars. The party continues at Cloudland after both functions end with live DJ’s.
Lutece Bistro & Wine Bar– “Melbourne Cup Lunch Celebration ” – Don’t want to stand up and eat canapés for the afternoon? Don’t sweat it… Lutece have you covered with a sit down lunch, which is sure to fill you up, followed by a viewing of the race on a big screen! Time: 11:45 arrival for a 12:30pm sit down. Location: 1/60 Macgregor Terrace Bardon. Price: $89 per person. Bookings: Essential. Ph: (07) 3161 1858 or [email protected]. What to Expect: 3-hour course sit down luncheon, glass of Sparkling or Rose with an appetiser on arrival, race screening on a big screen and lots of prizes to be won.
LONgTIME– “Melbourne Cup Banquet ” – The race that stops a nation, but not our degustation! LONgTIME is transforming their dining area and alleyway to make room for this Melbourne Cup festivity to take place. Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Location: 610 Ann Street, Brisbane, Australia 4006. Price: $170 per person. Bookings: Essential. [email protected]. What to Expect: Intimate sit down banquet, a four-hour food and beverage package including the Seafood & Oyster Bar, Perrier Jouet Champagn, specialty Thai banquet, dessert degustation as well as assorted cocktails, tailored wine buffer and premium taps beers.
The Flying Cock– “Gai Ol’ Time ” – Raise a glass and party until the night ends with the guaranteed package of fun, drinks, fashion and celebrations. Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm. Location: 388 Brunswick Street, Brisbane, Australia 4006. Price: $60 per person. Bookings: Tickets available via Moshtix or can be purchased directly at The Flying Cock front bar. For bookings of 10 or more there is a 10% discount per person. What to Expect: All inclusive food and drinks package; beer, wine, bubbles and cocktails, a glass of Gh Mumm on arrival, Melbourne Cup coverage live on the 4m HD screen, live bands and DJ’s (at night time), the party continues after package conclusion, sweeps and fashion in the pub, the Birdman Cage – After party from 4pm (ft. Birdman Randy) and is open to the public.
Woolly Mammoth Alehouse– “Melbourne Cup ” – Having already sold out on all dining allocations for their 3 course meal, the Woolly Mammoth have decided to expand the party to their upstairs areas for drinks, canapés and a whole lot of fun. Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm. Location: 633 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006. Price: $79 per person. Bookings: Essential. http://www.woollymammoth.com.au/Melbourne-Cup/. What to Expect: 3 hour drinks and canapé package. Beverages include Mammoth Lager, House Wines, Basic Spirits & Soft Drinks, plus exclusive direct pour cocktails on tap. Canapés: Two cheese arancini balls with aioli, Gorgonzola, onion jam and caper tartlets, Ham and parsley arancini balls with aioli, Potato, pea and parmesan croquette with smoked chilli relish, Artichoke with olive and fennel bruschetta, Pork and peppercorn terrine with onion jam, Lamb Kofta with smoked tomato chutney, Chilli beef empanada with peach relish, Chicken and chorizo skewers and Sweet corn and jalapeno cigars.
Elixir Rooftop Bar – “2015 Races on the Rooftop ” – For the annual event help by Elixir, they have promised to make this years event bigger and better than ever with amazing prizes to be won and wonderful drinks to devour. Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Location: 646 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Australia 4006. Price: $79 per person. Bookings: Essential. Ph: (07) 33635599 or [email protected] or tickets are available online here. What to Expect: 4 hours of flowing sparkling, wine, beer, cider, basic spirits and roaming canapés, chances to win return flights, accommodation and tickets for two to the 2016 Emirates Melbourne Cup Day, the 2015 Melbourne Cup will be broadcast live, the party will continue on the rooftop until late with resident Elixir DJ’s.
Alfred & Constance – “Melbourne Cup at A&C ” – Soak up the fun and enjoy the 2015 Melbourne Cup in the heart of Alfred and Constance and continue on until the nights end. Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm. Location: 132 Constance Street, Brisbane, Australia 4006. Price: $130 per person. Bookings: Essential. Ph: (07) 3251 6500. What to Expect: 3 course meal and a 3 hour beverage package including sparkling, red & white wine, draft beers & cider, basic spirits and soft drink.
Up on Constance – “Melbourne Cup at UP ” – Fore more than just the viewing of the Melbourne Cup, Up on Constance is having a night of laughs, dancing and awesome live entertainment to keep the drinks flowing and the race that stops the nation partying on. Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Location: 20 Constance Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Australia 4006. Price: $140 per person. Bookings: Essential. Email – [email protected] What to Expect: Coconut Capriosca Cocktail on arrival (12pm – 1pm), Dine on our famous share style menu of: Oyster with Vietnamese dressing with baby coriander, Crispy prawn with Szechuan salt and lime mayonnaise, Pork croquette with apple caramel purée, Beef tartare with aioli and garlic chip, Wild mushroom and tallegio arancini with truffle aioli, Goats curd and beetroot tarts with pine nut praline and basil, Smoked Ocean Trout and kaffir lime, crispy shallot, betel leaf and Tartlet of jamon, blue cheese cream and onion jam; Live viewing of the race on the projector screens, live music from 1-2pm, 2:30-3:30pm from Romy with Adil Memon and stay late with DJ Gavin Boyd from 5:30-8:30pm and drinks.
Limes Hotel – “Melbourne Cup at Limes ” – The rooftop Garden Party returns for another year of festivities, drinks, food and entertainment. In true Limes style, the party will continue till late in the night, so keep an eye out all you young-ins! Time: 12:30pm – 3:30pm. Location: 142 Constance St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006. Price: $149 per person. Bookings: Essential, online here. What to Expect: Live coverage from Flemington Race Course, Sweeps, Awards for best dressed, Roving entertainment and Rooftop after party with DJs playing until late.
So what are you waiting for! Grab your crew and book yourself in for a fun afternoon at one of these Melbourne Cup events in Brisbane.