Searching for the best spot to watch this year’s Melbourne Cup? Look no further!

Spring racing season is upon us once again with the Melbourne Cup set to stop the nation on Tuesday 1 November.

With good food, drink and fashion in mind, we’ve rounded up the best spots in Brisbane to watch all the racing action.

Victoria Park

Treat yourself to the ultimate Melbourne Cup experience at the award winning Victoria Park. Guests will enjoy a delicious cocktail on arrival, before being delighted by a four course long-table lunch in the marquee. The luncheon will be accompanied by a four hour beverage package, as well as sweeps and all the live racing action. Raffles and prizes will be drawn on the day in support of Victoria Park’s charity partner AEIOU. A winning way to spend the day!

Tickets: $149 pp

Victoria Park is located at 308 Herston Rd, Herston. To book call 07 3252 0666 or click here.

Marriott Brisbane

Watch the Melbourne Cup in style with the Marriott’s Seafood Luncheon! Held at Motion Bar and Grill, the luncheon includes a seafood buffet, oyster station and decadent dessert bar. Guests will indulge with a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne on arrival and live coverage of the races will be played throughout the day. Lucky door prizes will be awarded on the day and the Ronald McDonald House Charity Sweepstakes will raise money for an important cause.

Tickets: $99 pp

Marriott Brisbane is located at 515 Queen St, Brisbane City. To make a booking phone 07 3303 8034 or email

Portside Wharf

Portside Wharf has a range of Melbourne Cup dining options. Their waterfront restaurants are serving up a menu of delicious food, drinks, live music and race screenings.


Join Byblos in their 10th annual Mad Hatter’s Melbourne Cup Garden Party. Don your best hat or fascinator and enjoy a three course banquet and premium beverages including cocktails and spirits. Charity sweepstakes will raise money for YoungCare and roving entertainment is sure to delight.

Tickets: $165 pp or $1550 for a table of 10

For tickets and more information call 07 3268 2223 or email

Belvedere Bar and Grill

Belvedere Bar and Grill will take care of all your Melbourne Cup needs with live screenings of all the races, live music, a three course lunch and a five hour beverage package.

Tickets: $139 pp

Bookings are essential and can be made by phone on 07 3630 0411.

Gusto Da Gianni

A cocktail bar on the wharf, three course menu and live music make Gusto Da Gianni a winning trifecta for 2016’s Melbourne Cup celebrations. Prizes for best dressed male and female as well as a $49 make-up packages ensure that this crowd will be looking fresh all day.

Tickets: $139 pp

To book call 07 3868 2011 or visit

Atalanta Bar and Greek

Guests can choose two Melbourne Cup dining options at Atalanta Bar and Greek. On offer are a four-course sit down lunch, or a more casual ‘walk and fork’ cocktail style event. Both options include cocktails, sweeps, live entertainment and a prize for best hat.

Tickets: Four course sit down lunch $125 pp. ‘Walk and Fork’ $85 pp

For more information and bookings phone 07 3868 4449 or email

Sono Japanese Restaurant

Award-wining Sono Japanese Restaurant’s lavish luncheon will feature canapés, a three course lunch, beverage packages and live entertainment. Guests will also enjoy an exclusive screening of the race on the big screen at Dendy cinema.

Tickets: $139 pp

Bookings are essential and can be made on 07 3268 6655.

Portside Wharf is located at 39 Hercules Street, Hamilton. For more information visit

Saké Eagle Street Pier

Celebrate race day with a Japanese banquet lunch at Saké Eagle Street Pier. Enjoy a glass of Veuve Clicquot and a five-course lunch while taking in stunning views of Brisbane River. There is no shortage of dining options here with five private rooms, communal banquet dining, traditional Japanese sunken tables and a sushi bar.

Tickets: $99 pp

Saké Bar and Restaurant is located at 45 Eagle St, Brisbane City. To make a booking click here.

ARIA Brisbane

This premier riverfront dining venue will celebrate Melbourne Cup with a four course menu designed by Chef Matt Moran. Media personalities Damien Anthony Rossi and Kellie Alderman will be there to host the event and give away fantastic prizes from Coach Handbags.

Tickets: $170 pp

ARIA Brisbane is located at 1 Eagle St, Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane. To book visit or phone 07 3233 2555.

Bavarian Bier Café Eagle Street Pier

The Bavarian Bier Café is hosting an al fresco dining experience this Melbourne Cup, with their Hops & Horses day. Enjoy views of the Brisbane River while feasting on a three course menu featuring a quartet of Sydney Rock oysters and pan-fried chicken schnitzel. There will be sweepstakes and prizes for the best dressed so ensure you frock up and rock up.

Tickets: $57 pp

Bavarian Bier Café is located at Eagle street Pier, 1/45 Eagle St, Brisbane City. For bookings and all details visit the Bavarian Bier Cafe website or phone 07 3015 0555.

Fin McCool’s

One of Brisbane’s favourite Irish Bars is hosting two events this Melbourne Cup. Join them in the hope that the luck of the Irish swings your way.

Mighty Lunch Deal

With full live coverage of the race, sweeps, lucky door prizes and the Mighty Lunch Deal, Finn McCool’s has your Melbourne Cup Day covered. The Mighty Lunch Deal includes a meal and three beverages.

Tickets: $39 pp + bf

Melbourne Cup Day in the Laneway

For those feeling a little fancier, Finn McCool’s is also hosting a laneway party at their new bar ‘The Causeway’. Enjoy a glass of Jacquart upon arrival followed by a four hour drink and canapé package. The day will be completed with fashions on the field, sweeps, lucky door prizes and live entertainment.

Tickets: $110 pp + bf

Finn McCool’s is located at 295-301 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley. For more information and bookings click here.

British Colonial Co.

Former Voice stars Naomi Price and Luke Kennedy will entertain an intimate crowd at Hawthorne’s British Colonial Co. This 90 person cocktail party will include a rolling menu of canapés, a signature cocktail, and premium champagnes, wines and beers. Sweeps, prizes and live coverage will accompany the festivities. There are only a limited number of tickets available so book now.

Tickets: $110 pp

British Colonial Co. is located at 274 Hawthorne Rd, Hawthorne. For bookings call 07 3899 2200 or email

Buffalo Bar

Buffalo Bar is hosting an all-inclusive three hour food and beverage package for this year’s Melbourne Cup. Indulge in a range of premium drinks and your favourite Buffalo Bar meals in a canapé style. The race will be shown live on the big screens and race sweeps, entertainment and best dressed competitions will also be held.

Tickets: $80 pp

Buffalo Bar is located at 169 Mary St, Brisbane City. Book your tickets at or call 07 3221 0199.

Nest on Roma St

Nest’s glamourous Melbourne Cup soiree is set to include a free-flowing beverage package, mouth-watering canapés, live music from X Factor star Chris Cayzer and a live screening of the race. A Chandon Mimosa station, pop up photo booth and prizes for best dressed will make this an afternoon of fun and fascinators. All sweep proceeds will go to Hear and Say Children’s Charity.

Tickets: $70 pp or $280 for groups of five.

Nest on Roma St is located at 159 Roma St, Brisbane City. For more information and bookings call 07 3238 2269 or click here.

Shadow Lounge

Don your suave suits and favourite frocks for Shadow Lounge’s 2016 Melbourne Cup Cocktail Party. Enjoy four hours of delicious canapés, Thai bucket cocktails and selected tap beers, wines and sparkling, all while watching the races live.

Tickets: $89 pp

Shadow Lounge is located at Waterfront Place, Level 2, 14/1 Eagle St, Brisbane City. For bookings click here.

Jade Buddha

Jade Buddha will celebrate the Melbourne Cup with a three hour tapas buffet and beverage package. An impressive menu includes soft shell crab, salmon and chocolate fondue. Moët Hampers will be given to the best dressed.

Tickets: $110 pp

Jade Buddha is located at 1 Eagle Street, Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane. For bookings call 07 3221 2888 or email

Delfina’s Bistro

Celebrate the Melbourne Cup in style with one of Delfina’s food and beverage packages. Package One features a five course lunch and free flowing Paul Cheneau Spanish Cava, as well as white and red wine, craft beers and cider. Package Two goes one further with an exclusive cocktails and canapés hour, VIP booth seating for 6 people as well as the lunch and drinks package. Both include live music, race day sweepstakes, prizes and giveaways.

Tickets: Package One $149 pp. Package Two $199 pp.

Delfina’s Bistro is located at Alex Perry Hotel & Apartments, 959 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley. Bookings can be made by phone on 07 3252 0214 or click here.


Cloudland is renowned for hosting some of Brisbane’s most glamorous Melbourne Cup parties and this year is no exception. With two packages to choose from Cloudland can cater to any kind of race event.

The Rainbow Room Gala Luncheon

The Rainbow Room Luncheon will include canapés on arrival, a three course sit down lunch and a three and a half hour drinks package.

Tickets: $195 pp or $1,850 for a table of 10.

Madame Hedge’s Cocktail Party

Madame Hedge’s Cocktail Party Package will include a selection of deluxe canapés and a three hour drinks package. $10 from every ticket sold will go to AEIOU charity and live DJ’s will continue the party late into the night.

Tickets: $99 pp

Cloudland is located at 641 Ann St, Fortitude Valley. For bookings click here.

Up on Constance

Celebrate with a Rooftop Garden Party for this year’s big race. Up on Constance will be serving their famous share style menu as guests enjoy drinks, live music and DJ’s. The Regular Drinks Package includes Chandon, red and white wines and beers, while The Champagne Circle Package includes all of the above plus premium bottled beers and ciders as well as Veuve Cliquot.

Tickets: Regular $160 pp. Champagne Circle $200 pp

Up on Constance is located at 20 Constance St, Fortitude Valley. For bookings contact

Woolly Mammoth Alehouse

The Woolly Mammoth will host a three course feasting table lunch which includes a three hour beverage package. Several big screens across the Alehouse ensure that you won’t miss a moment of all the racing action.

Tickets: $90 pp or $648 for a table of eight.

The Woolly Mammoth is located at 633 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley. To book tickets click here.

Elixir Rooftop Bar

Elixir Rooftop bar will once again host their annual Races on the Rooftop. Their Cup Day package includes four hours of sparkling, wine, beer, cider and spirits as well as a delicious selection of canapés. The race will be broadcast live and guests will have the chance to win flights, accommodation, and tickets to next year’s Melbourne Cup.

Tickets: $99 pp

Elixir Rooftop Bar is located at 646 Ann St, Brisbane City. For more information and bookings call 07 3363 5599 or email

Capri by Fraser

Capri by Fraser and Fashion Weekly are bringing fashions to the field with their glamourous parade, free flowing bubbly and three course meal. A showcase of local designers and their latest collections are set to impress and prizes will be given to the best dressed guest.

Tickets: $99

Capri by Fraser is located at 80 Albert St, Brisbane City. Tickets can be purchased from

Dutch Courage Officers Mess

Join the Dutch Courage team for their Gin and Gallops Melbourne Cup event. Sponsored by Hendricks Gin, festivities will include live music, cocktails, canapés, sweeps and best dressed prizes. A must for all lovers of gin.

Tickets: $99 pp

Dutch Courage Officers Mess is located at 51 Alfred St, Fortitude Valley. Bookings can be made through email at or through Eventbrite.

The Kitty

Co-hosted by Moët Hennessy this Melbourne Cup party will see the champagne a-flowing. Their Melbourne Cup package will also include a cocktail on arrival, canapés and a dessert buffet. All Flemington races will be screened live and there will be prizes, sweeps and onsite TAB facilities.

Tickets: $145 pp

The Kitty is located at the Treasury Casino Building, 130 William St, Brisbane City. For tickets click here. 

Blackbird Bar and Grill

Blackbird Bar and Grill will once again host their Melbourne Cup Cocktail Style Garden Party. Celebrate with four and a half hours of French champagne, cocktails, fresh seafood and gourmet canapés. There will also be coverage of all the day’s races and up to $10,000 worth of prizes to be won.

Tickets: $202 pp

Blackbird Bar and Grill is located at 123 Eagle St, Brisbane City. Click here for bookings and tickets.

Riverbar and Kitchen

Watch the race on the big screens whilst enjoying sweeping views of Story Bridge at Riverbar and Kitchen. Three hours of all-inclusive drinks, food and live entertainment will start the evening and live DJ’s are set to play well into the night.

Tickets: $125 pp

Riverbar and Kitchen is located at Riparian Plaza, 71 Eagle St, Brisbane. For bookings phone 07 3233 2555 or visit

The Glen Hotel

The Glen Hotel will host a Garden Party themed buffet at their Garden Grille Restaurant and new marquee. Tickets include an all you can eat luncheon with dessert bar, sweepstakes, a photo booth, prizes and entertainment.

Tickets: $65 for adults and $29.95 for children up to 12 years old.

The Glen Hotel is located at 24 Gaskell St, Eight Mile Plains. Click here to make a booking.

Emporium Hotel Cocktail Bar

Emporium Hotel’s La Bella Vita Melbourne Cup event will include a three hour beverage package, Italian canapés and buffet station, fashion show and live entertainment. All the racing action can also be caught on their big screens.

Tickets: $120 pp

Emporium Hotel Cocktail Bar is located at 1000 Ann St, Fortitude Valley. Bookings can be made via phone on 07 3253 6914 or by email at

The Landing at Dockside

Designer fashion parades, best dressed prizes, sweepstakes and raffles will be the features at The Landing at Dockside. This elegant luncheon includes a two course lunch and glass of Pol Roger champagne on arrival.

Tickets: $70 pp or $700 for a table of ten

The Landing at Dockside is located at 44 Ferry St, Kangaroo Point QLD. For bookings click here.

The Lab Restaurant and Bar

The Lab Restaurant and Bar will host one of their much loved High Teas, with a lavish spread for this year’s Melbourne Cup. Tickets include a bottle of Domaine Chandon, high tea, sweepstakes and live screenings of all Flemington races.

Tickets: $95 pp

The Lab Restaurant and Bar is located at the Treasury Casino Building, 130 William St, Brisbane City. Tickets can be purchased here.

Soleil Pool Bar

Watch the race in this relaxed garden party setting, with a glass of Moët on arrival, a three hour premium drink and canape package and live entertainment including DJ’s and a synchronised swimming display.

Tickets: $129 pp or $1161 for a group of 10

Soleil is located at Rydges South Bank Brisbane, Corner of Grey and Glenelg Streets, South Bank. Click here for tickets.

Rush CBD

Rush CBD will play host to two Melbourne Cup events this year.

Melbourne Cup on the Green

Rush CBD’s Melbourne Cup on the Green event will take place at Post Office Square. Gourmet sliders, and a seafood buffet will be accompanied by four hours of beer, wine and cocktails. Races will be screened live with a mobile TAB van onsite. Post Office Square is across the road from Rush CBD at 270 Adelaide St, Brisbane City.

Tickets: $149 pp

Melbourne Cup in Style

A three course lunch will be held across the road at Rush CBD. Guests will enjoy a glass of Chandon Sparkling on arrival.

Tickets: $85 pp

Rush CBD is located at 300 Queen St, Brisbane City. Bookings for both event can be made here or by phoning 07 3211 9511.

Fringe Bar

Full race day coverage and live music from Jack Bratt complement Fringe Bar’s Trifecta Packages. With three separate sitting times the Trifecta packages include a canapé platter for the table, one course lunch from the Melbourne Cup set menu and your choice of three drinks.

Tickets: $55 pp ($36 pp non-alcoholic)

Fringe Bar is located at the corner of Ann St & Constance St, Fortitude Valley. Tickets can be purchased here.

The Charming Squire

The Charming Squire is set to impress this year with professional photographers, a Prosecco and Pimms station and amazing canapés, drinks and entertainment. Sweeps will be held and prizes include a brewery tour for two.

Tickets: $129 pp

The Charming Squire is located at 3/133 Grey St, South Brisbane. Make your booking here.

Sazerac Rooftop Bar

Celebrate the Melbourne Cup with one of Brisbane’s best views. This three hour beverage package includes Mumm Champagne, selected cocktails, wines and tap beers. Canapés and antipasto platters are also on offer as well as Mini Manicures and your choice of Martini for an extra $25 (5.30pm – 7.30pm only).

Tickets: $129 pp

Sazerac is located at 99 Mary St, Brisbane City. Tickets to their Melbourne Cup event can be purchased here.

The Shingle Inn

Brisbane’s oldest café has unveiled a display of vintage hats from a private Brisbane collection to celebrate the nation’s favourite horse race.

The vintage hat display features designs from the 1930s, the decade the Shingle Inn first opened, to the present day. Guests at the Shingle Inn City Hall Melbourne Cup High Tea, to be held from noon to 3pm, will hear the stories behind the hats from the collector himself!

Guests will also enjoy a selection of ribbon sandwiches, freshly baked traditional scones with clotted cream and luscious strawberry preserve, a selection of the iconic Shingle Inn cakes and sweets, and a choice of beverages from an extensive range of international teas or coffee, as well as sweepstakes, gift bags, and prizes for the best dressed.

The venue will also hold a Teddy Bear High Tea for the kids, which includes an activity pack!

Tickets: $95 all-inclusive per adult, $25 per child.

Shingle Inn is located at Brisbane City Hall. Tickets to their Melbourne Cup High Tea can be purchased here or by phoning 3210 2904.

How will you be celebrating the Melbourne Cup? Let us know in the comments below!