The horses may be doing their thing in Melbourne but the sun will easily be gleaming over the harbour city of Sydney come November 1st for kickoff of the 2016 Melbourne Cup.
There’ll be no shortage of pubs and bars across town throwing their own frivolous parties whether it be in beer gardens or some of the country’s finest rooftop bars. Our job? To fill you in on some of the most exciting spots to put down a punt amongst dapper company and a festive mood that should be deemed illegal for Tuesdays.
Suit up, men.
The Dolphin Hotel | Surry Hills
Since its revamp at the beginning of the year, The Dolphin Hotel has quickly established itself as a favourite amongst the locals with a quality mix of food and beverage carefully curated by Maurice Terzini of Bondi Icerbergs fame. For the Melbourne Cup, The Dolphin Hotel will transform into one giant multi-level party with a 4-hour selection of the establishment’s finest bites created by Terzini and Head Chef Monty Koludrivic. Drinks and wine meanwhile will be sorted by leading sommelier, James Hird, whilst beats by Kali will be going all day.
The Glenmore | The Rocks
If you can’t be anywhere near a race track then the least you can do is treat yourself with one of Sydney’s finest harbour views as you back your winning horse on the big screen to champers. On Melbourne Cup day The Glenmore will be throwing a massive soiree which will include one of the best lunch menus they’ve ever served up. Besides the food and huge selection of drinks, there’ll also be TAB facilities on site from 8am and prizes for the best dressed. For those who’ve taken an entire sickie for the day, you’ll be glad to hear that live entertainment will kick in from 4pm until one can party no more. Tickets are going for $149.
When it comes to the Melbourne Cup spectacle, one of Sydney’s most desirable parties off the racecourse is at Mrs Sippy. Stylish guests will be covered with sweepstakes, fashions on the field, big screens and great tunes all day long. Style icon Carissa Walford will also be on hand to host the day which includes a three-course lunch complete with Moet & Chandon on arrival. The after party continues on from 4pm with DJs playing well into the night. Tickets are going for $140.
The Winery | Surry Hills
Add a bit of flair to your celebrations at one of Surry Hills’ most popular haunts. For this year’s Melbourne Cup, the garden bar and restaurant will be holding an elegant lunch which will feature a four-course set menu and a glass of Perrier-Jouët on arrival. Racing will be shown live on big screens along with fashion prizes. The lunch will kick off from 12pm and round up at 3pm with tickets priced at $120.
O Bar & Dining | CBD
Being caught between the high rises of the city shouldn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun of the Melbourne Cup. O Bar & Dining sits 47 levels above ground in the heard of the city and rotates slow enough so that you can take in the views on race day. More importantly though they’ll be throwing their own event which will feature their award-winning food and drinks menu at their dedicated bar. Expect the action to be beamed live into this classy Sydney establishment.
The Light Brigade Hotel | Woollahra
Eastern Sydney’s latest refurbishment of The Light Brigade Hotel has elevated it to the ranks of Sydney’s best rooftop bars, featuring 360 degree views punters will surely fight over. To celebrate the Melbourne Cup, all four levels of the Woollahra pub will be transformed and include either a five course lunch in the main dining room for $120pp, a canape lunch in Brigade Bar for $55pp, or the rooftop party happening upstairs which comes with Moët for $99pp. The race will be beamed across all levels with sweepstakes and prizes going on throughout the day.
Coogee Pavillion | Coogee Beach
Hit up one of Merivale’s hottest locations as the Melbourne Cup is celebrated in style on the sunny rooftop of the Coogee Pavillion. The vibrant beachfront destination will be transformed into a punter’s playground on the sand which will also serve up a delicious three-course feast for $95pp along with big screens and TAB facilities. The cup day festivities will flow on into the after hours with DJs and live music keeping the party going.
The Bucket List Bondi | Bondi
Keeping beach vibes going for the big race day is The Bucket List situated on Sydney’s iconic Bondi foreshore. The beach facing drinking hole will play host to the festivities of the race from 12pm with a three hour beverage package, canapés by Head Chef Tom Walton, DJs, mobile app betting, prizes for the best dressed and of course, big screens to watch all the action on. The after party kicks on from 3:30pm for those who don’t mind the midweek hangover.
Ivy Pool Club | CBD
Another Merivale precinct which is ensuring punters in the city get a chance to catch the race in style is the Ivy. This year they’re opening up their doors to the exclusive pool club which will host an Italian Riviera themed party featuring delicious canapés, cocktails on arrival and Chandon NV and Heineken from 12pm until the race. Punters can also opt for a three-hour beverage package which will go for $140. As per all Justin Hemmes joints, there will be big screens a TAB facilities available to make the most of the action.
Dove & Olive | Surry Hills
It doesn’t need to be all glitz and glamour for the race that stops the nation. For an absolute bargain in Sydney, the Dove & Olive in the heart of Surry Hills will be serving up signature craft beer and canapes for just $69. So whether you’re after an Australian Brewery golden ale, a Hills apple cider, or a glass of Lois sparkling on arrival, it’s all there for the local punter to soak in. There’s also a best dressed competition for the day to go along with the big screen action of this local pub.