It might not be a public holiday, but Brisbane is still celebrating the Melbourne Cup in style.
Whether you’re into horse racing or not, there’s no denying that the Melbourne Cup has a certain grip on Australia and Australians as a whole. I mean, it’s a bit hard arguing the opposite when 2019 saw something like $106 million being gambled just on the cup race alone. (If you’re wondering, $160 million was gambled on the first Tuesday of November last year.)
Nonetheless, the day is now also synonymous with fashion, friends, and having a good time. Subsequently, Brisbane’s restaurants and bars put on an array of fabulous lunchtime events featuring oysters, champagne, and any number of bottomless drinks or food packages.
So, if you’re lucky enough to get the day off in Brissy and you’re in the mood to get dressed up to drink champagne, eat oysters and frolic in the sunshine, this is our pick of Melbourne Cup events happening in the city.
1. The Warehouse, Fortitude Valley
The Melbourne Cup event at sister venue Cloudland sold out weeks ago but thanks to the demand for another similarly styled event, we now have the Birdcage in the Loft at The Warehouse. Tickets are extremely limited but those lucky enough to score one will be treated to a three-hour five-star feast of food and drink as well as live entertainment. There’ll be a Fashions on the Field for both women and men so everyone gets to play.
💰 $139+bf pp
2. Friday’s, City
Take a seat in the lush terrace bar overlooking the river and soak up the Cup Day glamour at Friday’s on a Tuesday afternoon. Both packages offer a two-course lunch option and differ only in the drinks included with the premium package listing champagne, not sparkling among its options, and few extra beer choices too. It wouldn’t be a celebration without prizes, so dress to impress and you might be a winner too.
💰 $125pp (standard) or $155pp (premium)
3. Riverland, City
A no-nonsense, three-hour drinks package with $15 worth of food credit and guaranteed riverside views for you and your crew. Since this is Riverside, expect cocktails, music and entertainment to accompany the horse races on the day.