The race that stops the nation deserves a celebration to match, and with plenty of Valley-based shenanigans set to win you over, this year’s Melbourne Cup Day will be one to remember.
Take note of our go-to Melbourne Cup guide below, including what to wear to the races (or pretend you're going to the races) and maybe take that personal day you’ve been saving for a rainy day - or champagne showery kind of day.
Ride cloud nine as you bite in to Cloudland’s delicious Melbourne Cup offerings. This year, choose from a Cocktail Party or Gala Luncheon spanning over three magnificent levels, rest assured that either way, you’ll leave happier than a winning horse (also, full of champagne). Book here or call (07) 3852 5000.
Hit level 11 in the elevator, and step out to a rooftop garden oasis. First stop: the artisan food stations. Eleven will continue feeding (and wowing) hungry guests with gourmet picnic canapés, summertime substantials and decadent desserts. Of course, cocktails and champers are well and truly on the table - so secure your spot to a happy day out here.
Les back, relax - your Melbourne Cup plans are as good as gold. Les Bubbles deluxe luncheon includes their signature steak frites and dessert, free flowing Veuve Clicquot Rosé, and canapés on arrival. Gallop over to their site to book your Melbourne cup tickets.
You may not know this, but TSO actually stands for "Totally Spot On", and its Melbourne Cup has definitely been planned to suit. Enjoy access to the newly refurbished Dispensary lounge bar, with a three-hour drinks package, delicious Melbourne Cup banquet, coverage of the race, and pirzes for best dressed! Nab your tickets here to take a step back in time and enjoy a great day out.
Apparently the elixir of life is a Chandon S cocktail spritz, which will greet you at the door of this raring rooftop. Elixir’s Races on the Rooftop event will satisfy anyone who’s as hungry as Melbourne Cup horses with a four hour premium food and drinks package. Having sold out last year, you’ll need to race over and get tickets here.
Mumm’s the word at the Osbourne Hotel’s Melbourne Cup extravaganza! A 4 hour beverage package will feature the likes of Mumm Champagne, a wine buffet and bespoke cocktail stations, to be paired with gourmet food stations full of fresh seafood, cured meats, canapés and more. Tickets available here.
Fit for a princess (and a filly), Principessa has more luxe labels that we can name in one short paragraph. This is the place to go if you’re feeling extra, knowing that anything you choose for a race day outfit is set to be a showstopper.
An Australian designer who has taken over the fashion world is ready to trot into yours. Innovative patterns and luxurious materials, cuts and colours will turn you into a walking masterpiece at Akira. Be the man or woman who stops the nation with their outfit.
If you don’t want to blow your entire Melbourne Cup budget on your attire, Universal Store is where to go. With a range of designers for all shapes and prices, your perfect outfit is waiting in one convenient location.
Listen up, doll. Having popped up in Bakery Lane, Empire Dolls has grown a lush style oasis in the Valley, full of minimalistic pieces with acute attention to detail. Hot tip: polka dots are IN this season, and you can get your fix here.
Hearts & Heroes
Going all out? Make your way in to Hearts & Heroes for ultra natural false lashes, a fresh face of makeup, and a slick hairdo. You’re worth it.
Set your sights on X Cargo for a roof raising afterparty! The Valley’s newest social hotspot is bound to go off with glorious cocktail concoctions under the stars. Alternatively, you can race in early for a recently released package. Can’t wait? Neither can we!
Your friendly neighbourhood Woolly Mammoth will be the place to be for all things post Melbourne Cup. Tear into the dance floor, pick up a tall drink at the bar and either celebrate your wins or lament your losses.
Continue your lifestyle of the rich and the famous with a leisurely hop over to Laruche. Park yourself under the disco balls and chandeliers, kick on with a glass of champagne while listening to T-Pain, and it can only go up from there.
Up On Constance
Pop up to this Valley classic rooftop for a sky high celebration. Soak in all the glory of quality tunes, drinks, bites and views at Up On Constance. The perfect way to top off your day? We think so.
The grass is greener at Finn McCool’s Luck o’ the Irish Melbourne Cup Day! Indulge in a two hour food and beverage package including canapés, beer, wine, champagne, juice and soft drink. Come for the package, stay for the play; a day of live entertainment, prizes, sweeps and craic await!
It’s time to stop horsing around and start planning, Melbourne Cup is just around the corner!