It’s almost time for the world famous Melbourne Cup, and whether you adore the this famous event for its glamour, the fine food, the fashionistas, or simply for the irresistible excitement of thoroughbred racing, you won’t want to miss joining in the Melbourne Cup celebrations. However, if you can’t get to the Flemington Racecourse, you may want to try a one of these Sydney based events on the first Tuesday in November.
They’ve all got the requisite big screens so you won’t miss a moment of the action, and most of the venues have TAB facilities, sweepstakes and ‘fashion on the field’ prizes, so you can almost feel as though you’re on the hallowed track itself. From dining packages to celebrity parties, there’s a whirlwind of Melbourne Cup events in Sydney, all designed to celebrate the race that not only stops a city but that stops a nation.
Here’s our lowdown on the some of the multitude of places to go and be seen.
The Norfolk Hotel
The Norfolk is one of the favourite places for people in the know to celebrate the Melbourne Cup. You’ll find plenty of screens, plenty of snacks, mains and desserts, plus plenty of beer, wine and bubbly, together with a great party atmosphere in this Surry Hills bar.
Fantastic rooftop harbour views, a lavish luncheon, and prizes for the best dressed and best hat make the Glenmore a great place to join in the proceedings. There’s live entertainment all afternoon and a free after-party too. What more could you want?
The Exchange Hotel
The Exchange Hotel is hedging its bets with a choice of two Melbourne Day packages. Whether you prefer to watch the race as part of the members balcony party or you’d rather the less formal lawn party with a barbecue buffet, you’ll get to enjoy race day with live entertainment, sweepstakes, betting and, of course, prizes for the best outfits. So it’s time to fluff up your fascinator and polish up those wingtips.
MV Sydney 2000 celebratory cruise
Of course, the Melbourne Cup gives you the perfect opportunity to dress up to the nines and enjoy a bit of the high life. If being on the water is a must for you, then you might want to book a place for your Melbourne Cup Lunch aboard the cruise ship MV Sydney 2000. Here you’ll be treated to premium dining, live viewing in the comfortable race lounge, and lots of sweeps, prizes and fun.
Vagabond Princess celebratory cruise
The stunning Vagabond Princess is also offering a celebration to remember. You’ll not only get a relaxing 3 hour cruise, but you’ll be treated to a selection of delicious seafood together with a carvery buffet onboard. Of course, the race will be aired live as you sail the harbour, plus there will be all the obligatory fun and games including a ‘most outrageous’ hat competition. So if you feel you don that hat and head down the harbour for your Melbourne Cup fun.
If you love to see and be seen, then the Royal Randwick is the place to be, but you’d better hurry as it’s likely to sell out fast. A favourite with Sydney’s social-set and for corporate parties, you’ll get to enjoy live entertainment in a vibrant and upmarket atmosphere. Plus, you’ll not only get all the excitement and elation of live racing on the track, but you’ll get to watch it on the largest super screen in the southern hemisphere. Here’s one place you’ll be guaranteed not to miss one moment of the action.
24/7 Sports Bar
For those sporting aficionados who think that if you can’t get to the track then a sports bar is the place to be, 24/7 Sports Bar offers the perfect solution. Open from 12.00pm there’s food and drink specials, a HUGE LED screen, a full TAB and an exciting atmosphere to boot. If you’re planning to come in a group, they offer drink and canapé table packages which include seafood, antipasto, hot canapés and a choice of champagne or beers. It’s just the thing for having fun with your mates or your girlfriends.