Derby Day At Circa, The Prince
The buzz of Melbourne’s Spring Carnival is in the air! The weather is beginning to turn for the better and there seems to be a bit more of a spring in the step of all Melburnians as we prepare to bring in the summer months. Spring Carnival is a decadent week of fashion, food and drink and despite it being just one week out of the year for racegoers – it takes months of planning to find the right dress or perfect piece of millinery. With all of this planning taking place, you better believe we want to make the most of the day when it finally does roll around! Racegoers from all over Melbourne will flock from Flemington to the best after party in town, held at The Deck at Circa.
Being a monochrome lover with any excuse for all black everything (with a hint of white), I had the pleasure of attending The Deck at Circa’s Derby Day after party. Circa is tucked away just off the bustling Fitzroy Street in St Kilda and you really would miss the hole in the wall if you didn’t know it was there! As you enter the hotel and ascend up the marble staircase you are welcomed by an indoor swimming pool which is overlooked by a stunning indoor/outdoor terrace with floor to ceiling windows. The venue has a really fresh feeling which is set by uninterrupted views across Port Phillip Bay, guests can watch the world go by on the outdoor terrace whilst lounging on day beds or propping themselves up on the tall tables.
The Derby Day after party boasted a Lavazza stand for that afternoon pick me up, an Aperol Spritz Bar and a Moet & Chandon Gold lounge. The main bar poured an array of your signature drinks including the favourite of the evening and the ultimate after party accessory, the espresso martini. Guests mingled and sipped their celebratory champagne whilst listening to some chilled out house music from the DJ, we watched the sun go down and each had our own little Café Mambo moment. The party kicked on into the night with the champagne flowing and guests getting livelier as the spent away their days winnings! It was the perfect setting to close off a much anticipated day, The Deck definitely know how to throw a Spring Carnival celebration.