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Melbourne Cup Guide: Where to celebrate in Sydney on race day

It’s almost Melbourne Cup time, the pinnacle of the spring racing season. It’s time to don the suits and dresses, take out some large wads of cash and – if you can’t make it to Flemington – head to any one of the seemingly hundreds of quality venues in Sydney and Melbourne that are putting on a show for the race that stops a nation.

Or if the options below aren’t your speed enough, check out these restaurant wraps.

Catalina Rose Bay

At $160 per person, they’re serving-up a 4-course Melbourne Cup Luncheon with canapes on arrival, a choice of entrees, main course and desserts, coffee and petite fours. For a laugh? Prizes for best dressed/hat, sweeps and big screens. See more at the Catalina Rose Bay website.

Melbourne Cup Sydney Catalina Rose Bay THE F


Party Italian Riviera-style at the ivy Pool Club for $175 or smash out a four-course Italian feast at Uccello, accompanied with the perfect view of the rooftop oasis for $295.

ivy Pool Club Merivale Sydney

Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel 

Wine with a bay view, the races on, people looking nice and all the food. What could be better? WBBH is turning it on this November with all of the above and more. See what’s in-store by clicking here.

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel Sydney Melbourne Cup crowd

Mrs Sippy Double Bay

When she’s not throwing a party just ‘coz, Mrs Sippy is the place to go for major national celebrations. This year, it’s all about the party vibe. Mrs Sippy will put on personality Laura Csortan to host the celebration with guests enjoying decadent three-course lunch and Moët & Chandon on arrival for just $150 per person. See more at her website.

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Bar Odessa

Because nothing says ‘style’ quite like saying nothing, Bar Odessa is offering specific canape function packages & beverage packages for its die-hards. Could be worth a look. See more at the Bar Odessa website.

Bar Odessa Sydney

Anason, Barangaroo

Experience Melbourne Cup on the waterfront at Anason. Chef Somer Sivrioglu prepares a four-course Turkish set menu with dishes including cured salmon pastirma with fennel and pickled chillies; and lamb shoulder tandir with house pickles. Get the drinks flowing with an optional three-hour drinks package including selected Turkish wines, beers and soft drinks. It’s set at $95pp for a four-course set menu. $45pp for a three-hour drinks package of wine, beer and soft drink. See more at their website.

Anason Barangaroo


Having just celebrated its 17th birthday, Sydney’s most beloved entertainment scene will present a multitude of Cup Day events. Chefs the likes of Dan Hong – who’s got something good happening this Sydney Good Food Month – will be serving a Cantonese-style nine-dish feast for $180, while Peter Doyle plates up an elegant three-course menu at fine-dining institution est. at $250.

Establishment Sydney Merivale THE F

The London Paddington

The friendliest pub in Paddo is opening the doors nice and wide to locals and visitors, offering at $89 per person, a canape and 3-hour beverage package while the public bar remains open for walk-ins throughout the day. See what the London is about here.

London Hotel Paddington Sydney outside

Gowings Bar and Grill

A three course lunch at QT Sydney’s Gowings Bar and Grill is ready for you and afterwards? A post-event celebrations will continue upstairs in the luxe Gilt Lounge from 4pm. Comes in at $145 per person for three course lunch and a glass of Mumm on arrival. See more at the Gowings website.

Gowings Bar Grill Sydney


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