5 best places to celebrate Melbourne Cup in Sydney

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This November 2018, the Melbourne Cup will take over the country again, meaning monies lost and won, suits bought and trashed and a good champagne soaking for all. It’s a good time,

But, if you’re not heading south to Flemington in Melbourne this year for the Race That Stops A Nation, then perhaps these five venues around Sydney by the hospitality masters at Merivale might have what you need.

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Celebrate Melbourne Cup at Sydney’s hottest new CBD venue, Matteo Downtown. In the restaurant, guests can indulge on a chef’s selection feasting menu designed to share and a glass of Perrier-Jouët on arrival for $140 per person. You can also experience the exciting Cup day madness in the open bar area, where they can enjoy a specially curated canape menu with a seasonal spritz on arrival for $85 per person.

You won’t miss a moment of the action thanks to the screens plastered around the place coupled with DJs and entertainment throughout the day and into the night, sweepstakes, and prizes for best dressed. Bookings from 12pm, and can be made at the Matteo Downtown website.

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Settle in at the Botanica Vaucluse, a relaxed restaurant nestled amongst the leafy garden surrounds of citrus trees, strawberry and blueberry bushes. The farm to fork food philosophy celebrates the seasons with ethically and sustainably sourced produce. The a la carte four-course menu for $120 is complemented by a glass of sparkling on arrival. Bookings from 12pm, and can be made at The Botanica website.

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Nour will be serving up their take on classic Middle Eastern dishes with a seven-course share style menu for $89. Using modern techniques and seasonal Australian produce, expect to dine on prawn falafel, snapper sayadiesh and lamb shoulder. Bookings from 12pm, and can be made at the Nour website.


Add a touch of glamour and celebrate race day at Mode Kitchen & Bar. For $95 per person, guests can enjoy a delicious three-course lunch menu featuring shared starters, a delicious main course, and dessert for the table. Watch the race live on screen while sipping a glass of Champagne for $15 ($99 by the bottle), or sample a refreshing classic Pimms Cup cocktail for $15 (or $60 for a pitcher to share among friends). Also enjoy Cup Day activities including prizes for best dressed. Check it out at the Mode Kitchen and Bar website.


Salt Meats Cheese’s flagship venue situated by the iconic Sydney Harbour offers a classic-meets-contemporary menu designed to share this Melbourne Cup. Over a $35 per person three-course menu, guests can graze on antipasto, a choice of main including mouth-watering pasta, trout or porchetta, and finish with dessert. You can also add a two-hour drinks package for an additional $35per person. Bookings can be made at the Salt Meats Cheese website.

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