On November 7th, Melbourne will once again play host to the race that stops the nation – the 2017 Emirates Melbourne Cup. For locals who’d like to avoid the long lines and crowded lawns of Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne boasts a huge range of function venues which embrace the spirit of Cup Day. Here are our top 5 picks for the best venues in Melbourne to celebrate Cup Day 2017.
With spectacular views of Port Phillip Bay and plenty of big screens to watch all the action, Captain Baxter will be offering a set menu for $35 plus sweepstakes and best dressed prizes. Guests are encouraged to book in advance as Captain Baxter is a favourite amongst St Kilda locals and is sure to book out.
Having won the coveted ‘Good Food Guide’s Chef’s Hat award’ eleven times, it’s no surprise The Grand is one of Richmond’s most popular function venues. For this year’s Melbourne Cup day, The Grand is hosting their own ‘Party That Stops the Nation’ with a complimentary cocktail on arrival, fashions of the field parade, and all day sweeps for those who are feeling lucky. The Grand will also play host to the official Birdcage after party which is sure to attract some of Melbourne’s most glamorous revellers.
Another local St Kilda favourite, the Grosvenor Hotel will again play host to Cup day celebrations in 2017. Spring inspired cocktails will be available from 11am plus there are prizes on offer for the best and worst dressed. Once the race has been run, Tim Morrison will take the stage for guests to dance the afternoon away.
Left Bank, in Melbourne’s trendy Southbank precinct, is always a crowd favourite for enjoying the Melbourne Cup festivities and 2017 will be no different. With the races shown across all their big screens and best dressed competitions on offer, plenty of Melbourne locals will be enjoying Cup day at Left Bank. Choose from either a 3 course lunch with a glass of Mumm on arrival for $85pp or upgrade to a bottomless glass of Mumm, Tap Beer, Basic Spirits or Soft Drinks for for an additional $50pp.
Situated on the banks of the Yarra River in the heart of Melbourne, The Wharf Hotel is embracing Cup day 2017 with every race shown across their 8 big screens. Sweeps will be on offer and the day will wrap up with live music from 5pm. Their famous a la carte menu will be available from 12pm and the bubbly will be flowing with $15 glass of G.H. Mumm or $90 per bottle. Bookings are encouraged so be sure to get in early to secure your spot.