5 of the best places to celebrate the Melbourne Cup in Sydney
Pack away the winter coats and dust off your fascinator – spring is finally here and the race that stops a nation is just around the corner. Wondering where to celebrate the Melbourne Cup in Sydney on Tuesday 6 November? Darling Harbour has got you covered, home to a range of venues offering incredible entertainment, delicious food and drink packages and all the action live on big screens.
So rally your co-workers and schedule a long lunch in your calendar – here are five of the best places to watch the Melbourne Cup at Darling Harbour. Giddy up.
Can’t make it track-side? Enjoy an equally unforgettable afternoon at Planar, featuring fashions on the field, amazing entertainment and live coverage of the main event on three big screens. For $85 you can enjoy a three-hour package covering drinks and canapés from their modern, eclectic menu, while kicking back in their chic fit out. Reservations are essential so book here.
Before and after the race captures your attention, take in stunning waterfront views and drool-worthy dishes from Cyren Bar Grill Seafood. This spot is renowned for its Melbourne Cup soiree, putting on a day of sweepstakes, prizes, competitions and, of course, plenty of big screens. They’re also offering a canapé and drink deal for $75 per person or a three-course sit down lunch for only $80 per person. Don your finest and settle in on a seat in the relaxed outdoor booths or the luxe dining room. Tables are booking up fast so book here.
Settle in at this Adriatic-inspired spot (with waterfront views to match) for an afternoon of festivities including sweepstakes and the iconic race on big screens. Plus enjoy a three-course sit down lunch (think giant king prawns sautéed with chilli, garlic and lemon and truffled mushroom risotto) for $75 or cocktails and canapés (including buffalo mozzarella crostini and grilled lamb souvlaki) for $70. Book here.
4. Fratelli Fresh
The best way to watch the race? With a cocktail in one hand and a slice of wood-fired pizza in the other. This beloved Italian eatery is offering an indulgent three-hour food and beverage package featuring roaming canapés (including antipasti, pasta bowls, pizza and endless gelato) plus wine, beer and Prosecco for $99. For $125 you can add espresso martinis and Aperol spritz on top. But the festivities don’t just stop at food and fizz – Fratelli’s is putting on acoustic and DJ entertainment and the Melbourne Cup on the big screen. Book online here.
5. Café del Mar
The fun doesn’t stop the second the contenders cross the finish line – head along to the epic after party put on by Cafe del Mar. For $29, you’ll get a glass of bubbles or a bottle of Peroni on arrival as well as canapés. From 5pm you’ll be entertained by six-piece band Martini Club, before DJs turn up the tunes on their stunning terrace overlooking the harbour. Book online here.
Find out what else is happening at Darling Harbour this Melbourne Cup here.