The biggest day of the sporting calendar is fast approaching, and the race is on. No, not that race, the race to secure a lively party spot to celebrate Melbourne Cup Day in style, and what better way than with Champagne Mumm, the official Champagne of the Cup. Leading the pack with a Mumm inspired extravaganza is Soul Bar & Bistro, set to deliver a raucous day brimming with festivities, from a four-course lunch to an array of crowd-pleasing games with alluring prizes to be won, not to mention on-site TAB facilities and screened live action of the big event. Unfortunately, tickets to Soul’s shenanigans have sold out — and with other happening hotspots booking up quicker than you can say Odds On, we suggest you lock in somewhere ASAP. That being said, we’ve whittled down the best picks of the bunch where you can get your wine, dine and wager on when it hits Tuesday, 6th November.
1. Giddying us up with a race day bonanza is Ponsonby Road’s Longroom, which will comprise a stream of beverages — including flowing Champagne Mumm and specially made cocktails — alongside delightful canapés, prizes and sensational entertainment. Additionally, for those who are hoping to try their luck on the big day, be sure to buy your tickets before the 12th October to receive a free $10 TAB voucher to get you on your way. Tickets are $110 per person, to buy click here.
2. Arguably the only place to celebrate the Cup from the North Shore, Regatta is fully ensuring that anyone who enters its premises come the 6th will be saddling up and preparing for a corker. To keep quality dining and imbibing at the heart of the operation, there will be a Champagne cocktail bar, a delicious 4-course lunch session and a crowd-pleasing Sabrage showing that’s set to get even the sorest of losers amped up. Pair this with a flute full of Mumm Grand Cordon on arrival, live music, on-site TAB facilities and, of course, a live-streaming of the event, and its evident Regatta knows how to tick all the right boxes. Tickets are available for $150 per person, click here to book.
3. Get your fascinators at the ready and your tailor on speed dial, because not only will Harbourside Ocean Bar and Grill and Botswana Butchery together be serving up a four-course long lunch to keep cup-goers fully energised, but they will also be hosting a full-blown fashion spectacular. Expect to see a race-day parade serving up fantastic prizes for those with the best race-day garb, not to mention live entertainment and an after-party to remember featuring DJs Murry Sweetpants and Dan Sing on the decks. Tickets are $175 and include a glass of Mumm Grand Cordon on arrival, to book click here.